Japan’s exports fell for a seventh consecutive month in April as the yen strengthened, underscoring the mounting challenges to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to revive economic growth.
Overseas shipments declined 10.1 percent in April from a year earlier, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday. The median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for a 9.9 percent drop. Imports fell 23.3 percent, leaving a trade surplus of 823.5 billion yen ($7.5 billion).
Even after coming off an 18-month high earlier this month, the Japanese currency has gained 9 percent against the dollar this year, eroding the competitiveness of the nation’s products overseas and hurting the earnings of exporters. Concern about the impact of the yen was on show over the weekend as Finance Minister Taro Aso and his U.S. counterpart disagreed over the seriousness of recent moves in the foreign exchange market.
Maruyama also said supply chain constraints following the earthquakes in the Kumamoto area last month may affect shipments of some products, such as auto parts and electronic components, slowing Japanese exports to China and other Asian nations.
Monday’s report also shows that:
- Exports to the U.S. fell 11.8 percent in April from a year earlier, while shipments to EU rose 9.9 percent.
- Exports to China, Japan’s largest trading partner, dropped 7.6 percent.
Gross domestic product expanded by an annualized 1.7 percent in the three months ended March 31, after a 1.7 percent contraction in the previous quarter. The leap year provided an extra day of production and spending to bolster the data.
FG Starts Registration, Categorization For Nigerian Fish Farmers
The Federal Government of Nigeria, in its bid to solve the food crisis in the country, has kick-started the registration and categorization of all fish farms across the country. This move is also aimed at fighting the country’s economic challenges and encouraging export, inspection, data collection and record-keeping.
Investors King gathered that the Federal Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture, alongside states of the federation will commence the operation in the coming weeks.
This development was disclosed at the end of a capacity-building training for fisheries officers and stakeholders involved in fish farming, processing and export recently.
During the training which was organized by the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC), participants urged the Federal Department of Fishery to hasten the completion and perfection of the Aquaculture Residue Monitoring Plan for approval, in order to enable the export of farmed fish into the European Union and other countries.
In the same vein, the Norwegian Customs has said that Nigerians can now export fish to Norway without duties. However, the products must be of standard quality.
“Exporters of Nigerian farmed fishes can only enjoy the zero duty rate the moment the ban on such fishes is lifted by the European Union”, the Customs said.
Meanwhile, the Central Bank Nigeria (CBN) has expressed concerns over the absence of off-takers for fishery farmers in Nigeria. The bank said the situation is affecting the Bank’s ability to intervene in the aquaculture Anchor Borrowers’ initiative.
At the training, an official of the Development Finance Department, CBN, Mr. Samson Alatise said that the CBN is set to support the growth of the fishery sector in Nigeria “if there are the willing anchors that will take up the farmed fishes from the farmers.”
Alatise stated that there is a committee set up by the federal government to checkmate the activities of the sector in the absence of an undertaker. He also said that the “development is limiting the Bank’s participation in funding the aquaculture of ‘Cat’ and ‘Tilapia’ fishes.
‘‘We are keen on funding aquaculture; the issue is that there is no viable anchor and this has limited the CBN’s participation in terms of growing the fishery sector.
“The CBN wants to see how it can be assisted to overcome the issue of non-availability of anchor,” Alatise added.
Walmart, Amazon, Apple, Others Top 2022 Fortune 500 List
Walmart took the top spot for the tenth year in a row, generating $5.1 trillion cumulative revenue over that time
Fortune Magazine has released the 68th edition of their annual list of the top 500 US companies with Walmart, Amazon, and Apple topping the list.
Fortune 500 list is an annual list of the top 500 largest companies in the United States, ranked based on the total revenue each of the companies generated in their respective fiscal years. It is compiled by Fortune Magazine.
A check by Investors King shows 2022 top 500 largest companies in the United States earned a combined $16.1 trillion in revenue and realised $1.8 trillion in profits. Indicating that the 2021 revenue grew by $6.4 billion, or 19% when compared to 2021 numbers.
Breaking down this year’s list, Walmart took the top spot for the tenth year in a row, generating $5.1 trillion cumulative revenue over that time. Amazon.com came second with a 22% increase in revenue in 2021 to cross the $450 billion threshold.
Apple, perhaps the most profitable company on the list for the eighth time in eight years, generated profits of $95 billion to sit in the number three position.
CVS Health and CEO Karen Lynch strive to produce Fortune 500 history as the highest-ranking firm ever led by a female CEO, at number 4.
UnitedHealth Group maintained its position as USA’s largest health insurance provider, with considerable growth in 2021. The corporation served 2.2 million more individuals this year than the previous year, and revenue increased by 12% to $287 billion, making it claim the 5th spot.
Exxon Mobil has risen from 10th to 6th place on the Fortune 500 after a difficult, pandemic-affected 2020. After COVID-related limitations drove energy consumption and oil and gas prices to plunge, Exxon Mobil trimmed costs to shore up its balance sheet, laying off 9,000 employees. These measures, combined with a resurgence in oil prices, let the business earn more than $23 billion in 2021, its highest annual profit in seven years.
Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway generated the second-largest profits among Fortune 500 firms last year, with $90 billion in net income. Its stock also soared, returning 23.2 percent in 2021, putting it in the 7th position.
Alphabet had a spectacular record, reaching $200 billion in sales for the first time. Alphabet was the best-performing Big Tech stock in 2021, with shares up nearly three times the Nasdaq’s 22 percent gain. It also put aside $50 billion for share repurchases and announced a 20-to-1 stock split to stimulate more investment. With steady growth in revenue and profit from 2006, Alphabet took the 8th spot.
Mckesson, one of the largest drug distributors in the country ranked 9th with a clear revenue of $238,228 million in the 2021 fiscal year despite a $4.5 billion loss.
Despite a fall in this year’s ranking, AmerisourceBergen increased its revenue by 12.7%, to $214 billion for the 2021 fiscal year. The company ranked 10th, following its counterpart, Mckesson.
2022 Top 10 Fortune 500 List
- CVS Health
- United Health Group
- Exxon Mobil
- Berkshire Hathaway
Kaduna Airport Finally Resumes Operation, Azman Air Becomes First Airline to Reopen
After it suspended all flight operations for almost two months, the Kaduna Airport has finally resumed its flight operations, starting with Azman Air.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) announced that the Kaduna airport has commenced full flight operations after it was shut down due to an attack by gunmen.
The acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, confirmed to newsmen on Monday that “Flight operations to Kaduna airport have commenced today with Azman Air.”
Investors King gathered that Azman Air, via its official Twitter account, announced the resumption of flights to the Kaduna airport, making it the first airline to resume operations.
The tweet reads: “Azman Air landed at Kaduna Airport today 23rd May 2022, to the elation and cheers of passengers, stakeholders, and staff.
“Azman Air is the first Airline to resume operations in the Kaduna Airport after it has been closed for almost two months.
“It was a defining moment for the aviation community as the airport is reopened after being closed for two months. It’s so exciting to be back!”
The airport manager, Aminat Salami, said: “As you can see, I have all my management staff here. We have been closed from the 26th of March, close to two months and I’m very sure and you can see we are all excited and happy and I’m praying that Azman will continue their operations successfully and they should not be discouraged by the first flight because people are not really aware”.
“We will try to do more of the video advert so that the passengers would improve as time goes on,” she added.
Recall that in March, it was reported that gunmen attacked the airport and killed a security guard while the Kaduna-Abuja train was also attacked on the same day.
The airline had stopped its flight operations into Kaduna following the attack at the airport eight weeks ago.
The attack was however repelled by the airport security operatives.
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