US private-sector employers stepped up hiring in December, suggesting some momentum in the economy as the year ended, even as a budget crisis loomed.
While other data yesterday showed an increase in the number of Americans filing
US private sector job growth accelerated in November as employers created the most jobs in nearly a year, prompting economists to raise their forecasts for Friday's more comprehensive US labor report.
The ADP National Employment Report on
Oil edged above $68 a barrel on Wednesday, reversing part of the previous day's slide of 3 per cent, after industry data showed a sharp fall in US crude stocks, boosting hopes of a demand rebound in the world's top energy user.
Aeroports de Paris predicted a doubling of its international revenues within three years after unveiling five new contracts worth 100 million euros.
The Paris operator, which runs Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, said the deals include