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National Australia Bank (NAB) on Friday declined to rule out buying the local consumer finance and credit card operations of Citigroup Inc, which unveiled plans to exit some businesses in Asia and Europe overnight. Citi, the fifth-largest provider of credit cards in Australia behind NAB and the country's other three major lenders, on Thursday said it would exit retail banking in Australia, Korea and 11 other markets across Asia and Europe.
BEIJING — China’s economic growth surged to 18.3% over a year earlier in the first quarter of 2021 but an explosive rebound in factory and consumer activity following the coronavirus pandemic is levelling off. The figures reported Friday were magnified by comparison with early 2020, when the world’s second-largest economy suffered its deepest contraction in decades. Growth compared with the final quarter of 2020, when a recovery was under way, was only 0.6%, among the past decade’s lowest. The latest headline figures “mask a sharp slowdown” as government stimulus is withdraw, said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital economics in a report. He said 0.6% growth compared with the previous quarter was the past decade’s second-lowest after the plunge at the start of 2020. “China’s post-COVID rebound is levelling off,” Evans-Pritchard said. Manufacturing and consumer activity has returned to normal since the ruling Communist Party declared victory over the coronavirus last March and allowed factories and stores to reopen. Restaurants and shopping malls are filling up, though visitors still are checked for the virus’s telltale fever. The economy “delivered a stable performance with a consolidated foundation and good momentum of growth,” the National Bureau of Statistics said in a report. The jump in growth was in line with expectations due to the low basis for comparison in early 2020. Then, the economy shrank by 6.8% in the first quarter, China’s worst performance since at least the mid-1960s. Activity started to recover in the second quarter of 2020, when the economy expanded by 3.2% over a year earlier. That accelerated to 4.9% in the third quarter and 6.5% in the final three months of the year. For the full year, China eked out 2.3% growth, becoming the only major economy to expand while United States, Europe and Japan struggled with renewed disease outbreaks. Government data indicate consumer spending are accelerating while growth in factory output and investment are slowing. First quarter retail spending rose 33.9% over a year earlier, while growth in March rose to 34.2%, according to the NBS. Factory output rose 24.5% while investment in real estate, factories and other fixed assets rose 25.6%. Slowing manufacturing growth “implies a normalizing growth path in the months ahead,” said Chaoping Zhu of JP Morgan Asset Management in a report. “The focus should be on consumption data, which kept improving in March in comparison with the previous month.” Spending on restaurants jumped 75.8% over a year ago, a period when most were closed for weeks. Online retail sales rose 29.9%. Overall growth shrugged off the impact of a government appeal to China’s public to avoid travel during February’s Lunar New Year holiday, usually the busiest travel and consumer spending period. The International Monetary Fund and private sector forecasters expect economic growth to rise further this year to above 8%. The ruling party’s official growth target for the year is “above 6%.” Still, some warn a Chinese recovery still isn’t certain because global demand is weak as some governments re-impose anti-disease curbs that are disrupting business and trade. March exports, reported earlier, rose 30.6% over a year earlier as global consumer demand revived. Exports to the United States jumped 53.6% despite tariff hikes still in place on Chinese goods in a trade war launched by former President Donald Trump. Exporters and high-tech manufacturers face uncertainty about how President Joe Biden, who succeeded Trump in January, will handle conflicts over trade, technology and security. Biden says he wants better relations with Beijing but has given no sign tariff hikes or sanctions on Chinese companies including tech giant Huawei will be rolled back. Joe McDonald, The Associated Press
The record figures for the first quarter of the year are skewed due to last year's nationwide lockdown
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TORONTO — Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice and his team were tired and a little ornery. Playing away from home for the 17th time in their last 22 outings — and wrapping up a five-game road trip that included a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators some 24 hours earlier — the Jets needed something to get them going Thursday. An early deficit, two penalties that left their bench seething and a gutsy kill on the ensuing 5-on-3 power play did the trick. Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice, including one to spark a three-goal barrage in the first period, and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves as Winnipeg defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2. "You're a little fatigued coming into the game, you're a little edgy," said Maurice, whose team picked up its league-leading 16th road victory. "But you need almost a starter, a catalyst to bring it out. "And I think the calls, the great kill, that was the catalyst to get us angry." Kyle Connor added two goals — one into an empty net — to go along with an assist, while Mark Scheifele scored and set up two others for Winnipeg (27-14-3). Neal Pionk chipped in with two assists as the Jets moved within three points of the Leafs for top spot in the North Division. "The way our (penalty kill) went out there ... that fires a team up," Ehlers said after reaching the 20-goal mark for a fifth straight season. "It creates a lot of momentum." John Tavares, with a goal and an assist, and Alex Galchenyuk replied for Toronto (28-12-4). Jack Campbell, who started the schedule with an NHL record 11 straight wins prior to Monday's 4-2 loss in Montreal to the Canadiens, allowed those three goals on six shots in the first before getting pulled in favour of David Rittich. Acquired on Sunday from the Calgary Flames and an overtime loser in his debut Tuesday against his former team, Rittich finished with 16 saves. Toronto's power play, which ranked No. 1 for a chunk of the season, dropped to a head-scratching 1 for 43 since March 9. "We had some looks and some opportunities," said Tavares, who has 10 points in his last seven games. "We've got to find a way to capitalize. "We're not on the right side of the special teams battle." The Jets and Leafs meet again next Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in Winnipeg to wrap up the season series, with Toronto still leading 4-3-0, although two of the Jets' losses came after regulation. "We just want to focus on playing our game," Scheifele said of catching the Leafs for first. "It's just about doing what we can." Toronto was minus Auston Matthews — the NHL leader in goals with 32 in 40 games — because of injury and William Nylander (COVID-19 protocol), while Jets captain Blake Wheeler (concussion) missed a fifth consecutive game. Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said Matthews, who briefly stepped on the ice for Thursday's morning skate, is day-to-day and not expected to be out long-term. When asked if the injury was the same wrist issue that caused him to miss three games earlier this season, Keefe answered: "It's similar, but not the same." With Matthews sidelined, Tavares skated between Galchenyuk and Mitch Marner on Toronto's first line. That unit clicked 3:41 into the first when Galchenyuk beat Hellebuyck upstairs for his third goal of the season and second with the Leafs on a sequence that needed another look to make sure the puck entered Winnipeg's net. Toronto's power play then got that two-man advantage for 71 seconds, but was unable to break through. And it was all Jets from there the rest of the period. The visitors connected nine seconds into their first power play when Ehlers scored his 19th on a shot through Campbell at 10:45 to make it 1-1 before Connor took a nice feed from Scheifele and buried his 20th off the rush just 27 seconds later. Winnipeg kept coming and went up by two at 13:54 — its third goal in 3:09 — when both Toronto defencemen pinched, allowing Scheifele to race in alone on Campbell to score his 17th and end the goaltender's night. "We just lost structure to their best players — a 2-on-1 and a breakaway to their best people," Keefe said. "Those are freebies that they didn't give us that ultimately is the difference." "Giving up three in the first, it's unacceptable," Campbell added. "I put the team and David in a really tough spot." Keefe didn't like a couple of the goals against, but indicated the hook was also made to shake up his group. "We don't take care of him there," said the coach. "He's taken care of us a lot this season, so just felt it was best to give him the rest of the night off. "He's been outstanding for us all season long. He didn't deserve that in the first period." The Leafs, who came in having dropped two straight, including Tuesday's 3-2 overtime setback against Calgary after going 9-0-1 over their previous 10 contests, weren't much better to start the middle period, but found life when Tavares scored his 14th at 6:47. Toronto got a man advantage to begin the third when Pierre-Luc Dubois was whistled for an illegal check to the head, but couldn't capitalize. Ehlers then stole the puck from Marner and poked it past Rittich to score his 20th at 5:34 on an ugly exchange from a Leafs perspective. "Put (Rittich) in a bad spot," Marner said. "S--t happens. We've just got to move on." Toronto got its fourth power play shortly thereafter, but was again unable to muster much to fall to 1 for 43 before Connor scored his team-leading 21st into an empty net with 36.1 seconds left to seal it. "We grinded," Scheifele said. "We didn't like our whole game, but we definitely answered the call when we needed to. "That's a big win." Notes: Scheifele and Ehlers extended their respective point streaks to six games. ... Toronto rookie Nick Robertson picked up an assist for his first regular-season NHL point. ... Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen (lower-body injury) was on the ice before Thursday's morning skate. The Dane last played March 19. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 15, 2021. ___ Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press
Middle distance runner Nick Willis will become the first male New Zealander to compete on the track at five Olympics after being named in the country's athletics team for the Tokyo Games on Friday. He is joined in the 15-member squad by shot putter Valerie Adams, who will join former sailing gold medallist Barbara Kendall as the only two New Zealand women to compete at five Olympics.
World number one Djokovic was broken five times by the Briton in their last-16 clash and suffered his first loss of the year, having won the Australian Open for the ninth time in February.
An active shooter was shot and killed by an officer at San Antonio International Airport on April 15, police said.San Antonio police said the gunman stopped outside an airport terminal and started shooting towards the terminal and an officer there. The officer returned fire, hitting the suspect who was then taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the officer involved in the incident “saved a lot of lives.” The shooter had a full box of ammunition and was shooting a 45 calibre shotgun “indiscriminately” at the terminal, McManus said.Footage uploaded to Instagram shows user Lee Ann Munson Yarbor seeking shelter in a restaurant as the airport was placed under lockdown.. San Antonio airport was operating as normal later on Thursday. Credit: Lee Ann Munson Yarbor via Storyful
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Adolis Garcia's first major league homer, a two-run shot in the 10th inning, gave the Texas Rangers a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night. Garcia drove a 1-2 pitch from Cody Reed (0-1) the other way into the right-field stands. Nick Solak and Charlie Culberson also homered for the Rangers, who have won three straight following a four-game losing streak. Josh Sborz (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning, and Ian Kennedy finished up for his third save in three opportunities. Mike Brosseau homered for the Rays, who went 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 overall. Solak had a solo homer in the second and an RBI single off Andrew Kittredge to drive in the final run charged to Rays starter Rich Hill in the fifth. Culberson’s second homer of the series, a two-run shot off Hill in the fourth, gave the Rangers a short-lived 3-1 lead. The Rays erased deficits with Austin Meadows' RBI single in the third, Brosseau's two-run homer in the fourth and without getting a hit in the seventh, when Brett Phillips walked and scored the run that made it 4-all with help from a pair of throwing errors. The Rangers looked as though they might be on the verge of getting through the seventh unscathed when catcher Jose Trevino's errant pickoff throw to second base continued into centre field, allowing Phillips to take off for third. When centre fielder Leody Taveras threw wildly past third as well, Phillips raced home to tie it. Texas starter Jordan Lyles allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Hill went 4 1/3 innings for Tampa Bay, yielding four runs and seven hits. TRAINER’S ROOM Rangers: With OF/DH David Dahl getting a night off, Trevino batted second — ahead of Joey Gallo and Garcia — even though he’s not a prototypical No. 2 hitter. Texas manager Chris Woodward explained: “Why wouldn’t I? ... I felt like I put a guy up there that’s obviously having the highest-quality at-bats and is one of our best hitters right now.” Rays: SS Willy Adames and DH/INF Yoshi Tsutsugo were rested, but got called on to pinch hit in the 10th. Kennedy fanned both of them. ... CF Kevin Kiermaier (left quadriceps strain) will travel with the team to New York this weekend and could be activated during a six-game road trip against the Yankees and Kansas City Royals. “He ran well, threw well. ... We’ll see where we’re at (Friday),” manager Kevin Cash said after the defensive whiz worked out before the game. UP NEXT Rangers: Return home to face Baltimore for three games before heading out on the road again. Mike Foltynewicz (0-2, 4.09 ERA) starts Friday against the Orioles, who counter with Jorge Lopez (0-2, 11.42) in the series opener. Rays: Open a weekend series at Yankee Stadium. Cash entered Thursday night undecided on his pitching plans for Friday. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Fred Goodall, The Associated Press
Japan's exports likely posted their strongest growth in more than three years in March as overseas demand recovered, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, but more disruptions from the coronavirus crisis threatened to slow the growth of shipments. The recovery in the world's third-largest economy has been led by improving output and exports, but slow vaccine rollouts and a renewed surge in COVID-19 cases are clouding the outlook for consumption. Next week's key data includes core consumer inflation, which is expected to fall for the eight consecutive month as price pressures remained low due to weak consumer demand.
A batch of Chinese and U.S. economic data helped underpin global stocks near record highs on Friday, as investors priced in a solid global recovery from the coronavirus-induced slump. Analysts said the China data did little to change expectations of a strong recovery and further policy tightening to curb any excesses in property investments. "U.S. economic data released yesterday was all strong, confirming the U.S. economy is firmly on a recovery track," said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.
As part of a suite of measures in response to record-high COVID-19 cases in Ontario, multiple sources tell Global News Premier Doug Ford and members of his cabinet are looking at additional measures. Erica Vella reports.
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DALLAS — Denis Gurianov had his first two-goal game of the season, Miro Heiskanen and Joe Pavelski also scored and the Dallas Stars beat the Columbus Blue Jackets for a much-needed 4-1 win Thursday night. The defending Western Conference champion Stars, who are in sixth place in the Central Division, went ahead for good when Jason Dickinson assisted on goals by Gurianov and Heiskanen just more than a minute apart late in the second period for a 2-1 lead. Gurianov scored again with just under 12 minutes left in the game on a shot from the left side parallel to the front of the net that ricocheted off Blue Jackets defenceman Michael Del Zotto into the net. Pavelski scored his team-leading 17th goal about seven minutes later. The Stars won on a night when Nashville and Chicago, the teams directly ahead of them in the standings, both lost. The Blue Jackets and Stars wrap up their regular-season series on Saturday night, with Dallas holding a 4-2-1 series lead. Jack Roslovic scored on Columbus' first shot, taking a pass from Del Zotto and pushing the puck through a wide-open gap to the net behind rookie Jake Oettinger's extended left leg. The Blue Jackets have lost four in a row and seven of eight. Oettinger, playing for the first time in five games, stopped the final 17 shots he faced. Dallas, which has 44 points with 14 regular-season games left, was coming off consecutive overtime losses. One of those was at the fourth-place Predators, who hold the division's final playoff spot with 49 points and 11 regular-season games to play. The fifth-place Blackhawks have 45 points with 12 games to play. Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins had some close calls even before Gurianov and Heiskanen scored 79 seconds apart to make it 2-1 at the second intermission. Merzlikins had 27 saves. Gurianov's initial goal came when he knocked in his own rebound past a sprawling Merzlikins to tie it at 1 with 3:18 left in the second period. Heiskanen scored, including an assist from Gurianov, on a shot from the slot that went under the goalie's right arm. PUCK TO THE FACE Columbus forward Oliver Bjorkstrand had a cut on his nose after taking a puck to the face in the closing seconds of the first period. Stars forward Blake Comeau was trying to chip the puck away out of the slot when he went under the visor of Bjorkstrand, who dropped to the ice momentarily before getting up and skating slowly to the bench. He was wearing a full face shield when play resumed in the second period. SEGUIN SKATES Six-time All-Star centre Tyler Seguin, still rehabbing from off-season hip surgery, went through the morning skate with the Stars. Coach Rick Bowness said it was a positive step for Seguin, who looked good on the ice. Stars general manager Jim Nill said Monday that Seguin could debut in about two weeks, which could be April 26 at home against Carolina. ___ More AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Stephen Hawkins, The Associated Press
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