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By Bill Wilson and Simon Read

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  1. Good night

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    That's it from Business Live today.

    We'll be back tomorrow at 6.00am with all the latest breaking business stories

  2. Appropriate work attire? That's easy!

    Man in suit
    Image caption: Not Geoff Ho

    Finally, when it comes to appropriate work attire, Geoff Ho, the city and financial editor at the Sunday Express, reckons people have an easy decision.

    "If you work in an office and are a man, SUIT UP. Ifyou're a lady, smart clothing. Simple," he says.

    However, he concedes there may be times for a slightly more casual approach.

    "The only exceptions are casual Fridays or the weekend, aslong as you are not going to see either a client or member of the public in awork capacity," he states.

    "If you are dressed down, common sense applies. No offensiveslogans, nothing showing too much skin."

    Thanks Geoff, and everyone else who has contacted us about the issue.

    Business Live is now off to loosen its tie and remove its cufflinks...

  3. Ad targeting should be made transparent

    Targeted people

    Major online companies should be required to host publicly accessible archives of certain targeted adverts, a government-commissioned report says.

    Political ads and those for housing, credit, jobs and age-restricted products should be included, it says.

    It follows controversy over the targeting of political adverts during the 2019 general election.

    Web users want "meaningful control" over how their data is used to target advertising, the report says.

  4. FTSE risers and fallers


    Shares in paper group Smurfit Kappa led the FTSE 100 risers today closing at 2,900 after adding 6.70%.

    Packaging group DS Smith also had a good day, closing at 374 after climbing 6.13% in the day's trading.

    Tobacco giant Imperial Brands led the losers after dropping 6.74% to 1,821.60.

  5. BreakingLondon markets close


    The FTSE 100 has closed at 7,482.48 after climbing 42.66 points or 0.57% today.

    The wider FTSE 250 closed at 21,520.00, a rise of 80.07 points or 0.37%.

  6. M&S turns to former Carphone Dixons chief for 'transformation'

    M&S branch

    Troubled retailer Marks & Spencer has turned to former Dixons Carphone chief executive Katie Bickerstaffe as chief strategy and transformation director.

    Bickerstaffe - currently a non-executive director at M&S - will start in the new role on 27 April.

    She replaces former strategy director Melanie Smith, who has moved to head up M&S's joint venture with Ocado.

    Bickerstaffe, who was also previously executive chair of SSE Energy Services, will help lead the retailer's push to ramp up turnaround efforts.

  7. Axminster Carpets in rescue talks, according to reports

    Axminster carpets

    Axminster Carpets is in rescue talks with investors as it lines up Duff & Phelps as potential administrators, according to a Sky report.

    The company, a 265 year-old royal warrant-holder whose products have been made for Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and the US Congress, is trying to avoid collapsing for the second time in seven years.

    The origins of the luxury carpet maker can be traced back to Thomas Whitty, who began making carpets and rugs in the town in 1755 using what became known as the Axminster method of weaving.

    The first carpets were bought by the likes of King George III and Queen Charlotte, who visited the factory.

  8. Women are 'always judged more harshly'

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    Video caption: Tracy Brabin: 'A woman is always judged more harshly than a man'

    Garry Aiken reckons MP Tracy Brabin deserves some of the focus aimed at her.

    "She is representing her constituency, soshould dress as to not offend her constituents," he said. "An MP should have the social nouse to dress for thesituation!"

    But Brabin has responded robustly to the criticism. She told the BBC today: "Women around the world... are being demeaned everyday because of what they wear."

    She said her slightly off-the-shoulder dress had slipped a little as she leant forward to speak.

    Ms Brabin said she had been to a music event earlier in the day and was not expecting to be called to the dispatch box.

    "But, the context of this is frankly pretty absurd," she said.

  9. TV licence fee consultation launches

    Licence fee figures

    Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has launched a public consultation on whether non-payment of the TV licence fee should remain a criminal offence.

    Currently, anyone who watches or records live TV or uses iPlayer without a TV licence is guilty of a criminal offence and could go to prison.

    Baroness Morgan said it was time to think about keeping the fee "relevant" in a "changing media landscape".

    The BBC said a 2015 review found the current system to be the fairest.

  10. Union backs tea workers facing redundancy

    Typhoo Tea building

    Meanwhile Unite is seeking fresh assurances following the announcement of redundancies at the Typhoo Tea factory based at Moreton on the Wirral.

    Workers were told yesterday that the company will make a quarter of the workforce redundant.

    Unite said it has been in discussions with Typhoo Tea for two years to ensure that the company continues to be commercially viable.

    Unite regional co-ordinating officer Franny Joyce said: “The announcement of redundancies is deeply disappointing but unfortunately not surprising.

    “Unite will now be holding further meetings with Typhoo to ensure we can avoid any compulsory job losses."

  11. Council workers reject pay offer

    Council workers

    Unions representing more than a million local government workers have rejected a 2% pay offer, describing it as "deeply disappointing".

    Three unions submitted a claim last year for the lowest rate for council staff to be raised to ?10 an hour for its members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and by 10% for other workers.

    Officials called on employers to come up with a better offer so that talks can continue.

    The settlement covers workers ranging from teaching assistants, social workers and librarians, to park keepers and refuse collectors.

  12. You are free to wear 'what you please'

    Office workers

    More of your views on business dress.

    Paul Williams reckons the focus on MP Tracy Brabin was unnacceptable.

    "The outspoken and vulgarcritics seem to forget that Ms Brabin is a respectable mother, with family andfriends, who must be embarrassed and shocked to see so much vitriol.

    "She is free to wear whatshe pleases. It does nothing to encourage 'normal' people to step up asrepresentatives of their community when the barking dogs are allowed to dictatesuch a negative narrative.

    "She looks great and it should not demean the passion behind her message."

    Meanwhile Kevin Carr trots out an old favourite. He says: "'Dress for the job you want, not the job you have' was a great piece of advice."

  13. Is Tesla really worth $150bn?

    Elon Musk

    When Tesla's market value crossed $100bn (?76.7bn) two weeks ago, overtaking Volkswagen, sceptics scoffed.

    But yesterday, it zoomed past $150bn as shares gained more than 13%, rising to more than $887 apiece.

    The jump means the firm's share price has more than tripled in the last three months, outpacing the predictions of even some of the most optimistic analysts tracking the company.

    It now ranks as the world's second most valuable car company. So what's behind the turnaround?

    Read more

  14. GM disappoints Wall Street with $200m loss

    GM motors

    General Motors took a $3.6bn hit to earnings from a strike last year and has consequently forecast flat profits for the year ahead.

    The car giant reported a $200m loss in the fourth quarter on revenue that slumped 19.7% to $30.8bn.

    The strike, which lasted from September to October, cost the company four weeks of production in the fourth quarter, reducing wholesale units by 191,000 from the same period a year earlier.

    Chief financial officer Dhivya Suryadevara said that, excluding the six-week strike, 2019 showed “very strong operating performance. With the strike, it was in line with the guidance we gave late last year”.

  15. Is business dress an age issue?

    Man and boy in business dress

    Is your attitude to 'business dress' a generational thing?

    Two-thirds of 18-22 year-olds feel judged and have received unwanted commentsabout their appearance from colleagues, according to research from graduate job board Milkround.

    “Analarming amount of Gen Z’ers are feeling increasingly stressed about theirphysical appearance in the workplace," said Milkround's Georgie Brazier.

    Their research is backed by Labour councillor Tele Lawal who said: "Oneof the biggest issues when I was campaigning was how I dressed and not on thepolicies I was proposing. Which is not what it should be. [see tweet below]

    "We need to change the stuffy attitudepeople and the media have to it and show you can still be yourself and havepersonality in how you present yourself where ever you work."

    View more on twitter
  16. Oil surges up almost 3%

    Oil graph

    Oil has climbed again today surging above $55 a barrel to be 2.91% up on the day.

    The near $2 Brent Crude price hike is on the back of news of effective coronavirus treatment.

  17. Wall Street opens as Nasdaq hits new high

    Wall Street

    Nasdaq hit another record high at today's opening following a strong monthly US private jobs data and on reports of treatments to fight the fast-spreading coronavirus.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 241.10 points, or 0.84%, at the open to 29,048.73.

    The S&P 500 opened higher by 27.32 points, or 0.83%, at 3,324.91.

    The Nasdaq Composite gained 106.12 points, or 1.12%, to 9,574.10 at the opening bell.

  18. Rockstar Games founder Dan Houser leaves studio

    Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games

    Co-founder of Rockstar Games, Dan Houser, is leaving the firm he started with his brother Sam in 1998.

    Mr Houser was a main creative force behind two of the firm's biggest series, Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead.

    His departure comes after an "extended break", Rockstar's parent company Take-Two Interactive said.

    Rockstar's series have often courted controversy, but are among the best-selling and most critically-acclaimed games of the past two decades.

    Mr Houser will officially depart in March, according to a notice Take-Two sent to US financial regulators. His brother Sam Houser will remain as the company's president.

    Click here to read more

  19. Woman who blew ?16m at Harrods faces losing properties

    Zamira Hajiyeva
    Image caption: Zamira Hajiyeva

    A woman who blew ?16m of unexplained wealth in Harrods has lost her appeal against a National Crime Agency bid to seize her luxury London home.

    The Court of Appeal has rejected Zamira Hajiyeva's attempt to stop the UK's first ever Unexplained Wealth Order from being implemented against her.

    Mrs Hajiyeva must reveal how she became wealthy enough to buy a mansion near Harrods and a golf course in Berkshire.

    She faces losing the properties if she can't provide proof of income.

  20. What is acceptable business dress?

    Ripped jeans
    Image caption: Is this acceptable business dress?

    We've had some interesting responses to our question.

    Henry Bliss suggest consulting Debrett's. He reports: "Under the equivalent ofbusiness attire the below can be seen:

    • Womenshould wear a day dress, trouser suit, or skirt and jacket or coat. The overallimpression is not quite so formal as when the dress code is morning dress. Aneat, tailored look is best for business, with length on or just below theknee.

    "The mention of jacket implies that shouldersshould be covered but this is open to interpretation. I would say as long as itappears smart its fine."

    Mark Allen has a less formal approach. He says: "I have not worn a suit in decades now, usual business attire is typically 'No ripped jeans, no offensive slogans'."

    Hmmm. Agree? Keep your comments coming to bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk