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UK DIY sales soar but clothing stores fall behind

UK DIY sales soar but clothing stores fall behind

Business
British retail sales have continued to increase for the fourth consecutive month, boosted by spending on household goods and DIY, according to official figures.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said retail sales volumes rose by 0.8% between July and August.Sales are now 4% higher than in February, when a pandemic was declared."Retail sales continued to grow, further surpassing their pre-pandemic level," the ONS said. "Sales of household goods thrived as the demand for home improvement continued and, despite a dip this month, online sales remained high," said Jonathan Athow, deputy national statistician for economic statistics at the ONS.Spending on household goods was particularly strong in August, with retailers r...
Distancing, less physical activity during pandemic cause stress, anxiety to soar

Distancing, less physical activity during pandemic cause stress, anxiety to soar

Health
Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Anxiety and depression have been widespread during COVID-19 lockdowns this spring, due in part to social distancing and a decline physical activity, two surveys published Thursday showed. In the first survey, published by PLOS ONE, 42% of identical and same-sex fraternal twins reported declining physical activity levels in March during the early stages of the new coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Advertisement The lack of physical activity, along with genetic and shared environmental factors, might have contributed to increased stress levels among the twins, but raised anxiety among the participants could not be directly attributed to their reduced physical activity, the researchers said. In the second survey, released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...
Candy, cheese soar to space station to satisfy crew cravings

Candy, cheese soar to space station to satisfy crew cravings

Technology
A cargo ship is rocketing toward the International Space Station, carrying candy and cheese to satisfy the crew's cravingsBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterFebruary 15, 2020, 8:59 PM3 min readCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Saturday, carrying candy and cheese to satisfy the astronauts' cravings. Northrop Grumman launched its Cygnus capsule from the Virginia seashore. The nearly 4-ton shipment should arrive at the orbiting lab Tuesday. It took three tries over the past week to get the Antares rocket off the pad, with it finally taking flight at 3:21 p.m. — an auspicious 3-2-1. “Awesome launch,” Joel Montalbano, NASA's deputy space station program manager, said once the capsule reached orbit. Besides the usual experiments and gear, the
Defense stocks could soar again in 2020 after massive defense spending jump

Defense stocks could soar again in 2020 after massive defense spending jump

Finance
U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the Thunderbirds perform aerial maneuvers on Aug. 3, 2014.Tech. Sgt. Chris Hibben | U.S. Air ForceWASHINGTON — Geopolitical uncertainty coupled with a colossal uptick in U.S. military spending could make defense stocks a winning trade once again in 2020.Under the Trump administration, the space has left the broader stock market in the dust. The iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense exchange-traded fund (ITA) has rallied more than 70% since Nov. 8, 2016. The S&P 500, meanwhile, is up around 50% in that time. This year has been no different. The ITA ETF has surged more than 30% in 2019 while the S&P 500 has gained around 27%.Also, a historic boost to the U.S. defense budget should be a boon for defense stocks in 2020. The Pentag