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THE GREAT REBOOT

The transformation of our workplaces and societies accelerated by COVID-19

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Real-economy stirrings show U.S. leaves Europe in the dust

PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Real-time data on everything from sit-down restaurant meals to job hirings shows American business and consumers leaping to take advantage of a fast vaccine rollout even as their European counterparts languish in extended lockdowns.

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Breakingviews - How to play the post-Covid return to getting it on

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - A boom will follow Covid-19’s baby bust. The factors behind birth-rate declines in rich countries are likely to ease as vaccination drives ramp up and lockdowns give way to partying. Companies including Reckitt, Nestlé and Procter & Gamble stand to benefit from the return to getting it on.

Breakingviews - Capital Calls - Tod’s needs Ferragni sizzle, plus

MILAN (Reuters Breakingviews) - EFFETTO FERRAGNI. Chiara Ferragni’s digital magic worked on Tod’s shares. The Italian maker of $500-a-pair loafers rallied 14% on Friday as the fashion influencer was named a director. Chairman Diego Della Valle badly needs some of the Instagram star’s appeal: Tod’s sales fell 30% in 2020, and were lagging rivals even before the pandemic. But to justify the extra 135 million euros of market value, Tod’s needs to do more than borrow her name on the board.

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