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This is Business Live from BBC News with Rachel Horne
The chief executive of the world's second
largest investment bank - Goldman Sachs - has warned
that London will stall because of the risks
Live from London, that's our top story on Friday 5th May.
Yep, the big boss of one of the world's largest banks,
Goldman Sachs, tells the BBC about his preparations
for a world after Brexit - that's coming up in an exclusive
A new rival to Airbus and Boeing takes to the skies.
China's first home-grown C919 passenger jet has taken
off on its maiden test flight in Shanghai.
Europe is open, it's all about oil, elections and US jobs figures.
It's been an election campaign that's turned French
politics upside down - now is the last chance for the two
Presidential candidates to appeal for voters before the polls
We'll get the inside track on the last week of the contest
and ask how much the winner can achieve when they get into office.
No specific question today. Just letters know what you think of the
programme. Be nice! The head of the American
investment bank Goldman Sachs, has warned that Britain's financial
centre - the City of London - will stall when the country
leaves the European Union. Lloyd Blankfein told the BBC
that the bank had contingency plans to move staff to mainland Europe,
depending on the outcome At the moment Goldman Sachs employ
6,500 people here in the UK. The bank is due to move
into a new premises in 2019 as it tries to bring all its London staff
into the same building The stakes It has around 34,000 staff
worldwide. As one of the world's most
successful investment banks it made a $7.4 billion profit last year
with the UK operation Our economics editor
Kamal Ahmed is with me. Good to see you. Let's start. There
he is. I will go of script, this is his first interview in the UK for
years? A number of years. Lloyd Blankfein used the words London
could stall. Will stall. Will stall, sorry. How strong is that from the
people you know and we'll talk to? It is a strong warning, it is his
most substantial take on the risks of Brexit, and not just to the
United Kingdom as Britain leads the EU, but also to the European Union.
He does not really want to talk about his own profits and his own
bank, he knows nobody really cares about Goldman Sachs and the billions
of dollars they make every year, but he talks about the businesses that
use the banks to raise money to invest, and governments that use the
banks to raise money for the debts they are carrying. He says if there
is a poor deal, it means the system of funding becomes less efficient
and less secure. I asked him if the UK was less attractive for banks
like Goldmans and others outside the European Union and the single
market. A lot of people elect to have their
European business concentrated in a single place.
for the biggest economy in the world to concentrate would be the UK -
the culture, the language, the special relationship,
If you cannot benefit from access to the EU from the UK,
and nobody knows what those rules and determinations will be,
then the risk is there will be some adjustment that will cause some
people to have a smaller footprint in the UK.
He talks about possibly having to move some people, they play 6500 in
the UK, did he give any indication as to how many that means? They are
being incredibly careful. Britain does not officially leave the EU
until 2019, Lloyd Blankfein said if there was not an implementation
period of at least two years they might have to move more people than
presently. No numbers on that yet but he said he had had discussions,
or the bank had, in Frankfurt, Dublin and other centres where they
could move to. I pushed him on how far they were on planning to move
jobs away from the UK. Without knowing how things will turn
out, we have to plan for a number of contingencies, and our hope is that
we don't have to implement anything until we know what we have to
implement. But if there is no period of time to implement whatever
changes are brought about in negotiations, we might have to do
things prematurely and a range of things a precaution.
Did he mention any other place around Europe that could fill the
shoes of London? If you look at places like Frankfurt and Dublin,
where they have operations already, they have operations across Europe,
in Lloyd Blankfein's words we do not have the legal and regulatory heft
that London has. London is a global financial centre and I think,
frankly, the big winner if London loses some of our financial services
trading into Europe, will actually be New York. Lots of people might
move to New York rather than on to continental Europe, because they do
not have the breadth. The big message was we want to stay
committed to London and Europe, it is better for both sides if the
trade deal between Britain and the EU is as close to what the single
market provides that the moment. Cool. Kamal Ahmed, thank you. Much
appreciated. A great weekend. Let's take a look at some of
the other stories making the news. The oil price has fallen
to a five-month low as investor concerns re-surface
about a worldwide glut. During Friday trading in Asia,
Brent crude dropped to just It means the gains made since last
year's supply cut by the influential Opec group of oil producers have
been largely wiped out. The owners of British Airways
and Iberia - IAG - has reported better than expected
operating profit for the first three months of this year
of almost $187 million. That was before one-off items
and amounted to what the chief executive Willie Walsh said
was a record performance US airline Delta has apologised and
offered compensation to a family who say they were kicked off a flight
for refusing to give up a child's seat. Individual of an incident, a
crew member is film is warning the parents that if they do not get off
they will be committing a federal offence, they will go to jail and
their children will be taken into foster care. It comes after the
incident last month were a passenger was injured after being taken off a
flight. This is my favourite it is all our
lines! I would love a weekly show about our lines!
Shares in the Australian airline Qantas have hit a nine year high
after it said it expected profits for the current financial year to be
In the year to the end of June expects to make $1 billion as demand
It is the flying kangaroo. Guess what, we have more aye lines. I will
start and then I will do is the question. -- lets you ask the
questions. China's first home made big
commercial jet has just landed safely after making
its maiden flight. The plane has been almost ten
years in the making. It is designed to challenge
Airbus and Boeing in Robin, good to see you. We will talk
about what this could mean for Boeing and Airbus, but nearly ten
years in the making, this is a big deal in China? Yes, this is a moment
of national pride. It is a moment for China to prove its technical
proficiency to people here and the outside world. It is politically
important because China's leader, President Xi Jingping, has called
for a growing domestic aviation industry that he says can reflect
the new capabilities of the world's the new capabilities of the world's
number two economy. China is focusing on strategic industries in
its effort to show technical proficiency and expand production
abroad. Part of that is the nuclear and is to, part of that is
high-speed rail, aviation is one of those. This particular jet was first
announced in 2008, we got the Maytin take-off and a safe landing in
Shanghai today, about nine minutes ago. There will be sighs of relief.
The key thing is to develop it and sell it not just in China where, to
be honest, domestic airlines are very much on board, there are 570
orders and options, but how will they do abroad? Make no mistake,
selling domestically is important because the Chinese domestic
aviation markets has the potential to be huge. You have pretty much
answered me, whether abroad or not it is one of the fastest-growing
aviation markets in the world. The country builds an airport what seems
like every year or two. In China alone, Abbas and Boeing looked
towards China for their future order books. This plane and its success
could dent those companies? Boeing has an assembly plant due to open in
Beijing in the North next year, I think. They are trying to move on to
the domestic market. Every time we fly in this country it is an Airbus
Ora Boeing, similar to everyone around the world. This is an effort
to show that China has a burgeoning industry and can take on
particularly those were courses, the 737 and the A320 made by Abbas. --
take on those workhorses. There are about 15 foreign suppliers on board,
the engines and systems are made by foreign suppliers. Getting
international safety approval, there have been issues with aeroplanes
made by this maker and that will be huge test of international
acceptance, which is a crucial part of art for China. Thank you.
Stock markets on the way down today - a plunge in oil prices pulling
down energy companies right around the worls and we'll be talking more
about that with our markets guest Maike Currie in a moment.
Also investors looking ahead to US jobs figures due out later today.
It is children stay. ... Children's day. In Europe, markets are down.
Investors have seen a good run of company results -
almost half of European companies have reported their earnings so far
with 74 percent beating analyst expectations and 6% meeting them.
Samira Hussain has the details about what's ahead on Wall Street.
If it's the first Friday of a new month it can only mean one thing for
business and economic news from America, non-farm payrolls. The
employment rate is expected to have risen slightly to 4.6%, with
analysts expecting the US economy will have added around 185,000 jobs.
Investors will be laser focused on the jobs report and looking for
clues on the US Federal Reserve's interest-rate hike trajectory
through the end of the year. In earnings news, the conglomerate run
by billionaire Warren Buffett will be reporting. The results of
Berkshire Hathaway reduce the date -- announced the day before its
annual shareholder meeting. As of market close on Thursday, one share
in the Oracle of Omaha's company will cost you about $249,540.
There you go. Joining us is Maike Currie,
investment director for personal A familiar face, good to have the
withers. The black stuff, oil, around $47 a barrel. -- good to have
you with us. Google will fundamentally is a case of supply
and demand. As soon as Opec brings in production cuts, the US shale
producers romper production and there are always the other
prejudices, Russia. They are producing at record levels.
OnDemand, a year ago we saw the oil price languishing in the first
quarter of 2016 at around $30 a barrel, there was global growth
slowing, concerns around China, lots of that has disappeared so it is
constantly the balance between demand and supply. We had results
from BP and Royal Dutch Shell, good results, but now the oil price is
starting to slip, what impact could ban have? It is cast a shadow over
those really good results. Shell reported a 136% rise in profits,
share prices up over 30%, but they cautioned times would be tough and
cost-cutting is key. We want the oil price to stay between $50 and $55,
$60 a barrel, that is the golden locks scenario where oil is that
A-level but it is low enough that global growth can continue but high
enough that the oil producers can make money. What about Opec, people
seem to be losing faith in them? There is a meeting on the 25th of
the month, there is an idea that they will cut and people go, are
you? Have they almost lost power? Opec has been disciplined in pushing
through those cuts, but the market is losing faith. They have been
resilient to the fall in the oil price and nimble and of course
Russia... Indeed. You are going to come back and we are going to go
through the papers. Still to come, we'll
get the inside track on the French Presidential
election before voting gets You're with Business
Live from BBC News. International Airlines Group,
which includes British Airways and Iberia, has posted a record
first-quarter performance in what is usually the weakest part
of the year seeing a profit of just Our business Correspondent Theo
Leggett joins us now. Not only is he a redhead, but is
also a bit of an aviation that, like me. You have to take your hat off in
some ways in terms of making money. They have done a job in a
three-month period, so what's behind it? Lower oil? Fuel prices is
certainly part of it. It went down about 10%. There's also a resurgence
in confidence. The industry has been under the cosh lately with the
political uncertainties in the case of International Airlines Group,
including Rex it's because BA is a large part of its business but
there's also been terrorism fears and that sort of things which have
been weighing down on passenger numbers. These numbers this morning
are pretty good. Operating profit, 170 million euros, up from 155
million from the same period last year. These are positive figures.
There are some downsides. The effect of the weak pound, the get their
profit in euros, a lot from British Airways. The currency difference, it
has cost the group as a whole about 32 million euros. Passenger
revenues, also decreased, down by 4.2% although the company said it's
partly due to the timing of Easter holidays which was in March last
year. This year it was in April. The net profit figure was down by
non-operating costs, basically re-evaluating derivative contracts
which means a profit after tax was down by 75% but that's an accounting
gesture. The markets like what they see and their profits are up more
than 4% this morning. Good on you. You can talk, can't you? I had other
questions but you have covered it all. Good on you. We have our
business life page. When the airline is going to learn about PR and
customer service? Picking on a two-year-old! OK.
The chief executive of the world's second largest investment bank
Goldman Sachs has warned that London will stall because of the risks
A quick look at how markets are faring.
We can see they are all down and the big story is oil, it's pulling down
energy stocks and impacting across the world.
The two candidates battling for the French presidency
are spending their last day on the campaign trail
The frontrunner, Emmanuel Macron, is in the southern city of Rodez.
His rival, Marine Le Pen, is campaigning in northern France.
And the state of the economy has been a key concern
Emmanuel Macron wants spending cuts of 60 billion euros.
That's $66 billion over five years with a 50 billion euro stimulus
He also wants to lower taxes and extend the welfare state.
Marine Le Pen has been very critical of austerity.
She has pledged to cut taxes for households and increase welfare
She also argues quitting the Euro would give France the flexbility
The French unemployment rate is stubbornly high at 10%.
Emmanuel Macron wants to invest in training and apprenticeships,
He also wants flexibility on overtime and the
On the other hand Marine Le Pen wants to maintain the 35-hour week,
make overtime tax-free and lower the retirement age from 62 to 60.
They want to lower it. Everybody else's raising it.
Dr Ittie Lotem from the University of Westminster here in London
is an expert on France and joins us now.
Great to have you with us. Can I pick up on one thing straightaway?
Both want to increase the welfare state. France has a deficit problem,
meaning they spend more than it earns in taxes. They want to
increase it? France can't afford it, can it? But as a whole different
question but one of the things, the big problems in France is how to
actually make the economy work, how to this is a take the economic model
whilst retaining some kind of welfare level comfort. One of the
things of course people in France are very proud of is the French
model which has come through after the 2008 crisis, when actually
poverty levels have remained extremely low compared to what's
happening in the UK and the USA, so this is something France is aware of
in terms of maintaining the welfare state. Maintain it, but it doesn't
mean it works. They can't afford it. Their poverty levels are there
because the government is throwing because the government is throwing
more money than they actually earn at its. That's not sustainable. Is
it? The question of sustainability in France always comes down to
unemployment. Just trying to get unemployment down, trying to get
enough people into the labour market, into a working cycle in
order to maintain the welfare state. Of course, one of the biggest
problems in France is unemployment, which has remained stubbornly high
at around 10% for the last 40 years. It is the big building stumbling
whatever they say, the big problem whatever they say, the big problem
is how to get unemployment down. Being realistic, these are two very
different candidate but whoever gets elected they got to try to get these
changes through the legislative into law. What are the chances of that
happening? We have elections coming up in June. Well, your guess is as
good as mine. One of the issues here is of course the French election
system. One will be elected as president, probably Emmanuel Macron
looking at the polls right now, but that doesn't mean they'll have a
working majority. They will have to come through from the legislative
elections in June where any kind of majority is still up in the air. OK,
so we will know the president on Sunday, who is the President of
France but we wait until June to see if they can do anything. If they can
make any reforms, OK. An absolute pleasure to have you with us. Have a
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