French businesses welcome lockdown easing
20 December 2020 | 5:36 pm
French businesses have welcomed President Emmanuel Macron's announcement that non-essential shops will be able to re-open their doors on Saturday November 27, in time for the holiday shopping season. But the second lockdown has left its mark on an already fragile economy. Also in the show: Wall Street hits new highs as pharmaceutical companies report progress on a possible coronavirus vaccine.
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Disney's shares have rallied after the company reported better than expected results for its latest quarter. Sales came in at €16.2 billion, down 22 percent from the previous year, amid a continuing hit from the pandemic. But its streaming business Disney+ is continuing to grow as people stay home for longer, offsetting losses made at its theme parks that have suffered months of shutdown. Plus, as dining out is not an option for many couples this Valentine's Day, a handful of hotels in Brussels are offering quality time and fancy dinners for two – in guest rooms.
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President Vladimir Putin says he has received the second dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus. "I want to inform you that right now, before entering this room, I also received the second vaccination," he says during a televised meeting.
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