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  2. FTSE 100 closes 0.3% higher at 7,446.8 points
  3. Holland & Barrett sold to Russian billionaire
  4. Co-Op Bank no longer for sale
  5. Airbag maker Takata files for bankruptcy

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By Karen Hoggan

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  1. Stephanie Flanders to move to Bloomberg

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    Stephanie Flanders

    Word reaches our ears that financial news service Bloomberg is hiring Stephanie Flanders – the former BBC Economics Editor.

    The news service is merging the Economics coverage of its research arm Bloomberg Intelligence with Bloomberg News. Staff were told today, two of them say. She will report to editor John Micklethwait and his deputy Reto Gregori.

    Bloomberg and Ms Flanders confirmed the move to the BBC.

    She said: “I've learned a huge amount at JPMorgan. But I've always wanted not just to understand the global economy, but to explain it to others. When Bloomberg's Editor in Chief asks you to help build and lead the most powerful engine of economic analysis and reporting in the world, you don't say no."

  2. Starmer joins Privy Council

    Kier Starmer

    Interesting development here. Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer (pictured) has been appointed to the Privy Council, meaning he can be given confidential briefings on the negotiations with Brussels.

    Brexit Secretary David Davis had reportedly pressed for Sir Keir to be appointed to the body so he can receive sensitive information

    The appointment - in a one-sentence statement on the Downing St website - comes a week after the formal opening of Brexit talks between the UK and Brussels.

    Sir Keir, a former director of public prosecutions, has been MP for Holborn and St Pancras since May 2015 and shadow Brexit secretary since October 2016.

    He joins other senior members of the Opposition who have already become a privy counsellor, including Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, Emily Thornberry and Diane Abbott.

  3. Pound rises after May reaches deal with DUP

    Pound dollar intraday graph 26 June 2017
    Pound euro intraday graph 26 June 2017

    Sterling rose by 0.1% against the dollar and euro on Monday after Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal to prop up the minority government.

    May secured the backing of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and its 10 MPs after two weeks of negotiations since the Conservative Party lost its overall majority in the Commons in the election earlier this month.

  4. Whitbread biggest climber as FTSE closes up

    London Stock Exchange sign

    The FTSE 100 has closed at 7,446.80, a rise of 23 points or 0.31%.

    The biggest gainer was Whitbread, whose shares rose by 2.17%, followed by BA-owner IAG, up by 2.09%.

    TUI climbed by 1.5% and easyJet by 1.42%.

    Three mining stocks were among the biggest fallers, with Fresnillo shedding 3.12%, Antofagasta 2.72% and Randgold 1.62%.

  5. Google scraps ad-targeting email scans

    Smartphone with messages on it

    Google's decision to stop scanning Gmail users' emails in order to target them with personalised adverts has been given a qualified welcome by privacy campaigners.

    The tech firm revealed the change in a blog at the end of last week.

    Google promised to make the move before the year's end to bring the consumer version of Gmail in line with its business edition.

    The firm had faced much criticism over the years for the scans. Read more here

  6. Waymo and Avis Budget strike deal

    Waymo car on stage

    Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google-owner Alphabet has done a deal with Avis Budget for the car rental firm to manage its fleet of autonomous vehicles.

    Avis will provide fleet support and maintenance services for Waymo's cars.

    Avis' shares rose by up to 21% on the news, althought they're now trading about 10% higher.

    Alphabet's shares are about 1% lower.

  7. Arconic shares drop

    Intraday graphic for Arconic shares Monday 26 June 2017

    Shares in Arconic, formerly known as Alcoa, are down by about 7% following the news that it is discontinuing global sales of Reynobond PE cladding for use in high-rise buildings.

  8. Arconic statement

    Here's the statement from the company Arconic announcing that it is discontinuing sales of Reynobond PE - which is understood to be the type of cladding used at Grenfell Tower - for use in high-rise buildings.

    "Arconic is discontinuing global sales of Reynobond PE for use in high-rise applications.

    "We believe this is the right decision because of the inconsistency of building codes across the world and issues that have arisen in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy regarding code compliance of cladding systems in the context of buildings' overall designs.

    "We will continue to fully support the authorities as they investigate this tragedy."

  9. BreakingCladding firm halts global sales for high-rises

    Firm which supplied cladding thought to have been on London's Grenfell Tower ends global sales for high-rise blocks.

  10. Navy's biggest ever carrier set for trials

    HMS Queen Elizabeth

    The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier is due to set sail for the first time from the Rosyth dockyard in Fife.

    HMS Queen Elizabeth - one of two new carriers being built in the yard at a cost of more than £6bn - is to begin sea trials.

    She is the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy. Her flightdeck alone is the size of three football pitches.

    Once in service she can operate with a crew of 1,000 and 40 aircraft.

    The 65,000 tonne warship is the Royal Navy's first aircraft carrier since HMS Ark Royal was scrapped in 2010. Read more here

  11. Facebook to take on TV

    Facebook logo with smartphone

    Facebook is in talks with Hollywood studios about producing TV shows and hopes to launch original programmes by the end of the summer, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    The WSJ spoke to people who said Facebook was prepared to pay up to $3m per episode.

    Facebook wants to target audiences 13 to 34-year olds, in particular those aged 17 to 30.

    A relationship drama called "Strangers", a relationship drama, and a game show, "Last State Standing" are already in the pipeline, according the WSJ.

  12. Wall Street starts week ahead

    Wall Street sign

    Shares on the three key US stock indexes have opened higher as oil prices recover some ground after last week's falls.

    Shortly after the open the Dow Jones was at 21,492.46, a rise of 98 points, or nearly 0.5%.

    The S&P 500 was at 2,449.52, 11 points or nearly 0.5%.

    And the tech-heavy Nasdaq was at 6,301.47, 36 points or 0.6% higher.

  13. Not so smart sales pitch?

    More on that research which shows about a fifth of UK adults don't want to have a smart meter installed in their home ...

    Quote Message: This research suggests that there’s been a failure to sell the benefits of smart meters to the wider public. High profile issues with the cost of the rollout, as well as compatibility and data problems with the first generation of smart meters, has meant that they’ve been in the news for the wrong reasons. In principle, smart meters will help people keep a better track on their energy usage, engage more with how they use their energy, and get more accurate bills. from Peter Earl Head of energy, comparethemarket.com
    Peter EarlHead of energy, comparethemarket.com
  14. Smart choice?

    Smart meter, in-home display

    In the UK, 5.6 million households do not want to have a smart meter fitted in their home, despite government backed plans to install one in every household by 2020, according to price comparison website comparethemarket.com.

    In a survey of more than 2,000 adults, 21% said they didn't want a smart meter. Their main concern appears to be related to data protection issues. Of those who said they didn't want a smart meter, 55% said they had concerns around “the way in which data is collected”.

    About 6 million people have already got smart meters, and this research shows that 4.5 million wanted them to become more aware of their energy usage, while 3.7 million said it would provide them with more accurate bills.

  15. Airline shares take off

    BA planes on ground

    Shares in BA owner IAG are up by 2.26% in early afternoon trade, making it the biggest climber on the FTSE 100.

    EasyJet saw the second biggest gain. Its shares are up by 2.09%.

  16. Living in LA LA land

    Los Angeles skyline

    Which world city offers the best future growth prospects? According to a new survey by Schroders, it's Los Angeles.

    LA tops the investment manager's Global Cities 30 index. London is in second place.

    US cities take up 16 of the index's top 30 spots, with Boston, Chicago and New York occupying the rest of the top five. Apart from London, Paris is the only European city to make the top 30, coming in at number 16.

    "The top ranked cities share common factors such as top universities, excellent infrastructure and pools of high-skilled workers," Schroders says.

    "They also tend to be economically diverse and are highly attractive places to live, due to diverse cultural and leisure activities."

  17. Containing the sick man of Europe

    Intesa Sanpaolo

    Italy's banking sector has often been called the "sick man of Europe" but after this weekend's dramatic events, is this is an industry on its last legs?

    James Butterfill, head of research & investment strategy at ETF Securities, says that 11 out of Italy's top 14 banks have non-performing loans (NPLs) above 10% of total loans. On average, Italian banks have non-performing loans of 12.6% compared to Europe's lenders with 4.7%.

    There is an upside: "This is unlikely to spread the rest of Europe as most other problem countries such as Spain and Portugal have NPLs at 5.5%."

  18. Life in the hyperlane

    A special lane for self-driving vehicles

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    Video caption: Hyperlink graphic

    A US company is proposing special lanes on roads purely for self-driving vehicles. The Hyperlanes would be controlled by a central computer allowing self-driving cars to travel along at speeds over 100mph (160kph). BBC Click spoke to Baiyu Chen, a co-founder of Hyperlane to find out more about how the system would work.