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American Express Business Insights Releases Latest National and Regional Spend Data for Travel, Luxury Retail, Dining & Entertainment Sectors

New “Spend Sights” Reports Show Companies Continue to Spend on Air Travel and Dining while Consumers Invest in their Homes with Furniture and Home Furnishing Purchases

American Express Business Insights today released its series of Q3 2010 Business Insights Spend Sights reports, which analyze changing patterns in spending across various categories, US cities and consumer groups. Based on actual, aggregated spending data between July 1 and September 30, 2010, the Business Insights Spend Sights provide a snapshot into the spending areas seeing improvement, and those yet to rebound. The reports cover sectors such as luxury retail, dining and entertainment, and travel during the third quarter of 2010 as compared to the third quarter of 2009.

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Africa Conference on Responsible Business and Governance

Business and civil society leaders from Africa and across the world will gather in Brussels November 17 and 18 for the Africa Conference on Responsible Business and Governance, which is designed to discuss ways for the private sector to work collectively to improve the business environment, prevent corruption and strengthen governance in Africa.

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Paying Taxes is Getting Easier Despite Economic Downturn

London, 18 November 2010 — Nearly 60 percent of the world’s economies have made significant business regulatory changes to ease paying taxes, despite the impact of the downturn and the sluggish global recovery, according to Paying Taxes 2011, a new report launched today by PwC, the World Bank, and IFC.