BBC News - Business 2 February 2018

Bitcoin braces for worst week since 2013

The digital currency drops below $8,000, leaving it down 30% for the week so far.

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Are we stuck with plastic drinking straws?

A leading maker of straws says greener alternatives are too costly and their development has stalled.

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377 Carillion workers to lose jobs

The Official Receiver of the collapsed group makes some workers redundant but protects 919 jobs.

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Purplebricks estate agent defends business model

Purplebricks refutes a claim that it only sells about half of properties listed by customers.

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US jobs and wages rise in January

The average hourly wage in the private sector in January increased 2.9% year-on-year.

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Ovo Energy faces Ofgem investigation

Ofgem is to see whether Ovo Energy gave its customers inaccurate data over how much energy they used.

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Sony chief executive Kazuo Hirai to step down

Sony's finance chief Kenichiro Yoshida to replace Kazuo Hirai as chief executive from April.

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Eggborough power station to close with loss of 170 jobs

About 250 jobs will be lost as Eggborough fails to win new electricity supply contracts.

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