Dubai Business Conditions Improve as Coronavirus Cases Spike

(Bloomberg) — Business conditions in Dubai improved for the third straight month in September even as a renewed spike in coronavirus cases poses a threat to the city’s recovery.

Non-oil private sector activity in the Middle East’s business hub fared better amid a rise in activity and new business, according to IHS Markit. Its Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to 51.5 last month from 50.9 in August, remaining above the 50 mark that separates contraction from growth.



chart, line chart: Dubai business conditions improve amid recovery from coronavirus shock


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Dubai business conditions improve amid recovery from coronavirus shock


Employment declined at the slowest in seven months, as business expectations improved slightlyThe pace of new business was faster than in August and demand growth was at a 10-month highA sharp increase in new orders seen in the wholesale and retail sector; construction work experienced “a modest rise”The travel and tourism sector continued to decline, but at the slowest pace since FebruaryExpectations of

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Supreme Court hearing major cases involving Google, Oracle and Ford

A man with the pro-life organization Bound4Life raises his hands in prayer outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on October 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. With 8 justices currently on the bench, the Supreme Court begins a new term on Monday.

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The political spotlight is shining brightly on the Supreme Court as the Senate weighs the nomination of President Donald Trump’s nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, but on Wednesday, the court will be all business. 

Three giants of industry — Google, Oracle and Ford — will press their cases before the justices in a pair of disputes that are expected to have broad impacts on American businesses and consumers. Decisions are expected by the end of June. 

The arguments come in the first week of the court’s 2020 term and will be heard virtually as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. They are among the

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