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Lebanon to devalue currency by 90% on Feb. 1, central bank chief says

BEIRUT, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Lebanon will adopt a new official exchange rate of 15,000 pounds per US dollar on Feb. 1, central bank governor Riad Salameh said, marking a 90% devaluation from its current official rate that has remained unchanged for 25 years. The shift from the old rate of 1,507 to 15,000 is …

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Pfizer sees steep 2023 fall in COVID sales, aims to bolster pipeline

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) on Tuesday forecast a bigger-than-expected drop in sales of its COVID-19 vaccine and treatment for 2023, intensifying investor concerns over demand for the products as governments cut orders and work through inventories. Chief Executive Albert Bourla said that 2023 should be a “transition year” for Pfizer’s COVID products, …

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Disillusioned at home, super-rich Chinese set their sights on Singapore

SINGAPORE, Jan 31, (Reuters) – Like many wealthy Chinese, graduate student Zayn Zhang thinks Singapore could be ideal to park his family’s wealth. He’s hoping that studying at a university in the Asian financial hub will lead to permanent residency and while the 26-year-old hits the books, his wife is out looking for a S$5-7 …

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Exclusive: Bed Bath & Beyond preparing for bankruptcy as soon as this week

NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (BBBY.O) is preparing to seek bankruptcy protection as soon as this week, and has lined up liquidators to close additional stores unless a last-minute buyer emerges, four people familiar with the matter said on Monday. The timing of any bankruptcy filing was in flux …

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The mouse that roared: New Zealand and the world’s 2% inflation target

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jan 30 (Reuters) – More than 30 years ago, some relatively youthful central bank and Treasury economists in New Zealand were grappling with how to bring two decades of double-digit inflation under control in an economy less than 1% the size of its US counterpart. What if, they asked, they just told …

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Oil climbs after drone attack in Iran, China’s pledge to promote consumption

SINGAPORE, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Oil prices climbed in early Asia trade on Monday, supported by tensions in the Middle East following a drone attack in Iran and as Beijing pledged over the weekend to promote a consumption recovery which would support fuel demand. Brent crude futures rose 54 cents, or 0.6%, to $87.20 a …

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Adani hits back at Hindenburg, says it made all disclosures

Adani issues 413-page rebuttal to Hindenburg report US short-seller’s report sparked falls in Adani shares Adani says comply with laws, necessary disclosures Adani CFO confident $2.5 bln share sale will succeed NEW DELHI, Jan 30 (Reuters) – India’s Adani Group issued a detailed riposte on Sunday to a Hindenburg Research report that sparked a $48 …

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