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Durex enjoys ‘double-digit growth’ in Reckitt Benckiser sales boom

Durex enjoys ‘double-digit growth’ in Reckitt Benckiser sales boom

Business
The maker of top cleaning brands including Dettol and Cillit Bang, Reckitt Benckiser (RB), has reported a recovery in condom sales thanks to relaxed coronavirus restrictions.The FTSE 100 company, which has been among the few winners in the COVID-19 crisis to date thanks to its household hygiene and healthcare products, reported a 9.5% lift in net revenue to £3.5bn during its third quarter. RB said that was mainly driven by continued strong demand for disinfectants - with sales of Dettol-branded sprays, wipes and liquid up more than 50% on the same July-September period last year. Image: The company has been ramping up production of disinfectants in light of the coronavirus crisis. Pic: RB Like-for-like sales were almost 20% higher in ...
Lord North wins Royal Ascot feature as queen enjoys her 24th Royal winner remotely

Lord North wins Royal Ascot feature as queen enjoys her 24th Royal winner remotely

Sports
June 17 (UPI) -- The biggest race of the second day of Royal Ascot turned up a potential star of the future as Lord North kicked into gear in the final furlong of the Group 1 Prince of Wales' Stakes and gave the shake to a world-class field. While the Prince of Wales' was the day's feature, the emotional highlight was Her Majesty the Queen's 2-year-old Tactical sprinting to a convincing win in the Windsor Castle Stakes as the monarch, barred from Ascot Racecourse by the COVID-19 protocols, watched from nearby Windsor Castle. Advertisement Lord North, a 4-year-old Dubawi gelding, was up against some of the most highly regarded middle-distance runners in he world as he stepped into Group 1 company for the first time in the 1 1/4-miles Prince of Wales'. With James Doyle riding, he waited beh...
SpaceX enjoys test-fire success – months after launchpad explosion

SpaceX enjoys test-fire success – months after launchpad explosion

Technology
SpaceX has finally successfully completed a static test fire of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, following an explosive failure earlier this year.The Crew Dragon is intended to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, but "a series of engine tests" in Cape Canaveral, Florida, earlier this year threatened those ambitions. "The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand," was the company's statement at the time, after a leaked video appeared to show the spacecraft exploding in flames. Image: SpaceX's Dragon capsule appeared to explode in a video. Pic: @Astronut099 A subsequent joint investigation between SpaceX and NASA revealed that a titanium fire was the probable cause of the...
Osijek 0-1 Rangers: Steven Gerrard enjoys Europa League victory thanks to Alfredo Morelos header

Osijek 0-1 Rangers: Steven Gerrard enjoys Europa League victory thanks to Alfredo Morelos header

Sports
MATCH REPORT The Liverpool legend watched as his side delivered a clinical performance in Croatia Rangers claimed their first European away win in a decade as Alfredo Morelos’ header secured a 1-0 victory over Osijek. Two sloppy showings already this season had meant the Colombian has come under intense scrutiny for his performances in Rangers’ opening Europa League qualifier with Macedonians Shkupi. Morelos scored the winner in Croatia (pictured scoring in a pre-season friendly) But the 22-year-old answered his critics in the perfect manner as he grabbed the all-important away goal with his 18th-minute winner at the City Garden Stadium. Gerrard’s team had to ride their luck at times but the Light Blues held on for thei...
Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal: Arsene Wenger enjoys away day victory

Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal: Arsene Wenger enjoys away day victory

Sports
Arsenal marked Arsene Wenger's record-equalling match as a Premier League manager by winning 3-2 at Crystal Palace.At a time when there are still doubts about Wenger's abilities despite his remarkable longevity - in overseeing his 810th Premier League fixture the Frenchman equalled the record of Sir Alex Ferguson - his team displayed so many of the traits he inspires.They often outplayed their hosts, securing victory when a finish from Shkodran Mustafi and two goals from Alexis Sanchez ensured they remain sixth and continue their push for the top four, but were also frequently stretched.Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal: Gunners stars rated and slatedPalace had been undefeated in eight and, though they next host Manchester City, by often resisting their visitors and going level with Andros Townse...