The World Bank estimated that the world economy will grow by 4% in 2021. It thinks China’s gdp will expand by 7.9% and America’s and the euro area’s by around 3.5%. The good news was tempered by the fact that by 2022, global gdp is still expected to be 4.4% below pre-pandemic projections. The report stressed that COVID-19 vaccination programmes, including in poorer countries, are essential for the health of the global economy.
Announced three years ago to much fanfare about being a transformative moment for the health-care industry, Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway quietly shelved Haven, a joint venture they set up to lower staff health-care costs. Haven promised to pool technological solutions to provide cheaper insurance, but each company will now work on its own in-house projects instead.
三年前，亞馬遜(Amazon)、摩根大通(JPMorgan Chase)和伯克希爾哈撒韋公司(Berkshire Hathaway)高調宣布，這將是醫療保健行業的一個變革時刻，但它們卻悄無聲地擱置了為降低員工醫療保健成本而成立的合資企業Haven。Haven承諾匯集技術解決方案，以提供更便宜的保險，但現在各家公司都致力于開展自身內部的項目。
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe psa, the owner of Peugeot, sealed their merger, more than a year after it was announced. The new company is called Stellantis and will list its shares in Milan, Paris and New York. Like its rivals, Fiat Chrysler recorded an acceleration of sales in America in the final months of 2020, which will be a bright spot in the forthcoming dismal annual earnings from carmakers.
Tesla also delivered more cars than had been expected towards the end of the year. It fell just shy of its half-million target for all of 2020, which is still up by a third on 2019.
British Airways obtained a 2bn pounds ($2.7bn) loan underwritten by banks and backed by the British government’s export credit agency. Until it pays back the loan ba will not be allowed to pay dividends to International Airlines Group, its parent company.
英國航空公司獲得了20億英鎊(27億美元)的貸款，由銀行承保并得到英國政府的出口信貸機構的支持。在償還貸款之前，英航將不能向其母公司國際航空集團(International Airlines Group)支付股息。
Just when passengers need them most, emotional-support animals are to be banned on American Airlines, the first big carrier to follow a ruling that says the animals can be treated as pets and barred from the cabin (dogs for disabled people are an exception). Airlines are contending with a rising number of requests from customers to travel with their animals, which have included pigs, turtles, squirrels and peacocks. One former Google employee took her bunny in business class to Tokyo.
Rust never sleeps
Neil Young became the latest rock superstar to make a mint from selling the rights to his songs. Hipgnosis, a music-investment company, paid a reported $150m for a 50% stake in the Young catalogue.