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  2. EU: Brexit talks can move to next stage
  3. Ryanair offers union recognition to avoid strikes
  4. Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal
  5. Airbus chief to leave after power struggle

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By Mary-Ann Russon

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    That's it for today on Business Live.

    We'll be back bright and early at 06:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend, and do join us then for all the latest breaking news and analysis from the business world.

  2. Wall Street ends on a record high

    Wall Street at Christmas

    US shares ended on a record high on Friday, with all three indexes seeing broad gains as investors gained confidence that the long-awaited Republican tax cut bill might gain enough support to be passed.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average has ended the day up 0.58% or 143 points to 24,651.74, led by Intel, up 3% to $44.56.

    The broader S&P 500 meanwhile closed up 0.9% or 23.8 points to 2,675.81. The top winner was Under Armour Inc, rising 9.8% to $15.17.

    And the tech-heavy Nasdaq ended at 6,936.58, rising 1.17% or 80 points, led by Riot Blockchain, up 14% to $28.50.

  3. Japanese firm wants employees to accept Bitcoin salaries


    Japanese web giant GMO Internet Group is encouraging its employees to accept at least a portion of their salaries in Bitcoin.

    According to Coin Desk, from February 2018 onwards, employees can choose to purchase between 10,000-100,000 yen (£66.64-£666.44) of their salary in digital currency.

    GMO started its own initial coin offering (ICO) in October, and employees will be paid in GMO Coins.

  4. Ben Gurion Airport will shut for four hours on Sunday

    Ben Gurion Airport

    To show solidarity with employees of the troubled Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva, which plans to slash 14,000 jobs worldwide over the next two years, Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv will shut for four hours on Sunday.

    Israel's Hisadrut trade union has called on other sectors outside pharmaceuticals including ports, banks and ministries to hold a "solidarity strike" in protest.

    Ben Gurion Airport will stop operating between 04:00-08:00 Israel Time (06:00-10:00 GMT) on Sunday.

  5. Are power naps any good?

    Reality Check

    Snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan took a series of short sleeps before going on to reach the last 16 at the Scottish Open. And this got the Reality Check team wondering, are power naps good for you?

    O'Sullivan said his doctor had advised him to get as much sleep as possible, and that it was working.

    There is evidence that short sleeps can be beneficial, but to reap those benefits takes planning and the ability to fall asleep quickly.

  6. Huge demand for infant milk powder

    Infant baby milk powder

    Thanks to a series of food safety scandals in China, Chinese tourists visiting Denmark are now stocking up on Danish-made organic milk formula to bring back to relatives.

    This has prompted some supermarkets to introduce a limit to how many cans each customer can buy.

    Denmark is not an isolated example - retailers across Europe, including the UK, as well as Australia and New Zealand have also seen Chinese travellers and residents go out of their way to buy large stocks of infant milk powder.

  7. Google Maps launches live travel notifications

    Google Maps live travel updates

    Google Maps has just launched the ability to give you live updates on your journey on buses and trains, in addition to guiding you to your destination.

    The latest version of Google Maps on both iOS and Android comes with live updates on train and bus times, and according to Tech Crunch, when you get close to your stop, Google Maps will alert you that it's time to get off.

    To access the feature, all you have to do is update the app on your device, search for a postcode or location, and click the "Directions" button at the bottom of the app.

  8. Oil prices mixed

    Forties pipeline crack

    Oil prices are currently mixed, with the Forties pipeline crack and cuts led by OPEC supporting prices, while increasing US output brought them down.

    West Texas Intermediate futures are up 25 cents to $57.29 a barrel, while Brent crude futures are down 4 cents at $63.27 a barrel.

  9. Wall Street buoyant as tax deal looms

    Rising hopes of a deal in Congress to push through tax reforms are sending US shares to fresh highs.

    The Dow Jones is up 141.37 points or 0.58% at 24,650.03, while the broader-based S&P 500 has gained 22.82 points or 0.86% to reach 2,674.83. The high-tech Nasdaq is 70.21 points or 1.02% higher at 6,926.73.

    Tech stocks are prominent at both ends of the Dow Jones. Top gainer is chipmaker Intel, up 3%, while Microsoft is 2.3% higher. Biggest loser is IBM, down 1%, one of only three stocks in negative territory on the index.

  10. Tesla responsible for slide in home solar sales

    Elon Musk speaks at a SolarCity event

    A research firm has found that Tesla is largely responsible for a fall in the number of rooftop solar panels being installed on homes in the US.

    GTM Research found that after years of double-digit growth, home solar installations have fallen this year, due to the fact that Tesla acquired SolarCity in November 2016.

    SolarCity was previously the biggest player in the US residential solar panel market, and had made strides in growing its customer base, but now that it is owned by Tesla, it is no longer marketing and expanding aggressively.

  11. Michael Kors drops animal fur

    Michael Kors shop in New York

    Luxury fashion brand Michael Kors has announced that it will no longer use animal fur in any of its products.

    Shares in Michael Kors were up 0.62% to $61.79 after the news.

    “Due to technological advances in fabrications, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur,” said designer Michael Kors.

    “We will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February.”

  12. Families struggling to replace white goods

    Kevin Peachey

    Personal finance reporter

    Low income families in the UK are struggling to replace crucial household appliances when they break, so charities are having to step in.

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  13. BreakingBritvic confirms Norwich factory closure

    Carrow Works sign

    Britvic has confirmed it will leave its Norwich site, with a loss of hundreds of jobs in the city, in 2019.

    The drinks manufacturer, which co-owns Carrow Works with Unilever, said it would transfer production of Robinsons and Fruit Shoot to its other sites.

    It said it would offer employees redeployment and "help to find alternative employment".

  14. Balpa accepts Ryanair offer to discuss recognition

    Ryanair jet

    The British Airline Pilot's Association (Balpa) says it has accepted Ryanair's offer to discuss union recognition.

    “This change of heart and position by Ryanair is welcome," said Balpa's general secretary Brian Strutton.

    "We take Ryanair at their word that they are willing to enter into discussions with a view to recognising BALPA as more than 20 other UK-based airlines have."

  15. London closes slightly ahead

    London Stock Exchange

    The FTSE 100 has closed up 0.57% or 42.5 points to 7,490.57, as investors tracked an EU summit focused on Britain's departure from the European Union.

    The index's biggest winner was Sky, up 2.8% to £10.18 on the news that it has signed a channel-sharing deal with BT that will see Sky gaining BT's sports channels, while BT will sell Sky's Now TV service to its customers.

    The FTSE 250 also ended up 0.21% to 20,048.61, led by Hansteen Holdings, which rose 5.6% to 135.6p, and TalkTalk, up 5% to 142.9p, despite news this week that the troubled telecoms provider is heading for a breach of debt covenants.

  16. BreakingUnilever to sell its spreads business for €6.8bn

    Flora Margarine

    The US buyout fund KKR has won an auction to buy Unilver's spreads business, which includes Flora margarine, for €6.8bn (£6bn).

    Unilever is trading up 1.35% to £41.96 on the news.

    "The strength of the portfolio of consumer brands in Spreads provides a firm foundation for future growth," said Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever.

    "We look forward to deploying our global network and operational expertise to support the business's growth ambitions, while continuing to follow Unilever's responsible sourcing policies, including working towards the goal of sourcing 100% sustainable palm oil by 2019."

  17. Sterling still down

    The pound

    The pound is now down 0.9% against the dollar at $1.33070, despite news that Brexit negotiations would move on to the next stage in January.

    Sterling is also down 0.75% on the euro at €1.13190.