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Taxes can be key to social justice, pope tells business leaders
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Taxes can be key to social justice, pope tells business leaders

Pope Francis gestures during the meeting with the participants of the International Congress of Catechists at the Vatican, September 10, 2022. REUTERS/Remo CasilliRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterVATICAN CITY, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Taxes are "an often misunderstood" tool of social justice and should not be seen as an example of a government overstepping its powers, Pope Francis told an audience of Italian business leaders on Monday.The Argentine-born pope spoke ahead of a general election on Sept. 25 in Italy, a country noted for endemic tax evasion, where a right-wing coalition promising major tax cuts is on course for a clear victory. read more "What taxes and duties are in the modern world and democracies is very important, [they are] an often misunderstood...
Baidu revenue contracts but beats estimates on cloud business growth
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Baidu revenue contracts but beats estimates on cloud business growth

Men interact with a Baidu AI robot near the company logo at its headquarters in Beijing, China April 23, 2021. REUTERS/Florence Lo/File PhotoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterAug 30 (Reuters) - China's search engine giant Baidu Inc (9888.HK) beat quarterly revenue estimates on Tuesday, underpinned by growth in its cloud business, even as it reported its first year-on-year quarterly revenue contraction in two years.Total revenue shrank by 5% to 29.65 billion yuan ($4.43 billion) in the second quarter, compared with analysts' average estimate of 29.30 billion yuan, according to Refinitiv data.U.S.-listed shares of the company rose 3.2% in premarket trading.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterEven as Baidu's core advertising sales continu...
Rise in U.S. business equipment spending allays recession fears
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Rise in U.S. business equipment spending allays recession fears

Core capital goods orders increase 0.4% in JulyCore capital goods shipments rise 0.7%Durable goods orders unchangedPending home sales fall 1.0% in JulyWASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - New orders for U.S.-manufactured capital goods increased in July, but the pace slowed from the prior month, suggesting a moderate rebound in business spending this quarter.The report from the Commerce Department on Wednesday also showed solid gains in shipments of these goods. While part of the rise was because businesses are spending more due to higher prices, the data was another sign that the economy continues to grow at a slow pace and was not in recession."The absence of a sustained decline in orders suggests that businesses are still investing despite tighter financial market conditions, a drop in sent...