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Damp weather sees Boxing Day shopping visits slump

Damp weather sees Boxing Day shopping visits slump

Business
Boxing Day shopping visits have fallen at the sharpest rate for nine years amid a rainy start to the traditional post-Christmas sales period.Data company Springboard said that, in the period up to noon, footfall was down by 10.6% on the same period a year ago. That was the biggest decline of any Boxing Day since 2010 - which was on a Sunday when trading starts later.It was worst for high street locations, down 13.6%, while retail parks saw a 5.9% decline and shopping centre footfall dropped by 8.8%.Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard, said the figures might improve slightly throughout the day especially if the rain eases. Advertisement Image: Shoppers...
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....
Drones begin delivering online shopping in the US

Drones begin delivering online shopping in the US

Technology
Drones have begun delivering online shopping in the US - with cold medication among the most popular items.Wing Aviation, which received federal approval earlier this year, is operating a trial in Christiansburg, Virginia. The company, owned by Google parent Alphabet, has beaten Amazon's Prime Air in the race to start using the technology.Wing is offering items from pharmacy chain Walgreens, FedEx and local gift shop Sugar Magnolia.One of the first customers, Susie Sensmeier, 81, said she had doubted such technology would "come in my lifetime". Advertisement "I'm thrilled," she said after a drone delivering a purple winter vest from Dicks Sporting Goods landed in her front garden. The first customers orderi...
Mike Ashley continues shopping spree with Links of London bid

Mike Ashley continues shopping spree with Links of London bid

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor The high street tycoon Mike Ashley is continuing his unprecedented acquisition spree by tabling a bid to acquire Links of London, the struggling jewellery chain.Sky News has learnt that Sports Direct International, in which Mr Ashley is the majority shareholder, is one of two final bidders attempting to buy Links from its stricken Greek owner. Sports Direct's presence in the auction has emerged just days before the company holds an annual meeting that is set to see a big protest vote from institutional investors against Mr Ashley's leadership of the company. Image: Links of London was founded in 1990 and is currently owned by the Folli Follie Group. Pic: LoL ...
9 Things to Add to Your Trade Joe's Shopping List This Spring

9 Things to Add to Your Trade Joe's Shopping List This Spring

Health
Maybe you intended to buy all your food locally this spring, and visit the farmer’s market so often you’d get to know every Bob, Dick, and Harriet there. Well, the best-laid plans can go awry—and there’s no shame in hitting the grocery store for the ingredients you need to cook at home (which is well worth the effort, for your budget and your health!)If Trader Joe’s is your go-to, here’s what we’d suggest picking up this spring. (Note: You won’t find snow peas and snap peas from Guatemala and Mexico on our list because we like to recommend food grown closer to home, which tends to reduce your carbon footprint. Wait till those are available locally if you can.)All prices represent what we saw in-store in Brooklyn, New York, in March, 2018.Vault No. 5 Cave-Aged Cheese from Jasper Hill (