FTSE 100 suffers worst year since financial crisis

FTSE 100 suffers worst year since financial crisis

Pension savers and investors’ nest-eggs have been hit as the UK’s leading share index had its worst year since the height of the financial crisis. The FTSE 100 index fell 14.3% over the year, marking its worst performance since 2008, when it slumped 31.3%. Despite the poor performance, the blue-chip index has recovered significantly since the start of the global pandemic when it was a third lower than now. Analysts have said that next year is likely to be better for investors. “The factors which worked against the FTSE-100 in…

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New Covid-19 restrictions leave UK travellers stranded in German airports

New Covid-19 restrictions leave UK travellers stranded in German airports

Passengers on several flights from the UK to Germany were left stranded in German airports on Sunday night due to measures over a new coronavirus strain in the UK. A group of 63 passengers who flew from the UK to Hanover was not allowed to leave the airport immediately, having to pass a coronavirus test first. Tests were carried out at the airport by medical personnel. The results of those tests will probably be known on Monday. In the meantime, cots were installed in the airport for passengers to spend…

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Brussels Airport boosts its coronavirus testing capacity

Brussels Airport boosts its coronavirus testing capacity

Brussels Airport will carry out four times more coronavirus tests at its testing centre from Friday, the private laboratory Eurofins announced on Thursday. The Airport is ramping up its capacity from 2,000 to 8,000 tests per day in support of new measures for taken by Belgium’s Consultative Committee. Those measures include a mandatory PCR test on day 1 and 7 after return to Belgium. The airport will be increasing its testing capacity from 125 to 300 tests per hour on Friday, and will add a testing centre in the arrivals…

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What’s open in Belgium on 1 January?

What’s open in Belgium on 1 January?

As the first public holiday of the year, 1 January will see many shops and businesses – which are allowed to be open under the current coronavirus measures – close down for the day. As with other public holidays, public and administration services, such as postal services, will not operate on 1 January, and neither will banks. Some Carrefour shops will be open on New Year’s Day, as well as some of Delhaize’s smaller Shop’n’Go markets, but Aldi and Lidl will remain mostly closed on the first. Colruyt shops will…

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