Tue, 18 May 2021

SAN FRANCISCO -- Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for home office, online learning and shopping is increasing, leading to the high-tech companies' results generally above market expectations in their quarterly financial reports released this week.

In Apple's second quarter of fiscal year 2021 ending on March 27, the company's operating income reached 89.6 billion U.S. dollars, up about 54 percent year on year, the highest level in the same period in history. (US-Quarterly Financial Reports-Pandemic)

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SEOUL -- South Korean automakers' global car sale posted a double-digit growth in April, reflecting a recovery from the economic downturn, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, industry data showed Monday.

The number of vehicles, sold globally by five local automakers including Hyundai, Kia, GM Korea, Renault Samsung and Ssangyong, was 630,691 in April, up 76.9 percent from a year earlier. (South Korea-Car Sale-Growth)

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JAKARTA -- The Indonesian government has extended its micro-scale community activities restriction (PPKM) and also expanded it to five other provinces to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, according to an official on Monday.

"We are extending the seventh micro-scale PPKM until May 17, 2021," said Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto. (Indonesia-Micro-scale Community Activities Restriction)

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