Bitter mix: Liquor bans, ECQ bring sin taxes down by nearly 100 percent

Amid a liquor ban in many areas and restricted deliveries of cigarettes during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the government collected only about P200 million in sin taxes from tobacco and alcohol products in April. At an online forum on Wednesday, Finance Undersecretary Gil S. Beltran said excise collections from cigarettes and alcoholic drinks dropped […]

Book sales soar as French lockdown eases

A vendor sort books in a Book shop of Mulhouse, eastern France, on May 11, 2020, on the first day of the lift of the lockdown measures set up on March 17 in France to curb the spread of the COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus. Image: Sebastien Bozon/AFP Book...