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  1. Trump to revamp Dodd-Frank

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    Donald Trump has told the chief executives of some of America's biggest businesses that his administration will keep some but "get rid of many" rules designed to prevent another financial crisis "entirely".

    On Tuesday, the US President repeated his promise to do a revamp of the Dodd-Frank rules. 

  2. United shares head downwards

    Shares in United Continental Holdings have fallen further since the opening bell and are now down 4.25% at $68.48.

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  3. BHP criticised for 'dismissive' response to restructure


    Activist shareholder Elliott is not impressed with BHP Billiton's response to a restructuring plan. 

    Elliott has suggested that that mining giant get rid of its dual listing in the UK and Australia and sell its US petroleum business. 

    BHP's answer? Thanks but no thanks.

    Elliott said on Tuesday that it does not understand the "dismissive and premature nature" of BHP's response, and sought "a more thorough and reasoned assessment" of its plan.

  4. United Airlines: the video and the statements

    Just in case any readers out there have missed the outcry over United Airline's violent removal of a 69 year-old passenger, here's a refresher.

    First, the incident:

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    Video caption: A passenger is dragged off a United Airlines flight

    Next, Oscar Munoz, chief executive of United Airlines, issues the following statement:

    Quote Message: “This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United. I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers. Our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with the authorities and conduct our own detailed review of what happened. We are also reaching out to this passenger to talk directly to him and further address and resolve this situation.”

    An internal email from chief executive Oscar Munoz to United Airlines staff then emerges:  

    Quote Message: Dear Team, Like you, I was upset to see and hear about what happened last night aboard United Express Flight 3411 headed from Chicago to Louisville. While the facts and circumstances are still evolving, especially with respect to why this customer defied Chicago Aviation Security Officers the way he did, to give you a clearer picture of what transpired, I've included below a recap from the preliminary reports filed by our employees. As you will read, this situation was unfortunately compounded when one of the passengers we politely asked to deplane refused and it became necessary to contact Chicago Aviation Security Officers to help. Our employees followed established procedures for dealing with situations like this. While I deeply regret this situation arose, I also emphatically stand behind all of you, and I want to commend you for continuing to go above and beyond to ensure we fly right. I do, however, believe there are lessons we can learn from this experience, and we are taking a close look at the circumstances surrounding this incident. Treating our customers and each other with respect and dignity is at the core of who we are, and we must always remember this no matter how challenging the situation. Oscar

    Here is Oscar Munoz's summary of the events on United Express Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville:

    - On Sunday April 9, after United Express Flight 3411 was fully boarded, United's gate agents were approached by crew members that were told they needed to board the flight.

    -We sought volunteers and then followed our involuntary denial of boarding process (including offering up to $1,000 in compensation) and when we approached one of these passengers to explain apologetically that he was being denied boarding, he raised his voice and refused to comply with crew member instructions.

    -He was approached a few more times after that in order to gain his compliance to come off the aircraft, and each time he refused and became more and more disruptive and belligerent.

    -Our agents were left with no choice but to call Chicago Aviation Security Officers to assist in removing the customer from the flight. He repeatedly declined to leave.

    -Chicago Aviation Security Officers were unable to gain his co-operation and physically removed him from the flight as he continued to resist - running back onto the aircraft in defiance of both our crew and security officials.

    There is this statement from the Chicago Police Department, explaining the passenger's "fall":

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    And finally, this is United Airlines-owner United Continental Holding's share price today:

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  5. Late payments a 'huge burden' for small firms

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    Video caption: Krista Brown says it's 'mind-boggling' how her recruitment company has stayed afloat

    With Labour launching new policy calling on big businesses to pay their bills to small firms within 30 days, Radio 4's World at One talks to Krista Brown, who owns east London-based recruitment company Persona HR. 

    She says late payments cause a "huge burden" for firms like hers and that it was "mind-boggling" how she had managed to keep it afloat at times.  

  6. Lagarde: 'Increase US minimum wage'

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    "Excessive inequality is not compatible with sustainable growth" is Ms Lagarde's mantra here at the ESMT. 

    The IMF head says that "instead of providing fossil fuel subsidies," governments should spend more money on education. 

    Is she talking about the US, where inequality has been soaring? Ms Lagarde says that the IMF has strong policy suggestions for the new administration, including a "significant increase" of the minimum wage and an expansion of earned income tax credit. 

  7. Political tensions spook US stock markets

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    US stock markets opened lower on Tuesday as the Trump administration ramped-up its rhetoric on Syria and North Korea .

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 14.26 points to 20,643.76.

    The S&P 500 gave up 4.38 points at 2,352.78.

    The Nasdaq slid 9.76 points to 5,871.16. 

  8. Round two for Bombardier and Siemens?


    Bombardier's rail division is a major employer in the UK, with 3,500 employees at eight sites and 23 service locations.

    The Canadian company reportedly held talks in 2015 with Siemens of Germany about combining their train operations. 

    However, Bombardier denied discussions had taken place.

  9. BreakingSiemens and Bombardier 'in talks' over train deal

    Siemens and Bombardier are in discussions to combine their rail operations, according to Bloomberg.

  10. Lagarde: income does not match knowledge

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    Business reporter

    Christine Lagarde

    The IMF's Christine Lagarde is addressing the business community at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin. 

    The world has experienced an "explosion of knowledge" in the past few years, she says, but most have "not seem their real incomes rise" in the tech boom years.

    Ms Lagarde adds that the question of why the "fruits of innovation" remain out of reach for so many is crucial, and may be why social problems are "spilling over into the political sphere".

  11. Being 'bumped' is relatively rare

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    A tiny fraction of US passengers are "bumped" from flights every year, according to statistics from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics .

    Data for 2015 shows that of more than 613 million passengers in 2015, only 552,000 were denied boarding, that's 0.09%.

  12. The 'illusion' of competitive markets

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    "Markets that look competitive are not delivering the benefits that competition should deliver," writes James Plunkett, from Citizens Advice .

    In particular he says that companies exploit customers' inertia. They know that many do not switch to cheaper deals when an introductory offer runs out. He calls it the loyalty penalty.

    He thinks the problem is likely to get worse, as big firms get better at using data, advertising and psychology to hook us with new deals.

    The government should introduce price caps to limit the size of the loyalty penalty, Mr Plunkett says.

  13. Government strikes deal with Microsoft

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    According to technology website The Register , the UK government has saved £15m by signing a new deal with Microsoft.

    There was a danger of Microsoft hiking prices, because of the fall in value of the pound.

    But the report says the government's deal will avoid sharp increases in licenses for Microsoft technology.

    Microsoft has almost 200,000 government customers.

  14. Do airlines have to take you on a flight?

    If you've booked a seat on a flight and paid, surely you should be able to take that flight?

    Well, says Independent travel correspondent Simon Calder, not necessarily. Airlines have to compensate passengers if they all turn up, but they don't have to take them on the flight.

    Is there an appeal process if passengers are selected to be turfed off?

    Mr Calder says: "Normally the gate staff or cabin crew will make an informed decision when passengers make representations.

    "If someone is going to a wedding or funeral, or they have a job interview, or they’re a surgeon due to operate the next day, they will be prioritised.

    "However important the journey is to you, if you are instructed to leave an aircraft and your appeal fails, just go quietly."

  15. Deal to create bicycle giant

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    A Dutch company has proposed a deal which it says would create the world's biggest bicycle firms.

    Pon Holdings wants to combine its bicycle business with Accell Group.

    Accell Group is also Dutch and owns several bike brands, including Raleigh.

    "The combination results in the world’s leading global bicycle company, with headquarters in the Netherlands and with sufficient scale to be the long term winner in the industry," Pon said in a statement.

  16. Inflation pause 'won't delay pay squeeze'

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    Real average earnings "look set to have fallen during the first three months of 2017, six months ahead of the OBR’s projection in the recent Budget," according to the Resolution Foundation.

    "Despite the temporary pause in inflation, real pay growth is expected to have fallen to around 0.1% in the three months to February... before turning negative for the first quarter of 2017 as a whole," it said.    

  17. Toshiba troubles

    So why has Toshiba warned that it may not be able to continue as a going concern?

    In a statement it says the impairment it took from buying the CB&I Stone & Webster nuclear business meant a net loss to its shareholders in its full year 2015.

    Because of this, ratings agencies downgraded its credit rating, causing it to breach financial covenants it had on loans.

    This, plus money Toshiba may have to pay on Westinghouse nuclear power construction projects, mean its liquidity will be hit "significantly", it says.

    Adding to these problems, Toshiba needs a "special construction business licence" from the Japanese government that may be in doubt if it doesn't manage to sort out its financial difficulties, it says.

  18. Troubled Toshiba 'warns survival at risk'

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    Toshiba has filed its delayed financial results, warning that the company's survival is at risk.

    The electronics-to-construction conglomerate made a loss of $4.8bn for April to December.

    "There are material events and conditions that raise the substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern," the firm said in a statement .

    The results have not been approved by the firm's auditors.

    Read more here .