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By Dearbail Jordan

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  1. Trinity Mirror coy about Express deal

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Is Trinity Mirror going to buy Express Newspapers?

    Simon Fox, the chief executive of Trinity Mirror, won't comment directly, but says "consolidation is part of our strategy".

    Make what you will of that.

    In January, Trinity Mirror confirmed it was in early talks to buy a stake in the Express.

    Commenting on the latest results, Mr Fox said that digital advertising now accounts for 25% of advertising income, compared with 7% in 2012.

  2. Daily Mirror owner boosts digital audience

    Daily Mirror and Express

    Sales and profits climbed at Trinity Mirror last year as the newspaper group grew its digital audience in spite of falling print sales.  

    In the 53 weeks ended 1 January, sales climbed from £592.7m to £713m while profit before tax rose from £107.5m to £133.2m.

    The firm - which owns the Daily Mirror and a host of regional newspapers - said average monthly page views of its websites grew 15.4%, while overall digital sales jumped 12.8%. 

    This was while print revenue fell 10.7%; in fact sales of the flagship Daily Mirror fell 10.8% compared to a 5.1% fall for the UK tabloid market as a whole. 

  3. Asia trade talks move forward as TPP falters

    Shipping containers

    Asia-Pacific countries are meeting in Japan this week for talks on a regional trade pact viewed as a rival to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) rejected by US President Donald Trump. 

    The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) would include some of Asia's poorest countries, such as Laos and Myanmar, as well as some of its richest.

    The aim is to reach consensus over tariffs, trade in services and restrictions on investments in key industries - although progress has proven tricky since the talks began in 2013. 

    Along with Japan and China, RCEP members include Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 

  4. Persimmon sees 'encouraging' start to 2017

    Persimmon

    Persimmon has reported strong results. The house builder reported a pre-tax profit of £774m for last year, up from £630m in 2015.

    It said customer activity in the new-build housing market in the early weeks of this year has been "encouraging".

    In 2016 Persimmon bought 18,709 plots of land taking its total to 70,792 plots, of which 52,765 had planning consent.

  5. Business rate an 'anti-growth tax'

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Business rates are a "regressive and anti-growth tax" says Mike Cherry, the national chairman of the Federation of Small Business (FSB). 

    According to a recent survey done by the FSB, 36% of small firms expect to see business rates increase from 1 April.

    Of those businesses, 55% say they will reduce, cancel or postpone investment in their businesses.

  6. Theft of trade secrets 'costing US economy billions'

    Cyber attack - a hand coming out of a computer

    Counterfeit goods, software piracy and the theft of trade secrets could be costing the US economy as much as $600bn a year, a think tank says. 

    The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property blames the bulk of the damage on theft of trade secrets, which costs between $180bn and $540bn annually. 

    Counterfeit goods cost $29bn to $41bn while pirated software costs an additional $18bn.

    The findings echo those of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which in 2015 put the annual cost of cyber economic espionage at $400bn. At the time, it said most of the attacks on the US had originated from China.  

  7. Anglo American boss takes pay "haircut"

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Mark Cutifani, chief executive of mining giant Anglo American tells the Today Programme that he is "taking a haircut" on pay, after 42% of shareholders voted against the company's pay plans last year.

    Mr Cutifani said he wants to keep shareholders "supportive".

    Shareholders will get to vote on the new pay scheme at the annual general meeting in April.

    He also tells the Today Programme that the company has no plans to move its headquarters from London, although he would have "certainly" rather have seen the UK remain in the European Union.

  8. 'Brexit may have scuppered LSE merger anyway'

    BBC Radio 5 live

    LSE

    Britain's decision to leave the EU may have scuppered the merger between the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Deutsche Boerse anyway, says Thomas Moore of Standard Life Investments.

    "There was always going to be wrangling about whether to put the headquarters in Germany or London because of Brexit," he says. 

    The UK is also likely to find itself out of step with EU financial regulations after it quits the bloc, further complicating matters, he adds. 

    Now EU competition regulators have asked the LSE to sell off its subsidiary MTS by February - "a completely unrealistic timetable" - it is hard to see how the deal can survive.

  9. 'Astonishing' intervention in LSE deal

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    It's "astonishing" that European Commission regulators raised fresh competition concerns about the combination of the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse only two weeks ago, given that their investigation started back in September says Thomas Moore, Investment Director at Standard Life Investments.

    He think "it's over" for that deal now.

    The London Stock Exchange's chief executive is likely to look for other deals, with interest likely from US firms, according to Mr Moore.

    He notes that the US-based Intercontinental Exchange abandoned an offer last year and it might take another look.

  10. Strong yen drives Nikkei down

    Yen bill

    The yen has strengthened against the dollar this morning, which has hurt Japanese shares.

    Why? Because a stronger yen makes Japanese exports more expensive on the global market and that export sector is crucial to the country's economy. The Nikkei 225 closed Monday 0.9% lower.  

    Elsewhere in the region, South Korea's Kospi and Australia's ASX 200 both edged 0.3% lower. 

    Chinese markets are still trading and the Shanghai Composite is down by 0.5% while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong has lost 0.4%. 

  11. Housing crisis 'starving firms of talent'

    BBC Radio 5 live

    The lack of affordable housing in UK cities is shrinking the talent pool available to companies, says Guy Grainger, UK head of JLL.  

    It is a "challenge for all businesses... which need people from all sorts of backgrounds, not just the rich kids". 

    "For the first time, in the last 18 months we've seen big businesses coming to us with office requirements who have asked, "can you also provide us with some housing for some of our staff," he says.

    "That has never happened before and is a sign that businesses recognise that housing people is becoming real challenge."

  12. Business rates a 'ticking time bomb' for small firms

    A British high street

    Business rates are a "ticking time bomb" for small companies in England which should be offered emergency help, the shadow business secretary has said.

    Labour's Rebecca Long-Bailey said many firms faced "cliff-edge" rises when new valuations take effect in April and that the process had been mishandled.

    The government says it has established a £3.6bn transitional fund to help businesses facing big jumps in rates.

    A spokesman said the changes meant all businesses would get a "fair deal".

  13. London Stock Exchange/Deutsche Boerse merger in doubt

    The London Stock Exchange

    The 29bn euro (£24.5bn) merger of the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse could collapse after the LSE said the deal was unlikely to be approved by the European Commission.

    The commission had ordered the LSE to sell its 60% stake in MTS, a fixed-income trading platform.

    However, the LSE said the request was "disproportionate".

    It warned investors it would struggle to sell MTS and that such a sale would harm its ongoing business.

  14. Chancellor should 'leave property alone' in Budget

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Guy Grainger, JLL

    The chancellor Philip Hammond should "leave property alone" in next week's Budget, says Guy Grainger, UK boss of property agents JLL. 

    In the last six years there have been 60 changes to property tax, he says, most of them "going up". 

    It's not just been on residential property, he adds, but also commercial, through planned business rates rises which are going to "massively impact our high streets".

    "Shops are facing massive headwinds from online retailers who don't have to pay this tax," he says.

  15. Germany's Bundesbank plays down Brexit 'punishment'

    Kamal Ahmed

    Economics editor

    City of London skyline

    One of Germany's most senior banking executives has said the vote to leave the European Union should not be taken as an excuse to "penalise" the City.

    Dr Andreas Dombret, executive board member for the German central bank, the Bundesbank, said that the approach to Brexit should be "pragmatic".

    Although he said some jobs could be lost, London would remain "the most important financial centre in Europe".

    "As there has been this vote, there will be a Brexit," he told the BBC.

    Read Kamal's blog .

  16. Good morning

    Good morning and welcome to another week of Business Live.

    Coming up on Monday, Britain's largest newspaper group Trinity Mirror will be reporting its full year results. The company is behind such titles as the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mail, as well as a host of regional newspapers. 

    We’ll have updates on the Eurozone and US economies from the influential research group Markit.

    And there will be results from Ferrovial, the Spanish owner of Heathrow and other UK airports, and homebuilder Persimmon.