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Growing up in a single-parent household, where the state of our finances waxed and waned, my mom was incredibly frugal. We’d

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Nearly every city in Fort Bend County has seen their year-over-year sales tax receipts rise, with the exception of Sugar Land.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced Wednesday that his office is sending “cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $751.5 million in local sales tax allocations for October, 2.8 percent less than in October 2019.”

The allocations this month represent sales made in August.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to weigh on the Texas economy and sales tax revenue,” according to the Comptroller’s Office.


Sugar Land, by far the largest city in Fort Bend County, is receiving a payment of $41.8 million, a decline of more than 11.56 percent compared to last year. For the year, the city has received nearly $41.2 million, an overall drop of 8.36 compared to 2019.

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Video: Herbalife CEO Sees ‘Dramatic’ Demand Growth (Bloomberg)

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SINGAPORE – Oil prices rose about 2% on Monday, lifted by comments from doctors for U.S. President Donald Trump suggesting he could be discharged from hospital as soon as Monday, just a few days after his positive test for COVID-19 sparked widespread alarm.

Trump’s health update eased political uncertainty in global markets, pushing Brent up to $39.96 a barrel by 0232 GMT, gaining 69 cents or 1.8%. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was at $37.81 a barrel, up 76 cents, or 2.1%.

Prices had slumped more than 4% on Friday amid uncertainty surrounding Trump’s health, adding to concern that rising coronavirus case numbers that could dampen global economic recovery.

AMERICAN OIL REFINERIES RACE TO PRODUCE RENEWABLE DIESEL AHEAD OF CANADIAN COMPETITION: REPORT

But analysts said Monday’s rebound was driven by an easing of the worst fears

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Video: U.S. Job Gains Slow as Economic Recovery Downshifts (Bloomberg)

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The UK economy continued its rapid rebound from the depths of the coronavirus lockdown in August, the latest official data on growth is expected to show on Friday, but many economists are braced for a grim winter as job losses mount.



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The Bank of England’s chief economist, Andy Haldane, predicted last week that GDP would be “only around 3-4% below its pre-Covid level” by the end of the third quarter, covering July to September.

That would imply further significant increases in the UK’s economic output since July, when output remained 11.8% below the level hit in February, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. The full picture for the third quarter will not be evident until

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BRUSSELS, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Inside and Regulated information – Free condensed translation of the official French version

  • H1 consolidated revenues +3%
    EUR 48,769,421 compared with EUR 47,425,059 for 2019
    (identical at constant scope)
  • H1 EBITDA +27%
    EUR 3,502,205 compared with EUR 2,750,789 for 2019
    (% of total sales from 5,8% to 7,2%)
  • H1 profit before taxes -10,5% 
    EUR 455,285 compared with EUR 508,782 in 2019.

The international expansion of Emakina Group (ALEMK: BBK) gathered pace in 2020.

International income now accounts for 66% of the half-yearly consolidated income, compared with 62% during the same period last year. This trend is underpinned by the good business performance in Central Europe, Asia and the Netherlands, especially in e-commerce services. Emakina is now present in 16 countries on 3 continents and continues to invest in integration within its network.

In a context heavily impacted by the

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Born in Oakland, California, to a father in the Navy, Katie Senkowski moved to New Jersey with her family when she was 2 and lived in various towns throughout Monmouth County.

“I grew up on the beaches of New Jersey and also kept ties to California, where we’d always go on vacations,” recalled Senkowski, 46, an Ocean Township resident.

And the beach vibe can be seen in the business she runs today, Katie’s Cottage Barn in Ocean Township.

After graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in business administration and marketing, “I began a career in the financial/insurance industry and worked at companies including Merrill Lynch and Prudential,” said Senkowski, who’s spent the last 18 years at another major insurance company, the last eight of those as an event planner. 

Small business: Prestige Travel is on the move, and

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Scotland’s notional fiscal deficit widened to 8.6 per cent of total economic output in the year to April 2020, a level proportionately more than three times that of the UK as a whole, Scottish government data showed on Wednesday.

The annual Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (Gers) report was immediately seized on by opponents of independence as highlighting the difficulties a new Scottish state could face in maintaining current levels of government spending outside the UK.

The Gers data is a hotly contested annual fixture of Scottish constitutional debate and this year’s release comes after a series of opinion polls over recent months suggested that support for independence for the first time enjoyed a sustained lead among voters over remaining within the UK.

The report said the UK’s net fiscal deficit as a share of gross domestic product had increased by 0.6 percentage points to 2.5 per cent, but Scotland’s

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Drivers for Meituan and Alibaba-owned Ele.me en route to delivering items to customers in Guangzhou, China.

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China’s e-commerce and food delivery giants are reaping the benefits of an increasing number of consumers shopping online and businesses trying to digitize, trends accelerated by the coronavirus outbreak.

Chinese players have recently reported strong earnings for the second quarter as lockdown rules in the world’s second-largest economy relaxed. 

“Post COVID-19, the pace of digitization continues to accelerate and the shift from offline to online, in particular for individual shopping, is becoming a habit for consumers,” Jefferies said in a recent note discussing Alibaba’s June quarter earnings. 

Meituan Dianping, China’s biggest on-demand delivery services firm, reported net profit of 2.2 billion yuan ($319.5 million), a more than 152% year-on-year rise. That compared with a loss of 1.58 billion yuan in the March quarter of 2020. 

While operating profit for Meituan’s

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“Look at the glass half-full – that is the entrepreneurial spirit,” says co-founder of Qatari start-up Thakaa Technologies


A Qatari entrepreneur has successfully launched his company and has hailed the backing he received from Qatar Science and Technology Park’s highly-acclaimed flagship accelerator programme – XLR8. 
Abdulrahman Saleh Khamis, along with co-founder and Chief Growth Officer, Abdul Ali, set up Thakaa Technologies with a vision to solve the community’s problems through technology; and the drive to seek further support for their idea encouraged Khamis and Ali to participate in Qatar Science and Technology Park’s (QSTP’s) XLR8 programme, which took place from February to April last year.
Khamis was part of the eighth cycle of XLR8 programme which included contestants from season 11 of Qatar Foundation’s (QF’s) hugely popular edutainment TV show Stars of Science – where he was one of the finalists. Khamis went on to co-found, and become the Chief

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