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By Bill Wilson and Simon Read

All times stated are UK

  1. Wagamama boss warns on 2020 prospects

    Wagamama branch

    Like-for-like sales at restaurant chain Wagamama grew 6.3% in the UK in the second quarter, but that was a marked slowdown on 12.9% in the first three months of the year.

    The news has prompted boss Emma Woods to warn about the company's prospects for 2020.

    "We don't expect to be immune to the various headwinds facing our industry," She said, adding, "we will stay true to our positive culture and growth mindset."

    Overall turnover rose 11% to £93.5m in the three months, as it opened six new restaurants and a delivery kitchen.

    Sales in the US did considerably better than in the UK, with turnover jumping 12.5% over the quarter.

  2. Dutch energy company snapped up by Japanese giants in €4bn deal

    Eneco sign

    Dutch energy company Eneco has agreed to a proposed €4.1bn (£3.5bn) takeover by Japanese corporations Mitsubishi and Chubu.

    The bid has beaten off rival bids from Shell and private equity firm KKR.

    Eneco said in a statement earlier today that Mitsubishi will fund 80% of the deal and Chubu the remaining 20%.

    The company said Mitsubishi and Chubu support strengthening Eneco's sustainable energy strategy and will allow it to further expand internationally.

    Eneco, which is currently owned by a group of 44 Dutch municipalities, said Mitsubishi’s group had “made the best offer for shareholders and all other stakeholders of Eneco, including employees.”

  3. TBS banch closure is 'deplorable' and a 'tragedy'

    TSB cashpoints

    The decision by TSB to abandon 82 local community bank branches is "absolutely deplorable and a tragedy for the banking sector", reckons Dominic Hook, Unite national officer.

    “This is a betrayal of the bank’s customers and staff who have remained loyal through recent tough times," the union official said.

    He warned that the branch closures will have "a disastrous impact" on local communities such as vulnerable customers, small business and experienced staff.

    “Unite is urging TSB’s new CEO to reverse this appalling decision so that customers and staff do not lose their important local bank branches."

  4. Uber's 'big blow'

    Uber sign

    Uber has "suffered a big blow" with today's ruling, reckons Neil Wilson of Markets.com.

    "It betrays the scope and depth of the legal and regulatory problems faced by Uber," he said.

    "The list of legal issues is long and broad in its scope and geography.

    "These present ongoing overhang for the stock as, while there have been problems about corporate culture, largely the run-ins with the regulators and policymakers pertains to the very structure of the business itself and how it operates; taxation, labour laws and consumer safety are the milking stool of regulatory instability.

    "It betrays also the fact that cities and local lawmakers do have considerable leverage should they wish to use it.

    "Uber will continue to face elevated competition from local rivals and a high-degree of regulatory scrutiny that threatens to undermine how it does business.”

  5. CBI calls for 'dialogue' over Uber decision

    Commenting on the news that TfL has denied Uber a license to operate in London, CBI chief UK policy director Matthew Fell said: "Uber's popularity shows that customers value the service and choice that their innovative technologies offer.

    "TfL of course have to be confident around safety issues, so we'd encourage both sides to continue the dialogue to determine what changes are required in order that Uber's customers can continue to enjoy the service in the long term."

  6. Web inventor attacks Tories over misinformation

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    Video caption: World Wide Web inventor attacks Tories over misinformation
  7. 'It's not sold until you’ve kept it'

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Black Friday with 50% off sign and red lips

    Black Friday is approaching, but how much of what is bought online is returned?

    ReBound Return is a company that helps retailers handle returns and its chief executive Graham Best said that one in four fashion items bought online was returned.

    “We have a saying it's not sold until you’ve kept it," he said.

    Less than 2% of returns are fraudulent, he said

  8. Pound trades higher

    Pound and dollar

    Meanwhile, the pound is enjoying a positive start to the week and is up 0.36% against the dollar at $1.2880.

    It's up 0.44% against the euro at €1.1695.

    "The pound is the best performing major currency at the start of the week, making small but steady gains against all of its peers," said David Cheetham, chief market analyst at XTB.com.

  9. Which TSB branches will close?

    TSB sign

    The TSB branches closing are set to be smaller and quieter ones, the BBC understands.

    The bank will be revealing locations in the next few days as it tells staff affected by the closures.

    The number of people impacted will be around 300-400 with the bank working with them to try and find them alternative roles within TSB.

    The bank has pointed out that at present, TSB has more than double the UK average when comparing the number of branches per 10,000 customers (1.6 vs 0.8).

  10. BreakingTSB to close 82 branches in 2020

    TSB branch

    TSB said it will close 82 branches next year as it invests more in "digital solutions".

    The branch network will shrink from 540 to 454.

    The move is part of the Spanish-owned bank's "three-year strategy to restore the Bank’s competitiveness through a relentless focus on better serving its customers."

    CEO Debbie Crosbie said: "The plan we’re sharing today involves some difficult decisions, but it sets TSB up to succeed in the future.

    "Taken together, these changes will help us to serve more customers, better, for the long-term.”

  11. Union calls for mayor Khan meet to discuss Uber

    Sadiq Khan

    James Farrar, chair of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain's (IWGB) United Private Hire Drivers branch (UPHD) said: "The Mayor’s decision to once again deny Uber a licence will come as a hammer blow to its 50,000 drivers working under precarious conditions.

    "Many will now face the distress of facing not only unemployment but also crippling debt as they struggle to meet car lease payments. The terrible price of Transport for London’s inability to run a stable regulatory regime and Uber’s refusal to play by the rules will be paid for by the most vulnerable workforce in London.

    "We are asking for an urgent meeting with the Mayor to discuss what mitigation plan can now be put in place to protect Uber drivers."

  12. What's your view of the Uber decision?

    Do you use Uber? How do you feel about it losing its licence to operate in London?

    Do let us know your thoughts at bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk

  13. Uber cars will not disappear from London's streets

    Tom Burridge

    Transport correspondent, BBC News

    Uber app

    It’s important to note that Uber taxis will not suddenly disappear from London’s streets. The company now has 21 days to appeal. Its taxis can still operate during this period.

    The matter is now likely to be decided in the courts. Uber also had its licence revoked back in 2017.

    TfL says Uber did address a number of security and safety issues which have arisen since September when TfL extended the company’s licence.

    The company closed loop holes over insurance issues for drivers and on drivers using incorrect photos/profiles.

    However TfL says it doesn’t have confidence that these type of problems will occur in the future and it feels that Uber has been reactive, not proactive, at addressing these type of issues and therefore it is revoking its licence.

  14. Uber will appeal

    Responding to TfL's decision Jamie Heywood, Uber's regional general manager for Northern & Eastern Europe, said:

    Quote Message: TfL’s decision not to renew Uber’s licence in London is extraordinary and wrong, and we will appeal. We have fundamentally changed our business over the last two years and are setting the standard on safety. TfL found us to be a fit and proper operator just two months ago, and we continue to go above and beyond. On behalf of the 3.5 million riders and 45,000 licensed drivers who depend on Uber in London, we will continue to operate as normal and will do everything we can to work with TfL to resolve this situation.
  15. Uber decision made 'to keep Londoners safe'

    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has weighed to support TfL's Uber decision. He said:

    Quote Message: I know this decision may be unpopular with Uber users, but their safety is the paramount concern. Regulations are there to keep Londoners safe, and fully complying with TfL’s strict standards is essential if private hire operators want a licence to operate in London.
  16. Time for Uber to 'accept their responsibilities'

    Uber drivers strike

    The GMB union says Uber losing its London licence will be a wake-up call for the cab-hailing app.

    "Uber pulled more stunts than a Hollywood movie, now it’s time for them to accept their responsibilities," said Steve Garelick, GMB regional officer.

    "We fully expect the Supreme Court to uphold the ruling of the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal on driver’s worker rights in July.

    “GMB wants to protect honest drivers, but it’s perhaps time for them to look elsewhere to work.”

    Uber lost an employment tribunal against the GMB last year.

  17. Uber has 21 days to appeal

    Uber app and red London bus

    Legislation means that Uber now has 21 days to appeal against the decision not to renew its licence to operate in London, during which it can continue to operate pending any appeal and throughout any potential appeals process.

    While Uber continues to operate, TfL says it will continue to closely scrutinise the private hire operator.