Tom Edgington & Rachel Schraer
BBC Reality Check
Tom Edgington & Rachel Schraer
BBC Reality Check
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Money transfers to poor and developing countries - mostly from migrant workers sending part of their earnings home - are set to become the largest source of external financing for those nations this year, the World Bank says.
Quite a bit of that cash gets siphoned off by banks and money transfer operators though. Reducing those costs is a priority.
Migrant workers and others sent home an estimated $529bn to low- and middle-income countries last year, up 9.6% from the year before.
The figure is set to hit a record $550bn this year.
James Daunt, managing director of book chain Waterstones has just taken receipt of a petition calling for higher pay for staff.
He's been speaking to BBC business online.
"It was preaching to the converted," he said. "We definitely feel it's part of our core and key objective to pay our booksellers more."
But he added:
"I don’t think in today’s environment with the High Street in the condition it is in, it would be wise to jeopardise our core profitability."
He wants to widen the pay increments paid to career booksellers who stay with the firm. Read more here.
After a sharp fall at the start of the day Boeing shares were more than 4% lower at the close of trading on Monday.
Wall Street has now closed with the Dow lower but other indexes in positive territory.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 91.45 points, or 0.35%, to 26,333.54.
The S&P 500 gained 2.05 points, or 0.07%, to 2,894.79.
And the Nasdaq Composite added 14.21 points, or 0.18%, to 7,952.90.
Gold rose 1% to briefly breach $1,300 an ounce on Monday before falling back.
"There's a little bit of easing risk appetite, the US dollar is weak and we saw [the] Chinese central bank's acquisition of gold for a fourth month.
"A combination of all these factors have moved gold into the $1,300s," said Bart Melek, head of commodity strategies at TD Securities in Toronto.
A couple of months ago President Macron launched a "national debate" - what to do about the grievances of the "gilets jaune" protestors?
Now Paris says it will respond by cutting taxes as a priority.
France has the highest taxation rate among developed countries so there's room for action.
Read the full story here.
Saudi Aramco got at least $50bn in bids from its first international sale of bonds, depending on who you ask.
After shunning the idea of selling some shares - at least temporarily - it's selling a boat-load of bonds instead.
The debt has maturities from three to 30 years. Bloomberg estimates $60bn of bonds will be sold and will yield about 3.75%. Reuters says more than $50bn have been sold.
Brazilian mining firm Vale has started negotiations with families of victims and prosecutors following the deadly dam burst in January, which killed about 300 people.
Vale said it has signed a deal with local prosecutors office, which will oversee requests from families for compensation from the disaster.
Banque Havilland, a Luxembourg bank, has denied that it tried to weaken Qatar's economy, after Qatar filed lawsuits against the lender.
It accused it, First Abu Dhabi Bank and Saudi Arabia's Samba Bank of currency manipulation.
"The Bank has launched an independent forensic investigation on the matter led by external legal counsel," Banque Havilland told Reuters in a statement. "The investigation has established that the Bank did not engage in any transaction contemplated in the related articles published at the time."
Waterstones staff are to deliver a petition to the bookseller's headquarters, asking to be paid at least the living wage of £9 an hour; £10.55 in London.
The petition has reached about 9,300 signatures, the Guardian newspaper reported.
The best-paid director at the company receives pay of £1.6m a year.
The Odeon cinema chain has written to its customers telling them it's dropping its current loyalty programme. Let's say not all of the feedback has been positive.
Great Hill Partners, a private equity firm, says it has bought Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion from Univision Communications. As well as the aforementioned titles, it also gives them the Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker, The Root, and Kotaku websites.
They won't be getting Gawker though, after Hulk Hogan sued it out of existence.
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French authorities have given advice to private boat owners in the case of a no-deal Brexit.
On their first arrival in France from Jersey, vessels would be required to clear customs and immigration at a designated port of arrival.
There are seven ports that boat owners from the Channel Islands can use, including St Malo, Granville and Cherbourg.
More information can be found here.