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Summary

  1. Get in touch: bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk
  2. Wall Street shares open higher
  3. Centrica loses another 100,000 customers
  4. IWG shares soar on bid interest
  5. Mothercare confirms restructuring plan
  6. Xerox abandons Fujifilm deal

Live Reporting

By Mary-Ann Russon

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

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    That's it for today on Business Live - thanks for reading. We'll be back bright and early at 06:00 on Tuesday.

    Do join us then for all the latest breaking news and analysis from the business world.

  2. Wall Street closes slightly ahead

    Bull and little girl sculptures in Wall Street

    Wall Street has closed slightly ahead, as a weakness in defensive stocks offset optimism that US-China trade tensions could be waning.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 68.24 points higher at 24,899.41.

    The S&P 500 closed up 2.41 points at 2,730.13.

    The tech-heavy Nasdaq closed 8.43 points higher at 7,411.32.

  3. Oil prices jump

    Oil rigs at sunset

    Oil prices are ahead following a report from Opec, the cartel of oil-producing nations, that the global oil glut had been substantially reduced.

    Brent crude rose by 1.63% to $78.38 a barrel on the report which showed that Venezuelan output was at its lowest in decade and that Opec's members were cutting production more than required through an agreement with Russia to reduce supply.

    West Texas Intermediate gained 0.54% to $71 a barrel.

  4. National Amusements 'outraged' at CBS lawsuit

    Shari Redstone

    The shareholder at the centre of a lawsuit by CBS has fired back at the broadcaster.

    In a statement to Variety, Shari Redstone's National Amusements, the key shareholder in CBS and Viacom, says: "National Amusements is outraged by the action taken by CBS and strongly refutes its characterisation of recent events.

    "NAI had absolutely no intention of replacing the CBS board or forcing a deal that was not supported by both companies. NAI’s conduct throughout supports this, and reflects its commitment to a well-governed process."

  5. Companies going Harry and Meghan crazy

    Easyjet's Harry and Meghan Markle lookalikes

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to tie the knot on Saturday, and companies are showing their appreciation in rather cheesy ways.

    Budget airline EasyJet has placed Harry and Meghan lookalikes on their homepage, with their guess of what Meghan will be wearing, which seems to be a satin off-white number.

    And KFC is commemorating the big day with a special "Royal Wedding Bucket" featuring a bespoke crest with golden flourishes and both British and American flags.

    KFC Royal Wedding Bucket
  6. WPP chairman under pressure to quit

    WPP logo

    Advertising giant WPP is facing harsh criticism from shareholders after its chief executive Martin Sorrell left the firm last month.

    According to City AM, Aberdeen Standard Investments is in talks with the WPP about improving its business practices.

    And the shareholder advisory group Glass Lewis is advising shareholders to vote against the re-election of WPP chairman Roberto Quarta and the latest renumeration report at the general meeting on 13 June.

  7. How being 'different' helps

    The business of delivering flowers hasn't changed much in the last 20 years, other than the advent of the internet making it faster for orders to be taken.

    Aron Gelbard tells the BBC how using a different approach to his company has made flower deliveries less bulky....

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  8. The restaurateur couple who overcame arson threats

    Htet Myet Oo and Isabella Sway-Tin

    When a group of friends proudly opened a restaurant, they didn't expect someone to threaten to burn it down.

    But that is what happened when Htet Myet Oo and his three co-founders launched the Rangoon Tea House in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, in 2014.

    Now 28, Htet Myet Oo had the idea of modernising Burmese food, and taking it upmarket.

    So when the Rangoon Tea House opened its doors, it was a sleek, stylish eatery that would not look out of place in London or New York.

    And its modern takes on Burmese cuisine had prices four or five times higher than the normal in Yangon.

  9. BreakingZTE 'violated sanctions on North Korea and Iran'

    Wilbur Ross, US Secretary of Commerce

    Wilbur Ross, the US Secretary of Commerce, has commented on the ongoing US-China trade issues surrounding Chinese technology firm ZTE.

    He said that ZTE violated sanctions on North Korea and Iran.

    He added that his department's position on ZTE was an "enforcement action" that was separate from trade, and that he and the department would explore "other alternative remedies" for ZTE's actions.

  10. Club 18-30: Are millennials responsible for its downfall?

    Club 18-30

    At the beginning of the 21st Century, 110,000 young British people were going on Club 18-30 holidays each year, bringing in £48m in sales annually.

    But less than two decades on, the brand's appeal is waning, with parent company Thomas Cook admitting it is open to selling.

    Thomas Cook blames the rise of "ego travel" and Instagram for driving young people away from cheap package clubbing holidays and towards more photogenic travel opportunities.

    More than half of 18-24 year olds asked in the report said they considered potential social media posts when booking a holiday.

  11. CBS sues shareholder over Viacom merger

    CBS logo

    CBS is suing its largest shareholder Shari Redstone to prevent her from interfering in a special board meeting to consider a merger with Viacom.

    CBS said in the lawsuit that Ms Redstone had taken actions over the last two years that meant she presented a significant threat of "irreparable and irreversable harm" to the company and its stockholders.

    CBS wants a stock dividend to be issued that would decrease Redstone-owned National Amusements Inc's voting interest from 79% down to 17%.

    "Ms Redstone has acted to undermine the (CBS) management team, including, without board authority, talking to potential chief executive replacements, deriding the chief operating officer and threatening to change the board," the lawsuit said.

  12. Apple-Samsung patent battle revived in California court

    Apple Samsung lawsuit patent documents

    Apple and Samsung are facing each other in a California court for a third trial involving the same set of five patents.

    Apple was originally awarded $1.05bn (£772m) in 2012 after a jury found the South Korean firm had infringed several of the iPhone's innovations.

    That sum was reduced to about $400m after the first retrial and other legal efforts by the Galaxy smartphone-maker.

    But a fresh hearing became necessary after a Supreme Court ruling on how the penalties were calculated.

  13. Winklevoss twins win approval to trade Zcash

    Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss

    Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the twins that settled with Mark Zuckerberg for $65m over claims he stole their idea to create Facebook, have received approval from New York's top financial services regulator to become the first in the world to trade the cryptocurrency Zcash.

    The Winklevoss brothers founded the Gemini Trust Co exchange in 2015.

    The exchange currently only trades Bitcoin, but will now trade Zcash too.

    New York's Department of Financial Services has also granted the firm approval to offer trading of Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash in the future.

    Zcash has a market value of about $1.2bn, while the market values of Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin are about $24.9bn and $8.3bn respectively.

  14. Tesla's management overhaul

    Tesla Model 3

    More on the Tesla restructure that we mentioned earlier.

    Elon Musk sent an email to Tesla employees explaining that he has been “undertaking a thorough reorganisation” of the electric car company to prepare it for the future.

    In the memo seen by FT, Mr Musk wrote: “As part of the reorg, we are flattening the management structure to improve communication, combining functions where sensible and trimming activities that are not vital to the success of our mission.”

    Mr Musk's email puts a different spin on the series of recent departures by Tesla executives.

    Over the weekend, Tesla's senior vice president of engineering Doug Field stepped back from his job to "recharge and spend time with his family". His absence is particularly interesting given the fact that Tesla is trying to boost production of Model 3 cars by the end of June.

    Tesla did make it clear that Mr Field had not left the firm, but did not say when he would be back.

  15. London shares close lower

    London Stock Exchange

    London shares have closed lower.

    The FTSE 100 fell 13.6 points or 0.18% to 7,710.98. The losers are led by security services firm G4S, slipping 2.7% after reporting a 2% fall in first quarter revenues.

    The FTSE 250 meanwhile is flat, down 0.07% to 20,800.95. Top of the losers for this index is BCA Marketplace, which dropped 4.4%.

  16. Xerox shares plunge after aborting sale

    A Xerox photocopier

    Technology firm Xerox isn't having a good day.

    After announcing that it is aborting its controversial $6.1bn sale to Japan's Fujifilm, shares in Xerox have fallen 7.6% to $27.87 on the New York Stock Exchange.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is now 110.3 points or 0.4% higher to 24,941.47.

    The S&P 500 is ahead by 9.6 points or 0.4% to 2,737.24.

    And finally, the tech-heavy Nasdaq is up 28.3 points or 0.4% to 7,432.08.

  17. T-Mobile owner battles dataJAR over magenta logo

    T-Mobile and DataJar logos

    A British software company could face a costly legal battle after a telecoms giant took issue with the colour of its logo.

    Lawyers acting for T-Mobile owners Deutsche Telekom have opposed a trademark application by Brighton-based company dataJAR.

    Hogan Lovells said the German firm owns trademarks in magenta which is "the core element of its identity".

    But dataJAR's James Ridsdale said: "We are not even the same shade of pink."

  18. Can Italy's coalition pay for its economic plans?

    The government partners of the populist Five Star Movement and the right wing League are to challenge European Union budget rules.

    Lorenzo Codogno, a former chief economist at the Italian Treasury, tells the BBC's Russell Padmore how the coalition will shake up Rome in a new era for politics.

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    Video caption: The government of the Five Star Movement and the League will challenge EU budget rules