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Brazil toughens rules to avoid US-style disruptions

Bloomberg Brazil, the biggest exporter of beef and chicken, is betting on a new set of safety standards to avoid the kind of mass processing disruptions that caused meat shortages and price spikes in America. The South American farming powerhouse plans to introduce new national guidelines that incorporate requirements from ...

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Singapore focuses on jobs in new $23 billion virus relief

Bloomberg Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivered a fourth fiscal package of S$33 billion ($23 billion) to counter the economic fallout of the coronavirus, providing specific support to saving jobs. The latest measures will help businesses and workers affected by border closures and movement restrictions, Heng said in a ...

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Rival plans for EU crisis fund signal bumps in road to come

Bloomberg European Union (EU) governments are trying to forge a consensus over how to provide aid to the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. With France and, crucially, Germany proposing a jointly-financed recovery fund to help the region cushion the blow from the steepest recession in living memory, the ...

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Schaeuble backs landmark deal to shield EU from Covid-19 fallout

Bloomberg Former German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble backed the European Union’s (EU) proposed 500 billion-euro ($545 billion) economic-recovery plan, adding a key voice to a standoff with EU countries focusing on fiscal austerity. The comments by Schaeuble, who remains influential within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, suggest ...

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Swedish jobless rate rises to 7.9% in April

Bloomberg Sweden’s unemployment rate rose more than expected in April as the effects of the Covid-19 crisis continued to wreak havoc across the Nordic region’s biggest economy. The seasonally-adjusted jobless measure increased to 7.9% from 6.7% a month earlier, Statistics Sweden reported. Economists were expecting a rate of 7.8%, according ...

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Hertz says pandemic decimated revenue, leading to bankruptcy

Bloomberg Hertz Global Holdings Inc., the car-rental company which filed for bankruptcy, said the collapse in air travel amid the coronavirus hit its biggest source of rental revenue. “The overall impact of the Covid-19 crisis devastated our revenue,” according to a court filing signed by Jamere Jackson, an executive vice ...

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