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Black Friday shopping at brick-and-mortar stores dropped by 6% as consumers spent record online

Black Friday shopping at brick-and-mortar stores dropped by 6% as consumers spent record online

Finance
Black Friday shoppers wait to purchase goods at a Best Buy store on November 29, 2019 in Emeryville, United States. Black Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping event of the year, and marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season.Philip Pacheco | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesBlack Friday brick-and-mortar retail sales fell by 6.2% compared to last year as consumers eschewed in-person shopping for online purchasing, according to preliminary data from ShopperTrak.The pullback corresponds with a jump in Black Friday spending online, which hit $ 7.4 billion, the largest online Black Friday total ever, according to Adobe Analytics."There is no longer one way to shop on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday," said Brian Field, senior director of global retail consulting for ShopperTrak....
‘WhatsApp tax’ plan dropped in Lebanon

‘WhatsApp tax’ plan dropped in Lebanon

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device Protests raged for a second day in Lebanon despite the government backtracking on plans to tax WhatsApp calls.The government had announced a $ 0.20 (£0.16) daily charge on voice calls made through WhatsApp and other apps. But it scrapped the plans hours later amid clashes between security forces and protesters. Thousands have protested, calling on the government to step down over its handling of an economic crisis.Dozens were reported injured on Thursday as protesters burned tyres and security forces fired tear gas. The demonstrations were the biggest seen in Lebanon for years. On Friday, Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said the cou
Neymar rape case dropped over lack of evidence

Neymar rape case dropped over lack of evidence

Sports
Police investigating rape allegations against Brazilian football player Neymar say they have closed the case. The São Paulo attorney general's office said the case was suspended due to a lack of evidence, but will be sent to prosecutors for a final decision.The investigation was opened after Brazilian model Najila Trindade alleged the footballer attacked her in a hotel in Paris, France, in May.Neymar has denied the accusations, saying he is being extorted. A spokesman for Neymar told AFP that he was not able to comment on the police decision.The case has gripped Brazil, where it has dominated newspaper headlines.It first came to light in June, when the Paris St-Germain star released a seven minute video on Instagram revealing tha
Kevin Spacey ‘groping’ civil case dropped

Kevin Spacey ‘groping’ civil case dropped

Entertainment
A man who says Kevin Spacey groped him in 2016 has dropped the civil action he filed against the actor last week.The alleged victim's lawyer said his client had filed papers on 3 July to dismiss the suit voluntarily.The civil case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning Spacey's accuser cannot refile the case later.The man had been seeking unspecified damages over Spacey's alleged "explicit sexual behaviour" at The Club Car restaurant in Nantucket.Prosecutors last year filed a related criminal case against Spacey, who has denied the man's claims.The two-time Oscar winner pleaded not guilty to one count of felony indecent assault and battery at a hearing in January. Kevin Spacey sued by alleged groping victim Kevin Spacey in court o...