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Summary

  1. Jaguar Land Rover recalls 36,000 cars in China
  2. TSB agrees takeover by Spain's Sabadell
  3. Britain's public finances improve in February

Live Reporting

By Russell Hotten

All times stated are UK

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  1. Formula One

    Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams drives during Formula One Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya on February 21, 2015 in Montmelo, Spain

    The German Grand Prix is dropped from this year's Formula One calendar, motor sport's world governing body, the FIA, announces. The race had been in doubt due to questions over which circuit would host the race, which has been shared between Hockenheim and Nurburgring in recent seasons. Officials from both circuits had voiced concern that time was running out to organise the race.

  2. Via Twitter

    Guardian editor

    Robert Peston

    Economics editor

    tweets: This from @mediaguardian on @KathViner: the last Guardian editor who attended a state school was Alfred Wadsworth, editor 1944 to 1956.

  3. Via Email

    FTSE 100 record

    Guy Foster

    Head of Research, Brewin Dolphin

    "As we pass this latest milestone, no doubt some will feel it marks a frothy top to the equity market rally. But with inflation low and policy loose there is every indication that we are still at the mid-point in the current investment cycle."

  4. Guardian editor

    Katharine Viner

    Katharine Viner has been named new editor-in-chief of the Guardian newspaper. Currently editor-in-chief of Guardian US, she will take up the role in the summer from incumbent Alan Rusbridger, who is to stand down after 20 years.

  5. FTSE 100 record

    With the FTSE 100 closing above 7,000 for the first time, where might the index be at end of 2015? Bookies Ladbrokes is offering odds of 8/11 that the index will be at more than 7,400 points. Those who think the 8,000 barrier will be reached can take 5/2. And it's odds of 12/1 to be below 6,000. Ladbrokes' Alex Donohue says: "The 8,000 mark is no longer a rank outsider. Punters seem to believe it's now within reach."

  6. FTSE 100 record

    FTSE 100 graph

    London's benchmark FTSE 100 closes above the 7,000 mark for the first time, rising to 7,022.5 points. The index, up 0.86% for the day, has been boosted by a positive reaction to this week's Budget and fresh hopes that Greece will reach a deal over its debt re-negotiations. Germany's Dax also set a record, ending at 12,039.37 points, the first time the index has closed above 12,000.

  7. Oil and gas

    Oil platform in the North Sea

    The UK's new offshore energy regulator is to be given powers to fine companies and take away drilling licences, the Treasury announces. The Oil and Gas Authority, based in Aberdeen, is to have a right to attend corporate meetings and to see sensitive company data. Read more here.

  8. Via Email

    FTSE 100

    Tom Stevenson

    Investment director, Fidelity Personal Investing

    "The FTSE 100 finally cracks through the 7,000 barrier, but no-one should be celebrating. It's been nearly 17 years since it first broke 6,000 on 1 April 1998. The performance is even more disappointing when you consider that the growth of the UK market has progressively slowed since its launch in 1984. While it took just three years to double the index between 1984 and 1987, it was nearly a decade for it to double again between 1987 and 1996. Even if the market races ahead from 7,000 to 8,000 it will have taken the best part of 20 years for it to double for a third time."

  9. Small firms

    Ed Miliband

    Ed Miliband has told small business leaders that any future Labour government would consider introducing a law to stop "supply chain bullying" through so-called pay-to-stay contracts. The Labour leader told the Federation of Small Businesses annual conference: "It's wrong and it must end, and if it's necessary to legislate to prevent it, we will do so."

  10. Via Email

    Apprenticeships

    Live page reader Paul emails in response to our request for your thoughts on apprenticeships. "I had not realised apprenticeships were for a specific duration. They should be until the apprentice has met a pre-determined level of competency, not just hitting the 2 year mark and being let loose."

  11. Money advice

    Piggy Bank

    The Money Advice Service, the government-funded financial awareness body, must "change its mindset" to help consumers, according to a Treasury-commissioned review. The review questioned its success in improving the public's ability to make good decisions with their money. The service spent £100m on developing and promoting its website, but unnecessarily duplicated advice given on other respected websites and in the media.

  12. Market update

    The FTSE 100 has passed the 7,000 mark for the first time in its history, reaching 7,013.83 points. Continuing the theme of record-setting, Germany's Dax index advanced past the 12,000 points, another first.

  13. Via Email

    Apprenticeships

    Jeff Leaver

    Business Live reader

    More of your thoughts on apprenticeships: "My father started his apprenticeship as a gardener for Admiral Beatty of Jutland in 1920. It lasted 7 years. In the 1960's they lasted for 5 years. Cannot see that they are in anyway as comprehensive in both the theory or practical if only lasting 1-to-2 years. This is not the fault of the apprentice but a combination of employers and government."

  14. Greece aid

    An elderly homeless woman sleeps on a bench in Athens. Photo: 6 March 2015

    The European Union is giving Greece €2bn to help Athens deal with the "humanitarian" crisis caused by its financial problems. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the funds will not be linked to international loans keeping Greece afloat. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras praised the decision. "It is a good sign," he says.

  15. Nike

    Nike shoes

    Nike's quarterly profit beat market estimates as the world's largest sportswear maker sold more higher margin shoes and clothes. Income rose 16% to $791m. But Nike warned Wall Street that the stronger dollar would take a toll on its current quarter. That didn't stop investors driving up Nike shares 3.5% in early trading.

  16. Every little helps

    Statues at the Athens Academy

    A German couple holidaying in Greece walked into a town hall in Nafplio and handed over €875 (£630), saying they wanted to pay their share of Second World War reparations. "They came to my office on Tuesday morning, saying they wanted to make up for their government's attitude. They made their calculations and said each German owed €875 for what Greece had to pay during World War II," says Dimitris Kotsouros, Nafplio's mayor.

  17. Via Email

    Apprenticeships

    Jonathan Mellor

    Business Live reader

    In response to our post about apprenticeships earlier, this reader emails: "The new generation of electricians can be working within two years; it took me five years. I was not a slow learner, but what I could do was check drawings, read panel drawings, fault-find and know what should be in a basic design. We are now heading to the American-style tradesman who can do a first fix and containment - but not the full job."

  18. Wall Street opens

    US shares are higher as trading begins for the last time this week, with the S&P 500 on track to snap a three-week losing streak, boosted by strong results from Nike. The Dow Jones rose 91 points, or 0.5%, to 18,050, the S&P 500 gained 10.5 points - also 0.5% - to 2,099.8 and the Nasdaq was 40 points, or 0.8%, higher at 5,032.

  19. Greece cash

    Juncker

    The European Union has €2bn ready for Greece to use in projects that would boost its economic growth potential, cut youth unemployment and help the poorest citizens, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker says. The EC has set up a team of officials to help Greece absorb the money as part of its efforts to help alleviate what Greek PM Alexis Tsipras calls a "humanitarian crisis" after years of recession, he adds.

  20. Meerkat Movies

    Compare the Market has stepped in to replace Orange as the sponsor of a two-for-one cinema ticket deal. It will now be called Meerkat Movies (after the character in its advertising campaign) and available on Tuesday as well as Wednesday, from April. The offer will be available to those who have bought a product through the comparison website.

  21. Morrisons boss

    Morrisons

    We posted a tweet earlier today about new Morrisons chief executive Dave Potts' decision to spend a cool £1m on 508,000 shares in the troubled supermarket at 205.85p apiece. It seems he is more than £11,000 better off already, given the 1% rise in the stock today to 207.3p.

  22. Petrol prices

    Diesel

    Unleaded fuel cost an average of 112.2p a litre this week, according to Experian Catalist - the highest this year. Diesel is 118.35p a litre.

  23. Via Twitter

    World Cup

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    Qatar 2022 calendar upheaval means FIFA to pay $209m to clubs releasing players for next 2 World Cups. Big increase on current deal of $70m. FIFA ruled out possibility of compensation for the clubs for WC2022 upheaval; but this agreement is - in effect - $209m of compensation. But a good deal when you consider FIFA's revenue for 2014WC was $4bn - mostly from TV & marketing rights. Will be lot more in 2022 @danroan

  24. FSB conference

    John Allan, FSB chairman, says George Osborne's commitment to reforming business rates will be well received by small businesses. "Business rates cause so many problems for our members, often holding back their growth plans. For many firms, they are the biggest costs they face after rent and staff wages. A new system must be in place in 2017 and support measures must continue until we have fundamental reform."

  25. Productivity question

    Apprentice at Honda UK

    According to Duncan O'Leary, director of research at Demos, the average German apprenticeship lasts twice as long as the average British apprenticeship. Could that be part of the reason why Germany is more productive? Or perhaps German youngsters are just slow learners? Does anyone know? Email bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk. Mr O'Leary was speaking on Bloomberg TV.

  26. Market update

    FTSE 100

    The FTSE 100 has been bumping around break even - it's up just a few points at 6,967. In Paris shares are a bit stronger - the Cac-40 is 0.2% higher, led by Lafarge which is up 3%. Lafarge has been boosted by news that its deal with Holcim is back on. Frankfurt's Dax is up 0.9%.

  27. Tiffany sales slip

    Tiffany store, Zurich

    Sales slipped 1% at Tiffany in its fourth quarter to $1.3bn. The jeweller reported a net income of $196m.

  28. Via Twitter

    Linda Yueh

    Chief business correspondent

    Australia signals approval to join China-led development bank & S Korea & maybe even Japan open despite US opposition

  29. Via Twitter

    FSB conference

    Simon Jack

    Radio 4 Today business presenter

    Osborne: New small biz act will expose and shame late payers @simonjacktoday

  30. Business rates pledge

    Osborne

    George Osborne has promised small business owners that he is "deadly serious" about a review of business rates. The chancellor told the FSB conference in Birmingham that "things have changed" since the last overhaul: "We will make a major change to business rates and have it in place by 2017."

  31. Range Rover recall

    Evoque

    Ana Nicholls, automotive analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, says the China recall is small but fairly significant for Jaguar Land Rover as a low-volume luxury carmaker. It sold just over 122,000 vehicles in China last year - about a quarter of the global total. "Perhaps worse than the number of cars being recalled is the fact that the brand was targeted in a national television programme ... JLR will have to work hard to restore its reputation," she comments.

  32. HSBC board reshuffle

    HSBC

    Sir Simon Robertson is stepping down as HSBC's senior independent director and remuneration committee chairman after nine years on the board, the bank said on Friday. Former Bank of England deputy governor Rachel Lomax will become the SID, while former Centrica boss Sam Laidlaw will chair the remuneration committee. Sir Simon will stay on as deputy chairman for another 12 months following the annual meeting. Both Lomax and Laidlow have been directors since 2008.

  33. 'End the blame game'

    Yanis

    Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister, has published a new blog post titled "Of Greeks and Germans: Re-imagining our shared future" in which he says the two nations "should work towards ending the toxic 'blame game' and the moralising finger-pointing". He adds: "Our joint task is to re-design Europe so that Germans and Greeks, along with all Europeans, can re-imagine our monetary union as a realm of shared prosperity." And it gives us an excuse to re-use a picture of the world's most stylish finmin arriving at Downing Street in early February.

  34. PLC awards

    In what could well be its Business Live debut, Skyepharma has proudly trumpeted its dual wins at the PLC awards last night. The oral and inhalation drug development company picked up "Best Performing Share" and "Turnaround of the Year" gongs awards at the 2014 PLC Awards. The shares rose 183% over the course of 2014 and the company is now worth almost £340m.

  35. Via Twitter

    Simon Neville

    Evening Standard retail correspondent

    Morrisons' new boss David Potts splashes out £1m on shares in the supermarket @SimonNeville

  36. Government borrowing down

    Pound coins

    Government borrowing excluding state-controlled banks totalled £6.9bn in February - down by a third from a year earlier, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). As in January, finances were boosted by a strong recovery in income taxes. The government's latest target is to borrow £90.2bn in the current fiscal year, which looks likely.

  37. Ladbrokes boss

    Cenkos leisure analyst Simon French on Ladbrokes' decision to appoint head of digital Jim Mullen as its new chief executive: "We think the market will be disappointed that an outside candidate was not appointed." via @walshdominic

  38. Via Twitter

    Steve Collins, global head of dealing at London & Capital Asset Management, tweets: Finland's Stubb unusually positive on Greece - saying y'day's meeting was positive and confidence building .... ball now in Greece's court. @TradeDesk_Steve

  39. Market update

    FTSE 100

    Just a modest gain for the FTSE 100 in the early going this morning. CRH shares have jumped 3.7%. Ireland's biggest firm is set to win from the merger between Holcim and Lafarge, which appears to be back on. Miners are among the big losers, with Anglo American down 1%. But builder Persimmon is down the most with a 5% fall - related to a special dividend payment.

  40. TSB takeover

    Sabadell

    TSB chief executive Paul Pester says he sees no regulatory red flags that would prevent Spain's Sabadell from winning control of the bank in a £1.7bn deal. Sabadell's chairman Oliu Creus says TSB will become a much more serious challenger in UK banking following the takeover. Shares in TSB are up about 2% in morning trading.

  41. Newspaper review

    Friday newspapers

    Labour is accusing the Tories of pork barrel politics, says the Financial Times. Labour points to the £250,000 to be spent on researching aggressive urban seagulls in Bath, among other measures. "Tories to take 1m out of 40p tax," reads the lead story in the Daily Telegraph today. That measure would be in the first budget, if the Tories were to win power, the report says. Aldi is considering a move into online shopping, according to the Guardian's business section, while the Wall Street Journal has uncovered a 2012 report by the US Federal Trade Commission that accused Google of abusing its monopoly power.

  42. Via Twitter

    Tesco property move

    Steve Dresser

    Retail analyst

    Seems a smart move by Tesco to offer stakes in shopping centres to regain control of 21 supermarkets. Easier to turn a profit on those.

  43. World Cup

    BBC Breakfast

    Qatar

    Kieran Maguire of Liverpool University's management school tells Breakfast the timing of the World Cup in 2022 - with the final being held on December 18 - means that the football tournament will not give retailers and the leisure industry the same bounce as they normally enjoy when it is held in the summer. Much also depends on how far England progresses in the competition, which will take place in Qatar.

  44. TransPennine trains

    Radio 5 live

    Trans Pennine train

    First TransPennine Express will continue operating rail services in the North of England for another year, until April 2016, the Department of Transport said on Friday. FirstGroup is bidding to retain it post-2016. Managing director Nick Donovan tells Radio 5 live that his services have more passengers per seat than any other franchise because demand is rising so quickly. Some 90,000 extra seats every day has "considerably" reduced overcrowding, he says.

  45. Jaguar China recall

    Evoque

    Jaguar Land Rover is recalling more than 36,000 Range Rover Evoque cars from China after it was criticised by state television over allegedly faulty gearboxes. The Tata-owned company said it would extend the warranty for the gearboxes to seven years or 240,000km and also apologised to Chinese consumers. CCTV often targets foreign companies on World Consumer Rights Day on March 15 and has criticised the likes of Apple and McDonald's in the past.

  46. Cement mega-merger

    Lafarge

    Well that's a relief - the cement mega-merger between Holcim and Lafarge is back on track after the two companies agreed new terms. Rather than a one-for-one share swap, the ratio will now be nine Holcim shares for 10 Lafarge shares. Lafarge chief executive Bruno Lafont had been set to take the top job at what would be the world's biggest cement company, but he will now become co-chairman with Holcim chairman Wolfgang Reitzle. A new chief executive will be sought.

  47. Via Twitter

    Adam Parsons

    5 live Wake Up To Money presenter

    Jim Mullen to be the next chief executive of Ladbrokes, taking over on April 1st from Richard Glynn @AdamParsons1

  48. TSB deal agreed

    Spain's Banco Sabadell has agreed to buy TSB for £1.7bn, or 340p per share. Last week we learnt of the Spanish bank's interest in TSB.

  49. Via Twitter

    Adam Parsons

    5 live Wake Up To Money presenter

    Tesco deal with British Land: Tesco gets control of 21 superstores; BL gets Tesco's stake in 3 shopping centres, 3 retail parks & 3 stores

  50. Ryanair reversal

    Ryanair chief executive, Michael O'Leary

    So that didn't last long. On Monday the Financial Times reported that Ryanair's board had approved a plan to start flying to the United States. However late on Thursday the company said it was not planning transatlantic routes. Chief executive Michael O'Leary has spoken in the past about offering cheap fares across the Atlantic. Looks like we'll all have to wait.

  51. Small business

    BBC Radio 4

    The Federation of Small Business annual shindig is being held in Birmingham today and tomorrow with speakers including George Osborne and Ed Miliband. Mike Cherry, the FSB's national policy chairman, tells Today that one of the biggest problems facing small businesses continues to be getting paid by the companies that buy their products - and according to a survey of FSB members only one in five think the government can address the problem. Cultural change is required to improve the system, Mr Cherry adds.

  52. Greek debt

    BBC Radio 4

    Richard Dunbar from Aberdeen Asset Management tells Today that Greek banks are running out of cash and Alexis Tsipras's government needs the European Union to keep the money flowing. He says the impact of a Grexit would still be considerable, but perhaps less than it would have been three or four years ago. Referring to Germany, Mr Dunbar adds: "Uncomfortable as it may be ... the two sides of this debate will muddle through."

  53. Northern transport upgrade

    BBC Radio 4

    Trainline workers

    Later today the government sets out plans for transport improvements in the North of England. The road developments are funded and should happen over the next five years, transport correspondent Richard Westcott tells Today. As for trains, we get a "price list" of improvement to rail connections in the North. None of it comes cheap - up to £19bn for a new line between Sheffield and Manchester he says.

  54. 'Precarious' Greece

    BBC Radio 4

    Greek parliament

    After talks that ended early this morning, Greece promised to come up with a new list of reforms in return for more bailout cash. It feels like we've been here before. But on Today Europe correspondent Chris Morris says that Greece is now a month closer to running out of money: "Money has been flooding out of Greek banks. The situation is becoming precarious at best." However, he says there is no guarantee that this latest deal "is worth the paper it is written on".

  55. Chris Boardman

    Radio 5 live

    Commuter London

    Some of Britain's biggest businesses have backed a letter to calling on top politicians to form an integrated cycling strategy. On Wake Up to Money Chris Boardman, Olympic gold medal cyclist and policy adviser at British Cycling, says that £600m of long-term investment is needed in cycling. But that will pay itself back in cuts to pollution, obesity, congestion and CO2 emissions. He says space has to be allocated for cyclists, which is "scary" for politicians.

  56. Where will the cuts hit?

    Radio 5 live

    Further discussion of where Chancellor Osborne might find £12bn in cuts to welfare spending. If you were planning spending on services, particularly those that are unprotected, "you would have to assume the worst on the basis of today", says Tony Travers, professor of government at the London School of Economics. But he adds that the Labour Party has been a "bit careful" about how their path to deficit reduction will go.

  57. BHS: 'Failed to adapt'

    Radio 5 live

    BHS store

    The new owners of BHS have put the future of almost a third of its stores under review. "It's really failed to adapt," says Robert Pollard, from consultancy firm Partners in Retail, about BHS on Wake Up to Money. He says the new owners are going to find it difficult to turn around BHS, as competition is fierce from specialists like Next and New Look, supermarkets and discounters including Primark and TK Maxx. It could focus on home products - it used to be a lighting specialist, Mr Pollard reminds us.

  58. Outlook for interest rates

    Radio 5 live

    So what to make of comments from Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane, who said UK interest rates are as likely to fall further as to rise. "It's symptomatic of a skittish world," says Richard Dunbar from Aberdeen Asset Management on Wake Up to Money. He says that the QE stimulus "experiment" is still underway and it is still not clear how it will end. "Central bankers are scratching their heads as much as investors are," Mr Dunbar says.

  59. Post update

    Ben Morris

    Business Reporter

    Well we've made it to Friday and it looks like an interesting end to the week. UK interest rates are as likely to fall further as to rise, according to the Bank of England's chief economist - we'll try to make sense of that. Also, a group of big businesses is getting behind cycling and surprisingly the AA is among them. That and more on Business live. Do get in touch: email bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk or you can tweet us @bbcbusiness.