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World stock markets slip on second wave virus fears, safe-havens rise

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NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Global stock markets fell on Thursday as a continued rise in the number of coronavirus cases dashed hopes of a swift recovery from the pandemic-induced economic slump and drove demand for safe-haven currencies such as the dollar and Japanese yen. Traders wear masks as they work......
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Chanel warns virus impact will linger on luxury sector

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MILAN/PARIS (Reuters) – The luxury industry will feel the fallout from the coronavirus crisis for the next two years if not longer, Chanel’s chief financial officer said on Thursday, warning the French fashion label’s 2020 revenues and profit would be significantly hit. Chanel bags and creations are displayed on mannequins......
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Audi boss to head carmaker’s R+D division: sources

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FILE PHOTO: Markus Duesmann, board member of German luxury carmaker BMW attends the company’s annual news conference in Munich, Germany, March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Michael Dalder MUNICH (Reuters) – Markus Duesmann, the head of Audi (NSUG.DE), will also head the research and development division at German carmaker Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) premium brand,......
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Vans, not glamorous, but key as EU weighs autos mega-merger

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MILAN/PARIS (Reuters) – Their silhouettes don’t stir dreams of adventure like a sports car or trendy SUV, but vans are a rare source of profit for European carmakers, which is why EU regulators are focused on them as they decide whether to back an industry mega-merger. FILE PHOTO: A Peugeot......
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Wirecard faces loan crunch over missing $2.1 billion

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Wirecard’s auditor has refused to sign off its 2019 accounts over a missing $2.1 billion, sending the German payments firm’s shares down over 60% on Thursday as it warned the delay could cause billions in loans to be called in as early as Friday. FILE PHOTO: An......
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Sharp learning curve for bosses as WFH goes global

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Two weeks into the coronavirus lockdown and Sergei Holmeckis, a boss at Deutsche Telekom’s Czech operations in the city of Brno, was frustrated with staff video calls. His team didn’t like turning on their cameras and the discussion was stilted. Source – For more click here To Return to the......
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Stocks drift as second wave virus fears mount

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LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) – Global stocks drifted on Thursday as spiking coronavirus cases in some U.S. states and China crushed hopes of a quick global economic comeback from the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: A street cleaning operative walks past the London Stock Exchange Group building in the City of London financial district,......
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Oil prices fall as coronavirus case surge heightens demand fears

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MELBOURNE/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices slipped on Thursday on concerns that a spike in new coronavirus cases in China and the United States could dampen a recovery in fuel demand, even as lockdowns ease. FILE PHOTO: The sun is seen behind a crude oil pump jack in the Permian Basin......
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Global stocks retreat as investors fret over coronavirus relapse

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TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Asian stocks and Wall Street futures fell on Thursday as spiking coronavirus cases in some U.S. states and in China dented hopes of a quick global economic comeback from the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, is......
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Coronavirus second wave fears boost yen; Aussie dollar falls after data

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LONDON (Reuters) – The Japanese yen strengthened slightly on Thursday as growing concerns about a rise in new coronavirus cases underpinned safe-haven demand for the currency, while the U.S. dollar was little changed versus the euro. FILE PHOTO: Japan Yen and U.S. Dollar notes are seen in this June 22,......
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Australian regulator says Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal could harm competition

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SYDNEY/BENGALURU (Reuters) – Australia’s antitrust regulator warned Google’s planned $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT.N) may give it too much of people’s data, potentially hurting competition in health and online advertising markets. FILE PHOTO: Fitbit Blaze watch is seen in front of a displayed Alphabet logo in......
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U.S. Justice Department to propose rolling back protections for big tech

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department will propose legislation as soon as Wednesday to try to remove protections that big tech platforms like Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google and Facebook (FB.O) have had for decades, a department official said on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook......
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UK’s Supreme Court rules against Mastercard, Visa in retailers’ fees battle

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s highest court on Wednesday upheld an earlier Court of Appeal ruling that credit card companies Visa (V.N) and Mastercard (MA.N) restricted competition in the way they set fees for retailers, opening the way for them to seek compensation. FILE PHOTO: A Visa credit card is seen......
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Special delivery: activists urge France to rein in Amazon

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FILE PHOTO: People walk past a protest sign “Stop Amazon” during a demonstration by climate activists near the Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris, France, June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS (Reuters) – Environmental campaigners delivered a 12-foot (3.6-metre) tall mock-up of an Amazon parcel to the French finance ministry on......
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Lufthansa warns its $10 billion bailout deal is in jeopardy

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German airline Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) warned on Wednesday that it might need to apply for protection from creditors if its state-backed bailout deal failed to win sufficient support at a shareholder vote on June 25. FILE PHOTO: Lufthansa ticket agents help travelers at the Denver International Airport outside......
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Stocks grind higher on recovery hopes

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LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Europe’s shares added to their best gains in almost a month as safety plays lost their lustre on Wednesday, with hopes of a rapid economic recovery standing firm against a resurgence of global coronavirus cases. FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians leave and enter the London Stock Exchange in London,......
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HSBC revives 35,000 job cut plan after pandemic pause

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LONDON (Reuters) – HSBC is resuming plans to cut around 35,000 jobs which it put on ice after the coronavirus outbreak, as Europe’s biggest bank grapples with the impact on its already falling profits. FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past a logo of HSBC bank......
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Dollar treads water on Fed views, geopolitics

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LONDON (Reuters) – The dollar was little changed on Wednesday after U.S. retail sales rose more than expected in May, although caution kept investors from aggressively buying riskier currencies like the Australian dollar. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Dollar banknotes are seen in this photo illustration taken February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Luis......
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Asia stocks turn cautious on virus surge, geopolitics

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian share markets took a cautious turn on Wednesday as a resurgence of global coronavirus cases challenged market confidence in a rapid economic recovery, even as the rebound in U.S. retail sales in May broke all records. FILE PHOTO: A visitor takes a photograph of a board......
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Oil slumps as U.S. crude stocks build amid virus resurgence fears

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SEOUL (Reuters) – Oil prices fell on Wednesday as data showed an increase in U.S. crude and fuel inventories, raising the prospect of oversupply as a potential second wave of the coronavirus pandemic threatened to halt any recovery of demand. FILE PHOTO: The sun is seen behind a crude oil......

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