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Strong factory output growth helped by easing supply bottlenecks pushed activity in Germany's manufacturing sector to a five-month high in January, a survey showed on Monday. IHS Markit's flash Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) showed that activity in the manufacturing sector rose to 60.5 from 57.4 in December. Activity in the services sector rose to a two-month high of 52.2 after shrinking in December, confounding a forecast that had pointed to a decline and pointing to a positive mood among consumers and business despite the impact of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
A record 34% of people would be willing to pay more for better service, according to the UK Customer Satisfaction Index.
Rio Tinto has only bad options as it tries to salvage its $2.4 billion Serbian lithium project after the country's leaders bowed to environmentalists and cancelled it last week. The Anglo-Australian miner could sue the government, a step likely to fail and further antagonise Belgrade, or bet that pro-mining politicians emerge victorious in April parliamentary elections, a result that would embolden opponents. People inside Rio said that while they were aware of the political tensions around the project, the government's decision to pull the plug was a surprise that left the company scrambling for a strategy on how to proceed.
The company said supply chain costs, delays and staff absences all mean profits will be below expectations
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Consumer goods business has come under increasing pressure from shareholders unhappy with its performance
The cash will be matched by industry, delivering a £60m boost to the developing renewable technology.
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LVMH's luxury watch brands Hublot and Bulgari have pushed sales above 2019 levels in the past year and more growth is expected this year on strong U.S. demand, company executives told Reuters ahead of LVMH Watch Week that kicks off on Monday. Hublot and Bulgari, alongside LVMH stablemates Zenith and TAG Heuer, are holding LVMH Watch Week online, with digital presentations of their latest collections. Hublot is showing an extra-slim version of its Big Bang watch, while Italian jeweller Bulgari has Serpenti Misteriosi watches which are hidden in snake-like bracelets and rings.
The ONS said interest payments on government debt trebled to a higher-than-expected £8.1bn last month.
Company boss Stephen Fitzpatrick said the brand licencing agreement is a ‘common commercial agreement’.
The declines in European markets on Monday came due to events on the Russia-Ukraine border rather than any other factors that have dominated sentiment over the past two weeks.
Shares in debt-laden Chinese property giant Evergrande rallied Monday after a state firm official was appointed to its board, paving the way for a government rescue plan.
Facebook has built what it says is the world’s most powerful supercomputer devoted to artificial intelligence, which the social media company believes will drive previously-impossible advances in the technology.
The Government is amending existing regulations ‘to streamline the process and provide certainty to those approaching the end of their lives’.
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ZURICH (Reuters) -Credit Suisse warned on Tuesday that it would post a fourth-quarter loss as the scandal-hit lender flagged fresh legal costs and said business in its trading and wealth management divisions had slowed. Switzerland's second-largest lender announced plans in November to rein in its investment bankers and plough money into looking after the fortunes of the world's rich as it tries to curb a freewheeling culture that has cost it billions. It said the investment bank would make a loss in the final quarter of the year, while the wealth management business had seen an overall drop in assets.
Wall Street and FTSE tanks as tensions between the West and Russia over the military buildup on the border with Ukraine dented sentiment and investors brace for the Fed's meeting this week.
Facebook's parent company Meta announced on Monday it was launching one of the world's most powerful supercomputers to boost its capacity to process data, despite persistent disputes over privacy and disinformation.
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