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Britain's manufacturing activity hit a 10-month high in August, rebounding strongly from a slump triggered by the country's vote in favor of exiting the European Union, data showed Thursday.
 
Slim pickings: Without EU laborers, who'll harvest UK fruit?
Ismigyul Ismetova wraps her muddy fingers around a plump raspberry, plucks it from the stalk and drops the fruit into a tray in a field in Suffolk, deftly completing a task that is too delicate for a machine.
 
Here are some of the highlights from the EU's crackdown on companies that it says received special tax deals from member countries.
 
Eurozone inflation and jobless data on Wednesday fell short of analyst forecasts as the economy bumps along amid speculation the European Central Bank will have to adopt more stimulus measures.
 
An arm of the European Union is expected to weigh in on a request from Sweden to deem American lobsters an invasive species in much of Europe.
 
Stocking up in protest
French farmers of Federation of Farmer Unions (FDSEA) fill a grocery cart with dairy of the Lactel brand in a supermarket in Louvroil, northern France, to protest the price of the milk.
 
Messy Brazil, foreign fortune-seekers' haven
Brazil is a mess, economists say, with the looming presidential impeachment vote fanning tensions in a country stricken by recession, corruption and inequality. So why are foreign businesses so excited?
 
Switzerland may have voted against the controversial idea of paying all its citizens a guaranteed income, but Finland indicated Thursday it plans to try out a monthly basic payment of 560 euros (US$600).
 
There was little sign of Brexit uncertainty in a monthly survey of German consumers on Friday, with the public's mood almost unchanged in August compared with July.
 
Britain's economic growth picked up speed in the second quarter, official data confirmed Friday, but economists expressed concern about the longer-term impact of Brexit.
 
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