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Eurozone jobless rate hits lowest level in almost nine years as recovery strengthens

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Unemployment in the Eurozone hit its lowest rate for almost nine years last November, the latest sign of the revival of the single currency area’s economy. Eurostat, the EU's official statistics agency said that the jobless rate fell to 8.7 per cent, hitting analyst predictions and down from 8.8 per cent in October. The figures are the lowest since January 2009, when the eurozone was reeling from a deep recession following the global financial crisis. The agency said the number of unemployed fell by 107,000 during the month, taking the total do... Read More »

Lufthansa regains place as Europe’s biggest airline from Ryanair

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The Lufthansa group as a whole carried 130 million passengers last year, it said on Wednesday. The equivalent figure from Ryanair was 129 million, meaning Ryanair slips behind Lufthansa after overtaking it in 2016. Lufthansa has grown rapidly, having taken over Brussels Airlines at the end of 2016 and aiming to grow its budget brand Eurowings to become Europe’s third largest point-to-point carrier. The group, which also includes Swiss and Austrian Airlines, has also benefited from the collapse of German rival Air Berlin in the latter part of 20... Read More »

Google’s most searched health-related questions in 2017

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According to a CNN analysis of health-related “what” and “why” questions as provided by Google Trends, some of the most popular searches in the US were on addiction, opioids and the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The data was collected from January to mid-December and revealed that the ketogenic diet quadrupled in searches this year and was one of the most-Googled health topics. The popular diet was initially developed for people with epilepsy in the 1920s and its revamped version involves eating a low carbohydrate, high fat diet that suppose... Read More »

Getting to work on diversity at Google

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There are lots of reasons why technology companies like Google struggle to recruit and retain women and minorities. For example, women earn roughly 18 percent of all computer science degrees in the United States. Blacks and Hispanics make up under 10 percent of U.S. college grads and collect fewer than 5 percent of degrees in CS majors, respectively. So we’ve invested a lot of time and energy in education. Among other things, since 2010 we’ve given more than $40 million to organizations working to bring computer science education to women an... Read More »

IAG traffic statistics april 2014

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In April 2014, Group traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres increased by 18.0 per cent versus April 2013 (up 9.5 per cent on a pro-forma basis); Group capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres rose by 16.6 per cent (up 7.6 per cent on a pro-forma basis). Group premium traffic for the month of April increased by 4.0 per cent compared to the previous year. For current outlook please see Quarter One results presentation. STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENTS In April, Iberia signed labour agreements with its pilots, cabin crew and ground... Read More »

PMI manufacturing statistics – Barclays’ comment

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Mike Rigby, Head of Manufacturing at Barclays, comments on today's PMI manufacturing figures. “Encouraged by supportive macro-economic conditions, production is still rising at above trend rates despite the slight easing in March compared to previous months. Nevertheless, I expect the sector to be spurred on by the recent manufacturing-friendly Budget and deliver further growth over the coming months. This will result in increased investment and more job creation as new orders continue to rise.” ... Read More »

Patients still subject to a ‘postcode lottery’ say MPs

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More than two thirds of MPs believe patients in the UK still suffer a ‘postcode lottery’ when trying to access the medicines they need, according to new research out today. A poll by Populus and Pfizer Ltd also revealed that four in five MPs have been approached by constituents or patient groups with concerns about the NHS refusing to fund treatments that have been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). NICE was set up to help eradicate inconsistent access to medicines across the UK. By law, local health... Read More »

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