Roundup: Louisiana GOP / Ketchup conundrum / IMF raises predictions

    Registration: Party registration data from the secretary of state’s office reveals that roughly 7,800 Louisiana voters have left the Republican Party since the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, The Daily Advertiser reports.  A report from The New York Times found more than 100,000 Republicans left the party in a number of states in the weeks after the attack. The Republican Party in Louisiana lost 5,503 registrants in January, 1,709 in February and 598 in March, after gaining registrants in most months of 2020. Read the full story. 

    Playing catchup: Supply chain problems are reaching into a far corner of the business universe: Ketchup packets. As The Wall Street Journal reports, the pandemic turned many sit-down restaurants into takeout specialists, making individual ketchup packets the primary condiment currency for both national chains and mom-and-pop restaurants. Packet prices are up 13% since January 2020, and are getting more difficult for restaurants to get a hold of. Managers are using generic versions, pouring out bulk ketchup into individual cups and hitting the aisles of Costco for substitutes. Read the full story. 

    Economic growth: The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and vast sums of government aid will accelerate global economic growth to a record high this year in a powerful rebound from the pandemic recession, the International Monetary Fund says in its latest forecast. The 190-country lending agency said this morning that it expects the world economy to expand 6% in 2021, up from the 5.5% it had forecast in January. It would be the fastest expansion for the global economy in IMF records dating back to 1980. Read the full story.