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Live Reporting

By Jill Treanor and Lucy Hooker

All times stated are UK

  1. Bon appetit

    A picture of roast chicken with sauce and grapes

    That's all from Bizlivepage for this week.

    But we'll leave you with a tweet from supermarket Sainsbury's who have been digging around the store cupboard for appetite-suppressing recipes from yesteryear. Chicken with lemon and grapes anyone?

    Do join us again at 0600 on Monday. If you have the stomach for it.

    View more on twitter
  2. London market close

    The final figures for Friday's FTSE 100 close show the index closed down 0.6% at 7,359.38 points.

    The FTSE 250 was down 0.48% at 20,334.84.

  3. IMF releases Pakistan funds

    The International Monetary Fund will start disbursing the first tranche of assistance to Pakistan after it found the government's fiscal deficits were narrowing.

    The overall package is worth $6bn.

    The IMF agreed the three-year rescue package in April, its 13th bailout programme for Pakistan since the 1980s.

  4. Trump says no full 'rollback' of China tariffs

    US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House in Washington, DC on November 8, 2019.
    Image caption: Donald Trump

    The US markets took cheer this week from the prospect of an easing in trade tensions.

    Now Trump has been busy pouring cold water on the idea of too much progress being made.

    He has told reporters that China was pushing for the removal of some tariffs as part of an agreement, but he said a "complete rollback" was off the table.

    "They'd like to have a rollback... not a complete rollback because they know I won't do it," he said.

    Read the full story here.

    Trump says no full 'rollback' of China tariffs

    US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House in Washington, DC on November 8, 2019.

    China has pushed the US to remove the tariffs on its goods as part of a trade deal.

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  5. Games Workshop in Friday victory lap

    As we head towards the end of the day and week of share trading in London the FTSE 100 is 0.5% lower and the FTSE 250 is 0.3% lower.

    But one 250 stock has won all the glory today: Games Workshop's share price is up 19% after this morning's very positive trading update suggested its heading towards more victories on the retail battlefield.

  6. Glasses and ties: a knotty issue

    Man undoing a tie

    If you were reading the Bizlivepage this time yesterday you may remember mention of a hoo-ha going on Japan over reports that some firms are telling female staff not to wear glasses to work.

    You can read the BBC's full story here.

    We've had some feedback from readers with experiences of their own.

    David from Bristol says as a teenager (he doesn't say when) he was sacked from his department store job because he refused to have a haircut that was "appropriate".

    He says his hair was "just collar length".

    Another David tells the tale of taking his obligatory tie to work but being ticked off by his manager for having it draped around his neck rather than tied in a knot.

    "I am wearing my tie. Your policy states I must wear one, but it doesn't describe how to wear it.....and this is how I choose to wear it," Dave explained. The policy has since been changed.

    More tricky still is the anecdote from Pippa who worked as a manager in a music venue where she had to speak to female colleagues about their dress. One young woman chose not to wear a bra to work and was the butt of sexist and derogatory remarks as a result.

    Pippa finds it "deeply upsetting" that women are under pressure to change the way they dress to avoid being the target of nasty comments.

  7. Lufthansa cancels flights

    Cabin crew protest in bid for better pay and conditions

    Germany's largest airline has cancelled hundreds of flights on the second day of a strike by German cabin crew.

    Staff have held noisy protests calling for better pay and conditions.

    Lufthansa initially said the stoppage would force it to scrap 1,300 flights over the two days. But on Friday afternoon it said the number of cancellations had climbed to 1,500 -- affecting 200,000 passengers.

    There are meetings between management and unions set for the weekend.

  8. Sterling flat after interest rate hold

    Monthly graph for value of Sterling against the dollar
    Image caption: Over the last month the pound has risen against the dollar but over the last week it has slipped

    The pound has taken a slide over the course of this week against the dollar as you can see from the tail end of the monthly graph (above) and is set to close little changed from Friday's opening value.

    It fell to $1.2794 on Thursday when the Bank of England's decision to keep rates constant was not unanimous as had been expected.

    It is now at $1.2809.

  9. 'Solid platform'

    Inside of Mamas & Papas store

    Riccardo Cincotta, executive chairman of Mamas & Papas, said: "These actions are always difficult but they are also necessary in a challenging market to ensure Mamas & Papas achieves its considerable future potential.

    "We remain fully focused on maintaining our position as the UK's most popular nursery brand.

    "We will continue to review our store portfolio in the light of customers' changing behaviour and we remain fully committed to an omni-channel offering that reflects their evolving needs."

    Bluegem Capital said it remained committed to the business which it said had a "solid platform" for future growth.

    Moreover there's now less competition after Mothercare's collapse.

  10. Mamas & Papas in brief

    A bit of background on Mamas & Papas:

    • The firm was founded in 1981 in Huddersfield by David and Luisa Scacchetti and rapidly grew
    • It sells baby equipment, nursery furniture and clothing but is best known for its pushchairs, prams and car seats
    • It was bought by Bluegem Capital after a restructuring process five years ago
    • It has 27 stores and three concessions
    • This is the second retail failure for Bluegem, which was the previous owner of Jack Wills before it collapsed into administration in August
  11. Most Mamas & Papas outlets will continue to trade

    Mamas & Papas store front

    More details on the news from Mamas & Papas:

    The firm said its unprofitable stores in Aberdeen, Preston, Milton Keynes, Lincoln, Leamington and Fareham closed on Friday.

    It had 27 stores in total plus three concessions. The remaining stores will continue to trade as normal as will online sales and concessions.

    It said the administration comes after it was put under pressure as its shoppers moved online and high street footfall continued to decline.

    It has announced plans to "simplify" operations at its head office in Huddersfield, which could lead to further job losses on top of the 73 already announced.

  12. Dow Jones opens higher defying expectations

    Dow Jones index over last month

    Two US stock indexes - the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 have opened a few points lower.

    But the Dow Jones index has actually risen a few points on opening.

    And looking back over the last month the Dow Jones index is up more than 5% since the early days of October.

  13. BreakingMamas & Papas goes into administration

    Mamas & Papas has collapsed into administration with six store closures.

    The retailer has made 73 staff redundant, with 54 further jobs at risk at head office.

    Bluegem Capital, which has owned the business since 2014, has bought the company assets back through a pre-pack administration which will cut some of its financial liabilities.

  14. Deal or no deal?

    Goods being loaded at a docks

    Wall Street is expected to open lower this morning.

    Doubts are emerging over the US commitment to striking a deal with China over tariff rollbacks, says Chris Lowe at FHN Financial in New York.

    "It started late yesterday, when a few reporters noted that all the stories about the US agreeing to reduce tariffs were coming from China. The White House was silent.

    "Today, officials from both sides said the deal would include pledges to reduce tariffs on both sides, in stages. [White House adviser] Larry Kudlow told reporters tariff concessions are part of a Phase 1 deal, if there is a Phase 1 deal.

    "But [trade adviser] Peter Navarro told Fox Business there is no agreement at this time to remove any of the existing tariffs as part of a phase 1 deal. Only the President can make that decision, he added.

  15. European stocks trade lower

    The last couple of days saw a bit of optimism in the markets over a possible thaw in frosty global trade relations.

    But London's FTSE is down 0.5% as the week heads for a close.

    And it's not just a British thing. European markets are down across the board: Frankfurt is down 0.3%, Paris is down 0.2%, Amsterdam is down 0.1% and Madrid is down 0.5%.

  16. Should Brussels back its own cryptocurrency?

    Bruno Le Maire

    Will the European Central Bank support a new digital currency?

    A public cryptocurrency would represent an alternative to Facebook's controversial Libra. It could offer some key advantages such as the reduction of costs for international transactions.

    Senior officials are talking it up. Though they stress it's not a short-term project.

    "The fact that it is for the long term does not prevent us from working and having results next year," France's finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday.

  17. Mothercare sales not what they bargained for

    Screengrab of Mothercare website

    Mothercare's website says the chain's closing down sale starts today and the local presses from the Portsmouth News to the Aberdeen Evening Express are churning out stories encouraging shoppers to take advantage.

    A lot of the outlets are promising significant discounts but it may be worth checking before you dash out.

    Some bargain-hungry hopefuls have been disappointed.

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  18. No price on the Jet2.com deal

    jet2 plane

    The sale price of the slots to Jet2.com has not been disclosed.

    It is the second announcement of a sale of former Thomas Cook slots announced on Friday.

    Earlier, slots were sold to EasyJet for £36m.

    Thomas Cook collapsed in September when the 178 year old holiday firm entered compulsory liquidation.

  19. BreakingMore Thomas Cook slots sold

    Thomas Cook slots have been sold at Manchester, Birmingham and Stansted to Jet2.com, the Official Receiver has announced.

  20. What are the challenges for the UK's economy?

    Three people walking

    Paul Johnson at the IFS has identified six big problems for political parties to address in the next five weeks of campaigning.

    They include housing, productivity, poverty in work, an ageing population, tax and the environment. You can catch up with his thoughts here.