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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Californians want Cuba to start drinking wine
The 3.5 million tourists who flooded Cuba last year downed oceans of mojitos, lakes of daiquiris and rivers of thin, sour beer. Only an odd few accompanied their ropa vieja and croquetas with wine -- mostly overpriced, low- to mid-grade vintages from Chile, Argentina and Spain.
Gilead Sciences Inc. posted a 34 percent increase in fourth-quarter profit, trouncing Wall Street expectations, as sales of its blockbuster hepatitis C drugs soared in Japan and offset lower sales in the U.S.
Czechs, world's top beer drinkers, could get an even cheaper brew
The Czechs, the biggest beer consumers in the world, could soon have a reason to drink even more after the finance minister proposed lowering tax on the drink by more than half.
The E. coli outbreak that was linked to Chipotle restaurants may be over, but the burrito chain's indigestion continues.
The big plunge in crude prices is taking a toll on Big Oil.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Housing trade in Taiwan's major cities -- Kaohsiung, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Taipei and Taoyuan -- fell a whopping 68 percent in January from the previous month, based on newly released transaction data.
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The U.S. dollar rose against the New Taiwan dollar Tuesday, gaining NT$0.010 to close at the day's high of NT$33.680 as Taiwan's central bank entered the trading floor, helping the U.S. dollar recoup its earlier losses, dealers said.
 > Taiwan
Shares in Taiwan trended lower Tuesday as investors locked in gains built in the previous few sessions, but the weighted index still closed above the 8,100-point mark amid ample liquidity, dealers said.
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The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport said Tuesday that it expects air traffic to peak between Feb. 3-6 and Feb. 10-17, with a maximum passenger volume expected to top 140,000 per day.
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The Eslite Corp. said Tuesday that its Dunnan store will continue business as usual, amid reports that the bookstore will close because the building in which it is housed will be remodeled into a five-star hotel.
  
  
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