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Business Live: US jobless figures plus headlines
Report
Reporters:
Pia Gadkari and Edwin Lane

 
0600:
Edwin Lane
Business reporter, BBC News
northface Good morning all, welcome to Business Live where we'll be looking ahead to US unemployment figures due out at 13:30 today. We're also looking at the rise of online retail, with retailers claiming record online sales.  
 
0600:
Pia Gadkari
Business reporter, BBC News
outlet ugg boots Good morning everyone. There's plenty to chew on this Friday morning. Consumer Electronics Show is wrapping up in Las Vegas and German GDP is out later. Stay with us till 13:00 and get in touch at bizlivepage@ or tweet @BBCBusiness.  
 
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
0604:
Radio 5 live
the north face outlet online Wake Up to Money this morning rounded up the various Christmas retail figures released this week. James Murray from Experian tells the programme that internet shopping has seen a boom partly because retailers are able to offer delivery in time for Christmas later and later in the shopping period.  
 
US UNEMPLOYMENT
0611:
BBC World News
the north face outlet The markets will all be focusing on US unemployment figures due out later today - an important barometer of the health of the world's biggest economy. The BBC's Samira Hussain reports from New Jersey for World Business Report on the plight of the US's four million long-term unemployed, says they face challenges getting back into the jobs market.  
 
CHINA TRADE
0616:
ugg boots cheap The Financial Times reports that China has become the biggest trading nation in the world, citing Chinese trade data from December. China's exports were worth $4.16tn last year, overtaking the US and 7.6% up on the year before. While the US is not due to report its trade figures for 2013 until February, the FT's analysis says it's a "virtual certainty" that China now holds the top spot.  
 
BORROWING COSTS
0623:
Radio 5 live
the north face outlet Why are the UK government's borrowing costs within a percentage point of Spain's and Italy's? Analyst Jeremy Stretch tells Wake Up to Money that it's partly because investors are actually feeling a lot more optimistic about the state of economies of the European periphery, and are buying up bonds again. "The worst of the crisis has passed," he says.  
 
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
0630:
The run up to Christmas saw a record amount of online shopping in the UK, according to the British Retail Consortium - nearly 20% more than last year. Is it just a matter of time until online shopping takes over from traditional in-store sales?  
 
US UNEMPLOYMENT
0633:
Radio 4
Mike Amey, managing director at bond trader Pimco tells Today that US unemployment figures are the key data for the Federal Reserve as it unwinds its $85bn-a-month stimulus measures. "They'll reduce by $10bn per meeting and roughly speaking that means they're out of the QE [quantitative easing] game by the end of 2014. And then, next year is a question of interest rates."  
 
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
0641:
Radio 4
In a discussion about the Christmas shopping season, Mike Amey of Pimco says: "The most interesting aspect of the retail season is that prices came down and volumes went up more than expected. So that tells you consumers are still incredibly price sensitive."  
 
THE BOSS
0645:
Radio 4
Did you know horse racing is Britain's second-biggest spectator sport? Simon Bazalgette, who runs the Jockey Club, says the sport has now stabilised after revenues from bookmakers tumbled when companies moved offshore. "It's meant there's more pressure on the commercial side to fill that gap," he tells Today. "Most of the money goes into prizes and growing the sport, also on the integrity side of the sport."  
 
ROYAL MAIL
0649:
The row over the sale of Royal Mail shares is rumbling on. Three months after the flotation, the share price is 70% higher, and Labour says this shows the company was undervalued when it was sold, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds .  
 
TOP STORIES
Heathrow and regulators clash on price cap
Retailers claim record Christmas online sales
China 'overtakes' US as top trader
 
 
THE BOSS
0657:
Radio 4
A racing tip from the Jockey Club boss, Simon Bazalgette: "The big race in the next couple of days is the Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick tomorrow, it' a great indicator for the Grand National... I would go for Loch Ba in that race tomorrow."  
 
BUILDERS
0703:
BBC Breakfast
The construction industry is recovering, but that's revealing a shortage of skilled people and materials. Steve Gillingham from construction firm Mace tells Breakfast's Dominic Laurie the industry has struggled to attract workers during the recession, and many people left the profession due to low wages and redundancies. "People have gone to find something else to do," he says.  
 
EUROTUNNEL
0708:
UK mobile networks are due to roll out a mobile phone signal inside the Eurotunnel's north tunnel from the spring, the Guardian reports. French operators have been providing network coverage in the south tunnel since June 2012.  
 
CHINA TRADE
0719:
"The gap between the overall trade of China and the US is likely to be almost $250bn in 2013," Rajiv Biswas, chief economist Asia-pacific at IHS, tells the BBC . China "very likely" became the world's biggest trading power last year, according to Chinese officials, though there are some questions over the reliability of the Chinese figures.  
 
SCOTCH
0726:
The government is setting up a scheme to protect the Scottish whisky industry from fake or sub-standard products. Scotch whisky producers will have to apply to the scheme if they want to sell the spirit in the European Union.  
 
MARKETS UPDATE
0731:
Asian markets are broadly up this morning. The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo is up 0.2% and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong is up 0.4%. European markets open in about half an hour, with all eyes on those unemployment figures in the US, due out this afternoon.  
 
CHINA TRADE
0738:
Last year saw the slowest growth in Chinese oil imports in nearly a decade, the Financial Times reports . Customs data released earlier showed imports were down 4% from 2012. Demand from China in recent years has helped drive up crude price, but oil exporters may have to seek new markets as growth in China slows.  
 
ROYAL MAIL
0744:
Radio 4
Three months after Royal Mail went public, it's time to see if its rocketing share price was just "froth", as Business Secretary Vince Cable claimed at the time. "It does look as though the advisers got [the price] completely wrong," says the BBC's Robert Peston. "The fact they went down this traditional city route - which we know is flawed - is a bit odd."  
 
WOLF OF WALL STREET
0747:
European bankers are booking out whole cinemas and inviting clients to screenings of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, according to Reuters . The film, based on the memoirs of a disgraced stockbroker, is supposed to showcase the dark side of financial market excesses. But apparently that hasn't stopped bankers flocking to it.  
 
ROYAL MAIL
0755:
Radio 4
Meanwhile, Minister for Business and Enterprise Michael Fallon defends himself: "This is a business that successive governments have been trying to sell for 20 years. We've sold it, and we've sold it successfully."  
 
JD SPORTS
0800:
Radio 5 live
JD Sports boss Peter Cowgill tells Adam Parsons the sports retailer had a good Christmas, with like-for-like sales up more than 6%. He says they didn't slash prices like other retailers. "The stores were so rammed, we struggled to keep up with demand so there was no need to discount," he says.  
 
HEATHROW AIRPORT
Via Twitter
Adam Parsons
Business Correspondent
tweets : "Heathrow charges capped below inflation - expect LHR management to be very angry"  
 
WOLF OF WALL STREET
0816:
Radio 4
The BBC's Justin Rowlatt has interviewed Leonardo Di Caprio, star of The Wolf of Wall Street, for the Today programme. The actor says the film was intended as a personal memoir of a corrupt stock broker who led an "incredibly hedonistic" life, while swindling thousands of people who gave him their life savings to invest. He says of his character: "This is an accurate reflection of their lives. This is who these people were."  
 
CINEWORLD
0820:
UK Cinema chain Cineworld has agreed to buy European rival Cinema City International to create the second largest cinema business in Europe. The deal values Cinema City at £503m. It's the latest acquisition by Cineworld, which bought the Picturehouse chain of arts cinemas last year.  
 
MARKETS UPDATE
0825:
It's been a positive start to trading on the European markets this morning. The FTSE 100 is up 0.4% already, the Dax in Frankfurt is up 0.5% and the the Cac 40 in Paris is up 0.6%. Earlier the Nikkei in Tokyo closed up 0.2%.  
 
BUILDERS
0835:
Via Twitter
BBC Breakfast
This morning on Breakfast, the BBC's Dominic Laurie looked at the shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry. Viewer Allison Graham tweets : "@dominic_laurie no apprentices on sites anymore - being trained in classrooms. When qualified they don't have the skills and can't get jobs."  
 
LISTEN AGAIN
0848:
Radio 4
Listen again to the business news from the Today programme by downloading the podcast for coverage of key US jobs data, America's long term unemployed and the Friday boss, chief executive of The Jockey Club, Simon Bazalgette.  
 
ROYAL MAIL
0900:
Royal Mail shares this morning are up slightly at 565 pence. That's more than 71% higher than the 330 pence price the shares floated at back in October.  
 
SCOTCH
0905:
Radio 4
David Frost, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, says the verification scheme coming into effect today is much needed by the industry. "We have to reinforce the absolute integrity of the brand Scotch Whisky," he says, adding that government schemes can in fact be quite effective in getting fake products out of the market.  
 
MARIO DRAGHI
0913:
An interesting bit of Bloomberg opinion here , on Mario Draghi's leadership of the European Central Bank. They credit him with being proactive and daring, and steering Europe towards stability - even though many experts would argue it's not quite out of the woods yet.  
 
MANCHESTER UNITED
0919:
Radio 5 live
Does David Moyes' future at Manchester United depend on the share price? Roy Kaitcer from stockbrokers Brewin Dolphin Securities tells 5 live the club's share holders will be concerned if the team fails to qualify for the Champions League, but the £7-10m they will lose is less significant these days than sponsorship deals and massive television revenues.  
 
EU MIGRATION
0928:
British politicians have been criticised by a top Brussels official for over-egging concerns about an "invasion" of migrants from Romania and Bulgaria, following the end of restrictions at the start of the year. Viviane Reding, vice-president of the European Commission and minister for justice, said the claims are "simply not true", adding politicians were "destroying the future of your people" by spreading misinformation.  
 
HEATHROW
0936:
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has told Heathrow that it can only raise its airline charges by 1.5% a year for the next five years - below the rate of inflation. Heathrow had asked for a rise of 4.6% above the RPI inflation rate, and says its now reviewing its investment plans.  
 
STANSTED
0946:
The CAA also announced that Stansted Airport would not be subject to price regulation from April this year. It said a two-year review found Stansted did "not have substantial market power and the airport should be free to compete with other airports without the need for price regulation".  
 
STANSTED
0955:
Unsurprisingly, Ryanair is not pleased to see the end of price regulation at Stansted. It says in a statement: "Today's decision is an example of the CAA's regulatory failure which will again harm consumers as Stansted will be able to further increase airport charges whenever it wishes, without any reference to competitive price levels." Ryanair issued a profit warning in November.  
 
CONSTRUCTION
1007:
Output from the UK's construction sector fell sharply in November according to the Office for National Statistics. It was down 4% month-on-month - the sharpest fall since June 2012. That is a setback for a sector of the economy that had been recovering from a long slump.  
 
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
Via Twitter
Douglas Fraser
Business and economy editor, Scotland
tweets : "Shop till the retailers drop: with some recovery, why some shops did better than others at Christmas. My blog "  
 
INFOSYS
1025:
Indian software services company Infosys has said it's raising its forecast for full-year sales after it reported a 21% increase in earnings for the three months to December compared with a year earlier. The company's prospects have been looking up after founder N R Narayana Murthy returned to the board in June.  
 
WOLF OF WALL STREET
1038:
Have bankers become the new film villains we love to hate? The BBC's Tim Bowler's story about the film Wolf of Wall Street takes a closer look at the intriguing complexity of a villain who believes he's a good guy. "You don't have to be a coke-snorting psychopath to run the world economy into the ground," says blogger Joris Luyendijk, who was interviewed in the piece.  
 
CHINESE TRADE DATA
Via Blog
Linda Yueh
Chief business correspondent
blogs about the latest Chinese trade data: "The increase in imports is notable. It implies greater opening of Chinese markets, which is what matters for the rest of the world seeking new consumers and sources of demand. So far, China's markets are still frustratingly closed in certain segments, which is why the rise in imports is so important."  
 
CONSTRUCTION
Via Twitter
Joe Lynam
BBC Newsnight
tweets : "Weak uk construction figs suggest that Q4 GDP may be much less than Q3's 0.8% growth"  
 
MARKETS UPDATE
1120:
European markets are continuing to gain ground this morning ahead of the key US jobs report due out at 13:30. The FTSE 100 is up 0.9%, the Dax in Frankfurt is up 0.8% and the the Cac 40 in Paris is 0.7% higher. Earlier the Nikkei in Tokyo closed up 0.2%.  
 
UK ECONOMY
1129:
The disappointing industrial output figures from the ONS this morning "is a timely reminder that the recovery is not yet secure" says David Kern chief economist at the British Chambers of Commerce. "[It] should also dampen the clamour for an early rise in interest rates," he says.  
 
DYING PROFESSIONS
1141:
Meet 73-year-old Odilon Jardines, who has been an organ grinder on the streets of Mexico City his whole life . "I am an organist down to my bones, it's the only thing I've known," he says. But as tastes change, the profession is dying out. The BBC's Will Grant investigates.  
 
LISTEN AGAIN
1156:
World Service
Business Daily hears from Leonardo DiCaprio on the financial crisis, the American dream, and badly behaved bankers. Plus Joel M Cohen, the federal prosecutor who built the case against the real-life Wolf of Wall Street, argues that some of his victims are still suffering. Download the podcast now.  
 
US UNEMPLOYMENT
Via Twitter
Aaron Heslehurst
Presenter, World Business Report
tweets : "US Jobs numbers 2day for December.Expecting 196,000.If so it makes 2013 best yr 4job creation since 2005! But still 4MLN longterm unemployed"  
 
VOLKSWAGEN SALES
1214:
Volkswagen's luxury brands have all seen record sales , driven by new models and a broader recovery in the car market globally. Porsche's deliveries jumped 15%, Audi's 8.3% and Bentley posted a growth of 19% in 2013.  
 
UK ECONOMY
Via Twitter
Joe Lynam
BBC Newsnight
tweets : "Schroders pouring some water in UK economy punchbowl. Q4 set to be weaker than expected http://www.schroders.com/ukinvestor/news-analysis/news?id=UK%20economy%20slowdown … "  
 
US UNEMPLOYMENT
1232:
We're about an hour away from the release of US' jobless data, a closely-watched indicator of the health of the US economy. The Wall Street Journal has produced a story about what to watch out for in the unemployment report and what it means for the recovery.  
 
SALMON FISHING BAN
Via Twitter
Douglas Fraser
Business and economy editor, Scotland
tweets : "Call for bar on killing wild salmon til May: returning adult numbers down"  
 
MORRISONS
1248:
Morrisons made their first home deliveries of groceries this morning. What they describe as their "distinctive yellow vans" went out across the Midlands this morning at 06:00. Analyst say Morrisons' lack of an online offering has significantly hampered its sales growth in recent years.  
 
ONLINE SALES
1252:
"We're seeing a polarisation in the market from those retailers that have invested heavily in online and multichannel from those that have arrived later in the game," says Richard Lim, head of business information at the British Retail Consortium (BRC), which represents 80% of retailers. Read more in Rebecca Marston's piece on the challenges of getting online sales right .  
 
1258:
That's it from us for this week. The Business Live page will be back on Monday morning from 06:00 with all the business news.  
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