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Summary

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  2. Trump appoints Stephen Moore to the Fed
  3. Wall Street falls sharply
  4. Sainsbury's and Asda offer to sell up to 150 stores
  5. FTSE slides on somber Eurozone data
  6. Pound rises on EU Brexit delay offer
  7. Debenhams asks lenders for £200m

Live Reporting

By Mary-Ann Russon

All times stated are UK

  1. Royal Mail names new Chairman

    Royal Male sorting office

    Royal Mail has announced that Keith Williams will take over as chairman. He is currently deputy chairman.

    As a result he will retire from the board of Aviva and as the head of its audit committee.

  2. Lenders want ownership of Debenhams

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    debenhams

    Supriya Menon of Picet Asset Management tells BBC Radio 4's Today Programme that lenders are keen to agree terms with Debenhams to "maintain their seniority to Mike Ashley".

    Mr Ashley, the founder of Sports Direct, wants a seat on the board of the department store chain in which Sports Direct owns a near-30% stake,

    "They [the lenders] want to take over ownership of Debenhams and then restructure it."

    The chain needs £40m to refinance a loan and millions more to keep their business running, she said.

  3. 'Just get on with it'

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    pipes

    Katy Gifford, chief executive of chemical group Aubin, told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme that it she just wanted answers on Brexit now.

    "Virtually everybody I speak to is just screaming at the television or the radio – please just get on with it. We don’t care now. Just get on with it".

  4. Swedbank finds 'suspicious' money flows - report

    You might remember that last year there was a massive money-laundering scandal surrounding Danske Bank.

    The chief executive was forced to step down after it emerged that emerged that tens of billions of euros was probably laundered through its Estonia branch between 2007 and 2015.

    Other banks have been put under scrutiny since then.

    Today Swedish state television reports that an internal report by Swedbank has detailed "suspicious" transactions totalling around $10bn between customers of Swedbank and Danske Bank in the Baltics from 2007 to 2015.

    Swedish regulators are investigating.

  5. Japan stocks inch higher

    Men look at stock boards in Japan

    Japan's market has edged higher at the close.

    The Nikkei 225 index added 0.1% to end at 21,627.34. Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 0.3% and China's Shanghai Composite put on 0.1% in afternoon moves.

  6. Frictionless trade

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    oil rig

    Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, tells the Today Programme that the industry needs frictionless trade after Brexit as it is a global industry with 25% of its business going through the EU.

    Like other industries, she says, "what we have been keen to reinforce is we also [need] frictionless or efficient access to people to services, and goods".

    Her concern is that "it will make us less competitive and more inefficient".

  7. Aberdeen could be hit hard by Brexit

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    oil rig

    BBC Radio 4's Today Programme is broadcasting its business news from Aberdeen today.

    It is the city that will be most affected by Brexit, according to a report by Centre for Cities.

    Andrew Carter, chief executive of Centre for Cities, tells the programme that this is because of its reliance on oil and gas and the fact that the services linked to the industry are so integrated.

    It is "not just on the production side, it's on the services side as well".

    Some 30% of exports from Aberdeen go into Europe.

  8. Pinterest plans to sell shares in April - report

    Pinterest logo

    In another high-profile tech listing, Pinterest is reportedly also looking to debut on the New York Stock Exchange in April.

    The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, reported that the image-sharing firm has sped up the timing of its IPO to tap into renewed in interest for new tech shares.

  9. Ashley not interested in Arcadia

    debenhams

    Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has told the Times that he is not interested in buying Sir Philip Green's Arcadia, which admitted last week it was working on a restructuring of the Topshop and Miss Selfridge empire.

    “Let me be completely clear. I wouldn’t buy any part of Arcadia either with [private equity company] Leonard Green or directly for a pound,” Mr Ashley said.

    “I am not getting involved with that pension deficit in Arcadia for reputational reasons. It is not for me. I don’t know where the story is coming from — for all I know Philip is putting it out there that I am going to buy it — but I am not interested.”

    Meanwhile, Mr Ashley wants a seat on the board of Debenhams - his Sports Direct owns almost 30% of the struggling department store chain.

    The finance director of Sports Direct, Chris Wootton said: "It is not even that the management is asleep at the wheel they are simply not at the wheel".

    "If the hedge funds gets hold of Debenhams they will pick over its bones."

  10. Garuda 'may switch Boeing model'

    More on airline Garuda's plan to scrap a deal to buy Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft (see earlier post).

    The airline is not ruling out switching to another aircraft.

    "In principle, it's not that we want to replace Boeing, but maybe we will replace (these planes) with another model," an official from Garuda told Indonesian media outlet Detik.

    Garuda has already paid Beoing $26m, under the deal to buy 50 jets.

    Earlier this month, Lion Air said it was postponing the delivery of four of the jets.

    Lion Air operates 10 Max 8 jets, part of a Boeing order placed in 2011.

    Last October, one of Lion Air's 737 Max 8 jets crashed, killing all 189 people on board.

  11. Asia markets mixed

    People sit in front of stock boards in China

    It's been a fairly lacklustre session so far for markets in Asia.

    In afternoon trading, Japan's Nikkei 225 index was steady, while Shanghai's Composite slipped 0.2% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.3%. Australia's ASX 200 added 0.5%.

  12. Uber 'picks NYSE for stock listing'

    Uber sign

    Uber has reportedly picked the New York Stock Exchange for its first sale of shares to the public, know as an initial public offering (IPO).

    The decision to opt for the Wall Street exchange over the tech-heavy Nasdaq was first reported by Bloomberg, citing sources.

    It comes as smaller, ride-sharing rival Lyft prepares to list on the Nasdaq.

    Uber is expected to launch its IPO as soon as April.

  13. Dover boss warns of 17-mile no-deal queue

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Dover

    Doug Bannister is the chief executive of the Port of Dover (he only took over in January).

    He said the Port has done everything it can do to prepare for a no-deal Brexit and its contingency plans will come into place next Wednesday.

    "There's still quite some unknown in the process and the degree to which various authorities may look to impose stricter border controls - really on the day is when we're going to learn about it."

    The big worry for him is if French officials insists on checking every passport.

    "If it gets really bad... if it takes an additional two minutes to process a vehicle through the Port of Dover then that could lead to a 17-mile queue."

    He advised travellers to bring water and snacks.

  14. Garuda cancels order for 737 Max 8

    Garuda

    Indonesia's national airline Garuda has cancelled an order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets, following two fatal crashes involving the plane.

    The airline said: "The reason is that Garuda passengers in Indonesia have lost trust and no longer have the confidence [in the plane]."

    Garuda had already received one of the aircraft as part of the 50-jet order.

    It has not had a response from Boeing yet.

  15. Good morning!

    Ben Morris

    Business reporter

    Welcome to Friday's Business Live page.

    Indonesia's national airline cancels orders for the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane.

    The boss of the Port of Dover warns of 17-miles queues in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

    And Uber has reportedly chosen the New York Stock Exchange for its first sale of shares.