Afternoon Coffee: Brexit Not Blamed, but Honda to Close UK Factory; Google Seeks Cloud Business in Alooma Deal

The next incarnation of the Honda Civic sold in the UK will not be made there, the Japanese automaker said Tuesday in announcing that it will close its facility just west of London in 2021, the Associated Press reports.

Brexit didn’t have a role in the decision, Honda said, but its president did say that the uncertainty around the UK leaving the European Union does create problems, the AP reports.

About 3,500 jobs are at stake at the factory that built about 150,000 Civics a year, the AP reports.

Nissan said earlier this month that it wouldn’t build an SUV plant in England as planned, the wire service reports.

Reuters reports that Ford is closing its heavy truck operations in South America.

Google to Buy Data Migration Firm

In a bid for more cloud computing business, Google’s parent company on Tuesday announced a deal to buy the data migrating firm Alooma, Reuters reports.

Reuters said Google trails Amazon and Microsoft in the fast-growing business of helping companies move to the cloud, with Google Cloud holding 8.5% of worldwide cloud market share, according to the analyst firm Canalys. Amazon Web Services has 31.7%, and Microsoft Azure has 16.8%, Reuters reports.

Trump Eases on U.S.-China Trade Deadline

The market Tuesday reacted favorably to President Donald Trump saying that the tariff embargo deadline of March 1 is not a “magical date,” indicating that he may push back the deadline as trade talks with China continue, CNBC reports.

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