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Smartphone shipments in Europe overtake global market - 12/03/2019

In the third quarter of 2019, Europe showed the highest growth rates among regional smartphone markets, according to Canalys analysts. The supply of devices to the region increased by 8% year on year and reached 52.5 million units. Europe has outstripped not only the global market as a whole, where specialists previously registered an increase of 1%, but also the dynamic Asia-Pacific region, the...

How off grid technologies could shape the economic future of Africa - 11/26/2019

The “Off-grid” movement, nascent in America, is a spin-off of the growing popular feeling of defiance towards large organizations, both public and private. But what remains marginal in the United States and almost unheard of in Europe may soon form a revolutionary opportunity in Africa. In a land, the resources of which are acknowledged by all, but with widely varying sets of circumstances such...

Palladium prices going up as environmental movement is rising - 11/26/2019

Global palladium prices returned above the level of $ 1.8 thousand per troy ounce. The growth is supported by investors' expectations regarding conclusion of the first part of the US and China trade deal, as well as increased demand for metal from the automotive industry. After a three-week break, palladium prices once again climbed above $ 1.8 thousand per troy ounce. According to Reuters, on...

Canadian cannabis industry is crashing down due to weak demand - 11/25/2019

Cannabis stocks in Canada reached nearly 400 tons. This is enough to cover demand for the next 2.5 years. The reason for the excess was that manufacturers overestimated the demand for cannabis, which the country legalized last year. As a result, the prices fell sharply. Warehouses in Canada were littered with unsold cannabis after the country legalized storage and use of marijuana for...

IEA calculates states revenues from oil production restrictions - 11/20/2019

Abundance of oil on the market, caused by a sharp increase in supplies of Saudi Arabia in October, will be supported by accelerated growth in production outside the cartel in 2020, the International Energy Agency (IEA) updated forecast states. At the same time, the IEA warned about a predicted decrease in OPEC oil demand in 2020, indicating that participants in the transaction to limit production...

IEA expects global oil demand, US share in global oil production to increase - 11/15/2019

Global demand for oil will increase by 6.8% by 2025, compared to 103.5 million barrels per day in 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) notes. At the same time, the demand for oil in developing countries will be growing annually by 900 thousand barrels per day. By 2040, global demand will increase by 9.8% to 106.4 million barrels per day, the IEA notes. Demand for oil in the U.S. will...

US sanctions make Venezuela scale down oil prices - 11/12/2019

Venezuela is forced to sell oil at reduced prices, since US sanctions against the government of President Nicolas Maduro are having an increasingly negative impact on its most important source of income, the Financial Times writes with reference to analysts. According to them, since the imposition of sanctions, the country has been experiencing problems with the purchase of necessary materials...

Chinese Bachelor’s Day hits record once again - 11/12/2019

The Chinese counterpart to American Black Friday, Bachelor’s Day, has collected record customer orders once again. Alibaba alone posted sales of $ 38.4 billion that day, up 24% from last year. This year, the scope of Chinese sales spread to neighboring countries: Russia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. Preliminary data show that sales at Alibaba on Bachelor’s Day, the Chinese...

Analysts: Venture capital deals decrease in China as Chinese economy is slowing down - 11/06/2019

Venture capital deals in the Asia-Pacific region shrank by one fifth in Q3 amid a slowdown in China's economy and massive protests in Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post. Total transaction value fell to $ 14.92 billion from $ 18.61 billion in the previous quarter, according to data released by KPMG. The consulting company attributed this to the slowdown caused by the trade war...

McKinsey: More than half of banks will wind up their business - 11/01/2019

More than half of the world's banks will not survive the next crisis - this is the conclusion reached by experts at McKinsey, an international consulting company. The economic downturn makes lack of profits, lack of capital and declining demand for bankruptcy loans inevitable. Ten years after the global crisis, the global banking industry faced another cyclical downturn. This is indicated...
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