Sports Direct warns tough times ahead after Brexit knocks profit
LONDON Sports Direct ended a tough 2016 with a warning that trading was not going to get any easier next year after a slump in first-half profit, sparking another fall in its shares.
TOKYO Japan's parliament approved on Tuesday a $32 billion (25.73 billion pounds) extra budget for this fiscal year that will help fund Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic stimulus package.
The 3.287 trillion yen ($31.94 billion) budget, the second supplementary budget for the year that ends in March 2017, will be mostly funded by 2.75 trillion yen in construction bonds to finance infrastructure spending.
The extra budget brings annual spending to more than 100 trillion yen for the first time in three years, underscoring the difficulty of balancing the need to boost the economy and curb the industrial world's heaviest public debt burden.
One part of the extra budget will help finance a multi-year stimulus package that has a headline total of 28.1 trillion yen, including 7.5 trillion yen in spending by the national and local governments.
The money will be spent on improving the railway network, upgrading ports, shoring up areas prone to natural disaster and improving wages for daycare workers.
With the extra budget out of the way, Abe's government is now set to seek swift approval by parliament of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact.
"We want to pass the TPP legislation as quickly as possible during the current parliament session (that ends on Nov. 30), so that we can encourage the United States to follow suit," a government source said.
President Barack Obama's administration intends to make a final push to convince Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress to approve the 12-nation trade deal in its "lame duck" session after the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Both Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party candidate, and Republican candidate Donald Trump are opposed to the pact, which is unpopular with U.S. labour unions and environmental groups.
(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Richard Borsuk)
BRUSSELS The European Union started legal action on Thursday against seven countries including Germany and Britain for failing to police emissions test cheating by carmakers after the Volkswagen scandal.
LONDON National Grid has sold a majority stake in its gas network in a 5.4 billion pound deal which could test Prime Minister Theresa May's pledge to vet infrastructure sales to foreign buyers.