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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 agrees to tighten virus rules as infections rise

Germany agrees to tighten virus rules as infections rise

Health
Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states have agreed to tighten mask-wearing rules and make bars close early in areas where coronavirus infection rates are highBy GEIR MOULSON Associated PressOctober 14, 2020, 9:42 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBERLIN -- Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed Wednesday to tighten mask-wearing rules and make bars close early in areas where coronavirus infection rates are high, an attempt to avoid tougher restrictions now being introduced elsewhere in Europe.The meeting came hours after the country reported more than 5,000 infections in one day for the first time since mid-April. Germany is still in better shape than many other European countries, but infections hav
GST may not burn a hole in your pocket, but you will have to tighten purse strings

GST may not burn a hole in your pocket, but you will have to tighten purse strings

Finance
What we buy, how we buy and why we buy are questions that have for long fascinated anthropologists. But GST is expected to add a new twist to the tale of Indian consumerism. Under the new taxation regime fruits, vegetables, pulses, wheat, bread and rice are exempted from taxation even as chips, biscuits, butter, tea and coffee are attracting higher taxes. So, would that make families to make healthier choices at the supermarket? Cited as the "single largest taxation reform" in independent India, GST is set to change taxation for every sector — from real estate to vehicles to consumer durables to branded goods to luxury items. For a middle class family that earns between Rs 50,000-Rs 80,000 a month, the impact on the monthly budget will not be more than a few hundred rupees. For those