Retail sales for the year decreased by 3.9 percent, although in the fourth quarter it grew by 4.6 percent.
The U.S. ambassador to Britain, a major Republican fundraiser and friend of President Trump’s, said the rioters should be prosecuted.
More than 200 CEOs called on the Trump administration to not impose punitive tariffs on Vietnam, a key alternative to China production.
Investors were in wait-and-see mode, gauging economic and social impact of the extraordinary protests on Capitol Hill.
Schools will be shut until Feb. 15 at the earliest, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told England residents to stay indoors to keep the virus at bay.
Brexit worries receded amid the panic of COVID-19, and British businesses are now looking forward to 2021 with cautious optimism, and the prospect of free trade with the European Union and the U.S.
As of Jan. 1, there will be no duties on goods passing between the two regions after a free trade deal was agreed just days before the final Brexit deadline.
“There is no alternative open to me,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson, addressing the nation on Saturday afternoon as he tightened COVID-19 restrictions in London and the southeast of England.
Both textile and importing groups applauded the pick, which elevates a Ways and Means lawyer to cabinet-level negotiator.
The U.K. is hoping to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.S. and is therefore saying “no” to retaliatory tariffs imposed by the European Union in the long-running subsidies spat.
Some businesses will again have to close and the public is being told to stay home whenever possible as the virus spreads at an alarming rate.
The detention order applies to 6 percent of the global cotton supply, said the Workers Rights Consortium activist group.