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Swiss watches: time to recalibrate

If ending lockdown marks the climb back up to a V-shaped recovery, watchmakers will be among the first to know.  For all their supposed immunity as trinkets of the rich, Swiss watches have been hard hit by the pandemic. March sales of 900,000 steel watches marked a new low for the
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Domestic tourists provide Chinese economy with a boost

Traffic, loud conversations on the street and even dog walkers once irritated Dongdong. But in the three months that she spent in lockdown in Wuhan, the 27-year-old marketing executive longed for the noises of everyday life. “I used to find those sounds annoying but I’ve been missing their vibrancy and cheerfulness,” said Dongdong, who asked […]
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Use of conventional bid leads to grand slam

Conventional bids usually increase bidding accuracy a little. However, on this hand, a gadget could make the difference between reaching a game or a grand slam . . . North players who opted for a modest limit raise to 3S found their side in 4S. Those who could make “Splinter” bid, indicating 4-card spade support, a singleton or […]