World Business Report

BBC  |  Podcast, ±15 min episodes every 15 hours
Analysis of the big global business and economic issues, as they affect consumers and investors. Broadcast on weekdays.
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France deals with the aftermath of an attack on police as the country prepares to vote. We ask Sylvain Courage, editor of the Nouvel Observateur, if it is likely to impact the outcome of the presidential election. And the BBC's Theo Leggett reports from the south of France on why farmers are unhappy with the political elite. Also in the programme, we hear from Ethiopia's prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, about how the country is dealing with a regional famine. Plus we bring together Charles Read of The Economist in London, and Mamta Badkar of the Financial Times in New York, to review the main business and economic stories of the past week.
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Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered a new investigation into Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The BBC's Secunder Kermani in Islamabad explains the background to corruption allegations, and we get context from journalist Oliver Bullough, who has written extensively on the subject of corruption. Also in the programme, the power-brokers of the global financial system are attending spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. BBC economics correspondent Andrew Walker tells us that protectionism is high on the agenda. As President Donald Trump approaches his hundredth day in office, our regular economic commentator, Irwin Stelzer of the Hudson Institute, offers a report card on progress so far. With France's presidential election now just a few days away, the BBC's Theo Leggett reports from France on the role immigration is playing in the campaign. Plus as the US television network HBO strikes a $250m co-production deal with the Sky group, media analyst Alex De Groote explains the thinking behind the move.
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The British Parliament has given its backing to a surprise general election. Henry Newton, director of Open Europe tells us what the rest of the continent is making of what some are calling the 'Brexit election'. Also in the programme, with the first round of voting for a new French president just four days away, the BBC's Theo Leggett explains the economic policies of the runners and riders, and Jeremy Ghez, economics professor at the HEC business school in Paris tells us which contender the EU establishment most fears. In India, tens of thousands of shops, restaurants and bars have been forced to stop selling alcohol, following a ruling prohibiting alcohol sales within 500 metres of national and state highways. The BBC's Shilpa Kannan explains the background. Motorists say thieves are using laptops to hack expensive cars to steal them. Jim Holder is editorial director of What Car magazine, and fills us in. Plus, Lucy Kellaway explains why she has flagrantly disregarded the corporate code of conduct of her employer, the Financial Times.
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There are now just five days until France goes to the polls. Voters are largely focused on the sluggish economy, low wages, the cost of living and unemployment, as the BBC's Susannah Streeter reports from France. Also in the programme, Britain's Prime Minster, Theresa May, has called a snap general election for June 8th. We get the views of John Longworth, former director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, who supported the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, and Sue Wright, managing director of manufacturing firm Diamond Dispersions, who was in favour of Britain remaining in the EU. The BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney reports from Australia on plans to overhaul the country's immigration system against foreign workers. Plus the Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya has been detained in the UK, and India is seeking his extradition in relation to allegations of money laundering. The BBC's Sameer Hashmi explains the background from Mumbai.
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Sweeping new powers have been granted to the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after a referendum. However, as the BBC's Selin Girit on the ground explains, there has been much criticism of the result - and the voting process itself. We also speak to businesses in the country - from hotels to media - to hear how recent events in Turkey contributed to the public's decision.China's economic growth has surpassed expectations. We hear from people in the streets of the financial district of Shanghai, and the BBC's Karishma Vaswani explains how far the good news goes to allay fears over China's unstable economic growth.And finally, three months since Donald Trump became America's president, we assess how far along he has come towards fulfilling his targets for the American car industry. President Trump has urged US industry to make its cars inside America rather than importing them from countries like Mexico. The BBC's Vincent Dowd reports from Motor City, Detroit - once the heart of the vehicle manufacturing.