Lawyers who put the Portland, Ore., company into bankruptcy said that profitability has declined since 2013 and that it couldn’t overcome “sustained economic distress” in the oil-and-gas industry, where it provides lift services for production rig equipment. Erickson officials said they plan to negotiate with lenders behind some of its roughly $561 million in debt. Source The Wall Street Journal
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Black-clad activists protesting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration smashed store and car windows in Washington on Friday and fought with police in riot gear who responded with pepper spray and stun grenades. Source reuters
The euro clearing houses that currently trade from London could only remain in the city after Brexit if the new framework is “strong enough.” But, for now, such a possibility sounds “challenging,” an executive member of the European Central Bank told CNBC in Davos. Source CNBC
Retail sales in December dropped 1.9% from the previous month, according to official figures. Sales across all main retail sectors declined, with the heaviest falls coming at non-food stores, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. It was the biggest monthly fall for more than four and a half years. Source BBC