Новости Беларуси. Индекс делового оптимизма в Беларуси демонстрирует рост, сообщили в программе Новости «24 часа» на СТВ. Показатель рассчитывают по результатам опроса индивидуальных предпринимателей, руководителей малых, средних и крупных частных компаний. Впервые после двух с половиной лет нахождения в отрицательной плоскости индекс делового оптимизма второй раз подряд вышел в плюс. ИНДЕКС ДЕЛОВОГО ОПТИМИЗМА
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В среду утром европейские индексы снизились после комментариев председателя ФРС Джерома Пауэлла о постепенном повышении процентных ставок. Общеевропейский индекс Stoxx 600 упал на 0,3 процента, при этом большинство секторов торгуются на отрицательной территории. Страховые акции были единственным сектором, торгующимися над флэтовой линией на фоне публикации результатов. Admiral Group поднялась выше на 5 процентов в начале торгов после объявления дивидендов в размере 58 пенсов за акцию и 43-процентного увеличения прибыли до налогообложения. Все остальные сектора торговались ниже, так как на инвестиционные настроения по-прежнему влияли замечания во вторник от председателя ФРС Пауэлла. Недавно назначенный председатель сказал, что в этом году центральный банк может увеличить ставки более чем три раза. Ожидания более ястребиного тона ФРС традиционно вредны для акций, поскольку более высокие ставки увеличивают затраты компаний. Dialog Semiconductor попал в верхнюю часть европейского индекса, поднявшись на 7 процентов после сообщения о его последних результатах. С другой стороны, Biomerieux упал более чем на 8 процентов после публикации результатов. Solvay заявил в среду, что рост прибыли должен замедлиться в 2018 году, хотя его показатели в четвертом квартале совпали с ожиданиями. Bayer связал падение чистой прибыли в четвертом квартале в связи с пересмотром налогов в США. Фирма не раскрыла никаких подробностей о слиянии с Monsanto, но сказала, что хочет видеть сделку закрытой во втором квартале. Акции упали на 3 процента. Чистая прибыль Ahold Delhaize выросла более чем в четыре раза в четвертом квартале по сравнению с аналогичным периодом прошлого года. Акции выросли на 1,6 процента. ITV сказал, что жесткий рекламный рынок способствовал 5-процентному снижению доходов. Акции упали на 7 процентов. Что касается данных, инфляция в еврозоне в феврале замедлилась до 14-месячного минимума, подчеркнув осторожность Европейского центрального банка в сокращении стимулирования, несмотря на превышающий ожидания рост, при этом экономика блока, похоже, находится на лучшем уровне за десятилетие. Инфляция в 19 странах, разделяющих евро, замедлилась до 1,2% с 1,3% в январе, что не соответствует ожиданиям роста до 1,5% и далеко не дотягивает до цели ЕЦБ "ниже, но близко к 2%". На текущий момент: FTSE 7262.11 -20.34 -0.28% DAX 12464.78 -25.95 -0.21% CAC 5324.11 -19.82 -0.37% Информационно-аналитический отдел TeleTradeИсточник: FxTeam
Ahold Delhaize, the Dutch-Belgian operator of supermarket chains including Stop & Shop and Giant in the United States, says fourth-quarter net profit soared by more than 300 percent to 744 million euros ($909 million) from the same period a year ago, when one-off costs of 243 million euros dented profits.
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) railed against Democrats and the FBI for the "clear link" between Russia and opponents of Donald Trump, who engaged in a literal conspiracy to smear Trump with the cooperation of Russian government officials. Appearing on Fox News, Nunes traced the path directly from the Clinton campaign to the Kremlin: “We have a clear link to Russia — you have a campaign who hired a law firm, who hire Fusion GPS, who hired a foreign agent, who then got information from the Russians on the other campaign,” said Nunes, adding “It seems like the counterintelligence investigation should have been opened up against the Hillary campaign when they got ahold of the dossier. But that didn't happen, either.” Nunes also noted that the FBI never informed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court which granted a spy warrant on one-time Trump advisor Carter Page was not informed that the salacious and unverified dossier used as its foundation was funded in part by the Clinton campaign and the DNC. It has been reported through various outlets, however, that officials did disclose the political origins of the dossier. [email protected]: "It seems like the counter intelligence investigation should've been opened up against the Hillary campaign when they got ahold of the dossier. But that didn't happen, either." #Hannity pic.twitter.com/zJuEu7xPwM — Fox News (@FoxNews) February 6, 2018 Meat the press Nunes then called out the MSM for extreme hypocrisy over the disproportionate standards applied to the left vs. the right; "I think the bigger problem, challenge here, is that the mainstream media is totally uninterested in this. Can you imagine if the shoe was on the other foot - and Donald Trump or George Bush or Karl Rove had paid for information and then George W Bush's FBI had opened an investigation into the Obama campaign because they were talking to Russians - which, by the way, really did happen; the Obama campaign was talking to Russians back in 2008 - and open up a counterintelligence investigation using dirt dug up and paid for by RNC and George W. Bush supporters? This town would be on fire. Every reporter would be following around Karl Rove and George W. Bush all over town - yet it's crickets from the media. It's embarrassing. It's absolutely embarrassing, I'm almost flabbergasted. Because I thought at least there would be some ounce of credibility left, but there really is none." -Devin Nunes [email protected]: "I think the bigger problem, challenge here, is that the mainstream media is totally uninterested in this. Can you imagine if the shoe was on the other foot?" #Hannity pic.twitter.com/geGYgzdS0P — Fox News (@FoxNews) February 6, 2018 Phase Two Earlier on Monday, Nunes appeared on Fox & Friends where he told them that the four-page "FISA memo" authored by staffers from his office and released last Friday was "just the beginning." While the memo released last Friday summarizes what the House Intelligence Committee GOP says are rampant abuses of surveillance powers by the FBI and DOJ during and after the 2016 election, phase two will focus on "irregularities" within the Obama State Department headed by Hillary Clinton and later John Kerry. “What we will do in phase two is follow the facts where they lead, and when we get enough facts, we will figure out a way to let the American people know,” Nunes told “Fox & Friends.” “Phase one of our investigation was getting to the FISA abuse. What we’re looking at now is the State Department and some of the irregularities there,” Nunes said Monday, noting that the committee has “several other areas” to probe. Nunes first mentioned "phase two" last Friday on Special Report with Bret Baer. Actual Russian Collusion While Nunes didn't elaborate, we suspect it might have something to do with the involvement of John Kerry's State Department's in a second Dossier containing claims from Kremlin officials - as detailed in a January 4 letter from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA). As we detailed yesterday, the second dossier - like the first, relied on Russian officials for information (actual Russian collusion people). From there, this second dossier went from Clinton "hatchet man" Cody Shearer, who gave it to an unnamed official in the Obama State Department, before it was routed it to former British Spy Christopher Steele. It is unknown what happened to the document after that. Shearer - who took the Russian sourced Dossier and handed it to the Obama State Department, before they then handed it to Christopher Steele - is a controversial political activist and former journalist who was close to the Clinton White House in the 1990s. Of note, Shearer's brother served as an ambassador during the Clinton administration, and his late sister was married to Strobe Talbott, the chief authority on Russia in President Bill Clinton’s State Department, according to ProPublica. Sounds like exactly the "hatchet man" Hillary Clinton needed to quite literally collude with Russia in order to influence the US election - which, as Devin Nunes pointed out, the FBI should have done something about. Again; “It seems like the counterintelligence investigation should have been opened up against the Hillary campaign when they got ahold of the dossier. But that didn't happen, either.” -Devin Nunes Watch the latest video at foxnews.com
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Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, There is a true law, a right reason, conformable to nature, universal, unchangeable, eternal, whose commands urge us to duty, and whose prohibitions restrain us from evil. Whether it enjoins or forbids, the good respect its injunctions, and the wicked treat them with indifference. This law cannot be contradicted by any other law, and is not liable either to derogation or abrogation. Neither the senate nor the people can give us any dispensation for not obeying this universal law of justice. It needs no other expositor and interpreter than our own conscience. It is not one thing at Rome and another at Athens; one thing today and another tomorrow; but in all times and nations this universal law must for ever reign, eternal and imperishable. It is the sovereign master and emperor of all beings. God himself is its author,—its promulgator,—its enforcer. He who obeys it not, flies from himself, and does violence to the very nature of man. For his crime he must endure the severest penalties hereafter, even if he avoid the usual misfortunes of the present life. – Marcus Tullius Cicero American influence abroad, as defined by the power and status of the U.S. empire, has been in consistent decline for nearly two decades now. Indeed, when the history books are written it’ll be clear that the dotcom boom and bust at the end of the 20th century marked the peak of U.S. imperial strength. Shortly after that bubble burst our nation was faced with the brutal and traumatizing 9/11 attacks, and the overreaction to this event unleashed a mass insanity across the American public from which we have never recovered. Specifically, the attacks of September 11, 2001 were ruthlessly and immediately exploited by degenerate power hungry charlatans in D.C. and elsewhere to fear-monger an entire country to give up liberty in exchange for a promise of safety. With that devilish bargain our society committed cultural suicide. As is so often the case with such terrible events, the worst of the worst took charge within our government and began to define the cultural narrative in fascistic terms. These sociopathic war mongers saw the terror attack as an excuse to advance their twisted imperial ambitions abroad, while also earning a fortune pursuing unconstitutional surveillance “opportunities” at home. This Owellian death spiral has been ongoing for over sixteen years now, and doesn’t skip a beat irrespective of who sits in the Oval office. It’s an unaccountable, corrupt and nefarious beast consisting of government, intelligence agencies, mega corporations and Wall Street. This is late-stage U.S. Empire, and it’ll consume everything it can in its path before coming to its inevitable end. The American people have been fed endless lies for a very long time, and while people are starting to wake up, too many continue to fall for the same old deranged partisan nonsense. Obama was supposed to save us from Bush, then Trump was supposed to save us from Obama. Half the country now prays for some yet to be determined Presidential savior like Oprah to come rescue them in 2020. This is the definition of insanity. The only way we’ll recover as a nation is if we take a long hard look in the mirror and see how stupid, arrogant and destructive we’ve been since 9/11. One year into the Presidency of Donald Trump, a person Democrats have labeled a Hitler-esque Putin puppet, and 55 Democrats (including Nancy Pelosi and “resistance” hero Adam Schiff) voted to give him and Jeff Sessions more unconstitutional surveillance powers over the public. It’s so obvious these dishonest politicians in government are constantly lie to you, but many people simply refuse to admit it. The public loves to be endlessly conned along silly, tribal, partisan lines rather than admit that the rot isn’t partisan, but systemic. All sociopaths in D.C. have to do is tweak the message a little every four years to get people frothing at the mouth for a new savior. The reason we can’t have nice things is because too many of us are so completely gullible and easily manipulated by power-hungry crooks we paradoxically call “leaders.” The only thing these people are leading us into is a gigantic ditch. Earlier this week, I came across the following tweet and it summed things up perfectly for me. Ok, no joke - 45.6 million Americans on "food stamps" in the NINTH YEAR of this recovery, with stocks at record highs. Something is very wrong with the official narrative. (This is not an anti-food-stamp tweet.)https://t.co/A0OztdixPa — Rudolf E. Havenstein, Anti-Davos Man (@RudyHavenstein) January 16, 2018 It’s all a lie. All these leaders, whether they’re politicians in government or CEOs at mega corporations, they’re all lying to you. Things are not well and won’t get better until we grow up, take responsibility and stop being conned. If you don’t know who the sucker at the imperial poker table is, it’s probably you. This is why I spent so much of the last year writing about how important it is to focus. on yourself. As individuals, we can’t control outside events and we can’t control the consciousness of others, but we can get ahold of our own minds and affect the world around us through our own actions. If enough of us focus on that as opposed to spending all our energy on external drama, things will get better. Whether we think it’s a good thing or a bad thing, the U.S. empire is rapidly fading into the sunset. The signs are everywhere and are undeniable at this point. I don’t say this to fear-monger, but because I think it’s crucial people aren’t caught off guard by how much the world will change over the next 5-10 years. As was the case with 9/11, it’s when we’re blindsided that we’re most easily manipulated by bad actors who want to control and take advantage of you. Let’s not be blindsided again. * * * If you liked this article and enjoy my work, consider becoming a monthly Patron, or visit our Support Page to show your appreciation for independent content creators.
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**Must-Read**: Well, well, well, I was wrong: Glenn Hubbard has issued a peep—but not, I note, an op-ed. And Douglas Holtz-Eakin—well, I do not know what Douglas Holtz-Eakin is doing: **Jonathan Chait**: [The Republican War on Economics](http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/12/the-republican-war-on-economics.html): "On Meet the Press Sunday, Chuck Todd asked Susan Collins how she could support a huge tax cut after having complained about excessive debt... >>...Economic growth produces more revenue and that will help to offset this tax cut and actually lower the debt... >she calmly replied. An incredulous Todd asked Collins how she could defend such a claim when every study has concluded the opposite. She cited Glenn Hubbard, Larry Lindsey, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Jennifer Rubin got ahold of two of the three, Hubbard and Holtz-Eakin. Both economists denied having ever claimed the Republican tax cuts would produce enough growth to recoup the lost revenue... Unfortunately, Douglas Holtz-Eakin is a lead signer on the [Hundred-Odd Unprofessional Republican Economists Letter](http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-tax-reform-opinion-congress-pass-2017-11): "Sophisticated economic models show the macroeconomic feedback generated by the TCJA will exceed... enough to compensate for the static revenue loss..." This is, for Holtz-Eakin, a "who are you going to believe—me or your lying eyes?" moment. For I have no idea how to...
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Organized crime is the newest and most profound threat to the U.S. retail industry (besides the fear of Amazon and or filing for bankruptcy). Loss prevention professionals are scrambling to combat highly organized criminal rings operating across state lines deploying armies of “boosters”, who go into stores to steal anything from designer clothes, infant formulas, and electronics. The cost of organized retail crime has increased for all retailers. Back in 2016, the National Retail Federal (NFR) said “retailers see an average impact of $700,259 per $1 billion in retail sales. That is up significantly from 2015’s $453,940”. Jim Cosseboom, manager of investigations and corporate asset protection for the supermarket operator Ahold USA, parent company of Giant, Food Lion and other chains, warns those who are participating in organized retail crime are becoming more brazen and dangerous. “What they’re targeting is always shifting,” he says, from a mix of high-end luxuries to everyday commodities. Most items can be sold for quick cash on city streets. National Retail Federation (NFR) outlines the various types of organized crime: physical and online fencing, cargo theft and issues with gift cards and merchandise credits Physical Fencing: In all, 63% said they had identified or recovered stolen merchandise from a physical location, such as a store, swap meet or pawn shop. That is down from 2011, when 75% said they had. Of the types of location, finding stolen merchandise in kiosks, temporary/pop-up stores and swap meets all declined over the 2015 figures. Other types of locations increased slightly, with respondents listing warehouses, street vendors and residences. E-fencing: Recovering stolen items advertised on the Internet — online auctions, classifieds and blog listings — is becoming more common. Nearly six in 10 (58%) have identified stolen merchandise on online auction sites, which is significantly higher than the previous year (39%). All forms of e-fencing have seen an increase. Other websites — such as social media sites — increased from 28% in 2015 to 39% in 2016. Merchandise credit and gift cards: Stolen merchandise returned for gift cards/store credit and then resold continues to challenge retailers. Two in three retailers — 68% — reported this as an issue. The number has dropped since 2013, when 78% reported this problem. 64.4% reported finding credits or gift cards on websites while one in three said they have found them in pawn shops. Check cashing (15.3%) and other venues (8.5%) like gift card exchange sites are also places where stolen gift cards and store credits are found. Cargo Theft: With cargo theft, organized retail criminals can score on a much bigger level. In 2016, 44% of those surveyed reported they had been a victim of cargo theft. While this does not reach 2012 levels — when 52% of those surveyed reported cargo theft — it is on the rise again after two years of decreases. The report also points out new trends in organized crime highlighting “shoplifters are becoming more aggressive”. Criminals are becoming bolder, riding a decriminalization trend by states that has reduced shoplifting to a misdemeanor. Retailers affected by organized crime offer thoughts on trends: Decriminalization of shoplifting has led to higher theft per ORC incident. “The felony limit used to be $500, so they would steal $490 per store. Now, with many states having increased the felony limit to $1,500, they steal $1,490 per store.” Online fraud rates have increased. “Our online fraud rates have tripled. We use software to highlight risky transactions for loss prevention review prior to shipping. We have stopped over $350,000 from being shipped due to fraud.” E-gift cards purchased with stolen credit cards is a growing problem. “People have been purchasing e-gift cards with stolen credit card information in large amounts. They then re-sell the cards or use them.” ORC is turning toward credit card and gift card fraud. “Frequently these individuals are people known to us from prior shoplifting incidents. The gift cards are used online and the packages shipped to the same area. Generally, not the same addresses, but multiple addresses within a few-block radius.” Gift cards purchased on reseller sites often are based on merchandise stolen and returned to store for a store credit. “Over the past 12 months we have seen more and more gift cards being sold on sites. When researched, all come back to no-receipt returns in stores.” Law enforcement may have difficulties determining proper jurisdiction for these crimes. “Laws need to be updated on these types of credit card fraud scams.” Robert Moraca, vice president of loss prevention for the National Retail Federation, says the increase in organized is being fueled by the opioid epidemic, as those who are addicted steal for quick cash to fund the next high. In a recent speech, President Trump outlined more than two million Americans had an addiction to prescription or illicit opioid in 2016. This is more bad news for retailers, as the opioid crisis is only expanding. Last year, National Retail Federation (NFR) reported that organized crime cost retailers $30 billion. Retailer’s solution to combat organized crime is to allocate additional resources for technology and staffing. Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago are America’s top cities for organized crime. Interesting enough, organized crime on the east coast follows the I-95 corridor, as seen on the chart below. According to The Baltimore Sun, Coordinated efforts between retailers, store security, law enforcement and prosecutors have helped, analysts say, as has the emergence of associations focused on fighting organized retail crime. The Mid-Atlantic Organized Retail Crime Alliance, which includes Maryland, brings together retailers, law enforcement, security and loss prevention officials to share data and intelligence on organized theft, robberies, counterfeiting, check and credit card fraud and other scams. Thirty-four states have enacted laws against organized retail crime. Maryland has not. The Maryland Retailers Association wants legislation that would distinguish between organized retail theft and other types of theft. “Being on the I-95 corridor, we are particularly susceptible to organized retail crime,” association President Cailey Locklair Tolle says. “Shoplifting in Maryland, both the instances of theft and the dollar amount that’s stolen every year, has steadily been on the rise, and part of it does have to do with organized retail crime.” In September, the Federal Government announced they broke up a San Diego-based shoplifting ring that stole upwards of $20 million worth of high-end merchandise from malls around the United States, including at least one store in Maryland. New York’s attorney general said, the leader of a theft ring that stole millions of dollars of electronics and ink cartridges from big-box retailers and resold them on websites such as Amazon and eBay pleaded guilty to the top criminal charges he faced. Bottomline: will the trend in organized retail crime be the final death blow for U.S. retailers who are already struggling to survive?