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

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    • 4.4 • 211 Ratings

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

    Ukraine's wheat exports

    Ukraine's wheat exports

    The United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, accuses Russia of using food as a weapon of war - holding "hostage" food supplies that are usually exported to millions of people. Daniil Melnychenko is a data analyst at Informall Business Group - based in Odessa - he tells us about the issue.
    Indonesia will resume palm oil exports next week - one of the world's most important commodities. Norman Harsono has been covering the story for the Jakarta Post - he tells us why the President has changed his mind.
    Australia’s recorded its lowest unemployment figure in almost fifty years - just 3.9% last month. Businesses say they're desperate for staff - and Liarne Peek, who owns the Matterhorn Restaurant in Sydney tells us about the problems she's facing.

    • 26 min
    Share market sell-off continues

    Share market sell-off continues

    Investors are worried about a possible recession after steep Wall Street falls on Wednesday. We have the latest on the financial markets from Michael Hewson of CMC Markets, and explore the prospects for the global economy with Simon Macadam at Capital Economics in London, and Allison Schrager, senior fellow and economist at the Manhattan Institute in New York.
    Also in the programme, the BBC's Phil Mercer reports from Australia on how the rising cost of living is a central theme in campaigning ahead of this weekend's general election.
    The BBC's Rahul Tandon examines changing attitudes to defence spending following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Plus, we hear how Joe and Jess Thwaite, from Gloucester in England, found out that they had won $228m on the EuroMillions lottery.

    Today's edition is presented by Mike Johnson, and produced by Sarah Hawkins and Sara Parry.

    • 26 min
    Billions of dollars are pledged to end global food shortage

    Billions of dollars are pledged to end global food shortage

    The World Bank has pledged 30 billion dollars to help tackle world hunger over the next 15 years. Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, US, Jayati Ghosh, gives us her take on whether that amount is enough.
    Share prices in the United States have seen their biggest one day drop since 2020. The DOW Jones Industrial Average fell more than three and a half percent. Our Business Correspondent Samira Hussein tells us why.
    As things take another turn for the worse in Sri Lanka, the power minister Kanchana Wijesekera says people should stop queueing for fuel - as the country has no money to buy any. Shanta Devarajan who's part of the Sri Lankan team speaking to the IMF, tells us about the negotiations.
    Walter Koenig from the Bavaria Brewers Federation tells us about German worries that a shortage of beer bottles there could leave people without their favourite drink.

    • 26 min
    EU unveils new energy strategy

    EU unveils new energy strategy

    There's an increased focus on renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, and we get reaction from Giles Dickson, chief executive of the group Wind Europe. The BBC's Adrienne Murray reports on a scheme to boost North Sea wind energy production. And we hear from Anna Borg, chief executive of Swedish state owned energy company Vattenfall, which is already investing in North Sea wind projects. Also in the programme, a judge in California has thrown out legislation that required publicly listed companies to ensure a certain level of female representation on their boards. We find out more from Laura Whitcombe, global campaign manager of the 30% Club, which campaigns for more gender diversity in companies. Plus, the BBC's Mariko Oi meets some of the young people choosing to engage in high risk cryptocurrency markets.

    Today's edition is presented by Sasha Twining, and produced by Faarea Masud, Sarah Hawkins and Elizabeth Hotson.

    • 26 min
    Musk vs the Twitter bots

    Musk vs the Twitter bots

    Elon Musk - the world's richest man - has been in talks to buy social media giant Twitter since April. But the deal is stalling because of his concerns over the platform's 'bots'. His friend Ross Gerber tells us why it's so important to Mr Musk - and Twitter users.

    Latest figures show how Americans are spending more despite record inflation. Trading insider Joe Saluzzi analyses the numbers along with Chicago coffee businesswoman Amanda Harth, and Jill Renslow from Minnesota's Mall of America.

    Also, Air Asia boss Tony Fernandes says tourism on the continent is ready to take off again; and the former Canadian finance minister, Joe Oliver, has an interesting tale to tell about Vladimir Putin.

    • 26 min
    UK government revisits N Ireland trade rules

    UK government revisits N Ireland trade rules

    The UK outlined a plan to change the Brexit deal agreed with the EU on Northern Ireland. Tony Connelly is Brussels correspondent for the Irish TV channel RTE, and explains how the EU is likely to respond to any unilateral measures that might be taken. Also in the programme, amid a worsening economic crisis, Sri Lanka has run out of fuel. We get a sense of what life is like for ordinary Sri Lankans from Saajid Nazmi, who is an e-commerce worker, whose boss has let him work from home because of the rising cost of commuting. Indonesian palm oil farmers have been protesting in Jakarta, after a government ban on the export of palm oil has led to a steep fall in the price of the commodity. We find out more from Djono Albar Burhan of the Indonesian Palm Oil Smallholder Association. Plus, the BBC's Samira Hussain reports on the ongoing power difficulties in Puerto Rico, caused by successive hurricanes five years ago, which heavily damaged the island's electricity grid.

    Today's edition is presented by Ed Butler, and produced by Faarea Masud, Sarah Hawkins and Elizabeth Hotson.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
211 Ratings

211 Ratings

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Good European coverage

Especially good coverage of European business trends.

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