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Live Reporting

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.

  2. Trump to sign 'artificial intelligence' order

    3d rendering of a humanoid robot thinking, on white neutral background

    US President Donald Trump has directed federal agencies to develop a strategy to advance artificial intelligence. He is set to sign an executive order to launch the initiative on Monday.

    The move comes amid fears in the US that it is being outpaced by China and other countries when it comes to the technology.

    Critics have said the order, which carries no new funding, falls short. And Science Magazine also noted that it's a bit tardy - many other countries have already taken similar actions.

  3. Volatile trading on Wall St

    Wall Street traders

    It's been a volatile day on Wall Street with shares eventually ending virtually unchanged, as concerns about a possible deadlock over border security spurred fears of another government shutdown, while economists warned earnings estimates will be down this year.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 53.22 points, or 0.21% to 25,053.11, the S&P 500 gained 1.92 points, or 0.07% to 2,709.8 and the Nasdaq Composite added 9.71 points, or 0.13% to 7,307.91.

  4. 'Ideas are worthless, execution matters'

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    Video caption: 'Ideas are worthless, execution matters'

    StockX is an online marketplace for buying and selling sneakers and accessories.

    Josh Luber, its founder and chief executive, says entrepreneurs don't need the perfect business, they just need to put "one foot in front of the other".

  5. Many companies stockpiling ahead of Brexit

    Imported goods could suffer supply constraints, says the OBR

    S& P Global Ratings has released a report showing that there are a large number of companies who sell into and outside the UK that are increasing their inventories now.

    Some companies have been in the news after stating how much they are spending to increase inventories, while others are focusing on enhancing existing UK supply chains.

    And yet other companies are opening new warehouses in the UK and in the EU to meet heightened local and EU demands.

    "The ongoing risk of a no-deal Brexit poses significant risks to cross-border logistics chains and companies have triggered contingency plans in response. This implies upward pressures on working capital, which could have an adverse impact on free cash flow and debt reduction plans", said Gareth Williams, Senior Director, S&P Global Ratings.

  6. Debenhams to announce cash injection


    Debenhams is to announce a short-term cash injection of about £40m to enable it to arrange long-term finance and shop closure plans, according to the Guardian.

    The cash injection is due to creditors agreeing to extend the retailer's overdraft limit in order to give it more time to refinance its debts, and it is believed that the announcement could be made on Tuesday.

  7. Drone 'swarm squadrons' to be deployed by military

    A military drone

    "Swarm squadrons" of drones are to be deployed by British armed forces to overwhelm enemy air defences, the defence secretary has said.

    Gavin Williamson said the specially-adapted drones could be in operation by the end of 2019.

    He also warned in a speech that the UK needs a bolder and stronger armed forces prepared to use "hard power".

    Labour has said the military's role on the international stage had been "completely undermined" by Tory cuts.

  8. Backlash against reports Tencent funding Reddit

    Reddit on a smartphone

    A reported investment by Chinese tech giant Tencent in Reddit has sparked a backlash on the popular community news site over censorship fears.

    Last week reports said that Tencent would be investing $150m (£115m) into the platform.

    China has a strict internet censorship regime known as the Great Firewall and Reddit is among the sites it blocks.

    The proposed funding prompted a wave of criticism on Reddit, which many of its users see as a bastion of free speech.

  9. Thyssenkrup and Tata Steel deal to be vetoed by EU

    Steel worker takes a steel sample at a blast furnace run by ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg, Germany

    Thyssenkrup and Tata Steel are expecting to receive objections from the European Commission over their steel joint venture.

    Sources have told Reuters that EU antitrust regulators will hand out a statement of objections to the two firms, setting out serious competition concerns.

    "As soon as the statement of objections has arrived we will thoroughly examine the Commission's arguments," a spokesman for Thyssenkrupp said, adding the group continued to be confident that the transaction could be closed in early 2019.

  10. Paris to sue Airbnb over 'illegal ads'

    A woman cycles past the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

    The city of Paris is suing Airbnb for €12.5m (£11m) over 1,000 adverts for what it says are illegal rentals.

    Homeowners in the city can rent out their properties for only 120 days per year. They must register themselves as a business and display their registration number on any advertising.

    Under French law, companies can be fined up to €12,500 for each advert.

    Airbnb said the rules in Paris were "inefficient, disproportionate and in contravention of European rules".

  11. Staff demand Pieter Elbers be reappointed to KLM

    Pieter Elbers

    Dutch airline managers have warned that there will be strikes if KLM boss Pieter Elbers is not reappointed chief executive of the airline.

    KLM's owner Air-France KLM is currently headed by Canadian chief executive Ben Smith, who was appointed only in September.

    Mr Elbers heads the Franco-Dutch airline holding company's division in the Netherlands, and he has been given official backing from the Dutch government, AFP reports.

  12. A look ahead to what is happening in Parliament on Tuesday

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    Video caption: Theresa May expected to make fresh Brexit statement.
  13. Lloyds online banking issues resolved

    Lloyds Bank has announced that the problems affecting its online banking service have now been reserved.

    The bank has apologised for the disruption to some customers, but has not given any reason for the issues.

  14. London closes higher

    London Stock Exchange

    London shares have ended higher, after an announcement that UK economic growth has slowed weighed on the pound, lifting stocks in multinationals that have earnings in foreign currency.

    The FTSE 100 closed 57.9 points or 0.8% up to 7,129.11, led by German tourism company TUI, which rose 4.9% to 958.2p after Moody's affirmed its rating on TUI, but changed its outlook from "positive" to "stable".

    The FTSE 250 ended 178.9 points or 1% higher to 18,831.78. Top of the winners is power generation firm ContourGlobal, which rose 6.9% to 170.1p.

  15. Philip Lane announced as ECB chief economist

    Philip Lane

    The Eurozone has announced that Philip Lane, Ireland's current central bank governor, will be the next chief economist of the European Central Bank.

    Mr Lane was approved by Eurozone ministers at a meeting in Brussels on Monday, diplomats told the FT.

    He was the only candidate that had been put forward by EU governments for the role.

  16. Food industry warns Gove on Brexit 'crisis'

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    The UK food industry has threatened to stop co-operating with government policy consultations, saying it is busy trying to stave off the "catastrophic impact" of a no-deal Brexit.

    The warning came in a letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove from more than 30 business leaders.

    They said it looked "ever more the likeliest outcome" that the UK would leave the EU without an agreement.

    They added that it was a "moment of potential crisis" for their industry.

  17. Tariffs must be reduced

    Erin Ennis, senior vice president of the US-China Business Council, has told BBC News correspondent Ben Bland that both countries must reduce tariffs if they want to come to a deal by mid-March.

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  18. Much joy at UK-Switzerland press conference

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    Image caption: Liam Fox, Guy Parmelin and Aurelia Frick shake hands

    Lots of beaming faces at the press conference in London where the UK and Switzerland have signed a deal to continue trading after Brexit as they did before it.

    The "continuity agreement" - based on the EU's existing free trade deal with Switzerland - was agreed in December but ratified on Monday.

    International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the deal would "continue the preferential trade that we have".

    The UK is seeking to replicate about 40 EU free trade agreements, covering more than 70 countries.

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