Traders at a stock brokerage firm in London. Reuters
Britain said it is ramping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit by spending an extra 2.1 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) to stockpile medicines, hire more border officials and fund one of the biggest peacetime advertising campaigns.
World stocks touched record highs on Friday, as trading wound down before the year-end holidays, while the British pound was heading towards its worst week for more than two years amid renewed worries over how Britain will leave the European Union.
Britain’s Brexit crisis tipped the country’s construction industry into its sharpest fall in a decade in June, a survey showed, in a stark sign of how quickly the world’s fifth-biggest economy is slowing.
The foreign investments in India increased to $443 million in the financial year 2019 from $224 million in financial year 2018. Poised to be the third largest consumer retail destination in the world, India is now an attractive investment destination for retail.
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc posted a 23 per cent decrease in quarterly operating profit, while soaring prices in stock holdings such as Apple Inc enabled the conglomerate to smash its old record for full-year earnings.
Argentina on Saturday agreed to start consultations with the International Monetary Fund that could lead to a new financing programme, days after the global lender said the country’s debt situation had become “unsustainable”.