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Live Reporting

Bill Wilson and Dan Ascher

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night!

    BBC off-air screen

    That's it from Business Live for this week.

    But we'll be back bright and early from 06:00 on Monday.

    Do join us then for all the latest breaking news and analysis.

  2. FTSE finishes the day higher

    After a slightly turbulent day that saw the FTSE 100 slip into the red, the index of the largest London-listed companies closed higher.

    When trading finished at the London Stock Exchange the FTSE 100 was up 0.1% at 7,303. Meanwhile, the FTSE 250 was 0.9% higher at 20,404.

    Shares in BT finished the day 1.2% lower after Labour pledged to nationalise part of the firm if Jeremy Corbyn is elected.

  3. Will fibre broadband be obsolete by 2030?

    Fibre optic cables

    Labour has promised to give every home and business in the UK free full-fibre broadband by 2030 if it wins the general election.

    The plan would see millions more properties given access to a full-fibre connection, though Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was "a crackpot scheme".

    If the plan went ahead and was completed on time, would it still be useful in 2030?

    The BBC's Technology team explain.

  4. Your Questions Answered: Paternity leave

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    Confused by the latest election developments? Got a question about polling or policy? Or is there anything else you'd like us to explain?

    Send your questions to BBC News via the form on this page and we'll do our best to answer them.

    Today we have been answering questions specifically about childcare and family benefits and finances, like this one from Andy Barnard in Maidenhead:

    Q - Does the year's maternity pay also apply to fathers?

    A - Statutory maternity pay (SMP) is paid for 39 weeks. For the first six weeks it is paid at 90% of their average weekly earnings before tax. The following 33 weeks is paid at at £148.68 per week or 90% of their average weekly earnings, whichever is the lower.

    But some employers offer maternity pay that is more than the statutory rate.

    Shared parental leave allows parents - after birth or adoption - to share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay between them.

    Paternity leave is a period of either one or two consecutive weeks that fathers or partners can take off from work to care for their baby or child. The father or partner can receive statutory paternity pay of £148.68 per week, provided they have worked for their company for 26 weeks.

    You can read more questions on childcare and family benefits here.

  5. How did Vodafone India lose $7bn in one quarter?

    A man speaks on his mobile phone as he walks past logos of Vodafone painted on a roadside wall in Kolkata May 20, 2014

    One of India's biggest telecoms firms, Vodafone India, has posted record second quarter losses of 510bn rupees ($7bn; £5.4bn) further exacerbating fears about the state of the industry.

    The phone giant helped turn the billion-person market on to data and hurt its fortunes in the process.

    Economist Vivek Kaul explains.

  6. Revolt over pay at Kier

    Construction worker walks past Kier site

    Investors in government contractor Kier have refused to approve the pay packets asked for by some of the company's top executives.

    Unusually, at the firm's annual general meeting today, 54% of voters voted against a motion to approve the directors' remuneration report for the year ended 30 June 2019

  7. What are nationalisation and privatisation?

    Archive picture of two coal industry workers reading a sign explaining that a mine has been nationalised

    The political parties are setting out their ideas for the country.

    Labour likes to talk about the risk of privatising the NHS,accusing the Conservatives of wanting to do a deal with Donald Trump.

    Meanwhile, the Conservatives have criticised Labour'splans to nationalise part of BT,to provide free broadband

    But what do nationalisation and privatisation actually mean?

    This handy refresher explains.

  8. US markets hit new highs

    Traders at the New York Stock Exchange

    The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both hit record highs as the opening bell rang on Wall Street this morning.

    Both gained 0.3%, pushing the S&P 500 to 3,107 and the Dow Jones to 27,870.

    Meanwhile, the Nasdaq climbed 0.6% to hit 8,528.

  9. On board a non-stop flight from London to Sydney

    Australian carrier Qantas has completed a test of the longest non-stop commercial passenger flight as part of research on how the journey could affect pilots, crew and customers.

    The tests included monitoring pilot brain waves, melatonin levels and alertness as well as exercise classes for passengers.

    The BBC's Luke Jones was on board the flight.

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    Video caption: Ultra-long haul flight non-stop from Sydney to London
  10. Fifty jobs axed on Scottish island

    Worker in a plant

    Fifty workers are being laid off at a the BiFab fabrication yard on the Isle of Lewis, which makes parts for wind farms.

    Thirty-five employees are being let go today and 15 more will lose their jobs over the next few days.

    Arnish was brought back into use in March to manufacture parts for an offshore wind farm after being mothballed for about a year.

    The contract has now come to an end and no further work is immediately available, leading to the job losses at the site.

    The island has a population of around 20,000 people.

  11. FTSE 100 slips

    Woman walks past the London Stock Exchange

    After a good start to the day the FTSE 100 index of the largest companies listed in London has fallen into the red.

    The index is now down around 0.2% at 7,279.

    The FTSE 250, meanwhile, has held on to this morning's gains and is still up 0.3% at 20,300.

  12. US shoppers loosen the purse strings

    New York shoppers reflected in store window with Christmas display

    After cutting back in September, American shoppers started spending again in October, new figures from the the US Commerce Department show.

    Retail sales climbed 0.3% in October, an improvement on the 0.3% decline reported for September.

    The increase was helped by an increase in vehicle sales and higher fuel prices.

    But US shoppers cut back on big-ticket household items and clothing, which will likely worry retailers ahead of the Christmas spending season.

  13. Green Party promises universal basic income

    £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes

    The Green Party has pledged to introduce a universal basic income by 2025, which would see every adult receiving a minimum of £89 per week.

    Additional payments would go to those facing barriers to work, including disabled people and single parents.

    Speaking to the BBC, the party's co-leader Sian Berry said the proposal would cost an additional £76bn which would be funded through taxation.

    She said the policy would create "more jobs than ever before".

  14. Northern Ireland's longest running amusement park put up for sale

    People on thrill ride

    An almost-100-year-old amusement park in Northern Ireland has been put up for sale.

    Barry's Amusements in Portrush is to be sold as a going concern, its owners announced.

    The amusements park opened on the north coast in 1926.

    The Trufelli family said the 11 full-time staff had been informed and would be kept in employment throughout the sale process.

    "As family operators, we feel we can no longer give the considerable commitment required to effectively manage the business," they said.

    Barry's is believed to be Ireland's longest running amusement park.

  15. BT Sport wins Champions League TV rights

    Liverpool win the 209 Champions League

    BT Sport has been awarded the exclusive broadcast rights in the UK to Uefa's European club competitions until 2024.

    As part of the £400m-a-year deal, which commences in 2021, BT have secured the rights to all 420 games from the Champions League, Europa League and the new Europa Conference League for a further three seasons.

    BT Sport will see an increase of 77 games from the previous deal, which includes highlights and in-match clips. Last season, both the Champions League and Europa League finals were contested by Premier League teams.

  16. Lloyds TSB reaction to court ruling

    A Lloyds Banking Group spokesman said: The group welcomes the court’s decision. Throughout this process, the group has sought to act in the interests of our shareholders as a whole.”

  17. Lloyds shareholders lose legal battle

    A judge has dismissed an action by 5,803 former Lloyds TSB shareholders who claimed they were "mugged" when the bank recommended a January 2009 deal without disclosing HBOS's true financial state.

    Sir Alastair Norris announced his decision following a 2017 trial of the case brought by the shareholders against Lloyds Banking Group and former executives over alleged losses running into millions of pounds.

    Lloyds had "robustly" contested the civil legal action, saying it did not consider there was "any merit" in the claims.

    The purchase of HBOS left Lloyds with toxic assets and it was later forced to take a government bailout worth £20.3bn, which has been blamed in part on the takeover.