Stocks buoyed by plans to lift lockdowns

New York (AFP) – European and US stock markets mostly climbed on Thursday as investors shrugged off weak economic data and focused on plans to ease some coronavirus lockdown restrictions.The US reported another big spike in unemployment claims, taking the number of jobs lost since mid-March to 22 million, while British retail sales data slumped amid shelter-in-place orders in the country.The reports, the latest to paint a dark picture of the economy, were not unexpected, analysts said. “The market is looking ahead and understanding this is what we have to deal with, and looking forward to at l…

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