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Live Reporting

By Dearbail Jordan

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    Test card

    That's it for Thursday.

    Please join us again on bright and early tomorrow morning from 6.00am onwards.

  2. No more airport breakfast pints?

    Heathrow cocktail bar

    The Home Office is considering limiting the times that alcohol can be sold at airports in a bid to crack down on drunk and disruptive behaviour in the air.

    A review could recommend extending high street licensing laws to departure halls and terminals and restrict sales until 10am.

    The government is asking the public for their views on whether introducing these laws could help tackle the problem in a three-month call for evidence.

    A Lords committee has already recommended that airside outlets selling alcohol to passengers should comply with the same licensing rules as elsewhere.

    Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins said: "Disruptive or drunk behaviour is entirely unacceptable. This Government is committed to ensuring that the travelling environment for airline passengers remains safe and enjoyable."

  3. NAB profits hit by compensation costs

    National Australia Bank sign

    National Australia Bank has reported a 14% drop in cash earnings to $5.7bn Australian dollars ($4bn; £3.1bn), hit by restructuring and customer compensation costs.

    Australia's big banks - some of the wealthiest in the world - have been the subject of a government inquiry that has revealed widespread wrongdoing and customer exploitation.

    The so-called royal commission follows a decade of scandals that have rocked the sector.

    "We are listening and responding to customers, including to royal commission issues, and are proactively taking steps to be more customer focused," NAB chief executive Andrew Thorburn said in a statement.

  4. Apple: Emerging market weakness

    Tim Cook

    In after-hours share trading on Wall Street Apple stock was down almost 5%.

    Chief executive Tim Cook said that Apple is "seeing some macroeconomic weakness in some of the emerging markets," although he did not say which ones.

    He stressed that Apple was happy with its performance in China, where revenue grew 16% to $11.4bn, the fifth quarter in a row the company has had double-digit growth in the region.

  5. BreakingApple could miss Wall Street targets

    Apple says sales for the crucial holiday quarter could miss Wall Street expectations.

    Chief executive Tim Cook, unveiling the tech giant's latest results, blamed weakness in emerging markets, foreign exchange costs and uncertainty whether the iPhone maker can keep up with demand for new products.

    Apple said it expects between $89bn and $93bn in revenue for its first quarter trading ending in December, while Wall Street on average expects $93bn.

    For the quarter ended in September, Apple brought in $62.9bn in revenue and $2.91 per share in profits, beating expectations of $61.5bn and $2.79, respectively.

  6. Starbucks revenues grow by more than 10%

    Dog and Starbucks

    Starbucks' total sales during the fourth quarter to September rose by 10.6% to $6.3bn.

    For the full year, revenues grew by 10.4% to $24.7bn.

    Shares in Starbucks soared by 9.3% in after-hours trade.

  7. Starbucks like-for-like sales beat forecasts

    Starbucks

    Coffee chain Starbucks has reported a 3% rise in like-for-like sales during the fourth quarter, ahead of expectations for a 2.2% increase.

  8. US stocks close higher

    US stock market trader

    US stocks extended their gains after the US President Donald Trump said he had had a "very good conversation" with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping about trade.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 1.09%, or 274.17 points, at 25,389.93.

    The S&P 500 finished 1.05% ahead at 2,740.27.

    The Nasdaq ended 1.75% ahead, up 128.16 points, at 7,434.06

  9. Holograms to teach students

    Imperial College London

    Here's a way to stop students from skiving off lectures - get a hologram to teach them.

    Imperial College London will show off the technology at a special event later on Thursday before deploying it more widely.

    A similar effect has been used to animate images of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and other celebrities.

    Imperial will initially limit its use to its Business School's activities but expects the technology could eventually become common.

    Read more here.

  10. 'Very careful process' to select new Barclays chairman

    Barclays

    Crawford Gillies, senior independent director at Barclays, said: "The Barclays board established demanding criteria for identifying a new chairman, and that meant an exacting and very careful search process.

    "In Nigel Higgins we have found an ideal candidate. He is a hugely respected banker, a strategic thinker, someone with extensive international experience, and he has a strong positive leadership style. These are all great qualities that he will bring to the role."

  11. Barclays chairman to step down in May

    Barclays chairman John Mcfarlane

    Barclays has confirmed that Nigel Higgins, deputy chairman of Rothschild & Co, will become its chairman.

    The incumbent John McFarlane will retire as Barclays chairman in May 2019 at the bank's annual general meeting.

  12. US oil price slides

    Oil field

    West Texas Intermediate has dropped by 2.5% to $63.68 per barrel on concerns that global demand is falling and supplies are growing.

    A recent report examining production from OPEC countries found that members of the oil producing cartel had ramped up output to make up for declines in shipments from Iran, where US sanctions come into force on 4 November.

    Gene McGillian, vice president of market research at Tradition Energy, said: "The sellers seem to be in charge.

    He added that the increase in OPEC production "has really started to tamp down concerns surrounding the loss of Iranian barrels."

  13. FBI blasts China over corporate theft claim

    Technology theft

    More on those accusations by the US that Chinese state-owned firm Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit, Taiwanese semiconductor company United Microelectronics and three Taiwan nationals stole trade secrets from US chip giant Micron Technology.

    FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement: "No country presents a broader, more severe threat to our ideas, our innovation, and our economic security than China."

    The US claims that China wanted get access to dynamic random-access memory, or DRAM.

    Micron is the only US-based company that manufactures DRAM.

  14. Barclays finds frontrunner for chairman - report

    Barclays

    Sky News is reporting that Nigel Higgins, deputy chairman of Rothschild‎ & Co, is the frontrunner to become chairman of Barclays, to succeed John McFarlane.

    Sky News says the board has been searching for a replacement for six months.

  15. Sterling hits $1.30

    Sterling

    The pound has reached $1.3003 after rising 1.82% - helped by a weaker dollar and a signal from the Bank of England that interest rates may rise at a faster clip.

  16. And it was all going so well...

    US and China flags

    After a brief show of the warm and fuzzies between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping over trade, the US and China are back at it again.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that US authorities have accused Chinese state-owned firm Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit, Taiwanese semiconductor company United Microelectronics and three Taiwan nationals of stealing trade secrets from US chip giant Micron Technology.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticised China for allegedly violating an agreement made under the Obama administration for both countries not to steal each other's corporate secrets.

    He said: "In 2015, China committed publicly that it would not target American companies for economic gain.

    "Obviously, that commitment has not been kept.”

  17. What to expect from Apple

    Apple iPads

    Apple will report its fourth quarter and full-year figures later on Thursday.

    According to CNBC, analysts are expecting the US technology giant to report revenues of $61.57bn.

    Investor site StreetAccount forecasts that Apple will report that it has sold 47.5 million iPhones and 10.53 million iPads and 4.87 million Macs.