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As Schlumberger, the world’s largest oil-field services company, agrees to pay $232.7 million for violating U.S. sanctions in Iran and Sudan, we speak to Nicole Hong, Legal Reporter for the Wall Street Journal for the latest on the government’s extended crackdown on companies doing business with ...
It's the latest mega-merger in the world of food as Heinz reveals plans to merge with Kraft. We'll hear how the deal is being driven by a desire to cut costs, as many people demand fresher, less processed food.

Nigerians will be voting for a new government this weekend. We speak to Oseun Odewale, a ...
Doug McIntyre of 24/7 Wall Street discusses the markets with Susannah Streeter
Accident investigators look for answers as to why a Germanwings Airbus A320 travelling between Barcelona and Düsseldorf crashed in the French Alps. One of the black boxes has been found, what answers will it provide? Also, could a widely used weedkiller cause cancer in humans - a UN health organisation ...
As Italian tyre firm Pirelli - races into Chinese ownership, we turn to the BBC's David Willey in Rome for the reaction within the country. Meanwhile, Greece and Germany are back in talks about Greece's debt problems - the BBC's Europe Business reporter Nigel Cassidy gives us his analysis on the negotiations. ...
Iconic Italian tyre firm Pirelli races into Chinese ownership

The company's chief executive tells us why he thinks it's "good news" for all involved.

Also in the programme, as Singapore mourns the death of its founding father Lee Kuan Yew, we examine his economic legacy.

Plus, with Paris trying to ...
The NASDAQ closes above 5,000 just hours after the FTSE reached a new record high of 7,000 in London. So why are markets so buoyant? We turn to Chris Low of FTN Financial in New York for today’s market report.

Plus - Spanish bank Sabadell says it has big plans for future growth after agreeing a $2.5bn ...
Spanish bank Sabadell says it has big plans for future growth after agreeing a $2.5bn takeover of UK lender TSB. If approved, it would be the latest in a string of acquisitions at home and abroad. So just how did Sabadell weather a financial storm that left many other Spanish banks in near ruins? We ...
The Dow falls as investors start betting on a US rate rise towards the end of the year. Robert Brusca at Fact and Opinion Economics in New York shares his analysis of today's trading.
As the Swiss central bank halves its economic growth forecast for this year, we look at the Swiss firms shutting down and moving to cheaper locations in Austria and Slovakia because of the soaring value of the Swiss franc. With a solar eclipse on its way, we hear about why the natural phenomenon presents ...
The US Federal Reserve shows signs they may raise interest rates in the near future. We get reaction from economist Chris Low at FTN Financial in New York and from the trading floor with Joe Saluzzi at Themis Trading in New Jersey. Plus, anti-austerity protests in Frankfurt as the European Central Bank ...
We have comprehensive coverage of the UK budget, 50 days before a general election.

Our reporter Lucy Burton takes the economic temperature on the UK high street, plus we have analysis from noted economist Roger Bootle and British pressure group the Taxpayers' Alliance.

Also in the programme, there ...
US markets nudge lower and oil drops again - Doug McIntyre from financial news website 24/7 Wall Street says some investors think rock bottom is still some way off.
Days after Cyclone Pam hit the pacific nation of Vanuatu, we assess the economic impact. And the UN's Special Envoy for Climate Change tells us the disaster is a sign the world's weather system has changed.

Avoiding another scandal - HSBC closes bank accounts in the British Channel Islands. We have ...
Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook Investments on a buoyant day in the markets.
Greece says it still has cash - as Yanis Varoufakis is accused of flaunting his wealth. We have analysis from Hugo Dixon at Reuters, and the perspective of Greek economist Costas Meghir.

Israeli voters go to the polls tomorrow. We hear why the economy is centre stage during this election.

Oxford ...
Chris Low from FTN Financial reflects on a turbulent day on the US markets
The British Government claims its decision to join a new Asian infrastructure investment bank creates an unrivalled opportunity for the UK and Asia to invest and grow together. Are measures to tackle climate change working better than the world thought? Emissions of greenhouse gases stalled last year ...
Cary Leahey from Decision Economics gives his views on dollar/euro parity.
The president of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, says using Arctic resources should be "on the table." The government of Andorra has taken control of a bank accused of money laundering by the authorities in the USA. And Lohan Presencer, Chief Executive of Ministry of Sound, joins us to explain why he ...
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