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Summary

  1. Get in touch: bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk
  2. Woodford urged to waive fees for suspended fund
  3. Eurozone rates to stay low for lower
  4. Merger talks between Renault and Fiat Chrysler break down
  5. Ford announces closure of Bridgend plant in Wales
  6. Aviva to cut 1,800 jobs
  7. India cuts interest rates

Live Reporting

By Howard Mustoe

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That's all for from me tonight. Join us again from 06:00 tomorrow.

    In the meantime, here is a good explanation of how a writer's psyche works.

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  2. US stocks update

    It looks as though US markets are edging higher, despite fears of a new round of hostilities in the US-China tariff war.

    The Dow Jones is up 85.38 points or 0.33% at 25,624.95, while the broader-based S&P 500 is 9.36 points or 0.33% higher at 2,835.51.

    Meanwhile, the tech-heavy Nasdaq has risen a mere 1.53 points or 0.02% to 7,577.01.

  3. Car suit can go ahead

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    A US appeals court said a $210m class-action settlement for owners of Hyundai and Kia cars can go ahead. The suit is over inflated fuel efficiency numbers. The court said vehicle drivers had enough in common to let them settle as a group.

    The case began after the Environmental Protection Agency in the US found flaws in the testing the companies carried out. Kia and Hyundai then lowered estimates for about 900,000 vehicles from the 2011, 2012 and 2013 model years.

  4. Spotify's new hire

    Obama

    Spotify, the streaming music service, said former US president President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, will produce podcasts exclusive to the platform.

    Spotify is spending big on podcasts and the like to keep growing. It now has 100 million paying subscribers.

  5. Fiat Chrysler still open to a deal, letter says

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    Fiat Chrysler withdrew a proposal to merge with France's Renault after it became clear discussions were going nowhere, according to a letter chairman John Elkann wrote to staff, Reuters reported.

    The firm is still "open to opportunities of all kinds", the letter says.

  6. The quiet billionaire

    The FT has a very detailed profile of one of the more discreet Russian oligarchs, Sir Len Blavatnik. It explores how he has managed to keep everyone inside both the UK and Russia sweet, where everyone else has failed.

  7. India: Time for government policy

    Sameer Hashmi

    BBC World reporter

    Men building cars

    The Reserve Bank of India’s decision to cut the key interest rate wasn’t a surprise, in fact it was widely expected.

    With India’s economy slowing down to a five-year low, the Central Bank has also indicated that its decisions on interest rates in the future will take "growth concerns" into consideration. That suggests there could be more cuts.

    It has also revised down India’s economic growth estimate from 7.2% to 7% for the April 2019 - March 2020 period.

    Many experts reckon that with the Central Bank doing its bit to keep the growth engine running, the onus is now on the government to initiate policies that would help revive growth.

  8. Market update

    The FTSE 100 index of big companies rose 0.6%. Investors may well be betting that central banks would soon cut rates in response to concerns about global growth. The rise was reduced after the European Central Bank delayed any potential interest rate hike to next year.

  9. Millions living cashless lives

    Chip and pin machine

    Last year in the UK, 5.4 million people said they lived almost cashless lives, according to UK Finance. That was an increase from the 3.4 million people that said they almost never used cash in 2017.

    At the other end of the scale, 1.9 million said they mainly use cash - even though most of those also have debit cards.

    Last year, around a fifth of payments were made using contactless but that is expected to almost double over the next ten years.

  10. Google buys a Looker

    google

    Google says it's buying Looker, a big-data analytics company, for $2.6bn (£2.04bn).

    It will be the first major purchase for new Google Cloud Chief Executive Thomas Kurian.

    Google's cloud computing business is third after Amazon and Microsoft when it comes to sales.

  11. China's Xi praises 'best friend' Putin during Russia visit

    Xi Jinping and Vladmir Putin

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has described Russia's Vladimir Putin as his "best friend" during a three-day visit to Moscow focusing on trade and relations between the two countries.

    The visit comes as China-US relations have soured over a bitter trade war.

    The two sides have signed a package of trade deals and Mr Xi also brought two pandas for the Moscow zoo.

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  12. US influence

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    More from Mark Carney's speech mentioned earlier.

    The Bank of England governor also highlights the impact that developed economies have on emerging countries.

    "While it is unrealistic to expect advanced economy policymakers to internalise fully spillovers from their actions on emerging markets, given their domestic mandates, (their) monetary policies will increasingly need to take account of spillbacks," he said.

    The dollar was used in more than half of international trade but the US makes 15% of global economic output.

    "This means developments in the US have disproportionate influence on global economic and financial conditions," he said.

  13. Outlook: "not bad"

    Andrew Walker

    World Service economics correspondent

    The extension of the forward guidance reflects the “prolongation of uncertainty”. In particular he mentioned the threat of protectionism (in international trade) much wider concerns about the multilateral order that the world has had since the Second World War, the Brexit negotiations, and the vulnerability of some emerging market countries.

    At the same time he said the data about the economy are “not bad; there isn’t any substantial worsening in the outlook”.

    “There is no probability of deflation” (falling prices which can aggravate economic problems). He said “there is a very low probability of recession”.

    Financial markets did think there might be more. Silvia Dall’Angelo, Senior Economist, Hermes Investment Management called the ECB’s package underwhelming, in the face of rising downside risks, but she attributed the “inaction” not to complacency but to a lack of monetary policy tools.

  14. No raised rates for the Eurozone

    Andrew Walker

    World Service economics correspondent

    No change in the European Central Bank’s ultra-low interest rates and it looks like they will stay that way for another year at least. That was the significant change in the ECB’s position today. The Bank’s “forward guidance” was previously that rates are unlikely to be raised before the end of this year. Now it will be mid-2020 before any change is likely. The ECB President Mario Draghi revealed in the post-meeting press conference that some members of the Governing Council, the policy making body in the ECB, raised the possibility of interest rate cuts and restarting quantitative easing, buying financial assets with newly created money. That said, the decision to hold interest rates was unanimous, he said.

  15. An anti-money laundering authority for the EU?

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    Draghi is being asked about money laundering in general and Baltic states in particular. Dankse Bank allegedly assisted in hundreds of billions of pounds worth, it emerged last year. Is there enough co-ordination among EU states?

    "It's absolutely essential to coordinate anti money laundering at an international level across different countries," he says.

    He admitted there were "serious problems" with communications between authorities within countries as well as between nations.

    The ECB has some powers, he says. "I think we should go well beyond this and create a European authority on anti money laundering with powers," he says.

  16. Euro continues to rally

    euro dollar

    The euro has continued to push higher during the speech by Mario Draghi. It is up more than two thirds of a cent at $1.1287.

    The ECB has not signalled any bold steps to boost the eurozone economy and that seems to have given the euro a lift.