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German automaker BMW ramps up electric vehicle offerings

German automaker BMW ramps up electric vehicle offerings

FRANKFURT — German automaker BMW said Wednesday it intends to speed the rollout of new electric cars, vowing to bring battery-powered models to 50% of global sales by 2030.
German economist panel cuts 2021 growth outlook to 3.1%

German economist panel cuts 2021 growth outlook to 3.1%

BERLIN — The German economy — Europe's biggest — will grow by 3.1% this year, the government’s panel of independent economic advisers forecast on Wednesday, cutting its previous prediction somewhat.
Amazon jumps into health care with telemedicine initiative

Amazon jumps into health care with telemedicine initiative

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Amazon is making its first foray into providing health care services, announcing Wednesday that it will be offering its Amazon Care telemedicine program to employers nationwide.
Ottawa announces $4.85M to buoy Nova Scotia's struggling fish and seafood sector

Ottawa announces $4.85M to buoy Nova Scotia's struggling fish and seafood sector

LOCKEPORT, N.S. — The federal government has announced funding for a dozen projects in western Nova Scotia to buoy the province's struggling fish and seafood processing sector. Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan says the $4.
Side hustle, necessity or too late to turn back: Meet Canada’s newest business owners

Side hustle, necessity or too late to turn back: Meet Canada’s newest business owners

For Mike Livingstone, a pandemic-related job loss offered a chance to chase after a long-held dream. When he was laid off last spring, the transportation executive switched gears and became his own boss, following his passion and opening a bakery.
EU sets out virus pass plan to allow free travel by summer

EU sets out virus pass plan to allow free travel by summer

BRUSSELS — The European Union's executive body proposed Wednesday issuing certificates that would allow EU residents to travel freely across the 27-nation bloc by the summer as long as they have been vaccinated, tested negative for COVID-19 or recove

Here's a list of February inflation rates for selected Canadian cities

OTTAWA — Canada's national annual inflation rate was 1.1 per cent in February, Statistics Canada says.

Here's a list February inflation rates for Canadian provinces

OTTAWA — Canada's national annual inflation rate was 1.1 per cent in February, Statistics Canada says. Here's what happened in the provinces (previous month in brackets): — Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.2 per cent (1.5) — Prince Edward Island: 1.
US housing construction tumbled 10.3% in February

US housing construction tumbled 10.3% in February

WASHINGTON — Severe winter weather in much of the country pushed home construction down a sharp 10.3% in February while applications for new construction fell by 10.8%.
Uber to give UK drivers minimum wage, pension, holiday pay

Uber to give UK drivers minimum wage, pension, holiday pay

LONDON — Uber is giving its U.K. drivers the minimum wage, pensions and holiday pay, following a recent court ruling that said they should be classified as workers and entitled to such benefits.