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MACROECONOMICS: Drastic Covid-19 Slowdown May Hinder Any Green Recovery

As Covid-19 spread across the globe this spring, flights were halted, commutes were cancelled and oil tankers floated offshore, waiting for a spike in demand.

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MACROECONOMICS: France to Unveil Aid Packages for Auto, Aviation Industries

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire pledged government-support measures for the car and aviation industries by the end of June, including incentives to buy electric vehicles.

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MACROECONOMICS: US e-commerce sales jump 49% in April, led by online grocery

Online retailers are seeing Black Friday-like sales due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their business. According to new data from Adobe’s Digital Economy Index, U.S. e-commerce jumped 49% in April, compared to the baseline period in early March before shelter-in-place restrictions went into effect. Online grocery helped drive the increase in sales, with a 110% boost in daily sales between March and April. Meanwhile, electronic sales were up 58% and book sales have doubled.

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MACROECONOMICS: What the 2008 financial crisis can teach us about designing stimulus packages today

Governments around the world are considering massive stimulus packages to try reboot their economies after the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic has past. These huge spending programmes are likely to be once-in-a-generation in scale and will shape countries’ infrastructure for decades to come.

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MACROECONOMICS: South Africa: GDP to contract by 4.9% this year as external developments derail a fragile recovery

The South African economy had already entered 2020 on a very fragile footing before the dramatic external developments related to the Covid-19 pandemic emerged.

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MACROECONOMICS: WTO quarterly trade growth indicator drops from May

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Thursday that its latest economic barometer showed that the growth in merchandise trade was likely to weaken further in the third quarter.

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MACROECONOMICS: China, Taiwan eye windfall from S. Korea-Japan trade dispute

Chinese and Taiwanese tech companies are sensing an opportunity to grab higher global market share in the semiconductor, display and battery sectors amid the latest trade feud between South Korea and Japan, according to sources on Aug 5.

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MACROECONOMICS: Japan's Looming Sales Tax Hike Prompts Less Rush Demand So Far

Japan’s economy is less likely to suffer a painful whiplash from a sales tax increase scheduled for October, early sales figures for autos and apartments suggest.

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