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24
JAN

The business of male make-up

Daniel Gray is founder of War Paint for Men, and tells us after just 14 months he's exporting male make-up to 77 countries. Charlie Teasdale of men's magazine Esquire discusses the actors who are leading a trend towards men wearing make-up. South Korea was market leader in Asia for male make-up until 2017, and Hellen Choo of the website Swagger talks us through some of the most popular products sold through her site. Also in the programme, as more cases of Coronavirus are confirmed in China, the BBC's Andrew Walker considers the potential economic impact of the disease. Plus, as the World Economic Forum in Davos draws to a close, we get a sense of the prevailing mood at the event from Bruce Whitfield, who is a journalist from South Africa and host of The Money Show, and Patrick Foulis, business affairs editor at The Economist.
23
JAN

How reliable are economic statistics?

We take an in-depth look at how we measure economic growth and ask if it can be improved. Oxford economics professor Diane Coyle argues that GDP is only a partial measure of what happens in an economy. Erik Brynjolfsson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology makes the case for estimating the value of free internet services in economic activity statistics. And Peter Levell of the Institute for Fiscal Studies tells us falling response rates for those conducting economic surveys could be affecting the validity of the data that emerges as a result. Also in the programme, the British government is introducing a law that would entitle working parents to two weeks statutory leave if their child dies. The BBC's Simon Gompertz explains the background to the change.

(Picture: Illustration of graphs. Picture credit: Getty Images.)
22
JAN

Update: Nigerian business responds to US travel ban threat

Nigerian business responds to the threat of a US travel ban. Meanwhile, the Japanese legal system is under scrutiny after an accused automotive boss called its system of prosecution 'unfair'. And Susan Schmidt from Aviva Investors in the US gives us the day's stock market movers and losers.
21
JAN

Update: First US case of coronavirus

The stock markets react to news that coronavirus has reached the US, after China. And Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey updates us on news of Boeing, as the airline's woes continue.
20
JAN

Huawei chief fights extradition to the US

Huawei's chief operating officer appears in a Canadian court to fight extradition to the United States on charges of fraud and breaching sanctions on Iran. The United States Census for 2020 is launched in Alaska, an important exercise for economic planning - we hear from Gabriel Layman, the Chief Operating Officer of Cook Inlet Housing Authority, about the quirks of gathering such huge amounts of information. And baseball is hit by a cheating scandal which could prompt advertisers to walk.
20
JAN

The growth of vegan products

One in four new foods in the UK were vegan last year, so we look at the growing industry. Edward Bergen from market research company Mintel tells us that the growth in vegan ranges is not restricted to just the UK. Toni Vernelli is head of communications for campaign group Veganuary, and discusses the organisation's campaign encouraging people to try a vegan lifestyle. We hear from Bill Collison of Bill's restaurant chain in London why his firm has embraced catering to vegans. Meagan Boyle of confectionery brand Mummy Meagz discusses her vegan chocolate creme egg, which she says has attracted a cult following. And Swiss dairy farmer Marc Maret argues that despite growing popularity for vegan cheese, it's important to maintain traditions when it comes to making dairy products. Also in the programme, the BBC's Andrew Harding discusses allegations that Africa's richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, made her fortune through exploiting her own country and corruption. Plus our regular workplace commentator Pilita Clarke considers how small customer service gestures on a long-haul flight can turn a disgruntled passenger into a delighted one.
19
JAN

Major powers commit to "peaceful resolution" in Libya

After a summit in Berlin, world leaders have pledged not to interfere in Libya's ongoing civil conflict, and have vowed to uphold a UN arms embargo. Rhiannon Smith, executive director of the research consultancy Libya Analysis, explains what this could mean for Libya’s shaky oil export industry.
Also in the show, the government of Mozambique is seeking the cancellation of a $622 million debt in a civil case lodged at the UK High Court. Tim Jones, head of policy at the UK charity Jubilee Debt Campaign, explains why Mozambique says the loans were unconstitutional and illegal.
Meanwhile as the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos prepares to kick off, a report from Oxfam alleges the world’s 22 richest men have more wealth than all the women in Africa. Oxfam’s head of advocacy Katy Chakrabortty joins to explain the report’s findings and recommendations.
And the German government will spend over $95bn to upgrade the country’s rail network. Chris Jackson of the Railway Gazette Group explains why.
We’ll also have a look-ahead to the week’s economic news with independent economist Michael Hughes.
16
JAN

Record-breaking strike continues to disrupt France

We take an in-depth look at the causes and implications of France's pension reform strike. Isabelle Challilou is an economics reporter for France Info and tells us why so many are opposed to President Macron's pension reform proposals. Marjorie Alexandre is with trade union Force Ouvriere, and argues that the government's reforms have shifted focus too far towards the individual. We get a response from Alexandre Holdroyd, MP with the governing La Republique en Marche party. We ride along with one commuter to find out just how much her journey to work has been affected by the ongoing strikes. Plus we consider the short and long-term impact the action has had on Paris's crucial tourism sector.
14
JAN

A truce in the US-China trade war?

With a deal due to be signed between the US and China, we ask if the trade war is ending. Wendy Cutler is vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute in Washington, and tells us why both sides have come to the table now. The deal is expected to include measures on intellectual property theft, and Drew Greenblatt, chief executive of Marlin Steel discusses the impact of discovering his products were being counterfeited by another company in China. And Shanghai-based independent economist Andy Xie explains how the deal is being reported from the Chinese side. Also in the programme, Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta has replaced his ministers for finance, agriculture and industrialisation. We hear from Gabriel Oguda, writer with the Daily Nation newspaper, what's behind this sudden shake up at the top of Kenya's government. Plus we find out how much our carbon footprint is increased by scrolling through social media or sending a large file via the internet.
13
JAN

Could free public transport catch on?

We assess whether free public transport, available in a few locations, could catch on. Simone Tagliapietra of the Bruegel think tank tells us that free public transport may need to be supplemented with policies like banning private cars in city centres to be effective. Travel South Yorkshire, which runs transport for towns and cities across the northern English region, offered a 28 day free transport pass last year, and spokesperson Richard Pilgrim discusses how the scheme was received. And we hear from Francois Bausch, minister for mobility and public works in Luxembourg, which is about to introduce its own free public transport policy. Also in the programme, we consider the implications of Microsoft from tomorrow ending support for its Windows 7 operating system, with Shona Gosh, UK technology editor for Business Insider. Plus our workplace commentator Asmara Wreksono shares the stories of junior employees in Indonesia whose job it is to keep the refreshments coming.
12
JAN

China and US to agree trade deal 'phase one'

The United States and China have agreed to restart twice-a-year talks to resolve economic disputes. Chinese Vice Premier Liu will be in Washington on Wednesday to sign an agreement. Freya Beamish, the chief Asia economist at Pantheon Economics, explains which sectors of the US economy will benefit. A scientist in New Zealand has developed a test using nuclear technology to prove the source of foods like Manuka Honey. We hear from the man himself, Professor Russell Frew, of the University of Otago in Dunedin. Plus, will sports fans be upset about political advertising during the Superbowl next month?
10
JAN

Northern Ireland to restart devolved government

A power-sharing coalition, led by the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin, collapsed in January 2017 over a green energy row. But earlier Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald told a Stormont press conference that her party will support a return to 'genuine power sharing'. Deidre Heenan is Professor of Social Policy from the University of Ulster tell us why public services and the economy had been so severely effected by the three year stalemate. Chris Low of FTN Financial in New York brings us the latest from financial markets and we find out about the business of the barber shop - are some breaking the law by turning away women as customers? A question for equality lawyer, Elizabeth McGlone, Partner at Bindmans LLP.

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