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  2. Sterling up against the dollar and euro
  3. Pandora chief executive steps down
  4. TUI shares slump on heatwave competition
  5. Card Factory warns on profits

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 Friday.

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

  2. Organic solar cells set new energy record

    Solar panels

    Chinese researchers have taken what they say is a major step forward for the development of a new generation of solar cells.

    Manufacturers have long used silicon to make solar panels because the material was the most efficient at converting sunlight into electricity.

    But organic photovoltaics, made from carbon and plastic, promise a cheaper way of generating electricity.

    This new study shows that organics can now be just as efficient as silicon.

  3. Wall Street ends lower

    Wall Street bull and little girl statues

    Wall Street shares are down at the close close after losses in the banking sector, which offset gains in technology stocks.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average has ended 75 points lower to 25,509.

    The S&P 500 closed 1.5 points down to 2,856.

    And finally, the tech-heavy Nasdaq finished 3 points up to 7,8912.

  4. Sea lice 'breakthrough' for salmon farmers

    Scottish salmon

    Two of Scotland's biggest salmon producers say they have made a breakthrough in the rearing of so-called cleaner-fish to tackle sea lice.

    Until now, most of the wrasse used in salmon cages have been taken from the wild, which has caused huge concern among environmental groups.

    But researchers say they have been able to "complete the life cycle" by rearing their first brooding stock.

    They hope to become self-sufficient in the fish within the next three years.

  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 alerts users to bad photos

    A man using a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to take a selfie

    Samsung's new high-end smartphone alerts owners to problems with their photos as soon as they are snapped.

    The Galaxy Note 9 uses software to identify if the images are blurry or whether the subject is blinking, among other issues.

    The innovation is one of several artificial intelligence-enhanced abilities the handset offers that do not rely on remote computer servers.

    Analysts say this should help tackle increasing competition from Huawei.

  6. Portion of chips '80% bigger than in 2002'

    A woman walking past a takeaway in Glasgow

    A survey of takeaways in Glasgow has found the average size of a portion of chips has increased by more than 80% since 2002.

    Campaign group Obesity Action Scotland (OAS) said it had visited 30 outlets and found that the average single portion of chips weighed 380g.

    That compared with an average serving of 210g, detailed by the Food Standards Agency's portion booklet in 2002.

    OAS has called for new laws to control portion sizes and a calorie cap.

  7. How Instagram is influencing hotel design

    If a picture wasn’t uploaded, did it even happen? That’s the feeling amongst many today – especially millennials – and it’s something businesses are increasingly taking note of.

    This is perhaps no more so the case than in the tourism and hotel industry. Some hotels are so conscious of it, they are making deliberate choices in design to look good on Instagram.

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    Video caption: How Instagram is influencing hotel design
  8. Tesla shares on a downer


    Shares in the electric car company Tesla have fallen 6% today to $349, which is below the level the price was at before Elon Musk tweeted on Tuesday that he was considering taking the firm private.

    On Tuesday, Tesla stock rose to a peak of $368, before Nasdaq suspended trading.

    Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US Securities and Exchange Commission is now quizzing Tesla about why Mr Musk chose to tweet about it, rather than put out a regulatory filing.

    The Nasdaq is now 30 points or 0.4% ahead to 7,918.57.

    The S&P 500 is flat - just 1.3 points or 0.05% higher to 2,859.13.

    And the Dow Jones Industrial Average is also flat - 4 points or 0.02% lower to 25,579.85.

  9. Chinese 'robocall' scam hits US weather office

    A man working at the US National Weather Service

    An unexpected message - in Chinese - has been broadcast over a public address system at a US National Weather Service office in Maryland.

    It was also received on individual desk phones.

    The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it was a scam automated call, known as a robocall.

    Reports of similar messages, delivered as audio recordings, have been made before.

  10. Dutch court says Ryanair pilots permission to strike

    A Ryanair aeroplne

    A Dutch court has ruled that Ryanair's pilots in the Netherlands are permitted to join their counterparts in Germany, Belgium, Ireland and Sweden in a strike tomorrow.

    Friday 10 August is meant to be one of the busiest for the travel industry as a peak number of people go on holiday, but the budget airline has had to cancel one in six flights.

    Ryanair went to the Haarlem District Court today to try to get an urgent court order to halt the industrial action, but its request has been denied.

  11. PGA Championship servers hacked and files locked

    PGA Championship golf tee cover

    Hackers have broken into servers belonging to PGA of America, which runs the PGA Championship golf tournament.

    Files containing marketing materials for that competition as well as the Ryder Cup in France have been locked, pending payment of a ransom.

    A Bitcoin address was provided, but the hackers did not specify a desired amount,according to sports magazine Golfweek.

    A PGA spokesman told BBC News he had no comment as the incident was ongoing.

  12. Thirty former police stations put up for sale

    A police building in Anderston, Glasgow
    Image caption: A police building in Anderston, Glasgow

    Thirty former police stations across Scotland are being put up for sale.

    A commercial property specialist has been appointed by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) to manage the sale of the buildings, some of which have been empty for years.

    The properties were identified following a public consultation exercise by Police Scotland.

    Shepherd Chartered Surveyors said the first tranche of 21 buildings would be released to the market this month.

  13. Poundworld brand could be resurrected

    A Poundworld store

    The Poundworld brand could be resurrected on some High Streets.

    A deal has been agreed in principle for Irish retail family the Hendersons to buy the Poundworld brand and the leases on some of the stores of the collapsed discount retailer.

    However, the proposed deal will not save the jobs of any current Poundworld staff.

    The remaining stores were closing on Thursday afternoon, a source close to administrator Deloitte said.

  14. Spotify shares soar on Samsung announcement

    Spotify sign and Apple ear pods

    Music streaming service Spotify's shares have soared following an announcement today that Samsung is teaming up with Spotify in a long-term partnership across its devices.

    Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Home smart speaker, and it wants Spotify to be on hand when people ask Samsung's virtual assistant Bixby for a song, even if the user hasn't ever used the Spotify service before.

    Spotify is now 5% up to $187.62 and is still climbing - a far cry from yesterday, when Apple's chief executive Tim Cook publicly criticised Spotify, saying that its algorithm-driven playlists were "draining the humanity out of music".

  15. Have your say: Funny CV mistakes

    Business Live has been informed of the existence of a funny Twitter account that collects funny and terrible examples of mistakes and faux pas in resumes and cover letters.

    We've listed some of the most amusing suggestions below.

    Have any other funny CV / cover letter / interview stories?

    Email us at

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  16. JCPenney to enter void left by Babies R' Us

    JC Penney store

    US department store chain JC Penney says it will step in to fill the void left by Babies R' Us closing down in America.

    JC Penney currently offers baby products like cribs, high chairs, push chairs and car seats on its website, but it has decided to start a dedicated baby section in all 500 of its stores across the country that will include clothing, bottles, pacifiers, diaper bags, bouncer seats and activity centers from popular brands.

    "The baby care business is expected to reach over $13bn by 2021 and we are seizing this opportunity to pursue available market share and aggressively go after the baby customer with these new shops," said James Starke, senior vice president and head of merchandising for JCPenney.

    "We've strategically chosen these 500 JCPenney locations because the majority of the stores are near a specialty baby retailer that has recently closed its doors."

  17. London mixed on close

    London Stock Exchange

    London shares have been mixed on close, due to shaken investor confidence from trade tensions and Russian sanctions, as well as summer lethargy.

    The FTSE 100 closed 34.9 points or 0.5% lower to 7,741.77. Top of the losers is BT, which dropped 4.6% to 229p after announcing that it intends to upgrade the UK to ultrafast fibre broadband by 2020 using G.Fast technology instead of 10m broadband lines.

    The FTSE 250 ended 35.6 points or 0.2% ahead to 20,806.21, led by Cineworld, which jumped an epic 10.3% to 304.8p after reporting that its first-half profits more than doubled following its acquisition of rival Regal.

  18. Will Trump's tariffs stop Chinese espionage?

    President Trump

    A key reason for Trump's tariffs on China's exports is anger at the theft of US company secrets, but will the Chinese now clean up their act?

    Dan McGahn says it was a case of attempted murder.

    The victim was his business American Superconductor (AMSC), and the perpetrator was a Chinese company called Sinovel Windpower.

    The two firms had been partners, but Sinovel bribed an insider to steal AMSC's key wind turbine technology.

    As a result, Massachusetts-based AMSC saw its sales collapse, its market value plummet by $1bn (£770m), and it had to lay off hundreds of employees.

  19. Have your say: 'One of the best in the world'

    A man shakes hands on receiving an offer of employment

    Thanks for all your CV stories.

    Here's one about an interview from Dr Jeremy Bennett, the chief executive of British technology firm Embecosm.

    He says that he interviewed someone who had just graduated with a double first in Computer Science and Electronics from one of the UK's top universities.

    "I asked him what field he wanted to work in. He answered that he was interested in a broad swathe of the subject area, and did not have a particular field of preference, but whatever he did he wanted to be one of the best in the world," writes Dr Bennett.

    "We like to pretend applicants just want to devote themselves to our niche specialty. But in reality the top graduates are always generalists. Wanting to excel in whatever you do seems to me the perfect answer.

    Dr Bennett says that he hired this young man, who started a new line of business for Embescosm, which grew to be more than 50% of their turnover within three years.

    Sounds like a smart investment.

  20. Apple axes the 'wrong apps'

    A man in a suit holding gambling chips and a smartphone

    Apple has been accused of accidentally removing apps from the App Store in a crackdown on gambling content.

    Several developers complained via social media that their apps, which they said had nothing to do with gambling, were taken down.

    The affected apps included a Polish magazine, a gif-sharing service and a platform for sending clips of Xbox games to friends.

    The BBC has contacted Apple for comment.