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

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    • 4.4 • 175 Ratings

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

    Update: Black Friday comes early

    Update: Black Friday comes early

    Black Friday started earlier this year as shoppers turned to online services during the pandemic. John Copeland, Vice President for Marketing and Customer Insights at Adobe, lays out the trends they saw this year. Also in the programme, the Trump administration intends to scrap longstanding federal protection for US birds, Sarah Greenberger, Vice President of the National Audubon Society, explains why they are opposed to the move. And Susan Schmidt of Aviva Investors in Chicago wraps up the week on the US markets.

    • 14 min
    China imposes tariffs on Australian wine

    China imposes tariffs on Australian wine

    Starting on Saturday, China will impose trade tariffs of up to 212% on Australian wine. We get industry reaction from Tony Battaglene, chief executive of Australian Grape and Wine. Also in the programme, the BBC's Manuela Saragosa reports on how prepping, or survivalism, has gone mainstream. We find out why police in northern India used tear gas and wooden sticks in an attempt to prevent thousands of farmers from marching into Delhi. Plus, a new law is going through France's Parliament, making it an offence to discriminate against regional accents. The BBC's Joshua Thorpe explains the background.

    • 27 min
    Update: Confusion around AstraZeneca vaccine data

    Update: Confusion around AstraZeneca vaccine data

    On Monday, the world heard how the UK's Covid vaccine - from AstraZeneca and Oxford University - was highly effective in advanced trials. But on Thursday, multiple news outlets in the UK and US reported that there were questions over the data. The FT’s Donato Paolo Mancini explains the concerns. Also in the programme, the price of the digital currency Bitcoin slumped today after rallying through the year. Billy Bambrough, who writes about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for Forbes, explains why the currency can be so volatile.

    • 11 min
    UK MPs target Amazon and Apple over e-waste

    UK MPs target Amazon and Apple over e-waste

    The UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee wants electronics firms to help recycle. Philip Dunne chairs the committee, and tells us why its report on Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy focuses on encouraging manufacturers to tackle e-waste rather than consumers. And Janet Gunter, co-founder of the Restart Project, which helps people to repair broken consumer electronics, discusses why the practice has gone out of fashion.
    Also in the programme, we find out why German authorities are seeking a European Union deal to close ski resorts this winter amid coronavirus fears.
    The BBC's Tamasin Ford reports on why Africa seems to be outperforming other parts of the world economically in the wake of the pandemic.
    Plus, we hear from JP Teti, founder of Passyunk Avenue restaurant in London, about how the firm is helping Americans in the city enjoy Thanksgiving under lockdown.

    • 26 min
    Retailers gear up for Black Friday

    Retailers gear up for Black Friday

    Retailers around the world are preparing for one of the biggest shopping days each year. The BBC's Michelle Fleury in New York reports on how the pandemic is impacting plans for Black Friday in 2020. And we get further analysis from Ivan Mazour, who is a retail consultant and chief executive of Ometria, which works with 175 retailers from offices in New York and London. Also in the programme, the French government is hoping to bolster its budget in the year ahead with proceeds of a tax levied on the profits mainly of Silicon Valley giants like Facebook and Amazon. Victor Mallett, Paris bureau chief for the Financial Times, tells us French tax authorities are now demanding millions of euros in payment for this year, after talks on an alternative framework stalled. Plus, with three new coronavirus vaccines that are now known to work, the BBC's Ed Butler has been finding out about the immense challenge of delivering the vaccines where needed, especially in the developing world.

    (Picture: A Black Friday window display. Picture credit: Getty Images.)

    • 27 min
    Update: President-elect Biden makes first choices for new cabinet

    Update: President-elect Biden makes first choices for new cabinet

    President-elect Joe Biden has introduced the first people he has chosen for his cabinet. We run through who's been nominated, and hear how markets reacted to earlier news that Janet Yellen has been chosen to be the new administration's treasury secretary.
    The Dow Jones market index reached a record-breaking 30,000 points today. But how significant is that? We speak to Joe Saluzzi of Themis Trading in New Jersey.
    Also in the programme, we hear how many musicians are receiving no income from streaming services, as guitarist Tom Gray, founder of the Broken Record campaign, explains.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
175 Ratings

175 Ratings

grant11955 ,

Truly excellent

I only have 4 podcasts I regularly consume. This makes cut, the only business one.

BGreig3 ,

I love Most BBC Reporting...

... but please stop your predictable pattern of turning every other story into your annoying breathless rants about gender inequality, lgbq confusion, climate crisis, race baiting, USA snarking, Trump bashing and global shaming.

If you want to flagellate yourselves over your Empire history, fine, but don’t draw the USA and other nations into your guilt trips

You act as if you are very jealous of your American cousins, get over it!

Wake-up, the majority of the world really don’t want your lectures, just the news please.

Wilf Boggins ,

Generally good

The coverage is good quality, but the business story selection is frequently very PC, and related to Race, identity, Feminism issues. Well it is the BBC 2020

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