China’s factory activity grows at slightly slower rate in February

China’s factory activity grew at a slightly slower rate in February as factories closed for the Lunar New Year holiday, a Reuters poll showed, although growth is expected to remain firm, buoyed by an early resumption of production.The official manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index (


German exports down 9.3% last year, biggest fall since 2009

Germany’s exports plunged by 9.3 percent last year as the coronavirus pandemic dragged down demand, the biggest drop since the financial crisis in 2009, official data showed Tuesday.Imports dropped 7.1 percent, the Federal Statistical Office said. That also was the steepest decline since 200


China economy grows in 2020 as rebound from coronavirus gains

BEIJING: China eked out 2.3 percent economic growth in 2020, likely becoming the only major economy to expand as shops and factories reopened relatively early from a shutdown to fight the coronavirus while the United States, Japan and Europe struggled with rising infections.Growth in the three mon


German economy shrank 5% in pandemic year 2020

FRANKFURT: The German economy, Europe’s largest, shrank by 5 percent in the pandemic year 2020, ending a decade of growth as lockdowns wiped out much business and consumer activity. As dreary as they were, the numbers suggest consumers could be ready to unleash a strong recovery when the lid


Business owners struggle with the plastic ban in Mexico City

Mexico City’s ban on single-use plastic has affected businesses as they struggle to stay afloat during the pandemic. According to data, the city with about nine million inhabitants churns out 13,000 tons of solid waste daily. The new rule bans the use of disposable plastic items like cutle


US loses 140,000 jobs, first monthly loss since spring

WASHINGTON: US employers shed jobs last month for the first time since April, cutting 140,000 positions, clear evidence that the economy is faltering as the viral pandemic tightens its grip on consumers and businesses.At the same time, the unemployment rate stayed at 6.7 percent, the first time it


Economic recovery in the Middle East in 2021 will be modest, says World Bank

The World Bank has forecast that economic activity in the Middle East and North Africa will recover modestly to 2.1 percent this year, but it predicted that any recovery is dependent on the containment of the pandemic, no further escalation in geopolitical tensions and stabilization of oil prices.


NYSE withdraws plans to delist 3 Chinese phone carriers

BEIJING: The New York Stock Exchange has withdrawn plans to remove shares of three Chinese state-owned phone carriers under an order by President Donald Trump that Beijing warned might lead to retaliation.The exchange cited “further consultation” with regulators but its announcement la


UK economy set to grow 8% in 2021 in largest jump since 1941

The UK economy could grow by 8 per cent in 2021 – the highest jump since the Second World War - as the country recovers from the pandemic-induced fall in output during 2020. The recovery, the largest since 1941, will partly be driven by a spending boost from UK consumers who have built up &


India’s fabled farmers fear what new law may reap

FATEHPUR, India: Ram Singh Patel’s day starts at 6 in the morning, when he walks into his farmland tucked next to a railway line. For hours he toils on the farm, where he grows chili peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes and papayas. Sometimes his wife, two sons and two daughters join him to len


Gold: To invest, or not to invest?

The coronavirus pandemic has had a brutal impact on the world’s economy, but it hasn’t all been bad news.  Gold bullion, the world’s go-to commodity in times of crisis, was up around 24 percent this year and is set for its biggest annual gain since 2010. What is this preci


UK economy grew by record 16% in Q3 after first lockdown slump

LONDON: Britain’s economic recovery from its coronavirus crash was a bit quicker than previously thought in the July-September period, according to official data which also showed government borrowing soaring to pay for the coronavirus crisis.Gross domestic product grew by a record 16.0 perc


Global stocks boosted by vaccine rollout

Wall Street opened higher on Monday as the start of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the US cheered investors, while Britain’s pound jumped on a last-gasp extension to Brexit talks. News that London and Brussels had agreed to “go the extra mile” to try to salvage a Brexit trade a


UK to protect fishing if talks with EU fail

LONDON: Britain on Saturday readied armed Royal Navy ships to patrol its fishing waters if tempers flare after a “no-deal” Brexit as a make-or-break deadline approached for talks with the EU. Four 80-meter (260-feet) vessels have been placed on standby to guard British waters from


Revenue dispute threatens Libyan oil exports

Libya’s resurgent oil supplies are facing a new threat amid a standoff between rival factions in the country’s financial establishment. The conflict-wracked country has surprised global oil markets in the past two months by ramping up production that had been idle since the start of t


UK widens access to export loans as post-Brexit transition ends

Britain’s government said on Monday it would offer a wider range of loan guarantees to promote exports as part of a drive to boost overseas sales following the country’s departure from the EU, its biggest foreign market. Lenders will receive a state guarantee for 80 percent of the mon


Dubai economy expects 35% growth in foreign investments due to law reforms

Dubai’s economy is expecting a 35 percent growth in foreign investment due to recent reforms in the UAE’s Commercial Companies Law, according to the Director-General of Dubai Economy, Sami Al-Qamzi.The recent amendments will have a far-reaching impact on the flow and quality of foreign


Is there a post-COVID currency war coming?

Financial markets’ euphoric reaction to the recent COVID-19 vaccine breakthroughs and US election results is pushing some currencies up so fast that rumblings have begun about a potential new FX war. Almost a decade after Brazil’s finance minister likened Western central bank money-pr




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