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6pm

Consumer confidence grows in the US

People in the US are spending more than earlier in the year as the country's consumer sentiment survey results rise to a three-month high. We hear from the director of the University of Michigan’s survey Joanne Hsu and restaurant owner Duane Greenleaf.

An armed man who held customers and staff hostage in a Beirut bank has been hailed as a hero. Journalist Wael Talib explains from Lebanon.

The French nuclear company EDF is suing its own government for more than eight billion dollars after it was forced to sell energy to consumers at a loss. Carole Nakhle an energy economist in Germany tells us whether this could set a precedent of nationalising energy countries across Europe.

(Picture: HOUSTON, TEXAS - JULY 15: A customer shops in a Kroger grocery store on July 15, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Picture Credit: Getty Images).
12
AUG
11am

South Korea pardons the 'Samsung Prince'

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, who was convicted of bribery and embezzlement in 2017, has been granted a special presidential pardon.South Korea's government justified the move, saying the de-facto leader of the country's biggest company was needed back at the helm to spearhead economic recovery post-pandemic. We speak to journalist Nemo Kim, who also teaches politics at Soon Chun Hyang University. Wildfires and drought are continuing to affect large swathes of Europe. We assess the impact on the shipping and wine industries. The shortlist of seven UK cities to host next year's Eurovision Song Contest has been announced. But what are the economic pros and cons of hosting the event?
11
AUG
6pm

US Attorney General asks judge to unseal Trump warrant

The US Justice Department is asking a Florida court to unseal the warrant that let FBI agents search former President Donald Trump's home. If granted, the request would make the documents available to the public. We hear more from the BBC’s Washington correspondent Nomia Iqbal.

Canada is temporarily banning the importation of restricted handguns ahead of more restrictive, permanent measures from Parliament. We talk to economist Ed Lotterman.

The Unification Church, commonly known as the Moonies, have come under the spotlight in Japan after the assassination of former prime minister Shinzo Abe. Professor Levi McLauhglin explains why a religious group is so controversial and how it became so powerful in Japan.

The BBC’s Suranjana Tewari reports about a celebrity’s investments in Asia to help develop talent in the snooker industry. We also discuss the latest from the markets with Greenwood Capital’s Walter Todd.

Meta’s BlenderBot3 doesn’t seem to like its own boss, Mark Zuckerberg. We ask Bloomberg’s Charlie Hancock what lies behind the concept of the recently launched chatbot.
11
AUG
11am

South Africa and EU reach deal over stranded citrus

South Africa and the EU have reached agreement over tonnes of citrus fruits that have been stranded in European ports. It follows a change in rules that means exporters now have to apply a cold treatment to things like oranges and lemons to prevent the spread of pests. We speak to Hannes de Waal from Sundays River Citrus in South Africa. Facebook's parent company Meta introduces a new prototype chatbot, Blender Bot 3, which told the BBC that Mark Zuckerberg exploits its users for money. India's hotel sector bounces back in the second quarter, with growth of 300%. We hear from a photographer in Bangalore, who's seen an uptick to his Airbnb bookings.
10
AUG
6pm

Disney overtakes Netflix in streaming war

Disney, the American media giant, has beaten expectations in its latest results. Its on-demand platform now has more than 152 million subscribers, but it comes at a time of declining revenues for streaming services.

Meanwhile, there's been lower-than-predicted inflation in the US. To crunch the numbers, we're joined by Susan Schmidt, Head of US Equity at Exchange Capital Resources in Chicago; and Randall Kroszner, a former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board.

It's almost a year since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan. Now a group of leading economists is calling on the US President, Joe Biden, to unfreeze the country's cash assets. We speak to Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz about how that could help citizens.

In his first week in office, Colombia's new president, Gustavo Petro, has announced sweeping tax reforms aimed at rebalancing the country. Sergio Guzman from think tank Colombia Risk Analysis explains how it could make or break his leadership.

We're also joined by Stefano Aurecchio from the Neopolitan Pizza Association, as delivery chain Domino's pulls out of Italy.
10
AUG
11am

US inflation eases following petrol price drop

A fall in petrol prices in the US helped to ease the pace of price rises in July. The Labor Department said the annual inflation rate, the pace at which prices rise, was 8.5% in July, down from June when it surged to 9.1%, the Labor Department said. Our North America Business Correspondent Michelle Fleury talks us through the figures. The World Bank says Afghanistan is facing a food and debt crisis, one year since the Taliban regained power. The US-based pizza delivery chain Domino's is pulling out of Italy after seven years in the country. Celebrity chef, author and TV personality Gennaro Contaldo weighs up the pros and cons of Neapolitan pizza and American-style slices.
09
AUG
6pm

Semiconductors: Fishing for CHIPS

The US President, Joe Biden, has launched a $280bn boost for America's technology and science industries. A new bill named CHIPS (Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors) is aimed at increasing domestic manufacturing, and upping the country's competitive edge against China. Professor David Yoffie from Harvard Business School joins us on the programme.

We're in Ankara, where Hannah Smith reports on how EU diplomats are threatening Turkey with sanctions over its relationship with Russia. We also look at how economies on different sides of the world - Sri Lanka and Nigeria - are struggling to cope with global supply pressures.

Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading has the latest market news ahead of key inflation results in the US.
08
AUG
6pm

Senate targets big firms in landmark bill

The US Senate has approved new laws aimed at tackling two major global challenges: climate change and rising prices. The Inflation Reduction Act has supporters on either side of the political spectrum, but economists claim it has some shortcomings. Bloomberg's Laura Davison tells us why it may fall short of expectations. From Illinois, Peter Jankovskis has the latest market news. Elsewhere, tensions are continuing to ramp up between the US and China over Taiwan. David Woo grew up there. He explains why - regardless of outcome - conflict isn't something people and businesses there want. We'll also hear how China is speeding up its fleet of self-driving taxis.
08
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11am

Drivers protest against Bangladesh fuel price hike

Large-scale protests over the soaring cost of fuel have broken out in Bangladesh. The government increased the cost of petrol and diesel by more than 50% over the weekend. We speak to industrial economist Dr Khondaker Golam Moazzem in Dhaka. Two more ships carrying grain have left Ukraine. Their departure means 10 ships have now left the Black Sea ports since last week, when a deal was brokered to move an estimated 18 million metric tons of grains that have been trapped in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion in February. Commodities analyst Victoria Blazhko explains how the development will affect prices around the world. UK airport boss Tim Jeans provides analysis of the global aviation industry, as Australian carrier Qantas asks executives to work as baggage handlers for three months, as it faces staff shortages.
05
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7pm

US jobs market defies recession fears

US employers added more than 500,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate dropped, defying fears that the labour market is heading for a slowdown.
The jobless rate fell to 3.5% from 3.6% in June, as restaurants, bars and other firms continued to add workers.

China is halting co-operation with the US in several key areas including climate change, military talks and efforts to combat international crime.
The new measures follow a trip to Taiwan by a US congressional delegation led by senior Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

The Premier League is back for another season, starting Friday night with a London derby as Crystal Palace host Arsenal. We find out how the league has transform from being a competition enjoyed exclusively for football purists, to one of the UK's biggest cultural exports.
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11am

A world of its own: England's Premier League

It's among the most watched sporting leagues around the world, with rights deals breaking into the billions. As a new season gets underway, World Business Report is live from Manchester City's Etihad Stadium. Join us and a range of guests to find out what gives the Premier League its extraordinary brand power.

Throughout the programme, Will Bain is joined by Professor Tom Cannon, a football finance expert from the University of Liverpool; and Fiona Green, the co-founder of sports analytics consultancy Winners.

A former chief executive at Liverpool FC, Peter Moore, provides his insight into how clubs are still searching for growth.

Andrew Tucker from supporters' group The Third Rail explains how fanbases are expanding in unexpected places. Football agent Shehneela Ahmed is also on hand to discuss how the money players generate is likely to keep soaring.

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