Employees at a truck assembly line of an automobile factory in Fuyang, China. Agence France-Presse/ File
China’s factory-gate prices shrank at the sharpest pace in three years in August, falling deeper into deflationary territory and reinforcing the urgency for Beijing to step up economic stimulus as the trade war with the United States intensifies.
Annual profits at China’s industrial firms surged in the first two months of 2021, highlighting a rebound in the country’s manufacturing sector and a broad revival in economic activity from the coronavirus crisis early last year.
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.
Europe emerged from a double-dip recession in the second quarter with stronger-than-expected growth of 2 per cent over the quarter before, according to official figures released Friday,
European regulators have fined Amazon 746 million euros ($886 million) for data protection violations. Amazon said in a regulatory filing on Friday
Daimler will keep a 35% stake in the trucks division it plans to spin off this year, the luxury carmaker said on Friday, giving more details on a landmark corporate split it hopes will boost share values.