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China’s factory activity and retail sales grew by the most in 10 months in October, as the world’s second biggest economy leaves COVID-19 behind

Factory workers wearing surgical masks in Jinjiang, China assemble toy cars for export on March 4, 2020.


  • Chinese industrial production grew by 6.9% in October, compared to the same month last year, marking the largest increase so far this year.
  • Retail sales rose by 4.3% year-on-year in October, falling short of market expectations for a reading of 4.9%, but this was above September’s 3.3% gain and was the largest increase since last December.
  • “Today’s latest economic data from China was also welcomed as further evidence that the Chinese economy is continuing its slow recovery from its February lockdown malaise,” Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets said.
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Factory activity in China grew by more than expected in October, while a separate release on Monday showed retail sales grew by the most in

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U.S. starts fiscal 2021 with 111% jump in October deficit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government started fiscal 2021 with an October budget deficit of $284 billion, a record for the month, as coronavirus-related outlays spiked sharply from a year earlier and revenues declined, the Treasury Department said on Thursday.

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That was 111% higher than the October 2019 deficit of $134 billion and 61% higher than the previous October record of $176 billion in 2009, during the financial crisis and recession.

It follows a record full-year deficit of $3.132 trillion for fiscal 2020, which ended Sept. 30, more than tripling the previous year’s shortfall due to COVID-19 aid spending.

Treasury officials said the 2020 deficit was held down partly by far lower outlays and stronger receipts in the early months of that fiscal year before the pandemic closed down large parts of the economy

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Los Angeles On-Location Film Permits Jump in October as Industry Restarts

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On-location film permits for the Los Angeles area grew by 24% in October over September as productions staged a moderate recovery amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the FilmLA agency reported Tuesday.

The industry, which was mostly shuttered from March to June, has filed for 2,565 film permit applications for 1,967 unique projects over the last 20 weeks, according to the report. Monthly application intake increased in October to 880 permits, a gain of 169 from September. FilmLA’s daily intake now averages around 40 new applications per business day.

FilmLA said current activity levels have stabilized at just under 47% percent of what analysts would expect under normal filming conditions. The advertising industry (still photography and commercials) accounts for a 44% share of local permit requests, followed by television content at 25% with feature film production at only 4%.

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Los Angeles Film Permits Increase in October

On-location film permits for the Los Angeles area grew by 24% in October over September as productions staged a moderate recovery amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the FilmLA agency reported Tuesday.

The industry, which was mostly shuttered from March to June, has filed for 2,565 film permit applications for 1,967 unique projects over the last 20 weeks, according to the report. Monthly application intake increased in October to 880 permits, a gain of 169 from September. FilmLA’s daily intake now averages around 40 new applications per business day.

FilmLA said current activity levels have stabilized at just under 47% percent of what analysts would expect under normal filming conditions. The advertising industry (still photography and commercials) accounts for a 44% share of local permit requests, followed by television content at 25% with feature film production at only 4%.

“The expected October pick-up in scripted television production did occur; local reality

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FilmLA Reports October Monthly Applications +24%, But Feature Film Production Still Low

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FilmLA reports that monthly applications saw a 23.7% surge in October to 880 permits over September’s 711 permits.

Since film and TV productions commenced during the pandemic in June on-location, FilmLA has received roughly 2,565 film permit applications spanning 1,967 unique projects over the last 20 weeks.

FilmLA’s daily intake now averages around 40 new applications per business day. “Overall, activity levels have stabilized at just under 47 percent of what analysts would expect under normal filming conditions,” reads the org’s recent release, with “the average rate of business growth slowing somewhat.”

Across weeks 17-20 new application intake grew 4.8%; in weeks 13-16 it grew 10%.

The org reports that the advertising sector of still photography and commercials remains the most notable with a 44% share of local permit

requests. TV production is next at 25%. “The expected October pick-up in scripted television

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ADP Reports Sees 365,000 Private Sector Job Gains in October

The U.S. economy added far few private sector jobs than expected last month, payroll processing group ADP said Wednesday, setting up a weak reading for the official October employment report later this week.

ADP said in its National Employment Report, which it complies with Moody’s Analytics, that private sector jobs grew by 365,000 last month, well shy of Street forecasts of a 650,000 total. The final reading for September, however, was revised by an extra 4,000 positions to 753,000.

The bulk of the October gains came from medium-sized businesses, ADP said, while the services sector provided the biggest boost with 348,000 positions.

“The labor market continues to add jobs, yet at a slower pace,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and cohead of the ADP Research Institute. “Although the pace is slower, we’ve seen employment gains across all industries and sizes.”

Stock market futures were broadly unchanged following the data release,

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5 Uplifting Moments in Latin Music This Week (October 31)

 Selena Funko Pop!

Funko officially confirmed that a line of Selena Funko Pop! figures is on its way. “We are honored to be able to confirm that Funko is celebrating the life and legacy of Selena through our Pop! products. This historic line pays homage to this month’s Billboard’s Greatest of All Time Female Latin Artist and is a tangible way for her millions of global fans to display their affinity for Selena,” a Funko spokesperson said.  Funko Pop! products have traditionally honored some of the most influential artists via collectible figures. “I am humbled to have Selena be part of this historic line showcasing her place in Pop Culture,” said Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla.

New Juan Gabriel Projects 

Honoring the legacy of Juan Gabriel, the late Mexican icon’s estate has announced plans for a new set of projects that includes a television series, a documentary of his final concert, 

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The best Sky TV and broadband deals and packages in October 2020

Sky TV and broadband deals were an obvious step. Considering Sky has been a go-to provider for broadband deals and TV packages for a while now, why not combine the two and get it all rolled into one neat package.



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Sky TV and broadband deals

Where Sky really stands out is the amount of customisation available. Whether you want a fibre broadband deal with Sky Sports and HD TV or affordable ADSL speeds with the base level TV plan, Sky has options for everyone.

However, it will come as absolutely no surprise that with all of these features, add-ons and speed boosts, Sky is nowhere near the cheapest option for those looking for a solid internet and TV plan.

Head over to the Sky website to see Sky’s best offers in full

But to curve the mounting costs, Sky lets you choose the exact features you

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German unemployment drops unexpectedly in October

New statistics show unemployment in Germany fell unexpectedly in October, suggesting that Europe’s largest economy was beginning to shake off the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic just as confirmed cases started to rise rapidly again

The jobless rate fell to 6.2% in October from 6.3% in September, when adjusted for seasonal developments, according to figures from the Federal Labor Agency. Economists had predicted the rate would remain unchanged.

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BET’s ‘Project CRE8″ Winning Film, “Alieu the Dreamer,” Starring Denzel Whitaker to World Premiere on Thursday, October 22 at 10 PM ET/PT on BET

Written and Directed by Quincy G. Ledbetter the Original Sci-fi Drama Was the Winning Script of BET’s Nationwide Search for America’s Next Undiscovered Filmmaker

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Today, BET and Paramount Players announce the premiere date for the winning movie script of BET’s nationwide competition ‘Project CRE8.’ This once-in-a-lifetime contest gave an undiscovered filmmaker the opportunity to have their feature film script produced with a million-dollar budget. Written, directed and composed by Quincy Ledbetter, “Alieu the Dreamer,” starring Denzel Whitaker (Black Panther, The Great Debaters, Training Day) and Haley Webb (The Final Destination, Blonde), takes place in a world where mankind hasn’t dreamed for three decades, until a driven government agent discovers a young man in the projects, who has suddenly started dreaming. Sought after by an alluring leader of a religious cult, Reverend Venus, played by Rick Hearst (The Vampire Diaries, Dynasty, General Hospital), Alieu

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