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  2. Goals Soccer makes another profit warning
  3. Mike Ashley seeks to remove Debenhams board
  4. Ghosn's lawyer apologises for workman 'disguise'
  5. Female-run business 'need targeted investment'
  6. US jobs data unexpectedly weak

Live Reporting

By Tom Espiner

All times stated are UK

  1. Women-run business "less risky"

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    women talking

    Addie Pinkster, founder of Adelpha, which invests in companies, says that there is unconscious bias when it comes to backing start-ups run by women.

    She was speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today Programme after the publication of a government-commissioned report by Royal Bank of Scotland executive Alison Rose.

    Ms Pinkster says women are not more risk-adverse. "In my experience they are less risky," she said.

    When women-run businesses present to her, she says she finds they have "much more robust financial models, more realistic valuations and, in short, make much more compelling investments".

  2. Ex-Trump campaign chief sentenced for fraud

    Paul Manafort

    US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud.

    He was convicted last summer of hiding millions of dollars of income earned by his political consulting in Ukraine.

    He is due to be sentenced in another case next week related to his illegal lobbying.

    Read more

  3. 'Gloomy' outlook for Chinese exports

    Chinese worker

    Chinese exports plunged almost 21% in February from a year ago. That's partly due to Lunar New Year holiday last month.

    But even so, economists say the figures are not good and show that the trade war between the US and China is having an effect.

    Julian Evans-Pritchard, Senior China Economist at Capital Economics writes: "The February trade data are downbeat, even accounting for seasonal distortions.

    "Tariffs are weighing on shipments to the US.

    "But broader weakness in global demand means that, even if Trump and Xi finalise a trade deal soon, the outlook for exports remains gloomy.

  4. China hits back over Huawei

    Wang Yi

    China's Foreign Minister criticised Canada and the United States over the ongoing extradition proceedings against a senior executive from telecoms giant Huawei.

    Speaking at a press conference, Wang Yi said that Beijing will take "all necessary measures" to defend the company and its senior executive, Meng Wanzhou, against US accusations.

    When asked about the extradition case against Ms Meng, he said: "it's quite obvious to any fair and unbiased person that this matter involving a particular company is by no means a normal case. This is a deliberate political move".

  5. Asia markets sink

    People look at stock boards in China

    It's been a bruising session so far on Asia markets.

    China's Shanghai Composite sank 2.9%, while Japan's Nikkei index shed 2% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dropped 1.5% in afternoon trading.

  6. China exports fall by 20.7% in February

    An aerial view of a port in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province on November 8, 2018

    Chinese exports plunged 20.7% from a year ago in February - the steepest decline in three years.

    While the data could have been affected by the Lunar New Year holidays last month, that was the largest decline since February 2016 and far higher than the 4.8% drop forecast in a Reuters poll of economists.

  7. Investors in start-ups usually men

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    "At the moment my company is going through the first round of funding. We've met several people in VCs (venture capital firms), private investors, etc. I've yet to meet a woman," said Sarah Norford-Jones who set up a private messaging app, YEO, with her father.

    Often investors will direct the hard-hitting questions to her father, even when she has set up the meeting.

  8. Female entrepreneurs 'lack confidence'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    It is International Women's Day, so Wake Up To Money is speaking to female entrepreneurs about the challenges they face.

    "Maybe as women we're not confident enough," says Affi Parvizi-Wayne - founder of Freda, a subscription service for female sanitary products.

    "Start-ups that are founded by men - they're sort of almost on steroids, the figures are much bigger. They start off as potential unicorns.

    "I don't see myself worth a billion, but maybe if I were a man I would do, and I would sell it as such."

  9. What is Mike Ashley's plan?

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Mike Ashley

    Sports Direct has announced it wants to axe all members of the board from Debenhams, bar one, and place Mike Ashley at the helm to run the business.

    Sue Dunn is a former House of Fraser executive and now runs SRLA Consulting.

    She reminds us that Mr Ashley bought House of Fraser in August and she think he probably wants to merge it with Debenhams.

    "He's evidently thinking that there is some mileage in building a chain of department stores across the UK and perhaps putting his own brands in it."

    "That would obviously be an opportunity to see his brands and create a presence on the High Street.

    "He obviously fears that his investment - the 30% he's already got in the business (Debenhams) will go down the plughole."

  10. Good morning!

    Ben Morris

    Business reporter

    Welcome to Friday's Business Live page.

    Mike Ashley has made a power grab for control of Debenhams, so you can expect a lot of speculation about his strategy today.

    Chinese exports have fallen sharply. Is that another sign of China's flagging economy?

    Later we'll get a closely watched report on the US economy - the monthly report on the jobs market.

    Plus, it's International Women's Day, so we'll be hearing from female entrepreneurs and women in business and about their experiences.