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By Jill Treanor and Tom Espiner

All times stated are UK

  1. Airbus aircraft 'will track toilet visits'

    Airbus A321

    It's all about the data, according to a Bloomberg write-up of an interview with Ingo Wuggetzer, Airbus’s vice president of cabin marketing.

    Airbus is to start to use sensors in its cabins to give flight attendants information such as whose seat belt is fastened and how many people are queuing up to use the toilet.

    Not only will this save money by making cabin operations more efficient, it will give Airbus reams of data to analyse what goes on in the cabins of planes, and again, make cabins more efficient.

    The firm plans to introduce the technology on A321 planes in 2021, followed by its larger A350s in 2023.

  2. US committee gives itself more powers to investigate Trump

    A powerful US congressional committee has voted to broaden its powers to investigate President Trump, as Democrats explore the possibility of impeachment.

    The Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee voted along strict party lines following its frustrations at the refusal of a number of current and former White House officials to appear to give evidence.

    Some sessions can now be designated impeachment hearings and committee staff will have the power to question witnesses.

    More votes would be needed before a full impeachment inquiry could proceed - and the Republican majority in the senate means an eventual trial of the president would be likely to fail.

  3. More people in work over 50

    More people over 50 are in work, according to ONS stats released today.

    In September 2019, 72.5% of 50 to 64 year olds were in work, up from 55.8% in 1984.

    Nathan Long, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, says:

    "More and more of us are working past the age of 50 as society adapts to living longer and the challenges and benefits this brings.

    "Many of today’s retirees can rely on generous final salary pensions to see them through, but a huge group of those in their late 40s and early 50s are not so lucky.

    "These people were born too late for final salary pensions, but too early to fully benefit from auto-enrolment into their workplace pension and could find themselves squeezed.

    "Staying in work longer could be their only option as [the] state pension gets pushed further and further out, but it needs employers to rise to the challenge of providing the right kind of work, in a flexible format that suits older workers.

    "This latest increase in people working longing looks like the tip of the iceberg."

  4. Use UK steel for frigates says union

    rosyth shipyard

    The union Unite has welcomed the announcement that a consortium led by Babcock is to build a new generation of Royal Navy frigate. The ships will be assembled at Rosyth in Fife.

    But, Steve Turner, the union's assistant general secretary for manufacturing, says that it is "just one piece in the jigsaw needed to secure the future of UK shipbuilding and the thousands of jobs that it sustains in communities across the country.

    "It was always going to be the case that these Royal Navy warships would be built here in UK yards.

    "The government must ensure these ships are built using UK steel and that UK firms in the manufacturing supply chain reap the economic benefits".

  5. Freight industry concerned about no-deal Brexit supplies

    queues infront of the channel tunnel sign

    The Freight Transport Association has responded to the release of the Yellowhammer documents.

    It describes itself as the voice of the logistics sector and says it has been working with the government for three years to develop new trading processes for use after Brexit.

    "The Yellowhammer document shows that there is still much that could go wrong and still has to be done to keep Britain trading effectively.

    "Many of the details may seem trivial but are actually crucial to the successful protection and continuation of the UK's supply chain, and industry needs key decisions to be made urgently to keep imports and exports moving efficiently.

    "Businesses can only prepare for and implement new processes once and still need confirmation of what they are to adopt in the way of new practices, while still maintaining existing trading relationships and keeping costs down.

    "We are still very concerned by the risk that fuel supplies could be impacted, considering this would affect the movement of goods both domestically and internationally. At no point in the past three years of negotiations has any indication of this nature been made to us or our 18,000 members by government".

  6. Google pays nearly €1bn to end French fiscal fraud probe

    Google has agreed to pay €465m in additional taxes to French authorities, boosting the total settlement to end a fiscal fraud probe in the country to nearly €1bn.

    France's financial prosecutor office earlier said Google had agreed to pay half a billion euros in fine to settle the four-year old investigation.

    "We have put an end to the tax and related disputes we had had in France for many years," Google said. "These agreements include a payment of €500m announced today by a French court, as well as an amount of €465m in additional taxes that we have agreed to pay."

  7. US officials 'consider offering interim China trade deal'

    Trump and Xi

    Trump administration officials are considering offering a limited trade agreement to China to delay or roll back some US tariffs in exchange for commitments from China on intellectual property and buying US farm produce, according to Bloomberg News.

    Trump aides are due to meet Chinese officials in Washington in the coming weeks, the news agency reported.

  8. Topshop plunges to loss


    Sir Philip Green's Topshop has reported a £498m loss for the 53 weeks to 1 September compared with £15.6m the year.

    That's according to the Telegraph which noticed the update in Companies House.

    Last week, his retailing empire filed results for Taveta - of which Topshop is a subsidiary - showing a loss of £169.2m compared with a £49.4m profit a year earlier.

  9. Google agrees to €500m French fine

    Google logo

    Google has agreed to pay a €500m (£450m) fine in France to settle a fiscal fraud probe that began four years ago, the financial prosecutor's office says.

    French investigators have been seeking to establish whether Google, whose European headquarters are based in Dublin, failed to declare parts of its activities in the country.

    Google, part of Alphabet, pays little tax in most European countries because it reports almost all sales in Ireland.

    This is possible thanks to a loophole in international tax law but it hinges on staff in Dublin concluding all sales contracts.

    "[The agreement allows] to settle once for all these past disputes," said Antonin Levy, one of Google's lawyers, at a hearing in the Paris court.

  10. European stocks rise and euro pares losses

    European stocks climbed to their highest in seven weeks and bond yields tumbled as the European Central Bank's new stimulus measures and mutual concessions by the US and China in their trade dispute encouraged riskier bets.

    The Euro Stoxx 600 gained 0.7% after the ECB approved new stimulus measures to hit its highest level since 25 July.

    Stock exchanges in Paris and Frankfurt gained 0.8%, rebounding strongly after losing early gains before the ECB statement.

    The euro also pared losses against the dollar, and was down about 0.24% at $1.0984.

  11. 'Probability of euro area recession has gone up', says Draghi

    The ECB sees the probability of a eurozone recession as having gone up, but still "a small probability", he says.

    He says the predictions of a recession in Germany are "a case for timely and effective action on the fiscal policy side".

  12. Draghi: We don't target exchange rates

    Earlier, US President Donald Trump tweeted that the ECB stimulus package was designed to depreciate the value of the euro against the dollar to aid European exports.

    Mario Draghi has responded, calling the president the "First Tweeter".

    "The answer is very simple. We have a mandate. We pursue price stability and we don't target exchange rates. Period."

    He adds that the G20 consensus is not to pursue competitive devaluations.

  13. Draghi: Hard Brexit more likely

    ECB president Mario Draghi sees the likelihood of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal to have gone up.

    He says: "This baseline scenario is also relatively favourable.

    "Because it doesn't contain the case of a hard Brexit, for example, the probability of which has gone up over recent time.

    "And it doesn't contain some of the trade measures, trade escalation, at least, some of the trade escalation that has taken place since August.

    "So in this - with this relatively favourable baseline scenario, there was a downgrade in inflation and inflation expectations. And so that is over the whole horizon. And that is what prompted the measures we have taken."

  14. Draghi: Risks to eurozone outlook remain 'tilted to the downside'

    Risks to the eurozone economy remain "tilted to the downside" says ECB president Mario Draghi, due to geopolitical pressures, the rising threat of protectionism, and vulnerabilities in emerging markets.

  15. Draghi: ECB stimulus decision due to inflation shortfall

    Mario Draghi

    Mario Draghi is giving his last major announcement as ECB president.

    He says the bank stimulus decisions, including a rate cut and restarting quantitative easing, were "taken in response to the continuing shortfall in inflation", and the "persistence of prominent downside risks" to the eurozone economy.

    However, he said robust employment underpins economic resilience.

  16. ECB stimulus package a 'kitchen sink job'

    Quote Message: This was a kitchen sink job but the ECB has kept a just a tiny bit back in the tank in reserve. Mario Draghi has done pretty much everything he could do with this one and is leaving the door open for Christine Lagarde to cut further. The euro first shot higher before the market noticed that the QE and other measures are about as far as we could have reasonably expected. from Neil Wilson chief market analyst,
    Neil Wilsonchief market analyst,