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Legal EU ivory sales 'condemn elephants'

Legal EU ivory sales 'condemn elephants'

Science
The open, legal sale of antique ivory in many European countries is covering up a trade in illegal and recently poached ivory, campaigners say.Researchers from environmental group Avaaz bought 100 ivory items and had them radiocarbon dated at Oxford University. Three quarters were modern ivory, being sold illegally as fake antiques.Ivory from an elephant killed by poachers as recently as 2010 was among the items passed off as being antique. "It's sick," said Bert Wander from Avaaz, which organised the purchase of the items. "I'm looking at the trinkets we bought on my desk, and to think that an elephant with all the things we are learning about them, about their cognition and their advanced societies, and to think that one of them has died for this bracel...
Supreme Court rules for states in online sales tax case

Supreme Court rules for states in online sales tax case

Technology
States will be able to force more people to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big financial win for states. Consumers can expect to see sales tax charged on more online purchases — likely over the next year and potentially before the Christmas shopping season — as states and retailers react to the court's decision, said one attorney involved in the case. The Supreme Court's 5-4 opinion Thursday overruled a pair of decades-old decisions that states said cost them billions of dollars in lost revenue annually. The decisions made it more difficult for states to collect sales tax on certain online purchases, and more than 40 states had asked the high court for action. Five st...
Robot lawnmowers make the cut as sales soar

Robot lawnmowers make the cut as sales soar

Technology
Sales of robot mowers are soaring as gardeners let technology take the strain out of cutting the lawn. Department store John Lewis says its sales are up by 75% this year due to advances in technology and falling prices.John Lewis spokesperson Hannah McFarlane said: "With temperatures reaching the high 20s, people are less prepared to get hot and bothered mowing the lawn and would rather sit back with a chilled drink and watch their robotic lawnmower creating those perfect straight lines, without having to lift a finger."The mowers work by using GPS software to plan their route or sensors and wires are planted on the edge of the lawn.Once the machines have completed their task they return to their docking stations and switch off, while others can be controlled by mobile phon...
Car dealer tactics stall electric car sales

Car dealer tactics stall electric car sales

Science
"Dismissive" car dealers are a major barrier to boosting sales of electric vehicles (EVs) according to a new study.Researchers, who posed as car shoppers in Scandinavia and Iceland found that sales personnel strongly pushed petrol and diesel powered cars. Around 77% of dealerships that sold EV brands didn't discuss their existence with the potential customers.Government signals are a key reason for these attitudes say the authors. In this study, the researchers visited 126 car dealerships across 15 cities in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. The team also interviewed over 250 industry experts across the region. Of the 126 dealers visited, only 8.8% of the encounters that the shopper has left them preferring an EV opt...
Solid iPhone sales boost Apple revenues

Solid iPhone sales boost Apple revenues

Business
Apple plans to double its share buyback scheme to $ 100bn (£73bn) as solid iPhone sales helped revenues rise 16% to just over $ 61bn.The company said it sold 52.2 million iPhones in the three months to March - only a touch below expectations, despite waning global demand for smartphones.Revenues at Apple's services business that includes Apple Music and the App Store jumped almost a third to $ 9.1bn.Shares rose 3% in afterhours trading.Ben Wood, an analyst at CCS Insight, said the services growth was "particularly impressive". He also pointed out that the iPhone X was the best-selling model in every week of the quarter - despite costing almost $ 1,000 or £1,000.Some analysts had questioned whether demand for the top-of-the-range smartphone would hold up after the initial rush.Overall Apple