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Lacklustre data point to flagging economic recovery in China too but US sales bounce back strongly
UK CPI rises to 3.2 per cent — its highest level since 2012
Companies hit by high shipping costs, problems sourcing containers and outages at factories
Companies will have to ensure that employees are jabbed or have regular tests
Chief scientific officer dismisses criticism that the company is pushing additional Covid-19 shots too aggressively
No gold medal for Yoshihide Suga after government was slow to roll out vaccines but pressed on with Olympics
Slowdown in Chinese manufacturing activity raises expectations of state support
Momentum grows as new studies cast doubt on lasting efficacy of vaccines
Low-income states still lack vaccine supplies and received just $21bn of $650bn IMF pandemic stimulus
PMI surveys highlight shortages of goods and staff in the UK and eurozone
US consumers remain pessimistic as Delta variant spreads
Employees have more bargaining power but face heavy-handed attempts to get them back in the office
The price of sending a container from China to the US west coast jumps tenfold
Global tourism sector faces second summer lost to Covid-19
Tony Blair says $6bn needed to help poorer countries deliver vaccines as IMF allocates $650bn to bolster pandemic response
‘Joints for jabs’ and free Bratwursts among incentives being offered
GDP data for second quarter suggest bloc is growing faster than US and China
Bumper results from tech, financial services and healthcare in biggest week of earnings season
Businesses disrupted as waves of new infections hit Asia
Yet PMI readings indicate slowing of growth in US and UK
US workers use newfound leverage to bid up pay and conditions
Businesses stretched as ‘pingdemic’ takes toll on workforce
Companies complain of mixed messages and too many workers being told to self-isolate
UK and US consumer prices rise more than expected but officials say increases are transitory
Announcement comes from UK prime minister amid rise in infections and warnings from scientists