We’re starting the month with new energy and showing no signs of ‘Zoom fatigue’. Stock markets are bouncing back into life after America’s House of Representatives voted through the $1.9tn stimulus package and US regulators approved Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine. Some 20 million Britons have now had COVID-19 inoculations, while AstraZeneca is cashing in on the success of Moderna. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has made nearly £90bn on Apple stock.
SPEEDING INTO SPRING
At home, a spending and hiring spree is kick-starting Britain’s economic recovery, PPE has boosted Bunzl’s profits and the cycling boom has put Halfords on track for earnings of up to £100m. Rolls-Royce is aiming to set a new speed record with its electric plane, while the oil price has gone from almost negative to forecasts of $100 a barrel.
TASTING THE ENERGY
John Lewis is planning to spark entrepreneurial life inside its Waitrose shops, while Greek yoghurt-maker Chobani and consumer reviews website Trustpilot are eyeing IPOs. Ladbrokes owner Entain is upping its bid for Sweden’s Enlabs. Animated movie Tom & Jerry is proving a surprising hit in Hollywood and this man is making millions from classic pop hits. After doing so much to get us all in front of computer screens, Google has now filed a patent to help us get a life. GCHQ is joining other global spies by embracing the AI revolution.
If all this doesn’t lift your mood, be amazed by this ancient ceremonial carriage uncovered near Pompeii and marvel at how a NASA professor is controlling the Mars rover from a flat above a South London hairdresser. Then we can discuss whether nude selfies are now art and whether it’s really a good thing to eat more pineapples.