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

Latest Episodes

Would you rent your clothes?

We ask whether clothing rental could help tackle the environmental impact of fashion. Alice Wilby is a sustainable fashion expert who lectures at the Central Saint Martin's College in London, and discusses the background. Elaina Simms is chief operating officer of MyWardrobeHQ, which offers clothing rental in the UK, and tells us why they believe it's a model that could catch on. And we discuss likely consumer interest in the idea with Samantha Conti, London bureau chief of the fashion industry's trade journal, Women's Wear Daily. Also in the programme, we hear about the changes and disruption faced by farmers in Chile, who are now sharing the landscape with vast lithium mines. Plus on budget day in the Netherlands, our correspondent explains how public attitude to multinationals has contributed to tax changes.

26 MIN7 hours ago
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Would you rent your clothes?

Update: General Motors workers go on strike

All members of the United Autoworkers union at GM have gone on strike

6 MIN23 hours ago
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Update: General Motors workers go on strike

Saudi oil output halved after attacks

Oil prices surged by 20% before settling up 10% after an attack on a Saudi oil facility. Amena Bakr of Energy Intelligence in Dubai explains what is behind the gyrations. In the face of thousands of lawsuits over its opioid painkillers, Purdue Pharma has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. David Armstrong from the news organisation ProPublica discusses the background. Our regular workplace commentator Pilita Clarke considers what employers will do if their workers choose to join what is being billed as a global climate walkout this Friday. Plus our reporter finds out why London is in the middle of a theatre construction boom. (Picture: Damage to the Abqaiq oil facility. Picture credit: US Government.)

27 MIN1 days ago
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Saudi oil output halved after attacks

Oil price spike after Saudi oil attack

Oil prices have spiked after drone attacks in Saudi Arabia have taken 5% of global supply off the table. Our expert Chris Weafer tells us why Saudi is still the world’s oil safety net, as nobody has the same capacity. Meanwhile, 50,000 United Auto Workers union members say they'll walk out, after General Motors fails to reach a new pay deal with them. And can Africa produce more scientists? We talk to those trying to encourage more to do scientific and engineer-focused careers across the continent. (Image: Smoke coming out of an Aramco oil facility earlier in September. Credit: AFP/ Getty Images)

22 MIN1 days ago
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Oil price spike after Saudi oil attack

Update: Felicity Huffman sentenced over college admissions scandal

US actress Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for her involvement in a college admissions scandal. The Desperate Housewives star admitted to paying $15,000 to have her daughter's exam answers secretly corrected in 2017. We hear from Judy Kurtz from US political website, the Hill. The Frankfurt Motor Show is underway; we get the latest from Joe Miller of the Financial Times. And Chris Lowe from FTN Financial in New York brings us up to date with financial markets in the US.

10 MIN4 days ago
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Update: Felicity Huffman sentenced over college admissions scandal

Indigenous communities talk climate change

Leaders from indigenous communities around the world converge to discuss climate change. Hosted by the Flourishing Diversity series at University College London, delegates from South America, Africa, New Zealand and more met to listen, exchange ideas and build solidarity. The BBC's Frey Lindsay went along on the last day of the event to see what they came up with. Also in the show, Paris is seeing huge jams and massive crowds on the few metro lines running as transport workers strike against planned pension reform. Sophie Pedder of the Economist explains the context of the biggest strike in the French capital for over a decade. And the BBC's Theo Leggett returns from the Frankfurt Motor Show with some thoughts.

26 MIN4 days ago
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Indigenous communities talk climate change

Update: Businesses call for gun law changes

Bosses of 145 businesses have called on US authorities to control gun sales. Plus, Dr Cary Leahey from Decision Economics in the US updates us on day's movers and losers on the stock markets

7 MIN5 days ago
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Update: Businesses call for gun law changes

The future of diamonds

We examine the impact of synthetic diamonds on the market for traditional gems. Olly Williams, professor of experimental physics at Cardiff University, tells us lab-grown diamonds are now virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. David Prager is an executive at diamond mining firm DeBeers, and says he thinks there will always be a strong market for authentic stones. And we get a sense of how consumers are responding to the newer diamonds from Patrick Wyatt, who has been selling diamond jewellery for 30 years in Hatton Garden, London, and Roseanna Croft, who designs jewellery in Derbyshire in the north of England. Also in the programme, the European Central Bank has cut interest rates further into negative territory. Christel Aranda-Hassel of Japanese bank Mizuho International explains the thinking behind the move. Plus our reporter finds out about the lucrative industry of drag acts, where male performers dress in women's clothing.

26 MIN5 days ago
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The future of diamonds

Germany's economic health

With signs Germany may be entering recession, we look at how it might get back on track. The BBC's Theo Leggett is at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and tells us how German car industry leaders see their business impacting the economy. Stefan Kooths is chief forecaster at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany, and explains how his organisation sees the next few months panning out. And we talk to Erik Kirschbaum, a Berlin-based entrepreneur who owns several small-scale solar power plants, about how green industries might provide some of the jobs that Germany needs in the future. Also in the programme, lawmakers in California have passed a bill that could change the future of the gig economy. Alison Grisswold is a reporter for the Quartz news site, and explains how the law, which reclassifies hundreds of thousands of independent contractors as company employees, will affect ride-sharing firms like Uber and Lyft. Plus our reporter looks at the rise of the virtual internship, w...

26 MIN6 days ago
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Germany's economic health

Update: Apple's new phones fails to excite investors

Apple unveils its yearly batch of new products which barely moved its share price, plus Mark Kepner from Themis Trading in the US tells us what's really exciting shareholders today

6 MIN6 days ago
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Update: Apple's new phones fails to excite investors

Latest Episodes

Would you rent your clothes?

We ask whether clothing rental could help tackle the environmental impact of fashion. Alice Wilby is a sustainable fashion expert who lectures at the Central Saint Martin's College in London, and discusses the background. Elaina Simms is chief operating officer of MyWardrobeHQ, which offers clothing rental in the UK, and tells us why they believe it's a model that could catch on. And we discuss likely consumer interest in the idea with Samantha Conti, London bureau chief of the fashion industry's trade journal, Women's Wear Daily. Also in the programme, we hear about the changes and disruption faced by farmers in Chile, who are now sharing the landscape with vast lithium mines. Plus on budget day in the Netherlands, our correspondent explains how public attitude to multinationals has contributed to tax changes.

26 MIN7 hours ago
Comments
Would you rent your clothes?

Update: General Motors workers go on strike

All members of the United Autoworkers union at GM have gone on strike

6 MIN23 hours ago
Comments
Update: General Motors workers go on strike

Saudi oil output halved after attacks

Oil prices surged by 20% before settling up 10% after an attack on a Saudi oil facility. Amena Bakr of Energy Intelligence in Dubai explains what is behind the gyrations. In the face of thousands of lawsuits over its opioid painkillers, Purdue Pharma has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. David Armstrong from the news organisation ProPublica discusses the background. Our regular workplace commentator Pilita Clarke considers what employers will do if their workers choose to join what is being billed as a global climate walkout this Friday. Plus our reporter finds out why London is in the middle of a theatre construction boom. (Picture: Damage to the Abqaiq oil facility. Picture credit: US Government.)

27 MIN1 days ago
Comments
Saudi oil output halved after attacks

Oil price spike after Saudi oil attack

Oil prices have spiked after drone attacks in Saudi Arabia have taken 5% of global supply off the table. Our expert Chris Weafer tells us why Saudi is still the world’s oil safety net, as nobody has the same capacity. Meanwhile, 50,000 United Auto Workers union members say they'll walk out, after General Motors fails to reach a new pay deal with them. And can Africa produce more scientists? We talk to those trying to encourage more to do scientific and engineer-focused careers across the continent. (Image: Smoke coming out of an Aramco oil facility earlier in September. Credit: AFP/ Getty Images)

22 MIN1 days ago
Comments
Oil price spike after Saudi oil attack

Update: Felicity Huffman sentenced over college admissions scandal

US actress Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for her involvement in a college admissions scandal. The Desperate Housewives star admitted to paying $15,000 to have her daughter's exam answers secretly corrected in 2017. We hear from Judy Kurtz from US political website, the Hill. The Frankfurt Motor Show is underway; we get the latest from Joe Miller of the Financial Times. And Chris Lowe from FTN Financial in New York brings us up to date with financial markets in the US.

10 MIN4 days ago
Comments
Update: Felicity Huffman sentenced over college admissions scandal

Indigenous communities talk climate change

Leaders from indigenous communities around the world converge to discuss climate change. Hosted by the Flourishing Diversity series at University College London, delegates from South America, Africa, New Zealand and more met to listen, exchange ideas and build solidarity. The BBC's Frey Lindsay went along on the last day of the event to see what they came up with. Also in the show, Paris is seeing huge jams and massive crowds on the few metro lines running as transport workers strike against planned pension reform. Sophie Pedder of the Economist explains the context of the biggest strike in the French capital for over a decade. And the BBC's Theo Leggett returns from the Frankfurt Motor Show with some thoughts.

26 MIN4 days ago
Comments
Indigenous communities talk climate change

Update: Businesses call for gun law changes

Bosses of 145 businesses have called on US authorities to control gun sales. Plus, Dr Cary Leahey from Decision Economics in the US updates us on day's movers and losers on the stock markets

7 MIN5 days ago
Comments
Update: Businesses call for gun law changes

The future of diamonds

We examine the impact of synthetic diamonds on the market for traditional gems. Olly Williams, professor of experimental physics at Cardiff University, tells us lab-grown diamonds are now virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. David Prager is an executive at diamond mining firm DeBeers, and says he thinks there will always be a strong market for authentic stones. And we get a sense of how consumers are responding to the newer diamonds from Patrick Wyatt, who has been selling diamond jewellery for 30 years in Hatton Garden, London, and Roseanna Croft, who designs jewellery in Derbyshire in the north of England. Also in the programme, the European Central Bank has cut interest rates further into negative territory. Christel Aranda-Hassel of Japanese bank Mizuho International explains the thinking behind the move. Plus our reporter finds out about the lucrative industry of drag acts, where male performers dress in women's clothing.

26 MIN5 days ago
Comments
The future of diamonds

Germany's economic health

With signs Germany may be entering recession, we look at how it might get back on track. The BBC's Theo Leggett is at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and tells us how German car industry leaders see their business impacting the economy. Stefan Kooths is chief forecaster at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany, and explains how his organisation sees the next few months panning out. And we talk to Erik Kirschbaum, a Berlin-based entrepreneur who owns several small-scale solar power plants, about how green industries might provide some of the jobs that Germany needs in the future. Also in the programme, lawmakers in California have passed a bill that could change the future of the gig economy. Alison Grisswold is a reporter for the Quartz news site, and explains how the law, which reclassifies hundreds of thousands of independent contractors as company employees, will affect ride-sharing firms like Uber and Lyft. Plus our reporter looks at the rise of the virtual internship, w...

26 MIN6 days ago
Comments
Germany's economic health

Update: Apple's new phones fails to excite investors

Apple unveils its yearly batch of new products which barely moved its share price, plus Mark Kepner from Themis Trading in the US tells us what's really exciting shareholders today

6 MIN6 days ago
Comments
Update: Apple's new phones fails to excite investors

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