Tue, 01 Dec 2020

BRASILIA -- Brazil registered a surplus of 2.3 billion U.S. dollars in current transactions in September, the sixth consecutive month of positive balance, compared to a deficit of 2.7 billion U.S. dollars during the same period in 2019, the Central Bank of Brazil reported on Friday.

According to the Central Bank, the September surplus was the result of 2.1 billion U.S. dollars in the balance of trade, as well as reductions of 2.1 billion U.S. dollars in the primary income deficit and 885 million U.S. dollars in the services deficit. (Brazil-Economy)

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DUBLIN -- In the first eight months of this year, Ireland's goods trade surplus with China increased by 44.35 percent year-on-year to 3.33 billion euros (about 3.95 billion U.S. dollars), according to statistics released by the country's Central Statistics Office on Friday.

In the January-August period, Ireland exported a total of 7.15 billion euros worth of goods to China while its goods imports from China were valued at 3.82 billion euros, up 26.14 percent and 13.64 percent respectively compared with a year ago. (Ireland-China-Trade)

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BRUSSELS -- Domestic tourism in the European Union (EU) is recovering faster from the COVID-19 crisis than foreign tourism, the EU's statistical office Eurostat said on Friday.

The number of nights spent by EU residents in tourist accommodations in their own country for July was only 22 percent lower than the previous year, while it was 64 percent lower for residents from other countries, Eurostat said. (EU-Europe-Tourism)

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BRUSSELS -- The general economic situation, public finances situation, immigration and health are the top concerns of European Union (EU) citizens, according to a Standard Eurobarometer survey published on Friday.

Conducted in July and August among almost 27,000 people, the survey finds that 64 percent of Europeans thought that their country's economic situation was "bad," and 42 percent thought that their country's economy would recover from the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic in 2023 or later.

As a result of the pandemic and its economic impact, the economic situation appeared to be the most pressing concern for EU citizens from 10 countries, with the highest proportions in Ireland (47 percent), Spain (43 percent), Italy (42 percent) and the Netherlands (41 percent). The economic situation was the second most pressing issue in another 14 countries and the third most mentioned in the remaining three countries. (EU-Survey-Economy)

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OTTAWA -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an additional 214 million Canadian dollars (about 163 million U.S. dollars) on made-in-Canada vaccines on Friday when the country's COVID-19 cases surpassed 210,000.

The additional fund included up to 173 million Canadian dollars for the Quebec biopharmaceutical Medicago Inc., including support to create a production facility in Quebec City. (Canada-COVID-19-Fund)

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