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  1. Switzerland to share tax information

    Businessman

    Switzerland will start sharing information on multinationals operating in the region with other countries in 2020.

    The move is part of an international push to clamp down on tax evasion.

    Some 200 large companies who have operations in Switzerland will have to draw up country-by-country reports which will show where they are generating revenue and where they are paying taxes.

    European Union members and Japan have already agreed to start sharing information two years earlier from 2018.

  2. Travel operators add flights

    TUI plane

    Travel operator TUI says that it will put on extra flights to make up for the collapse of Monarch Airlines earlier this month.

    TUI's UK and Ireland managing director Nick Longman, says: "There will be an opportunity to look at putting some new routes on to the market. We've already done that a little for this winter."

    Thomas Cook tells Reuters that it is also adding capacity, starting flights from Leeds Bradford airport and increasing capacity at Luton to add a total of 230,000 seats for next summer.

  3. Lloyds investors were 'mugged'

    Former Lloyds boss Eric Daniels (R) shakes hands on the deal with HBOS chief Andy Hornby (L) as Lloyds chairman (C) Sir Victor Blank looks on
    Image caption: Former Lloyds boss Eric Daniels (R) shakes hands on the deal with HBOS chief Andy Hornby (L) as Lloyds chairman (C) Sir Victor Blank looks on

    Shareholders in Lloyds were "mugged" when the bank decided to buy HBOS without disclosing the parlous health of the ailing lender, the High Court has heard.

    Richard Hill QC, who made the remarks, is representing nearly 6,000 shareholders who are suing Lloyds for £550m.

    At the start of a 14-week trial, Mr Hill told Mr Justice Norris: "They should never have been kept in the dark and the responsibility for that lies fairly and squarely with the defendants."

    He described the takeover in January 2009 as "rushed" and said documents sent to shareholders about the deal were "highly misleading". Mr Hill said:

    Quote Message: The information that would have disclosed it was a bust failed bank was omitted deliberately. The opposite impression was given. So, although it had reached the same situation as Northern Rock, shareholders were not told that.

    Lloyds was later forced to take a government bailout of £20bn which gave the state a 43% stake in the bank. The government sold its last shares in Lloyds earlier this year.

    A spokesman for Lloyds, says: "The group's position remains that we do not consider there to be any merit to these claims and we will robustly contest this legal action."

  4. Big bounce for big blue

    IBM

    Investors clearly liked what they saw in IBM's third quarter results. The US technology company's share price is ahead 7.55% at $157.61 in early trading, leading the Dow Jones Industrial Average risers.

    The departure of Amazon's studio boss amid sexual harassment allegations failed to rattle markets. Its share price is off 2.57 points.

  5. Staveley in the running for Newcastle?

    Amanda Staveley attended the Newcastle v Liverpool match
    Image caption: Amanda Staveley attended the Newcastle v Liverpool match

    Yesterday it was Turkish billionaire biscuit king Murat Ülker. Today it is Amanda Staveley who is rumoured to be interested in buying Newcastle United Football Club.

    Reuters reports that Ms Staveley investment firm PCP Capital Partners is considering making a $400m (£303.8m) offer for the club which was put up for sale on Monday by Mike Ashley, the majority-owner of Sports Direct.

    Apparently, speculation about Ms Staveley was sparked when she was spotted watching Newcastle's match against Liverpool at the beginning of this month.

    Either that or she's a secret Magpie.

  6. Dow Jones soars over 23,000

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped by 118.08 points in the opening minutes of trade to a new record of 23,115.52.

    The S&P 500 also touched a new high of 2,563.91 after adding 4.55 points.

    The Nasdaq rose by 8.95 points to 6,632.61.

  7. Hurricanes hit US house construction

    Hurricane Harvey devastated areas of Texas
    Image caption: Hurricane Harvey devastated areas of Texas

    Construction of new homes in the US fell in September as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma swept the south of the country.

    The US Census Bureau and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development says that builders broke ground on 4.7% less homes last month compared to August. Building permits also declined by 4.5% but completions rose by 1.1%.

    Housing starts in the south fell by 15.3% between August and September and declined 5.6% on the same month last year.

  8. Chicken food poisoning levels fall

    Chicken on a chopping board
    Image caption: A chicken yesterday

    The number of supermarket chickens contaminated with food poisoning bug campylobacter is continuing to fall, according to the Food Standards Agency.

    Figures from 2016-17 showed only 6.5% of fresh UK-produced chickens tested positive at the highest contamination level, down from 19.7% in 2014-15.

    Campylobacter is the leading cause of food poisoning in the UK and makes 280,000 people ill each year.

    While 5.6% of the affected chickens were sold by the biggest nine supermarkets, 17.1% came from smaller retailers and butchers.

  9. Where now for the Dow?

    Stock market trraders

    Will the Dow Jones Industrial Average make it back over 23,000 on Wednesday? It will soon become clear when the US stock markets open in less than an hour.

    Share prices to watch out for include Amazon following the resignation of Roy Price, the head of its film and television arm, after being accused of sexual harassment.

    Investors will also have chance to react to IBM's third quarter results, which were released on Tuesday evening.

    Although revenue beat expectations, it was below the comparable quarter.

  10. The winemaker who battles temperatures as low as -25C

    Norman Hardie

    With winter temperatures regularly dipping below -25C at his vineyard, winemaker Norman Hardie definitely didn't chose an easy place to grow his grapes.

    "Minus 25 is the absolute death knell for vitis vinifera [the common grape vine], we actually have to bury our vines in the winter [to protect them]. It's a huge job," says the 51-year-old.

    "And then we can get snap spring frosts that can quickly ruin a crop. We lost more than 80% in 2015."

    While most of us associate winemaking with warm countries, Mr Hardie has since 2004 been making wine in… Canada.

    Read more here.

  11. Flop or filip?

    Film critic Mark Kermode questions whether Blade Runner 2049 has been a box office failure, as some reports have suggested.

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    Video caption: Mark Kermode discusses whether Blade Runner 2049 is a box office flop.
  12. Thomas Cook's Palma plan

    Thomas Cook

    Thomas Cook is setting up a new airline in Spain in a bid to cut costs in the challenging European short-haul market.

    It will be based in Palma de Majorca and plans to start its first flights early next year with at least three Airbus A320 planes.

    The Majorca aircraft will also be used for Thomas Cook's other airlines, according to seasonal demand.

    EasyJet also has a seasonal base in Palma, with aircraft stationed there between March and October.

    Thomas Cook Airlines has a total of 94 aircraft, flying 16.7 million passengers a year, with revenues of €2.8bn.

  13. Google's Toronto vision

    Sidewalk Labs drawing

    Google's parent company is helping to plan a mixed-use development along Toronto's Lake Ontario waterfront.

    Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs unit, which is developing technology to use in "smart cities", said it would invest $50m in the project, which will create a new neighborhood called Quayside.

    One project is a sensor-based technology to manage crowds on a nearby street often filled with pedestrians, cyclists and motorised traffic.

    Sidewalk is also looking to integrate self-driving technology into the project.

    Read more here.

  14. Soros gives away $18bn

    George Soros

    George Soros, the billionaire financier, is giving away nearly all of his fortune - $18bn to be precise - to his charitable venture, the Open Society Foundations.

    The global network of more than 100 charities supporting democracy, human rights and freedom of speech was set up in 1984 and is said to be the world's third-largest charity after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.

    The name of Mr Soros's organisation is derived from a book by the philosopher Karl Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies - a critique of authoritarianism.

    Having experienced at first hand what a closed society looks like in his native Hungary, Mr Soros's liberal views have provoked the ire of the country's nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban, particularly over issues of immigration.

  15. FTSE helped by weaker sterling

    Cash

    The FTSE 100 is up about 25 points at 7,542, helped by a 0.15% fall in the pound to $1.3170.

    The ONS said UK wage growth edged above forecasts, bolstering expectations for a Bank of England rate hike before the year is out.

    Shares in household products giant Reckitt Benckiser were down about 1.3% after the firm cut its full-year sales forecast. Reckitt is struggling with fallout from a cyber attack, a failed product launch and a safety scandal in South Korea.

    The biggest faller on the blue-chip index is Merlin Entertainments, off 2.1% after brokers cut their target prices after it reported meagre like-for-like growth yesterday.