Ducati, June 2021 best month ever and strong growth in the first half of the year – News

They are well 34,485 motorcycles delivered by Ducati at the end of the first half of 2021, with an increase of 43% on 2020 he was born in 9% on the same period of 2019. One result which is coupled with the one achieved this year in June that with 8,598 units sold in the world stands out for being best month ever for the Borgo Panigale company.

Excellent news also from the order portfolio (motorcycle to be delivered) which exceeds the 63% the same period of 2020 and grows by 284% compared to 2019, also in this case a number from record since it is the highest ever recorded by the company at the end of the first half.

Francesco Milicia, VP Global Sales Director Ducati commented: “The month of June was the best ever for the company, confirming the positive trend that began with the excellent second half of 2020 and with the significant growth of the first quarter of this 2021. Despite the great complexity recorded in the sector of supplies and transport, with delays in deliveries and shortages of various raw materials, and the difficulties generated by the many lockdowns experienced in these first six months of 2021 in various parts of the world, Ducati has recorded a truly significant growth exceeding almost 10 % precovid values. The order portfolio is also excellent, demonstrating the fact that enthusiasts are appreciating the 2021 range and the Ducatisti family is expanding more and more “.

In the Ducati distribution network, made up of 769 dealerships in over 90 countries around the world, robust growth is led in particular by Australia (+ 82%), Italy (+ 55%), which is confirmed as the top market with 6,071 motorcycles, Japan ( + 53%) and North America (+ 51%), while between the most delivered bikes to the Ducatisti we find the Multistrada V4, the Scrambler 800 with the new Nightshift and Icon Dark versions and the Streetfighter V4 but the new Monster, which arrived on the market in April. The arrival soon in the dealerships del nuovo Diavel 1260 S “Black and Steel” – which is inspired by the “Materic” concept presented at Design Week in Milan – and byHypermotard 950 SP they will be able to further improve this data.


Boom for the book market, overcomes the pre-pandemic – Books – Insights

Exceptional growth in the book market, protagonist of a formidable resistance, with an increase in sales that even goes beyond the levels of the pre-pandemic, and a greater propensity to read. In the first six months of 2021 in all sales channels, with some difficulties still for large-scale distribution, and in all genres there was an increase: from 4 January to 20 June they were sold in trade channels – that is, in bookstores. online and physical and in large-scale distribution, excluding schools – 15 million copies of printed books more (+ 44%) compared to 2020. Even more significant is the growth compared to 2019 which sees 11 million more copies sold ( + 31%).
Sales that have generated for the supply chain over 207 million euros more than in 2020 (+ 42%) and 156 million more than in 2019 (+ 28%), bringing the book market of these first six months to an overall value of 698 million euros.
This is the photograph that emerges from the analysis of the research office of the Italian Publishers-AIE Association on NielsenIQ data, presented on 13 July online on the AIE website by the head of the studies office Giovanni Peresson, with the intervention of the president Aie Riccardo Franco Levi.
“Contrary to what happened in other European countries, in Italy, in the most acute phase of the pandemic, people have rediscovered reading and today’s data confirm that there is still room for growth”, comments the Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini.
“Since the early days of the closures – explains Franceschini – the ministry has not lacked its commitment in favor of the publishing sector with a series of extraordinary support measures and a careful policy of refreshments. from a symbolic point of view the most significant was the decision to keep the bookshops open also in the red areas, thus recognizing their social value “. That “public policy has been far-sighted and has safeguarded the sector, first and foremost by allowing bookstores to open during lockdown periods and therefore by launching important measures to support demand whose virtuous effects are now under the eyes of all”, he stresses. also the president of the IEA, Ricardo Franco Levi. “The book market at this moment is like a tide that, rising, lifts all the boats. The data draws an important growth that we have achieved with the great quality of the work of all the subjects in the world of the book. Even more important is that booksellers, publishers and librarians worked together, “says Levi.
Good results to which the 18App in particular contributed: in the first two months of 2021, 75 million euros more were spent than the previous year, which determined an even more positive trend in the first quarter. And a greater propensity to read and buy: 31% of readers said they read more than before and 25% of shoppers bought more books than before, while only 13% said they read or buy less.
As for the sales channels, independent and chain bookstores are growing, reaching € 332.9 million, thus overcoming the difficulties of 2020 and doing better than in 2019 when they were at 313.6 million. The online boom is confirmed, reaching 327.9 million euros in 2021, equal to 47% of the market, compared to 184.6 million in 2019 and therefore does not erode sales to competing channels but allows the market to take a shot forward. The situation of large organized distribution is more difficult.
All book genres sold uniformly, with some peaks including books on games and leisure, which quadrupled sales (+ 302%), comics, which tripled them (+ 214%), while almost doubled the political current (+ 99%), the literary criticism driven by the books on Dante (+ 94%) in the 700 / o anniversary of the death of the Supreme Poet and the biographies and autobiographies (+ 85%).
The average cover price stands at € 14.68 and is down by 1.6% compared to 2020 and 2% compared to 2019.
The top ten of the best-selling books in the semester, made up of a mix of novelties, long sellers and very different genres, sees in first place ‘The system’ (Rizzoli) by Alessandro Sallusti and Luca Palamara followed by ‘The discipline of Penelope ‘(Mondadori) by Gianrico Carofiglio and from’ The stories of the district ‘(Magazzini Salani) by Lyon Gamer. In fourth place ‘Changing the water to flowers’ (and / or) by Valerie Perrin, in fifth place ‘The winter of the Lions’ (North) by Stefania Auci, in sixth ‘As long as the coffee is hot’ (Grazanti) by Toshikazu Kawaguchi; at the seventh ‘The song of Achille’ (Marsilio) by Madeline Miller, at the eighth ‘I am Giorgia’ (Rizzoli) by Giorgia Meloni and at the ninth ‘A promised land’ (Garzanti) by Barack Obama. Closes the top ten ‘The lost sister’ (Giunti) by Lucinda Riley.
The 50 best-selling titles weigh on the total market for 7.7% at cover value and 6.9% at cover price.


an estimated growth rate of 1.3% in 2021 (BEAC)

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Central Africa could emerge from the recession with growth of 1.3% in 2021, against negative growth of -1.7% in 2020, we learned from the Bank of Central African States, BEAC.

For the year 2021, “the forecasts of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) are estimated at a real GDP growth rate of + 1.3% against -1.7% in 2020, driven mainly by a rebound in non-oil growth, ”the regional bank announced in its economic report published on July 9.

To achieve its objective, the approach adopted by the BEAC consists of “intervening in the money market, via open market operations, either by tapping or by injecting central liquidity, in order to manage the Average Interest Rate. Weighted (TIMP) of the interbank market around the Tender Interest Rate (TIAO), which is its main key rate ”.

According to the BEAC, there is a slight surge in inflationary pressures to 2.7% in 2021, down from 2.4% a year earlier.

In terms of currency (the CFA francs), the BEAC estimated that “the money supply would grow by 8.5% while net foreign assets would fall by 39.9%, the external coverage rate of the currency would be at 66.8%.

The BEAC underlined, moreover, that “it is very likely that the situation of the sub-region will recover significantly in the short and medium term without risk on price stability, despite the still insufficient level of foreign exchange reserves” .

In the medium term, the economic recovery that began in 2021 should continue between 2022 and 2024, in a context of reduced uncertainty at the global level thanks to advances in vaccination against COVID-19, associated with the gains to be made from the reforms. structural commitments.

Thus, the regional bank of Central Africa estimated that “economic growth should consolidate in the medium term at 2.7% in 2022, 2.2% 2023 and 2.9% in 2024, after 1.3% in 2021, mainly thanks to the performance of the non-oil sector ”.

Nevertheless, actual production is expected to remain below potential output while improving in the medium term despite the break in trend observed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also, in the current context marked by the persistent uncertainty of macroeconomic forecasts, the BEAC has announced that it should keep its main key interest rates unchanged.

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II Regional Conference on Fetal Medicine

June 28, 2021 – 1:09 pm

On August 13 and 14, the II Regional Fetal Medicine Conference – “Tribute to Dr. José Guccione” organized by the Maternal Neonatal Hospital and the Gema Institute will take place. Faced with the pandemic situation, it will be virtual and will feature the dissertation of prominent national and international professionals.
To participate, interested parties must register by completing the registration form on the website https://www.jornadasmedicinafetal.com.ar
The lectures, round tables and work presentations will be carried out synchronously with live exchanges. The scientific papers presented will be published during the 2 days of the Conference and up to a month after the Conference.

8.30-9.00H OPENING
12-13H BREAK

16-16.30H BREAK


They still have business at home – Newspaper Kommersant No. 105 (7067) from 22.06.2021

The gradual resumption of international flights has not yet led to a significant increase in foreign business trips for employees of Russian companies. The share of tickets booked abroad in the business segment in the first half of the year was four times lower than before the crisis. Market participants do not expect a noticeable revival in demand until travel restrictions to Europe are lifted. While traveling for work, Russians choose from the options available, including Turkey and the post-Soviet countries.

The share of flights abroad in the structure of demand for business travelers in the first half of the year was 5% in the total structure of bookings, which is more than four times less than the value for the same period in 2019 – 21%. Such data are provided by “Aeroclub”. The company estimates that the number of booked tickets abroad is only 12% of the volume two years ago. Other operators have noted similar dynamics. According to OneTwoTrip for Business, trips abroad in the first half of the year formed 2% of sales against 13% two years earlier. Dmitry Gorin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vipservice, believes that the share of foreign bookings remains low due to restrictions on air traffic, border crossing and the policy of large companies to limit the number of employees’ travel abroad. The domestic market, according to him, is actively recovering.

At 77.5 percent

outbound tourist flow from Russia fell in 2020, according to ATOR

The list of the most demanded directions looks unusual: Kazakhstan became the leader in demand in the first half of the year, according to Aeroclub. The number of bookings to this country has reached 27% of the 2019 level. In second place is Belarus, where demand recovered by 22%. The third line is occupied by Uzbekistan, the number of bookings reached 46% of the pre-pandemic level. Turkey is in fourth place, Italy is in fifth. The number of tickets sold relative to the level of two years ago is estimated at 20% and 13%, respectively. The top 10 also includes Armenia (the flow recovered by 33%), the UAE (48%), Ukraine (30%), France (5%) and India (22%). OneTwoTrip for Business says that Turkey now accounts for 32% of the pre-crisis figure, Uzbekistan – 11%, Kazakhstan – 9%, Belarus – 8% and Armenia – 6%.

Among the most affected areas, Aeroclub analysts single out Germany, which formed 12% of business trips abroad before the crisis. Reservations for flights to the country decreased by 98% in two years.

The demand for travel to the US and UK fell by 96%, and to Spain by 98%. Business preferences differ markedly across industries. Thus, 82% of business trips to Italy are formed by retail and luxury-segment companies, and 40% of business trips to Uzbekistan are carried out by employees of financial, legal and consulting structures. Representatives of IT and telecom companies fly to Belarus more often than others: they account for 30% of bookings. In general, employees of mining, processing and energy companies travel in all directions more often than others for work: they account for 22% of tickets sold.

Yulia Lipatova, Managing Director of Aeroclub, expects an increase in bookings of tickets for business tourists to Turkey in the near future, since restrictions on air traffic with this country have been lifted. This area is traditionally in demand as a hub. Revitalization against the background of the opening of regular flights may occur in the case of the United States. But Ms. Lipatova is expecting serious market growth only after the restrictions on travel to Europe are lifted.

Dmitry Gorin suggests that the segment may revive against the background of the opening of borders in the fall.

Nikita Bulgakov, head of the OneTwoTrip for Business service, notes that many companies are still in no hurry to return to the pre-crisis activity of business trips abroad. Although some positive dynamics can be seen: Aviasales for Business draws attention to the fact that in June the number of business trips increased by 75% compared to May. In addition to Turkey and post-Soviet countries, companies began to send their employees on business trips to South Africa, Brazil and the Middle East.

Alexandra Mertsalova


Study Iss, Caffeine Has Protective Effect Against Melanoma – Medicine

Caffeine has a protective effect against the growth of human melanoma cells and may help reduce the growth of cells responsible for relapses. This is the conclusion of a study published in the journal Molecules, carried out by the researchers of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, in collaboration with the colleagues of two Irccs (the Italian Dermatological Institute of Rome and the Neuromed of Pozzilli) and of two universities, that of Ferrara and that of Rome Tor Vergata.

The study was focused on identifying the mechanisms by which caffeine plays an important protective role against some types of tumors, already described in many works in the literature, but not yet fully characterized at the molecular level. “Using in vitro approaches – explains Francesco Facchiano, coordinator of the study – we have identified a protein that plays a fundamental role in this beneficial action of caffeine, that is the tyrosinase enzyme which, as is well known, has a key function in the synthesis of melanin and which would carry out both a protective action against the effects of damage generated by UV rays, and an important immunomodulation function. In fact, the melanin produced by human melanoma cells exposed to caffeine was significantly increased “.

“Very important – underlines Claudio Tabolacci, first author of the article – was the choice of cellular models, which in this study are the ‘melanoma initiating cells’ which have interesting stem characteristics, including the ability to confer resistance to drugs. and favoring the recurrence of a tumor: caffeine significantly reduced the growth of these cells “. The results of the study open new perspectives in the field of differentiation therapy, which is aimed at differentiating cells to target only cancer cells, avoiding the appearance of relapses after chemotherapy. (HANDLE).