Asian Stocks Mixed as Traders Await G-20 Summit; U.S.-Iran Tension in Focus By Investing.com

© Reuters. Investing.com – Asian stocks were mixed in morning trade on Monday as traders remained cautious ahead of the G-20 summit later this week, where U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are expected to discuss trade-related issues. China’s gained 0.2% by 10:30 PM ET (02:30 GMT), while the dropped 0.2%. Hong Kong’s climbed 0.4%. Japan’s and South Korea’s traded 0.3% higher. Down under, Australia’s ASX slipped 0.1%. The highly-anticipated G-20 summit in Osaka on Friday and Saturday are expected to gather attention later this week,…

What Happens After Amazon’s Domination Is Complete? Its Bookstore Offers Clues

Last year, he used Amazon’s self-publishing platform to issue “Adventure,” about the Atari 2600. ‘Amazon has done it again’ Some counterfeit books, like Mr. Thomas’s, are wholly made on Amazon. Sometimes they come from elsewhere. One example is “The Art of Assembly Language,” an older computer manual published by No Starch Press. It ended up counterfeited and on Amazon after a sequence of maneuvers that began last November. That month, a counterfeiter sent 11 digital files — including “The Art of Assembly Language” — to IngramSpark, a print-on-demand publisher in…

Lawsuit dismissed after Canadian bridge-maker accused of plotting to steal U.S. competitor’s secrets agrees to play nice

A U.S. civil proceeding accusing a Canadian bridge and infrastructure firm of plotting to steal trade secrets was dismissed last month after the company and its affiliates told the court in a stipulation that they were not in possession of the confidential information and would not pursue it by improper means. Acrow Corp. of America, a 65-year-old global design and engineering firm specializing in prefabricated steel bridges, had accused Atlantic Industries Limited and AIL International Inc. — both of New Brunswick — of conspiring with their American affiliate Big R…

New Zealand Credit Card Spending Data Due On Monday

New Zealand will on Monday release May numbers for credit card spending, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. In April, credit card spending was up 0.6 percent on month and 4.5 percent on year. Japan will provide final April figures for its leading and coincident indexes, as well as May results for supermarket sales. The previous readings for the leading and coincident indexes were 95.5 and 101.9, respectively, while supermarket sales sank 1.0 percent on year in April. Singapore will see May numbers for consumer prices; in April,…

The World’s 10 Biggest Restaurant Companies

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The world’s top 10 restaurant companies, arranged by market capitalization—from McDonald’s to Brinker International—are mostly chain operations. Despite the cyclical nature of discretionary restaurant spending, some companies have positioned themselves to weather all types of economic cycles, managing to consistently maintain profitable growth over the long term. These companies, listed by descending market capitalization, are the largest restaurant companies in the world. (Note: All numeric figures updated Feb. 8, 2019) McDonald’s McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the largest fast-food restaurant chain in the world, with roughly 37,000 locations in more than 115…