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US and China announce preliminary trade agreement

The so-called phase one deal will see billions of dollars in tariffs removed or delayed. Mary Lovely, a trade economist at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC, explains the significance of the deal. Plus, Chris Low of FTN Financial in New York sums up how global markets greeted the news.

Conservatives win resounding UK election victory

We consider the economic and business implications of the Conservatives' UK election win. The BBC's Rob Young is in Derby in the English east Midlands to gauge business reaction there. Justin Urquhart-Stewart of Seven Investment Management assesses how the financial markets have reacted to the news. The economist Ann Pettifor is a former Labour economic adviser and considers the likely impact on the future economic policy direction of the main British opposition Labour party. With Brexit now almost certain to happen next month, Christophe Leitl, president of the Brussels-based business group Eurochambres discusses how his members are reacting. Plus we assess how Brexit is likely to impact the economies of both the UK and European Union with Kate Andrews of the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs, and Jonathan Portes, professor of economics at King's College, London.

Boeing 737 probe: regulator admits 'mistake'

We hear the latest from the Boeing 737 probe, where it was revealed that US regulators allowed Boeing's 737 Max to continue flying, despite knowing there was a risk of further crashes. The BBC's Michelle Fleury has been watching the hearings on Capitol Hill and tells us what else was said.

And the US Federal Reserve suggested it doesn't plan to alter interest rates for the next year. Susan Schmidt, head of US equities at Aviva, gives her analysis of the Fed's decision to leave rates unchanged once again.

The rise of digital doctors

With online medical appointments growing, are they as good or secure as the real thing? Johannes Schildt is chief executive of Sweden's Kry, which offers an app called Livi to connect patients with doctors, and tells us about their ambition for the service. We hear a range of feedback from listeners about their experience with digital doctors. And Martin Marshall, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners explains what sort of scenarios have been found to be ideal or otherwise for virtual medical appointments. Also in the programme, we conclude our series of interviews with figures from each of Britain's main political parties ahead of this week's general election. Daniel Hannan is a Member of the European Parliament for the ruling Conservative Party, and discusses his party's main economic policy proposals. Plus, as the death of one of the men who helped develop the barcode, George Laurer, is announced, we consider the impact of the invention on the retail sector.

UK Election 2019: How do voters feel?

The UK election is just days away and much of the political campaigning has been dominated by Brexit and the parties' big-spending pledges. So how has the mood of the British people held up ahead of polling day? The BBC's Rahul Tandon has been criss-crossing the country to find out. The British energy firm Tullow, founded in a small town south of Dublin of the same name in the mid-1980s, is in trouble. Colin Smith, energy analyst at the investment bank Panmure Gordon explains what caused its recent fall in share price. And tis' the season to be merry but when it comes to office interactions, one can never be too careful at holiday parties. Our regular workplace commentator, Alison Green, offers a few survival tips for the corporate Christmas party.

Arrest after Delhi factory fire

At least fourty three people are dead in a fire at an Indian school bag factory – we get the latest on what this shows about India’s wider workplace practices. Russia and Ukraine are to discuss an end to the war in Donbass - but is Russia simply angling for a way to end the crippling sanctions against its economy? And why soft loans and aid can be bad for your country's financial future. Plus, the $120k banana that was eaten as part of performance art. It’s been compared with a golden urinal of equally artistic value as “it’s not just a banana, it’s a concept”, explains contemporary artist Clare Twomey. (Image: People gather at the spot where a fire broke out in a plastic factory, at Anaj Mandi, Filmistan on December 8, 2019 in New Delhi, India. Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Getty Images)

Update: Saudi Aramco up for sale

Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia's huge state-owned oil production company is up for sale. 1.5% of its stock will be on offer on the Riyadh stock exchange which Aramco hopes will raise $25 billion, valuing the company at $1.7 trillion. The BBC's Sameer Hashmi has been following this highly anticipated IPO from Dubai. A lot of Chinese companies have been relocating in order to rebrand their exports Made in Vietnam - and get around American tariffs. So how lucrative has that new business been? We speak to Lien Huang, who reports for Bloomberg Law in Ho Chi Minh City. Plus Cary Leahy from Decision Economics brings us up to date with the day's headlines on Wall Street.

India's onion crisis

An onion crop failure led to soaring prices in India where it can cause political turmoil. Vivek Singh of London's Cinnamon Club restaurant explains how significant the onion is to South Asian cuisine. Kolkata-based journalist Sandip Roy tells us that a fivefold price increase means the onion has become a valuable target for thieves. We hear from Danish Shah of produce exporting firm Sanghar Exports how the onion crisis has affected his business. And economics professor Dr Saswati Chodhhari of St Xavier's College in Kolkata discusses how onions have affected Indian politics over the years. Also in the programme, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin are logging off as bosses of the search engine's parent company, Alphabet. BBC business editor Simon Jack tells us why the pair are stepping back. Plus as an economic crisis in Venezuela pushes millions of citizens to seek a more prosperous life abroad, our reporter heads to Peru to find out why it has become home to the second largest community of Venezuelan immigrants in the world.

(Picture: Workers sort through onions in a shop warehouse. Picture credit: Getty Images.)

World Business Report

We examine the pet industry that runs from pamper parlours to cutting edge vet theatres. Mindy Montney runs pet store Dog & Co in Manhattan, and discusses the growing popularity of pet clothing. We hear from Ineke Boyle who runs South African dog hotel Must Love Dogs about what her customers are looking for. We meet Cynthia Chommos, who designs catios, or cat patio garden enclosures. And Karen Jones of the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals tells us many pet owners don't realise the potential size of medical bills that they are taking on. Also in the programme, Tomasz Michalski, associate professor of economics at HEC Business School in Paris explains the implications of President Trump threatening to retaliate against a proposed French tax targeting US technology companies, by imposing $2.4bn of tariffs on French products. Plus, we find out what the five most streamed songs globally were on Spotify over the past decade.

Update: Trump puts fresh tariffs on Argentina and Brazil

Steel and aluminium exports from the two countries will be subject to the tariffs. President Trump says the Latin American nations are profiting as the value of their currencies are falling against the dollar. We speak to Jimena Blanco from research and consultancy firm Verisk Maplecroft in Buenos Aires.
Sales of the traditional Japanese drink sake are falling in its home market. But the government is trying to boost its popularity abroad, and is looking at issuing more licences for production for export. Olly Wehring of Just Drinks tells us about the state of Japan's alcoholic drinks market.
And Susan Schmidt of Aviva Investors in Chicago brings us up to date with the day's movements on Wall Street.

The challenges of carbon trading

Carbon trading is seen as a tool to combat climate change, but it has its challenges. As the UN climate change conference gets under way in Madrid, Kaisa Amaral from Carbon Market Watch explains the thinking behind emissions trading. Stefan Boehm of Exeter Business School tells us why a global commitment to developing a new global trading system to cut pollution has been proving contentious. And Kelly Levin of the World Resources Institute argues that no deal in Madrid might be a better outcome than agreeing an ineffective scheme. Also in the programme, we continue our series of interviews with people from each of the main UK political parties ahead of next week's general election. Jonathan Reynolds is one of the Labour Party's finance spokespeople, and discusses his party's economic policies. Plus the BBC's Vincent Dowd finds out how the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street has been turned into a 'live immersive experience' in London.

How to make your resume stand out

After a senior state department official in the Trump administration was accused of faking a cover of Time magazine with her face on it, we ask where you draw the line while ensuring your résumé stands out. We hear from Apprentice winner Lee McQueen, who was caught out on national television. He now runs a business that urges recruiters to look beyond the CV. And Kate Grussing, whose company headhunts for the most high-profile jobs in the world. We also investigate how new technology helps scan a million résumés a second. Also in the programme, India's GDP figures show that the country's economic growth rate has halved in just three years. What's behind it? Plus - the best - and the worst - of Black Friday.

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