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John Lewis suspends click-and-collect as shopping rules tighten

John Lewis suspends click-and-collect as shopping rules tighten

Business
John Lewis has suspended click-and-collect services at its department stores in the latest tightening of rules for shoppers as the coronavirus crisis intensifies.The department store chain said it was responding to a "clear change in tone and emphasis" from governments across the UK urging the public to stay at home. It came as Britain's major supermarket chains said they would deny entry to customers not wearing face coverings unless they had a medical excuse. Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda - which unlike non-essential retailers have remained open throughout the pandemic - set out their rules after vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi expressed concerns about the behaviour of store customers.Two other supermarkets, Aldi and Waitrose - the latter which is also part of the John Lewis...
Germany calls on all to forgo Xmas shopping before lockdown

Germany calls on all to forgo Xmas shopping before lockdown

Health
The German government is calling on citizens to forgo Christmas shopping two days before the country heads into a hard lockdown that will shut most stores, tighten social distancing rules and close schools across the countryByThe Associated PressDecember 14, 2020, 9:14 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBERLIN -- The German government called on citizens Monday to forgo Christmas shopping, two days before the country heads into a hard lockdown that will shut most stores, tighten social distancing rules and close schools across the country.“I wish and I hope that people will only buy what they really need, like groceries,” Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said late Sunday. “The faster we get these infections under control, the better it is for everyone.”Chancello

China’s online shopping growth stalls — a sign of slow economic recovery

Finance
A couple wearing protective facemasks as a prevention measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus walk at a nearly empty shopping mall in Beijing on February 27, 2020.Nicolas Asfouri | AFP | Getty ImagesBEIJING — Chinese fervor for online shopping waned in August, a sign that the world's second-largest economy still faces many challenges as it tries to boost consumption at home.The Chinese government is trying to develop domestic demand as the primary driver of the country's growth, rather than relying on exports.The coronavirus pandemic this year has accelerated the growth of online shopping, with its share of overall retail sales rising from about one fifth last year to one quarter this summer. But uncertainty about future income and economic growth are proving to be an overhang."With
Coronavirus: ‘More normal’ shopping habits are back, says Ocado

Coronavirus: ‘More normal’ shopping habits are back, says Ocado

Business
Ocado says "more normal" shopping habits are back after a huge jump in demand amid the coronavirus lockdown.Its customers are now purchasing fewer items than at the peak of demand, with the balance between fresh and long-life food returning to normal.The online grocer has made changes to increase the delivery slots available, including suspending the delivery of mineral water.Its revenues in April were up more than 40% from a year earlier."At the beginning of the outbreak demand increased significantly, almost overnight," the retailer said.It limited the number of items on sale initially in order to stop customers from panic buying.Ocado said these limits have since been rolled back as the number of items shoppers are putting in their baskets "appears to ...
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...