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Pandemic pressures expected to put IT, e-commerce skills in high demand

Pandemic pressures expected to put IT, e-commerce skills in high demand

Prior to 2021, recruiting firm Randstad's annual list of the upcoming year's most in-demand jobs would typically feature roles such as truck drivers, heavy duty mechanics and welders.
Greater Vancouver business organization says members face uncertain outlook in 2021

Greater Vancouver business organization says members face uncertain outlook in 2021

VANCOUVER — The association representing businesses across Metro Vancouver says the costs of COVID-19 continue to mount for its members.
Statistics Canada says wholesale sales rose in November, manufacturing sales down

Statistics Canada says wholesale sales rose in November, manufacturing sales down

OTTAWA — Canadian wholesale sales grew for the seventh consecutive month in November to hit a record high, while manufacturing sales fell for the month. Manufacturing sales dropped 0.6 per cent to $53.

New books with buzz? Dozens excerpted in free e-preview

NEW YORK — Excerpts from upcoming works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen and crime writer Lisa Scottoline are among 46 books previewed in a free e-book collection.
TC Energy decarbonization response to Keystone setback unlikely to sway ESG investors

TC Energy decarbonization response to Keystone setback unlikely to sway ESG investors

Sustainable investing experts say TC Energy Corp.'s plan to decarbonize the Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to save its fortunes, as a growing movement to divest from fossil fuels gains political clout. U.S.
Turkey slaps advertising ban on Twitter, Pinterest

Turkey slaps advertising ban on Twitter, Pinterest

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Tuesday slapped advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest over their non-compliance with a controversial new law that requires social media platforms to appoint legal representatives in the country.
Profit at Chinese state industry rises with virus recovery

Profit at Chinese state industry rises with virus recovery

BEIJING — Profit at state-owned companies that dominate China’s banking, oil and most other industries rose by as much as 25% last year as the country recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, the government said Tuesday.
Shipments along St. Lawrence stayed flat in 2020, lifted by strong demand for grain

Shipments along St. Lawrence stayed flat in 2020, lifted by strong demand for grain

MONTREAL — Cargo shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway remained flat last year, despite COVID-19’s harsh toll on demand for many products shipped along the waterway.
European car sales suffer worst plunge ever in pandemic

European car sales suffer worst plunge ever in pandemic

MILAN — European car sales plunged by nearly a quarter last year as the pandemic provoked the worst crisis ever to hit the capital-intensive industry. New car registrations sank by 23.7%, or 3 million vehicles, to 9.

Remittances to El Salvador rebound after early pandemic drop

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — The money sent home to El Salvador by migrants plunged 40% at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but then recovered to end 2020 at a record high of $5.92 billion, authorities said Monday.