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Summary

  1. Get in touch: bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk
  2. Theresa May wins confidence vote
  3. Patisserie Valerie scandal worse than thought
  4. Goldman Sachs apologises to Malaysia
  5. US banks post positive earnings results
  6. CBI sees 'new era' in Brexit talks
  7. UK inflation falls to 2.1% in December
  8. Google criticised over Oz outback maps

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 Thursday.

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

  2. Norwegian to cut some routes

    A Norwegian aeroplane

    Budget airline Norwegian Air has announced it will cut some routes in the US, Europe and the Middle East, as well as transcontinental flights, in order to enable it to cut costs and improve its financial performance.

    The airliner will close its bases in Spain's Palma de Mallorca, Gran Canaria, and Tenerife, as well as the bases located in Stewart and Providence in the US. The 737 base at Rome's Fiumicino airport will also close, but the Dreamliner base will remain open.

    Norwegian did not give details of the number of jobs affected, but said it would seek to minimise redundancies.

    "The company has reached a point where it needs to make necessary adjustments to its route portfolio in order to improve the sustainability and financial performance in this very competitive environment," Nerwegian's chief commercial officer Helga Bollmann Leknes told Reuters.

    The flights affected are those using Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 aeroplanes.

  3. Over half of wild coffee species at risk of extinction

    Coffees and cakes

    Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have assessed all 124 coffee species and found that 60% of wild coffee species are at risk of extinction.

    The global coffee trade currently relies on only two species – Arabica (60%) and Robusta (40%).

    But given the numerous threats to coffee farming globally, including deforestation, climate change, and the spread of fungal pathogens and pests, other coffee species are likely to be required for coffee crop plant development.

    "The use and development of wild coffee resources could be key to the long-term sustainability of the coffee sector. Targeted action is urgently required in specific tropical countries, particularly in Africa, to protect the future of coffee," said Dr Aaron Davis, Head of Coffee Research at Kew.

  4. Wall Street ends higher

    Wall Street

    Wall Street shares have ended higher, as positive earnings results from US banks boosted investor sentiment.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.59% ahead at 24,207.

    The S&P 500 finished 0.22% higher at 2,616.

    And finally, the tech-heavy Nasdaq ended 0.15% ahead to 7,035.

  5. US investigating Huawei for alleged trade secret theft says WSJ

    Huawei logo

    US federal prosecutors are investigating Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker, for allegedly stealing trade secrets from US businesses, and could soon issue an indictment, the Wall Street Journal reports.

  6. Just bonds

    pensioners

    Retirement company Just Group has won investor approval to sell a bond to help shore up its capital position. Shareholders owning almost 96% of shares approved the plan. The company can now sell bonds which convert into shares if the company runs into trouble. This isn't good for the bondholder, because trouble often means cheap or worthless shares, but it helps the company. They are expensive, though. Investors can demand upwards of a 10% yield for such bonds.

  7. 'Sterling may rally'

    Theresa May

    Seema Shah, senior global investment strategist at Principal Global Investors, believes that the pound will likely strengthen.

    “Sterling may rally further as fears of a Corbyn-led government recede. The question is how much further could the pound strengthen? Prior to the Brexit vote, sterling sat at around $1.50 against the US dollar. As long as the possibility of “no Brexit at all” is alive, sterling could be drawn up in that direction," she said.

    "However, given the untold damage already inflicted on the economy by the uncertainty of the past two years, it is doubtful that sterling will get within touching distance of the $1.50 mark – even in the most optimistic case of Brexit being stopped entirely."

  8. What's Plan B?

    Pounds, dollars and euros

    Dean Turner, UK economist at UBS Global Wealth Management, says it's still hard to know which way sterling will go, given the continued political uncertainty.

    “Attention will now swiftly turn to Plan B. Our suspicion is that when we hear the PM’s next steps on Monday, it will look remarkably like Plan A, which won’t offer markets much guidance.

    "The salient question will remain – can the PM secure legally binding reassurances on a Northern Ireland backstop that boost the chances of getting the Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament – or will she change tack and risk further internal strife?"

  9. The moment May survived no confidence vote

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    Video caption: The moment May wins Corbyn's no confidence vote

    Theresa May beat off a challenge from Jeremy Corbyn and opposition parties to bring down her government.

    The Labour leader tabled a vote of no confidence in the prime minister, straight after her Brexit deal was heavily defeated on Tuesday evening.

    But 24 hours later, Conservatives and their DUP partners backed the PM, and she won the vote by 325 to 306

  10. 'All roads lead to a soft Brexit'

    EU and UK flags at Westminster

    According to XTB's chief market analyst David Cheetham, it is likely that there will be a second Commons vote on an amended version of Theresa May's withdrawal deal.

    "It now seems that all roads lead to a softer version of Brexit, which will require an extension of Article 50 beyond March and ultimately be positive for sterling," he said.

    "The pound remains not far from its highest level since November against the US dollar and while the road ahead remains rocky, the path of least resistance now appears to be higher."

  11. Gillette maker's boss warns on Brexit price rises

    Procter and Gamble household products

    The boss of Procter and Gamble, maker of Fairy liquid and Gillette razors, says its products could cost more if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

    Tariffs the company may have to pay would be added to grocery bills, David S. Taylor told the BBC.

    "If it's a hard exit it can drive cost in the system," he said.

    Procter and Gamble and many other companies want "an amicable solution between the UK and the EU," he said.

  12. YouTube bans dangerous or harmful pranks

    A blindfolded woman from the film Birdbox

    YouTube clips that depict dangerous or emotionally distressing “pranks” have been banned from the platform.

    The move comes in response to so-called "challenges" that have sometimes resulted in death or injury.

    The Google-owned video sharing site said such material had “no place on YouTube”

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  13. Sofia Coppola to direct Apple's first film

    Sofia Coppola

    Sofia Coppola will reunite with Lost in Translation star Bill Murray to make Apple's first original feature film.

    News of the film, titled On the Rocks, comes ahead of the expected launch of the tech giant's own streaming platform.

    Rashida Jones will star with Murray in the film, which tells of a young mother who reconnects with her playboy father.

    Apple is also working with Jennifer Aniston, Steven Spielberg and Reese Witherspoon on various TV projects.

  14. Airbus says ministers hope 'no-deal' will be avoided

    Airbus A380 aeroplane

    European planemaker Airbus says it took part in a conference call late on Tuesday between business leaders and British ministers after MPs rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal deal.

    "I would not say assurances, but I would say ministers have expressed a certain degree of optimism that a no-deal Brexit would not happen," Airbus chief executive Tom Enders told Reuters.

  15. Domino's ordered to make app accessible to blind people

    Domino's Pizza smartphone app

    Domino's Pizza has been told its website and app must be made fully accessible to blind people, after losing a legal case in the US.

    It follows a complaint from a blind customer who said he first struggled to change toppings and then was unable to complete a pizza's purchase using the company's iPhone app.

    The plaintiff's case was initially dismissed in 2017 but was successful on appeal.

    It may now set a precedent for others.

  16. BreakingJaguar Land Rover urges against no-deal Brexit

    Range Rover cars

    British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover is calling on the government to ensure that the UK does not leave the European Union without a deal, to prevent companies from having to make costly contingency planning.

    "We are disappointed with the vote on the Brexit deal and are considering its implications," said the carmaker.

    "We would now urge ruling out a no-deal immediately as the only option with majority support in parliament."

  17. London shares mixed on close

    London Stock Exchange

    London shares have ended mixed, as investors looked ahead to a no-confidence vote in UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

    The FTSE 100 closed 32.3 points or 0.5% lower to 6,862.68. Top of the losers was educational publisher Pearson, which fell 6% to 918.2p after admitting it had to cut costs in order to keep it on track to meet its full-year profit guidance.

    The FTSE 250 ended 57 points or 0.3% ahead to 18,486.73. Metro Bank led the winners, jumping 10% to £20.56.

  18. $22bn tech takeover

    Finserv logo on a smart phone

    A $22bn (£17bn) takeover has been announced in the financial technology (fintech) sector.

    Fiserv is buying First Data in what is one of the largest acquisitions in the sector.

    Jeffery Yabuki, chief executive of Fiserv said: “Through this transformative combination, we expect to redefine the manner in which people and institutions move money and information."