Walmart e-commerce and comparable sales jump in second quarter

Walmart e-commerce and comparable sales jump in second quarter

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Walmart is seen on shopping trolleys at their store in Sao Paulo, Brazil February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo August 16, 2018 NEW YORK (Reuters) – Walmart Inc <WMT.N> on Thursday reported a 40 percent rise in U.S. e-commerce sales during the second quarter, faster than the previous quarter’s 33 percent advance. Walmart’s e-commerce performance has become the most widely anticipated metric after online sales growth slowed during the crucial…

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Serbia turns to tech industry to fight economic stagnation

Serbia turns to tech industry to fight economic stagnation

Programmers work on computers in Belgrade, Serbia, July 4, 2018. Picture taken July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Marko Djurica August 16, 2018 By Aleksandar Vasovic BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia, a country that claims inventor Nikola Tesla as one of its most famous sons, is looking to technology to help lift itself out of decades of economic stagnation following the Balkan wars of the 1990s. While a small player in global or even Western European terms, Serbia now…

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UK retail sales grow faster in July, helped by World Cup and clothes discounting

UK retail sales grow faster in July, helped by World Cup and clothes discounting

FILE PHOTO: Shoppers and tourists walk along Oxford Street during the sales in central London, Britain, December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Russell Boyce/File Photo August 16, 2018 LONDON, Aug 16 (Reuters) – British retail sales grew faster than expected last month, after hot weather and the World Cup continued to boost food sales and shoppers took advantage of extended discounts on clothing and online sales. Retail sales volumes in July rose by 0.7 percent, and were 3.5…

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Afghan schools hit as militants seek soft targets

Afghan schools hit as militants seek soft targets

FILE PHOTO: Afghan men mourn after a blast in a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail August 16, 2018 By Abdul Qadir Sediqi KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide bomb attack on a group of teenagers studying for university exams in Kabul on Wednesday shocked Afghanistan but it was only the latest in a series of attacks on schools which have proved an easy target for militant groups. More than 1,000 schools across…

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European shares recover, Atlantia drags Italian stocks lower

European shares recover, Atlantia drags Italian stocks lower

FILE PHOTO: People walk past the London Stock Exchange Group offices in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo August 16, 2018 By Helen Reid LONDON (Reuters) – European shares recovered after Beijing said it would hold trade talks with the U.S. this month, spurring a risk appetite recovery, although Italian shares fell sharply as Atlantia sank. Europe’s STOXX 600 <.STOXX> rose 0.2 percent by 0840 GMT on Thursday, clawing back…

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Trade unions unite in protest at likely new Air France KLM boss

Trade unions unite in protest at likely new Air France KLM boss

FILE PHOTO: Benjamin Smith, President of Air Canada poses for a picture during a reception at the 2016 International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Dublin, Ireland June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo August 16, 2018 PARIS (Reuters) – The major trade unions representing Air France KLM <AIRF.PA> staff issued a joint statement on Thursday to protest the likely choice of Air Canada <AC.TO> executive Benjamin Smith…

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MLB roundup: Braves’ Acuna plunked, hurt in testy win

MLB roundup: Braves’ Acuna plunked, hurt in testy win

Aug 15, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) is hit by the first pitch of the game against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports August 16, 2018 Red-hot rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. departed early due to injury after getting drilled by an opening pitch, but the Atlanta Braves still finished a four-game sweep over the visiting Miami Marlins with…

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Gunmen attack intelligence service center in Afghan capital Kabul

Gunmen attack intelligence service center in Afghan capital Kabul

Afghan policemen arrive at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail August 16, 2018 KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen attacked an area around a security base and training center for Afghanistan’s intelligence service on Thursday in the capital Kabul, officials said. Staff and officials at the center took shelter in a protected area of the compound as gunfire came from a half-finished building near the site. Kabul police spokesman Hashmat…

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China, U.S. to hold next round of trade talks in late August

China, U.S. to hold next round of trade talks in late August

FILE PHOTO – Chinese Vice Commerce Minister and Deputy China International Trade Representative Wang Shouwen attends a news conference in Beijing, China, April 4, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter August 16, 2018 By Elias Glenn BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Thursday it will hold a fresh round of trade talks with the United States in Washington later this month, offering a glimmer of hope for progress in resolving a conflict that has set world markets on…

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Trump’s latest boost to the dollar: U.S.-Turkey spat

Trump’s latest boost to the dollar: U.S.-Turkey spat

FILE PHOTO: A U.S. 100 dollar banknote is seen through a magnifying lens on top of 10 and 20 lira banknotes in this illustration picture taken in Istanbul January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/Illustration/File Photo August 16, 2018 By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for a weaker U.S. dollar in a bid to help U.S. exporters, but his recent trade policies, including the imposition of import tariffs on…

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