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Statistics Canada says retail sales up 4.8 per cent in February

Statistics Canada says retail sales up 4.8 per cent in February

OTTAWA — Canadian retail sales climbed in February, boosted by sales at new car dealerships, gas stations and clothing stores, but economists cautioned the pandemic's third wave will again dent sales.
Facing $11B tax bill, Samsung heirs donate massive art trove

Facing $11B tax bill, Samsung heirs donate massive art trove

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Samsung’s founding family will donate tens of thousands of rare artworks, including Picassos and Dalis, to help them pay a massive inheritance tax bill following last year’s death of company chairman Lee Kun-Hee.
EU lawmakers approve post-Brexit trade treaty

EU lawmakers approve post-Brexit trade treaty

BRUSSELS — European lawmakers have approved the final ratification of the post-Brexit trade deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom, nearly five years after Britain decided to leave the bloc.
India tops 200,000 dead as virus surge breaks health system

India tops 200,000 dead as virus surge breaks health system

NEW DELHI — India crossed a grim milestone Wednesday of 200,000 people lost to the coronavirus as a devastating surge of new infections tears through dense cities and rural areas alike and overwhelms health care systems on the brink of collapse.
Biden signs $15 minimum wage for federal contract workers

Biden signs $15 minimum wage for federal contract workers

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Tuesday to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour for federal contractors, providing a pay bump to hundreds of thousands of workers.
Native American lawmakers seek federal help on Montana bison

Native American lawmakers seek federal help on Montana bison

BILLINGS, Mont. — Native American lawmakers in Montana on Tuesday called on the Biden administration to help craft a plan to reintroduce wild bison to the landscape in and around Glacier National Park and the Charles M.
B.C.'s $500-million investment fund to help small, medium-sized businesses

B.C.'s $500-million investment fund to help small, medium-sized businesses

VICTORIA — British Columbia has introduced legislation to convert an investment initiative into a Crown corporation with the authority to make independent decisions aimed at spurring economic recovery after the pandemic.

Vegas tourism, airport, casinos show rebound from virus

Las Vegas is bouncing back to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels, with new economic reports showing increases in airport passengers and tourism, and a big jump in a key index showing that casinos statewide took in $1 billion in winnings last month for t

Most actively traded companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (19,175.09, up 4.53 points.) Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Energy. Down nine cents, or 0.96 per cent, to $9.29 on 16.9 million shares.
Copper prices hit 10-year high as rising commodity prices, aside from gold, lift TSX

Copper prices hit 10-year high as rising commodity prices, aside from gold, lift TSX

TORONTO — Copper rose to a 10-year high Tuesday as a gain in most commodity prices helped to lift Canada's main stock index slightly on a flat day for North American markets. The May copper contract was up 4.7 cents at nearly US$4.