Welcome to Wednesday, Europe. Here’s the latest news and analysis from Bloomberg Economics to help you start the day:
- Europe’s latest lockdowns are presenting citizens with even more hurdles to spending money, swelling savings that stand ready to fuel a recovery once vaccines tame the pandemic
- U.K. businesses groups said the 4.6 billion pounds ($6.2 billion) of emergency aid that Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak offered to cope with lockdowns is short of what’s needed to keep many companies out of financial disaster
- The world economy will exit the pandemic weighed down by much bigger debts and increased inequality that could hobble growth in the longer term
- The rebound from the deepest recession since World War II will be slightly slower this year than previously expected amid a resurgence in virus cases across advanced economies, the World Bank said
- CEOs of the biggest U.K. companies will have made more in compensation by the end of the workday Wednesday than the median worker will earn for all of 2021, a study found.
- U.K. businesses were suffering even before the latest lockdown, leaving many in a precarious position as they enter new restrictions with what many say is insufficient government support, a survey showed
- A measure of U.S. manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in more than two years, bolstered by a pickup in new orders and the strongest growth in production since 2011
- Wang Wentao has the investor-friendly background that one might expect from China’s next commerce minister, but it’s political credentials that might be key to his success amid increasing hostility with the U.S.
- Afghanistan’s inability to confirm a full-time central bank governor for more than a year is adding to economic woes brought on by the pandemic and a surge in Taliban violence
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