Hot Off The Wires - 18th August 2021
A sharp drop in US retail sales in July has raised fears over the nation's economic growth in a further headache for Joe Biden as he faces criticism over America's disastrous military exit from Afghanistan.
Britain became more productive during the pandemic as labour-intensive industries were forced to close, but the gains are diminishing as the economy returns to normal.
The City was dealt a heavy blow yesterday when BHP, one of the FTSE 100’s biggest companies, announced plans to leave the index and shift its primary listing to Sydney; the miner would ditch its dual corporate structure and separate listings in Sydney and London.
The Bank of England is under pressure to take action to prevent the economy overheating as soaring wages and job vacancies fuel fears inflation will keep on rising.
The Taliban pledged to protect the rights of women within the limits of Islamic law and grant amnesty to its opponents, as it sought to strike a moderate tone.
According to The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Quotations, in which year was "Once upon a time" first used in a story?