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Picnics and barbecues boost supermarket sales as lockdown rules ease

Picnics and barbecues boost supermarket sales as lockdown rules ease

Business
Warm weather and the easing of lockdown rules has boosted sales of picnic and barbecue staples as supermarkets notched up further strong growth, industry figures showed.Data analysts Kantar said sales of soft drinks and chilled dips were up by 28% and 30%, respectively, attributed to the green light being given for friends to meet outside. There was also a 57% rise in ice cream sales and a 44% surge in demand for burgers, while sausage sales grew by 40%, in the four weeks to 14 June.With pubs and restaurants still closed, alcohol sales continued to boom - rising 43% in the period.Overall, supermarket sales rose by 18.9% compared with the same period a year ago, and were up from 17.2% in the previous four-week period. ...
Global lockdowns take bite out of Apple iPhone sales

Global lockdowns take bite out of Apple iPhone sales

Business
Apple has reported a hit to key iPhone sales as coronavirus lockdowns, beginning in China, forced stores to close.The second quarter of the tech firm's financial year, January to March, saw overall revenue rise by just 1% to $ 58.3bn - knocked by a fall of almost 7% in smartphone sales to $ 28.9bn compared to the same period last year. The company pointed to a sharp decline in premium phone sales in China - its key growth market - from the end of January through February but said sales there were now heading in the right direction as COVID-19 social distancing measures had been relaxed and stores re-opened. Image: Apple Store outlets were able to re-open in mid-March in China but are closed across much of Asia Apple said its rev...
Google profiting from illegal weapon sales

Google profiting from illegal weapon sales

Technology
Google is profiting from the illegal online trade of weapons including stun guns and pepper sprays, which are being advertised and delivered to offenders in the UK.Paid-for listings on its shopping service as well as ads on Google Search are promoting sellers on eBay and other sites who are offering to illegally sell and ship weapons to British consumers. Electroshock weapons advertised by Google include a stun gun advertised as 950,000 volts - almost 20 times more powerful than Tasers used by police. The UK-based firm listing this product, DirectNine, did not respond to requests for comment. Image: The ads for the illegal weapons appeared in Google Search. Sky News has blurred a legal ad. Selling, buying or possessing pepper spray, s...
Petrol and diesel car sales ban brought forward to 2035

Petrol and diesel car sales ban brought forward to 2035

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device A ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 at the latest, under government plans.The change comes after experts said 2040 would be too late if the UK wants to achieve its target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050.Boris Johnson unveiled the policy as part of a launch event for a United Nations climate summit in November.He said 2020 would be a "defining year of climate action" for the planet.The summit, known as COP26, is being hosted in Glasgow. It is an annual UN-led gathering set up to assess progress on tackling climate change.Sir David Attenborough said at the launch event at London's Science Museum that he was looking forward to...
Naloxone sales up 2,300% in Ohio after law loosens pharmacist restrictions

Naloxone sales up 2,300% in Ohio after law loosens pharmacist restrictions

Health
Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Allowing pharmacists to dispense the life-saving drug naloxone without a prescription may help prevent overdose deaths among those who abuse or misuse opioids, a study published Friday in JAMA Network Open indicates. In in an analysis of Medicaid data on the drug, sold under the brand name Narcan, collected from Kroger Pharmacy locations in Ohio, researchers found doses dispensed in the state increased a whopping 2,328 percent from 2014 to 2017. Ohio enacted a state law five years ago freeing up pharmacists to provide the naloxone to those who need it without a doctor's authorization as part of an effort to prevent overdose deaths. "Pharmacists have a key and central role in helping to address the opioid crisis by providing naloxone -- the main medication used to treat o...