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Summary

  1. Get in touch: bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk
  2. FCC approves Sprint-T-Mobile merger
  3. Nasdaq down 1.7% on open
  4. Ford to axe 7,000 jobs worldwide
  5. Profits down 29% at Ryanair
  6. Merlin Entertainment shares slide 6%
  7. Oil prices rise
  8. Japan's economy unexpectedly expands
  9. Law & Bonar chief to go

Live Reporting

By Mary-Ann Russon

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    BBC testcard

    That's it for today from 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. Wall Street ends lower

    A Wall Street trader

    Wall Street shares have ended lower, as fears of a continuing US-China trade war dragged indexes down, particularly technology shares, as multiple US tech firms announced that they would no longer supply Huawei with components, and Google restricted Huawei's use of Android.

    At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.33% to 25,679.76, the S&P 500 lost 0.68% to 2,840.09 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.46% to 7,702.38.

  3. Game of Thrones watched by 19.3 million viewers

    Emilia Clarke as Daenarys Targarean

    Have you seen the finale of Game of Thrones?

    Apparently the finale was viewed by a record 19.3 million viewers on HBO in the US on Sunday night, despite all the complaints from fans over the last week about the final season.

    More than a million viewers signed a petition to have the eighth season remade with more "competent writers".

    Critics have told the BBC what they think about the final season here.

  4. Private equity firms move into trailer parks

    Trailer Park

    This is an interesting trend. According to the Financial Times large private equity funds are investing in trailer parks.

    The report says that 22 million American live in these communities made up of static caravans.

    But the business is fragmented, which means it's easy for big players to move in. It also offers a steady return of 4% or more, the report said.

    It is also growing as rising house prices have squeezed people out of the housing market.

    Carlyle Group, Blackstone and Apollo are among the big names in private equity that have invested in trailer park assets.

  5. Oil firm fined £1.16m for gas release

    Brae Alpha oil platform in the North Sea

    An oil firm has been fined more than £1m - one of the biggest ever fines in a case of its type - over a North Sea gas leak.

    The incident happened on Marathon Oil's Brae Alpha platform, 155 miles north east of Aberdeen, on Boxing Day 2015.

    The company admitted Offshore Installations (Prevention of Fire and Explosion, and Emergency Response) and Health and Safety at Work Act breaches.

    Marathon was fined £1.16m at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

  6. Facebook investigates Instagram 'leak'

    Dave Lee

    North America technology reporter

    Instagram app logo

    Facebook is investigating how a huge database of contact information, including for many so-called ‘influencers’, came to be shared online.

    Tech news site TechCrunch said a Mumbai-based social media marketing company, Chtrbox, was responsible for compiling the information, which related to some 49 million influencer, brand or company accounts. The database was said to have been stored online, unprotected. It has since been taken down, though Chtrbox is yet to comment.

    While much of the data could be scraped for public Instagram profiles, it is unclear how Chtrbox came to possess private contact information attached to the accounts.

    An Instagram spokesperson told the BBC: “We're looking into the issue to understand if the data described - including email and phone numbers - was from Instagram or from other sources.

    "We're also inquiring with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available.”

  7. Abertis backing out of motorway stakes

    Cars

    You might not have heard of Abertis. But the Spanish firm operates motorways all over the world, including here in the UK.

    Through its one third stake in RMG it has an interest in 74km of the A1-M and A419/417roads.

    But that might not be for much longer, as the company today said that it plans to sell minority stakes in motorway units in France, Britain and Colombia, according to Reuters.

  8. Billionaire shocks students with freebie

    Robert F. Smith gives the commencement address during the Morehouse College 135th Commencement at Morehouse College

    A billionaire technology investor has shocked graduating students in Atlanta, Georgia, by telling them he will pay off all of their student loans.

    Robert F Smith, one of America's most prominent black philanthropists, was giving an address at Morehouse College, a historically all-male black college.

    Nearly 400 students will benefit at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.

    The class of 2019 and their teachers were stunned at the news before breaking into applause.

  9. Salmon giant probed over chemical use

    Farmed salmon being chopped

    The world's biggest salmon farming company is one of a number of firms under investigation for possible misreporting of chemical use.

    The BBC can reveal Mowi, formerly known as Marine Harvest, is among those being investigated by Scottish regulators.

    Farmed salmon are treated with medications to ward off disease and infestations, such as sea lice, but there are limits on how much is used.

    Mowi denied any wrongdoing and said it used medications sparingly.

  10. Stagecoach plans bus orders worth £80m

    A bus built by Alexander Dennis

    Transport giant Stagecoach has announced plans to order more than £80m worth of new vehicles.

    A total of 351 "cleaner, greener" buses and coaches are expected to go into service this year.

    They will be introduced on Stagecoach's regional networks in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as its megabus.com routes in the UK.

    More than 300 of the vehicles will be built by Falkirk-based Alexander Dennis (ADL) and its subsidiary Plaxton.

  11. How Huawei's Android loss affects you

    Huawei logo and Android robot

    The restrictions being placed on Huawei's access to the Android operating system will cast a long shadow over Tuesday's launch of the Chinese company's latest handsets.

    The firm has invited press from across the globe to London to witness the unveiling of its Honor 20 Series smartphones.

    The BBC understands the devices will still offer the full Android experience - including use of Google's own app store.

    But unless a clash with the US government is resolved, future launches are set to deliver a much more limited experience - assuming Huawei decides to run them off Android at all.

  12. Fox: UK finance industry won't be hit by Brexit

    Liam Fox

    Britain’s finance industry will emerge largely unscathed from Brexit and retain its position as one of the world’s top financial centres, according to trade minister Liam Fox.

    "I am convinced that once the dust settles, the City of London will do what it always does, which is to emerge fitter, stronger and more dynamic than ever," Fox will say during a speech at the Guildhall later today.

  13. London ends lower

    London Stock Exchange

    London shares have ended lower, as European markets saw a day of gloom after Google and other US firms announced that they would no longer supply Huawei, signalling that the US-China trade war would be unlikely to be resolved soon.

    The FTSE 100 closed 37.7 points or 0.5% down to 7,310.88. Top of the losers is Coca-Cola, which fell 6.4% to £26.81 after dropping plans to re-franchise its Africa bottling business CCBA.

    The FTSE 250 ended 163 points or 0.8% lower to 19,335.59. Merlin Entertainments heads the losers, falling 6.7% to 349.9p after HSBC analysts downgraded its shares from "buy" to "reduce", saying that the theme park owner's outlook would be just "okay" in 2019 as it recovers from multiple headwinds over the last few years.

  14. Amazon wins right to use '.amazon' domain

    Amazon package on a conveyor belt

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), a body that monitors internet addresses, has ruled that internet shopping giant Amazon can provisionally use the ".amazon" domain name, pending a 30-day public comment period.

    This comes as a blow to eight Latin American countries that have been arguing that the domain name should belong to their geographic region.

    The argument has been going on since 2012.

    In order to reach a compromise that Icann would accept, Amazon had to agree that it would not use any words that contained “a primary and well-recognized significance to the culture and heritage of the Amazonia region” in its domain names.

    A list of 1,500 names cannot be used, and Amazon is to provide up to nine domain names to be used by the Latin American countries for non-commercial purposes to highlight their region's culture and heritage.

  15. 5G will 'reach deep into rural areas'

    5G logo on mobile phone base station

    If you take a closer look at the statement put out by Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), it is clear that the government body approved the T-Mobile and Sprint merger due to the benefits it feels the telecoms providers can bring to the US.

    “Two of the FCC’s top priorities are closing the digital divide in rural America and advancing US leadership in 5G, the next generation of wireless connectivity," writers Mr Pai.

    "The commitments made today by TMobile and Sprint would substantially advance each of these critical objectives. For example, the companies have committed to deploying a 5G network that would cover 97% of our nation’s population within three years of the closing of the merger and 99% of Americans within six years.

    "This 5G network would also reach deep into rural areas, with 85% of rural Americans covered within three years and 90% covered within six years."

  16. Wall Street opens lower

    Little Girl statue standing in front of the New York Stock Exchange

    Wall Street shares have opened much lower, with the Nasdaq down 1.7% at the start of trading, after Google announced it was restricting Huawei's use of its flagship Android smartphone operating system, which means future phones will lose access to some Google apps.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is 150 points or 0.6% down to 25,614.36. Top of the losers is mining giant Caterpillar, which has fallen 3% to $122.76 on continued US-China trade war fears.

    The S&P 500 has slipped 19 points or 0.7% to 2,840.46. US chipset manufacturer Qualcomm heads the losers, sliding 4.8% to $77.62 after joining Google in cutting off supplies to Huawei.

    And finally, the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 1.7% on open but is now recovering. It is now 103 points or 1.3% lower to 7,713.21.

    Top of the losers is electric carmaker Tesla, which has dropped 6.8% to $196.60 after an analyst from Wedbush cut its guidance on the firm and said that Tesla should be focusing on producing more Model 3 cars, instead of expanding into robotaxis and "other sci-fi projects".

  17. BreakingFord to cut 7,000 jobs

    Ford logo

    Carmaker Ford has announced that it will be cutting 7,000 jobs across its workforce worldwide to reduce costs.

    The 7,000 jobs constitute about 10% of its global workforce, and the cuts will mostly affect white collar workers, according to CNN.

    About 2,400 of the job losses will be in North America.

    Ford's chief executive Jim Hackett sent employees a letter on Monday morning stating that the job cuts were part of efforts to flatten the company's management structure and reduce bureaucracy within Ford, as well as to help cut costs.

    In 2018, Ford said it had committed to spending $11bn to restructure its business.

  18. Good afternoon

    Greenpeace activists barricading all entrances to BP's headquarters in London

    Thanks Simon and Ben for this morning's live coverage of all things business.

    Mary-Ann Russon with you until 21:30 for the rest of the day's news and views.

    Today in London, Greenpeace activists barricaded all entrances to BP's headquarters in St James’s Square, demanding an end to all new oil and gas exploration ahead of the company's annual general meeting on Tuesday.

    Got a point of view? You can tweet me at @concertina226 and @BBCBusiness.