First-time claims for unemployment advantages rose to 861,000 final week, in a setback to the US labour market’s restoration from a winter Covid-19 surge. The variety of jobless claims filed for normal state programmes elevated by 13,000 within the week ending February 13, from 848,000 the earlier week.

Quick quarterly development charges “are usually not a boon” if ranges of output stay under pre-pandemic ranges and unemployment is excessive, mentioned an exterior member of the Financial institution of England Financial Coverage Committee. Because the UK financial system reopens, “we might even see sturdy quarterly GDP development charges within the second and third quarter”, Michael Saunders mentioned.

Turkey’s central financial institution stored charges on maintain for a second month because it stood agency on a promise to take care of a hawkish stance till double-digit inflation comes underneath management. The choice to carry the benchmark one-week repo charge regular at 17 per cent was according to analysts’ expectations, in response to a Bloomberg survey of 25 economists.

Nigeria’s medication regulator has permitted the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use, as Africa’s most populous nation is but to start inoculating its residents. The Nationwide Company for Meals and Drug Administration and Management mentioned it had made the advice after reviewing the jab’s efficacy.

About 40 per cent of Hong Kongers surveyed have been keen to obtain a Covid-19 vaccine, a college research within the metropolis confirmed on Thursday. The outcomes have been revealed as native authorities gave remaining approval to Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac vaccines.

India has tightened guidelines for worldwide journey after authorities detected instances of two extra extremely infectious variants of coronavirus. The well being ministry mentioned 4 individuals who had returned final month from South Africa, and one other passenger from Brazil, have been contaminated with the brand new variants discovered within the two international locations.

Barclays mentioned it would restart its dividend after a second-consecutive quarter of declining coronavirus loan-loss provisions. Whereas the London-based lender reported a 68 per cent plunge in fourth-quarter internet revenue to £220m, that was higher than analysts’ expectations for a £17m loss.

Air France-KLM is poised to obtain extra authorities bail-out funds after the fallout from the pandemic pushed the Franco-Dutch provider to an annual €7.1bn internet loss. The struggling airline warned there’s extra ache to return because the coronavirus disaster ravages the journey business.

Nestlé, the world’s largest meals firm, posted its highest gross sales development in 5 years on Thursday because the pandemic prompted shoppers to spend extra on pet care and dietary dietary supplements. Gross sales development, calculated on an natural foundation, ticked as much as 3.6 per cent for 2020 from 3.5 per cent a yr earlier.