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

    Update: More cases of Coronavirus confirmed

    Update: More cases of Coronavirus confirmed

    As more cases of Coronavirus are confirmed in China, the BBC's Andrew Walker considers the potential economic impact of the disease. Plus, German car parts manufacturer Gedia is the latest in a line of companies hit by ransomware attacks. Bill Goodwin from Computer Weekly explains what's happened. And Chris Low of FHN Financial weighs in on the US markets from New York.

    • 14 min
    The business of male make-up

    The business of male make-up

    Daniel Gray is founder of War Paint for Men, and tells us after just 14 months he's exporting male make-up to 77 countries. Charlie Teasdale of men's magazine Esquire discusses the actors who are leading a trend towards men wearing make-up. South Korea was market leader in Asia for male make-up until 2017, and Hellen Choo of the website Swagger talks us through some of the most popular products sold through her site. Also in the programme, as more cases of Coronavirus are confirmed in China, the BBC's Andrew Walker considers the potential economic impact of the disease. Plus, as the World Economic Forum in Davos draws to a close, we get a sense of the prevailing mood at the event from Bruce Whitfield, who is a journalist from South Africa and host of The Money Show, and Patrick Foulis, business affairs editor at The Economist.

    • 26 min
    Update: China virus weighs down global shares

    Update: China virus weighs down global shares

    China virus weighs down global shares, as Scott Nations from NationsShares in the US explains. Plus, designer Jean Paul Gaultier has his last haute couture fashion show.

    • 6 min
    How reliable are economic statistics?

    How reliable are economic statistics?

    We take an in-depth look at how we measure economic growth and ask if it can be improved. Oxford economics professor Diane Coyle argues that GDP is only a partial measure of what happens in an economy. Erik Brynjolfsson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology makes the case for estimating the value of free internet services in economic activity statistics. And Peter Levell of the Institute for Fiscal Studies tells us falling response rates for those conducting economic surveys could be affecting the validity of the data that emerges as a result. Also in the programme, the British government is introducing a law that would entitle working parents to two weeks statutory leave if their child dies. The BBC's Simon Gompertz explains the background to the change.

    (Picture: Illustration of graphs. Picture credit: Getty Images.)

    • 26 min
    Update: Nigerian business responds to US travel ban threat

    Update: Nigerian business responds to US travel ban threat

    Nigerian business responds to the threat of a US travel ban. Meanwhile, the Japanese legal system is under scrutiny after an accused automotive boss called its system of prosecution 'unfair'. And Susan Schmidt from Aviva Investors in the US gives us the day's stock market movers and losers.

    • 11 min
    Can single-use plastic be eliminated?

    Can single-use plastic be eliminated?

    We ask whether global food companies can successfully eliminate single-use plastic. Bea Perez is chief sustainability officer at Coca Cola, and says the firm is trying to create a circular economy around plastics. Veronique Cremades-Mathis is global head of sustainable packaging at Nestle, and tells us the food giant is considering reusable packaging. Simon Howson-Green is a specialist crisis management consultant and argues that corporate efforts around plastics are about damage limitation. And we get the perspective of Melati Wijsen, an 18-year-old Indonesian/Dutch activist, who co-founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags when she was aged just 12. Also in the programme, President Trump has confirmed that the US intends to add some more countries to its controversial travel ban. Anita Kumar from Politico brings us more details. Plus the BBC's Zoe Kleinman reports on the early warning signs for workplace burnout, and how best to avoid it.

    (Picture: Plastic bottles in a waterway. Picture credit: Getty Images.)

    • 25 min

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