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Highlights: September 2 - September 7, 2019

Christian Fernsby |
The most interesting business stories that marked last business week.

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Worst slump for UK factories since 2012

UK factoriesActivity in the manufacturing sector is at its weakest for more than seven years....

Green light for giant field that will produce oil next 40 years in North Sea

Johan Sverdrup fieldThe Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted its consent for start-up of the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. The field is expected to produce oil for the next 40 years....

Manufacturing downturn continues in South Korea

Manufacturing in South KoreaDifficulties in South Korea's manufacturing sector remained apparent in August, as key gauges of economic health such as output, new orders and employment all declined....

Manufacturing PMI dips to 15-month low in India

Manufacturing in IndiaAlthough economic growth in the Indian manufacturing industry was sustained in August, most survey indicators fell since July to signal a widespread loss of momentum....

Vertex to acquire Semma Therapeutics for $950 million

Vertex PharmaceuticalsVertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement under which Vertex will acquire Semma Therapeutics, a privately held biotechnology company pioneering the use of stem cell-derived human islets as a potentially curative treatment for type 1 diabetes, for $950 million in cash....

Japanese car sale in South Korea down 56.9 percent

Japanese carJapanese car sale in South Korea posted a double-digit fall last month amid the ongoing campaign to boycott Japanese products, caused by the trade spat between Seoul and Tokyo, industry data showed Wednesday....

All Vietnamese localities hit by African swine fever

Vietnamese pigAll Vietnam's localities have been stricken by the African swine fever (ASF), after Central Ninh Thuan province recorded cases of the animal disease, Vietnam News Agency reported....

PETA continues with nonsense actions calling wool as cruel as fur, gets its ad banned

Happy sheepA PETA advert which claimed 'wool is as cruel as fur' has been banned by the UK's advertising watchdog....

Chile to invest $5 billion to revamp railways in 25 projects

Chilean railwaysChilean President Sebastian Pinera announced a $5 billion investment plan to renovate and expand the country's railway network....

Tens of thousands of cargo ships must switch to less-polluting fuel

Big cargo shipsTens of thousands of cargo ships will have to start using less polluting fuels in January....

Erdogan says Turkey should have nuclear weapons

Recep Tayyip ErdoganTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has complained that Turkey is forbidden from owning nuclear weapons while other countries possess them, accusing them of hypocrisy....

Palo Alto Networks Q4 revenue grew 22 percent, GAAP net loss $20.8 million

Palo Alto NetworksPalo Alto Networks announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019, ended July 31, 2019....

U.S. imposes duties on structural steel from China and Mexico

Structural steelThe U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday it imposed duties on Chinese and Mexican structural steel after making a preliminary determination that producers in both countries had dumped fabricated structural steel on the U.S. market at prices below fair market value....

Prudential Financial to acquire Assurance IQ for $2.35 billion

Prudential FinancialPrudential Financial announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Assurance IQ....

Kuwait spending $359 million on infrastructure development

Al-Mutlaa roadKuwait is boosting its spending on infrastructure development works in the Al-Mutlaa area....

Norwegian seafood exports continue to grow

Norwegian seafoodNorway exported 182,000 tonnes of seafood with a total value of NOK 8.6 billion in August....

Eight U.S. states and D.C. investigating Facebook for possible antitrust violations

FacebookNew York Attorney General Letitia James released a statement confirming the bipartisan coalition shes leading investigating social media giant Facebook for antitrust issues....

Kenya giving $6 million for hybrid electricity mini-grids

Kenya village electricityKenya Power has allocated 700 million shillings ($6.7 million) to hybridize its off-grid production systems in the country....

U.S. to Egypt: You violate human rights. Here's your $1.3 billion

Egypt streetThe U.S. State Department has decided to release $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt....

Azul Linhas Aereas to offer nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale, Fl. to Belo Horizonte

Azul Linhas AereasBrazil-based Azul Linhas Aereas has announced it will begin nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Belo Horizonte in Brazil, beginning December 16, 2019, the company said....

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Caterpillar Q4 profit decreases

Caterpillar revealed earnings for fourth quarter that decreased from last year.


Novartis Q4 income declined 91 percent
GSK Q4 profit climbs
UK ready to boost CPTPP’s economic clout, says Trade Minister on Asia-Pacific visit
Commission approves €1.6 billion Romania measure to capitalise new investment and development bank


Fire put out at South Korea's space centre during test for next generation space rocket

Submarine volcano erupts in Vanuatu
UK faces fresh mass strikes
Reported death toll due to bad weather 44 in Philippines
After 1,400km long search missing radioactive capsule from Rio Tinto found in Australia
U.S.: Dangerous ice storm for portions of south


Mayor Lightfoot celebrates completion of Terminal 5 at O’hare International Airport

Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa grant to drive electric mobility shift in 7 African countries
Battery-only electric passenger cars: +76% in Europe in 2021
UK drivers warned to keep eye on pump prices
Biden presents work on Baltimore tunnel, 72,000 new jobs expected
2022 Corruption Perceptions Index: Corruption levels remain at standstill

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South Africa authorises roll out of COVID-19 boosters to fight Omicron variant

After 1,400km long search missing radioactive capsule from Rio Tinto found in Australia

Battery-only electric passenger cars: +76% in Europe in 2021

GM and Lithium Americas to develop U.S. lithium production through $650 million deal


UK Government backing helps launch world first self-driving bus

Commission approves €104 million Croatian scheme to support energy-intensive companies
Canada invests in BHP project to develop world-leading low-emissions potash mine
New York: Over $22 million awarded in Round XII of Regional Economic Development Council Initiative
Russia, China draft agreement on construction, operation of gas pipeline across Ussuri River
Azerbaijan, Hungary sign memorandum of cooperation in gas sector

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Novartis Q4 income declined 91 percent

GM and Lithium Americas to develop U.S. lithium production through $650 million deal

Biden presents work on Baltimore tunnel, 72,000 new jobs expected


HVS awarded share of £6.6m government funding to develop world’s first self-driving hydrogen HGV

GM and Lithium Americas to develop U.S. lithium production through $650 million deal
Dole announces sale of its fresh vegetables division to Chiquita subsidiary Fresh Express
ExxonMobil awards FEED for world’s largest low-carbon hydrogen facility
Metronet begins construction of Daytona’s multi-gigabit 100 percent fiber optic network, will hire
Boeing to deliver last 747


Exothera appoints Darren Leva as chief business officer

Vesta taps Shimon Steinmetz as CFO
Bruno Ultra Barcelos appointed managing director of Ethypharm UK
Syntach names Patrick NJ Schnegelsberg as new CEO
Chiesi appoints Giuseppe Accogli as new group CEO
Foresters Financial Canada president Henry Auyeung to retire


Italian economic growth stronger than expected in 2022

UK shop prices record high, peak still to come
GDP up by 0.1% in euro area and stable in EU
Portuguese economy sees fastest growth for 35 years in 2022
Canada's real GDP edged up 0.1% in November
Hungary: Economic sentiment ticks up in January


Phillips 66 Q4 earnings $1.9 billion

McDonald's Q4 profit increases
Pfizer Q4 profit increases
General Motors Q4 profit up
Exxon Mobil Q4 earnings $12.8 billion
UBS Q4 profit rises


Micromanaging is the worst enemy of efficiency and teamwork

Niger set to monetize massive gas reserves through Saharan natural gas pipeline
Putting the brakes on EV folly that choked the market
Oil discovery in Kavango Basin may mean huge benefits for Namibians
Cape Town and Dubai battle over Africa's energy future
Is America going to lose its superpower status?


Ukraine opens Canadian, Serbian markets for export of livestock products since year beginning

Egypt intends to buy more wheat from Russia, working on system to pay in rubles
Rosselkhoznadzor stopped shipment of infected oats from Irkutsk to Mongolia
Philippines: ORION Program targets to perk up onion industry, increase domestic supply
Belarus lifts restrictions on food exports to neighboring EU countries
Argentina added new market: Algeria enabled export of meat with bone


Lucky CEO means bad luck for hiring company

Product images could boost food pantry use
The madness of fast service: I want it now!
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Only 32% of employees believe their pay is fair
Corporate duty waivers limit organic company growth and innovation


AG for District of Colubia: $1,950,000 available for eligible Drizly drivers as result of tip-theft investigation

North Carolina: 52 stores pay fines for price scanning errors in 33 counties
EAO issued third fine for Coastal GasLink project
Dutch central bank fines cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase 3.3 mln euros
Bloomberg to pay $5 million for misleading disclosures about its valuation methodologies for fixed income securities
Italy fines Yoox with over 5 million euro for misleading prices and limitations of right of withdrawal



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IntercityHotel Berlin Airport BER opens
Art After School, the perfect way to spark imagination in your child
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Largest antiques show comes to small Texas town


Honda Pilot TrailSport, fully equipped SUV with great ground clearance

2024 Corvette E-ray, electrified 4WD
Jaguar I-PACE is now more distinctive
2023 Toyota Prius expected this January
2023 Lincoln Corsair, advance features and ActiveGlide
Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato, first super sports car for any terrain


Curved sofas, elegant and gentle

Solios watches, from nature to luxury
Coats of faux fur, but not of faux style
Redifining kitchen space and experience with workstations
Dinning sofas, a soft addition to a modern dinning table
Patchwork carpets, vintage Persian carpets made with unparalleled skill


Harman Luxury Audio introduces new JBL Classic Series

KEF KC62, audio excellence and design ingenuity
Panasonic announces flagship OLED TV MZ2000
McIntosh MC451, 150 Watt vacuum tube and 300 Watt solid state amplifier
Headonia 2A3, luxury headphone amplifier that comes with gloves
ASUS launches ExpertBook B9 for executives


South Africa authorises roll out of COVID-19 boosters to fight Omicron variant

FDA approves Orserdutm for patients with advanced or metastatic breast cancer
Indonesia to start rolling out COVID-19 vaccination for children under 6
Ipsen receives CHMP negative opinion for Palovarotene as treatment for fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva in EU
Once-daily Sotyktu gets positive opinion as treatment for adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis
EMA update on shortages of antibiotics in EU


Green comet to visit Earth after 50,000 years

Astronomers captured spectacular, ongoing collision between at least three galaxy clusters
NASA system predicts small asteroid to pass close by Earth this week
NASA, Pentagon developing nuclear-powered rocket for Mars
Milky Way found to be too big
Earth's inner core rotation paused