Euro zone budget deficit drops to 2.6 percent of GDP

Nathan Andrada – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor Brussels, Belgium (4E) – The combined budget deficit by the governments of the 17-member euro zone dropped below the common-currency area’s target in the fourth quarter of 2013, the first time since the...
Posted On 24 Apr 2014
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Novartis AG posts 20 percent rise in Q1 profit

Nathan Andrada – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor Basel, Switzerland (4E) – Novartis AG reported on Thursday a 20 percent rise first-quarter profit, following the Basel, Switzerland-based pharma firm’s announcement earlier this week of a major overhaul of...
Posted On 24 Apr 2014
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Small steps towards forest conservation in Madagascar

<img src="http://www.irinnews.org/images/ (IRIN) – An association of tour guides and community members at the Analamazaotra Forest Station, a protected area of rainforest about 150km east of Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, has embarked on an ambitious...
Posted On 24 Apr 2014
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Unilever PLC sales up to $15.75B in first quarter

Nathan Andrada – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor London, England, United Kingdom (4E) – Unilever PLC said on Thursday that it posted higher first-quarter underlying sales, despite a later Easter holiday that brought some of its food sales results into the second...
Posted On 24 Apr 2014
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UK manufacturers’ confidence increases to highest level since 1973

Nathan Andrada – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor London, England, United Kingdom (4E) – British manufacturers’ confidence is at its highest in 40 years, according to a report by the Confederation of British Industry, the latest sign of growing momentum in...
Posted On 23 Apr 2014
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China central bank cut rural banks’ reserve requirement

Nathan Andrada – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor Beijing, China (4E) – The Chinese central bank announced on Tuesday that it will cut the share of deposits that some rural lenders are required to set aside as reserves, in an effort to boost the economy. The...
Posted On 22 Apr 2014
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CRC to Implement Secret Shopper Program

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield Revitalization Corp. (CRC) has announced the implementation of its Secret Shopper program. The goal of the program is to help downtown businesses evaluate their establishment in terms of business ambiance, service and efficiency. Posing as a...
Posted On 22 Apr 2014

Gas Prices Rise 4.4 Cents in PA

PENNSYLVANIA – Average retail gasoline prices in Pennsylvania have risen 4.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.69 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,269 gas outlets in Pennsylvania. This compares with the national average...
Posted On 21 Apr 2014

Pfizer reportedly holding takeover talks for AstraZeneca

Nathan Andrada – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor London, United Kingdom (4E) – Pfizer is reported to have held takeover discussions for its British rival AstraZeneca at a record valuations, marking the biggest-ever transaction in the pharma sector. The...
Posted On 21 Apr 2014
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Survival of the biggest – side-lining of local NGOs in disasters

London, United Kingdom (IRIN) – Five days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Paul Valentin was giving a TV interview in his role as international director of Christian Aid. “They were pushing me quite hard,” he said, “and showing footage of...
Posted On 21 Apr 2014
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