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Number Seven Thousand Three Hundred and Seventy Two - 26 August 2023
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Three Hundred and Seventy Two - 26 August 2023 - Page 8

News in Brief

UK retail sales slide

REUTERS – British retail sales fell in August at the fastest rate since March 2021 and most stores are expecting another tough month ahead, an industry survey showed.
The Confederation of British Industry’s monthly balance of retail sales, which compares volumes with a year ago, fell to -44 in August from -25 in July. Expectations for the month ahead improved to -21 from -32, but were still deeply negative.
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“Against a backdrop of rising interest rates and weak demand, retailers foresee cuts to investment over the next year, while employment is expected to fall again next month,” CBI economist Martin Sartorius said, referring to quarterly data published in the survey this month.

Drought-hit Panama Canal to restrict access

AFP – The drought-hit Panama Canal will maintain restrictions on the passage of ships for one year, a measure that has already led to a marine traffic jam as boats line up to enter the crucial waterway linking two oceans, the canal’s sub-administrator Ilya Espino said.
The canal is facing a shortage of rainwater to transfer ships through a series of locks that function like water elevators, an engineering marvel that moves six percent of the world’s maritime commerce between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Espino said that unless heavy rains fall in the next three months, “we are looking at a period of one year” of restricted access.



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