Tokyo asks drinking places to close early to curb virus rise

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's governor on Wednesday asked bars and other places where alcohol is served to close earlier for three weeks to help prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections from turning expl...

America get spicy and Cholula is snapped up for $800 million

With millions dining at home for safety and a swing to the spicier side in the U.S. in recent years Cholula, the hot sauce with the distinctive wooden cap and a cult following, has become a very valua...

Tokyo governor: Japan can host Olympics despite virus spike

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike remains firm about being able to safely hold the Olympics next year despite growing concerns about Japan's recent resurgence of COVID-19 infections. ...

Retailers brace as virus bears down on consumers and economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — LaTonya Story is every retailer’s worst fear. With the viral pandemic re-surging through the country and the economy under threat, Story has decided to slash her ho...

Asia Today: South Korea, Japan mull steps as new cases rise

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 386 new cases of the coronavirus in a resurgence that could force authorities to reimpose stronger social distancing restrictions after easing them i...

US jobless claims increase to 742,000 as pandemic worsens

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose last week to 742,000, the first increase in five weeks and a sign that the resurgent viral outbreak is likely slowing the econom...

Cash-strapped North Korea seeks new sources of income

With a daily mix of news and events from North Korea, the Choson Sinbo newspaper is popular with an estimated 150,000 North Koreans who live in Japan, but still swear allegiance to Pyongyang. Many of...

CUHK Business School Research Finds the Use of Robotics Can Help Draw Customers Back into Restaurants and Hotels

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 8 October 2020 - Just how much of the global service industry will be left standing by the time COVID-19 is brought under control is anybody's guess. In the U.S., a...

Pandemic pushes start of holiday shopping earlier than ever

NEW YORK (AP) — Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are kicking off the holiday season earlier than ever this y...

USDA plans additional $14B for farmers reeling from virus

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government said Friday that it will give farmers an additional $14 billion to compensate them for the difficulties they have experienced selling their crops, milk a...

UK virus concerns mount following big increase in new cases

LONDON (AP) — The British government faced pressure Tuesday to act fast to keep a lid on coronavirus infections after a sharp spike in new cases across the U.K. over recent days stoked concerns about ...

Dining out: 35 million meals claimed in UK discount plan

LONDON (AP) — Everyone, it seems, loves a discount especially when it's on the government's credit card. Early indications suggest that hungry, and often nervous, customers are being...

US consumer spending up 5.6%, but virus could stall gains

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers increased their spending in June by a solid 5.6%, helping regain some of record plunge that occurred after the coronavirus struck hard in March and paralyzed the e...

Business Highlights

___ Fed wrestles with its next moves as virus stalls US economy WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials are grappling this week with the timing and scope of the...

Visa's profits shrink as virus stops consumers from spending

NEW YORK (AP) — Credit card processing giant Visa Inc. said its fiscal third quarter profit fell by 23% from a year ago, undercut by the world’s consumers and businesses dramatically slowing their spe...