U.S. department store chain Nordstrom said it was on track to make a quarterly profit despite a sharp drop in holiday sales. The Seattle-based company said net sales in the nine weeks leading up to the start of January fell 22% from a year ago.
Thirteen American states have confirmed the presence of rapidly spreading variant of the coronavirus which was first detected in the UK, with Wisconsin and New Mexico becoming the latest places to join the growing list on Wednesday.
United States the budget deficit has swelled to $ 573 billion at the end of last year, thanks to a fiscal stimulus package aimed at helping households and businesses weather the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The deficit widened 61 percent from a year ago in the fiscal first quarter that ends in December, the Treasury said.
Portugal is impose a national lockdown from midnight Thursday, forcing people to stay at home, closing most stores and services and forcing remote working as hospitals struggle to cope with record levels of coronavirus infections.
California reported its second highest daily increase deaths from coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, with consecutive days of more than 500 deaths. Authorities have attributed 589 more deaths to the coronavirus, just behind the record of 695 reported on January 9.
The United Kingdom registered the highest daily increase in its death toll from coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. The country reported 1,564 more deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test. More than 1,000 of the new deaths reported on Wednesday occurred in the previous four days.
American researchers have discovered two new variants of coronavirus, one of which they say has become the dominant strain in the Ohio state capital, Columbus, in just three weeks.
Turkey will start your vaccination program tomorrow after approving the CoronaVac jab from China for emergency use. Fahrettin Koca, the country’s health minister, received the first dose live on television and said vaccination of health workers would start on Thursday.
Employment in the U.S. clean energy sector ended 2020 at its lowest level in five years. Despite the addition of nearly 17,000 jobs in December, around 429,000 people previously employed by the sector remain without work, according to an analysis by the BW Research Partnership.
Infection rate among those who first received a two-dose BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine fell in a few days, initial data from the Israeli Ministry of Health shown.
Italy goes extend its national state of emergency until the end of April. An extension of the state of emergency is necessary because of “a general worsening of the epidemic,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Wednesday.
Debenhams’ Oxford Street flagship store in London is one of six that will not reopen once Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed. The department store group will not reopen stores in Portsmouth, Staines, Harrogate, Weymouth and Worcester. About 320 jobs will be lost.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Wednesday new restrictions on “click and collect” retail services and companies offering take-out food and drink, saying stronger action is needed to keep the new variant of the coronavirus under control.