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Apple rolls out cheaper iPhone as pandemic curbs spending

Apple rolls out cheaper iPhone as pandemic curbs spending

NEW YORK — Apple is releasing a new iPhone that will be vastly cheaper than the models it rolled out last fall when the economy was booming and the pandemic had yet to force people to rethink their spending.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (13,958.58, down 299.85 points.) Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up 24 cents, or 4.72 per cent, to $5.33 on 10.7 million shares.

BRP further tightens its belt with office layoffs after global production halt

BRP Inc. announced Wednesday it would temporarily lay off office workers as part of cost reduction measures prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
North American stock markets fall on ominous new signs about the economy

North American stock markets fall on ominous new signs about the economy

TORONTO — North American stock markets fell midweek on ominous new signs about the virus-weakened economy.
CREA says home sales fell in March compared with February as pandemic took hold

CREA says home sales fell in March compared with February as pandemic took hold

Canadian home sales nosedived in March as the COVID-19 pandemic began to take hold and caused both buyers and sellers to pull back. The Canadian Real Estate Association said Wednesday that home sales last month were down 14.
Railways confronting a tough year ahead as volumes drop amid looming recession

Railways confronting a tough year ahead as volumes drop amid looming recession

MONTREAL — Canada's two main railways face a bleak year ahead as a looming recession weighs on freight volumes.
Telecom sector in better shape than most, but still at risk from COVID's impact

Telecom sector in better shape than most, but still at risk from COVID's impact

TORONTO — More signs of trouble emerged in Canada's telecommunications sector as a result of COVID-19 this week when Shaw Communications announced it would temporarily lay off 10 per cent of its workforce despite surging demand for wireless, internet

Banks brace for big loan defaults by US, global customers

NEW YORK — The major banks in the U.S. are anticipating a flood of loan defaults as households and business customers take a big financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic.
Nova Scotia sign maker pivots to make face shields for health workers

Nova Scotia sign maker pivots to make face shields for health workers

HALIFAX — A small Halifax area sign company faced a bit of a problem when it realized it could retool to help provide thousands of face shields for health workers battling COVID-19 — a scarcity of material.
Vermilion, Surge added to list of energy producers that have slashed dividends

Vermilion, Surge added to list of energy producers that have slashed dividends

CALGARY — Shares in Calgary-based Vermilion Energy Inc. and Surge Energy Inc. plunged on Wednesday after they announced the suspension of their dividend programs in response to persistently low oil prices.