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The latest business and finance news from around the world from the BBC

    Update: Japan economy shrinks at fastest rate in five years

    Update: Japan economy shrinks at fastest rate in five years

    Fears of a recession grow after GDP fell by 1.6% in the final quarter of 2019, with the impact of the coronavirus still to come. We speak to Devin Stewart, senior fellow at the US-based Eurasia Group Foundation.

    • 5 min
    Is there a future in traditional banking?

    Is there a future in traditional banking?

    Banking union members are worried about Tuesday's earnings announcement from HSBC, where 10,000 more posts are threatened on top of existing redundancies. Under strong pressure from their investors, banks in Europe are struggling to catch up with more profitable competitors in Asia. So we ask, what is the future for traditional banking? Two weeks of debate in France's national assembly begin today, to try and push through the much-protested pension reform. But with 41,000 amendments to get through, will it ever happen? A question for Katherine Norris-Trent of France 24. "Blue collar" and "white collar" is how manual labourers and office workers, respectively, have been described since the 1920s and 30s. But what impact has this had on today's jobs market? Our workplace commentator Patricia Vincent explains.

    • 26 min
    Tesla's German car plant is stopped

    Tesla's German car plant is stopped

    A court grants a temporary injunction against the carmaker's 'Gigafactory' near Berlin. What does this mean for Tesla's growth in Europe? We speak to Tim Higgins, auto and tech reporter at the Wall Street Journal who is writing a book about the company.

    Brexit is threatening hundreds of jobs in the UK's financial services sector. But two Japanese banks have bucked the trend and gone on a recruitment drive in London. Ben Harris works for recruitment firm Morgan McKinley and tells us what's behind it.

    • 22 min
    Tackling Air Pollution

    Tackling Air Pollution

    Air pollution can be a silent killer, and we look in-depth at how it can be tackled. Dr Gary Fuller is an air pollution scientist at King's College, London, and explains how it can best be monitored. Heather Acton is a councillor responsible for air quality in Westminster, London, and discusses what's being done there to minimise pollution. Delhi in India is regularly among the most polluted cities in the world, and we find out more from Jyoti Pande Lavakare, co-founder of campaign group Care for Air India. And we hear how the Chinese authorities have made progress with pollution in Beijing from Tiy Chung, who works in Paris for the UN's Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Also in the programme, we get analysis of the easing trade war between China and the United States with Fred Hochberg, a former president of the Export Import Bank of the US, who has just written a book called Trade is Not a Four Letter Word. Plus, we hear tips on how to have a cheap Valentine's Day date from users of the BBC Facebook page My Money World.

    • 26 min
    Update: Huawei: US issues new charges of racketeering and theft

    Update: Huawei: US issues new charges of racketeering and theft

    The US has expanded its lawsuit against Huawei, accusing the Chinese telecoms giant of a "decades-long" plan to steal technology from US firms.
    Prosecutors said Huawei had violated the terms of partnerships with US companies and stolen trade secrets such as source code and robot technology. It adds to a list of other charges brought by the US last year. Those accused Huawei of violating US sanctions and stealing technology from T-Mobile. Huawei has denied the claims.

    Plus, the latest from the US markets.

    • 7 min
    The quest to tax the tech titans

    The quest to tax the tech titans

    There's an intense economic debate over whether and how to make tech giants pay more tax. Liz Nelson from the campaigning organisation the Tax Justice Network argues that the global tax system is out of date. Andrew Hewson, who owns two bookshops in south west London tells us why he thinks shops like his have an unfair tax burden compared to online retailers. And we hear the case for the likes of Amazon, Facebook and Google from Christian Borggreen of the Computer and Communications Industry Association. Also in the programme, Britain's finance secretary Sajid Javid has resigned unexpectedly as part of a cabinet reshuffle. George Parker is political editor of the Financial Times and explains how dramatic today's resignation is. Plus, in the wake of a rise in the sales of products containing cannabidiol, or CBD, extracted from the cannabis plant, the UK food safety watchdog has said it will ban products contaning the chemical if they don't gain regulatory approval within a year. The BBC's consumer affairs correspondent Coletta Smith discusses what's behind the move, and we hear about the safety of products containing CBD from Professor Gino Martini from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

    • 26 min

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