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WH Smith voted UK's worst High Street shop in Which? survey

WH Smith voted UK's worst High Street shop in Which? survey

Business
WH Smith has been voted the worst retailer on the UK High Street in a survey of more than 10,000 consumers.Customers complained the shops were out-of-date, products were expensive and staff were rude in the survey by consumer group Which?Cosmetics chain Lush, discounter Savers and toy chain Smyths Toys came top in the survey, which asked shoppers for their thoughts on about 100 retailers.WH Smith said just 184 shoppers had commented on its stores in the survey."We serve 12 million customers each week, and despite a challenging retail environment we continue to open new shops, and to maintain our presence on the UK High Street," a spokesperson said. Which? said its ranking was based on customers' experiences of buying items other than groceries, their leve...
Worst of bad US flu season finally over as illnesses decline

Worst of bad US flu season finally over as illnesses decline

Health
The worst of the nation's nasty flu season is finally over. The season apparently peaked in early February and has been fading since, health officials said Friday. The number of people going to the doctor with symptoms of the flu has continued to decline. Deaths from the flu or pneumonia are going down, too. While the peak may have passed, the season isn't finished yet. Reports of flu remained widespread in 45 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. "The season's not over but we're definitely on the downward trend right now," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's acting director. Flu usually takes off after Christmas and peaks around February. This season started early and was widespread in many states by December. In early January, it hit what seemed like peak levels...
Teacher on life support as worst flu outbreak in years engulfs US

Teacher on life support as worst flu outbreak in years engulfs US

Health
A special education teacher in Texas is reportedly on life support after contracting both strains of influenza, as the worst flu season in years engulfs the United States. Crystal Whitley, who teaches in Mullin, got the flu shot in October after giving birth to her son, family members told ABC affiliate WFAA. But she caught both the H3N2 and H1N1 flu strains two weeks ago. Then she came down with pneumonia in both lungs and contracted MRSA, a bacterial infection that's become resistant to many of the antibiotics. Now, Whitley is on life support at Baylor University Medical Center, according to WFAA. "She's making all of this progress, but [doctors] keep telling us she is still very ill. She is still critical, and she is still on life support," Whitley's mother, Mary O’Connor, told WFA
Dow Jones hit by worst fall since 2008

Dow Jones hit by worst fall since 2008

Business
The Dow Jones Industrial Average has closed down by 1,175 points in the biggest one day fall since the financial crisis.The leading US stock market index closed down 4.6% at 24,345.75.It is the worst drop in points since September 2008 when a plan to rescue the US banking industry was rejected. The decline extended losses on Friday, when strong wage growth data raised the prospect of accelerated interest rate rises. Monday's sell-off surpassed a 777.68 points drop on the Dow Jones on 29 September 2008 when Congress rebuffed a $ 700bn bank bailout plan following the collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers earlier that month.US investors are reacting to small but significant changes in the outlook for the US economy, and what that might mean for the cost of borrowing. On Friday, the U...
The 4 Worst Tech Stocks of 2017

The 4 Worst Tech Stocks of 2017

Finance
The bull market continued in 2017, with tech stocks outpacing the broader market. The tech-heavy NASDAQ had rallied nearly 30% this year as of this writing, compared to the S&P 500's 20% gain. There were some big winners in that market, but there were also huge losers that crushed investors. Let's take a look at the four worst-performing tech stocks of the year, and see where they might be headed in 2018.Image source: Getty Images.Frontier CommunicationsRegional telco Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) lost 86% of its market value this year due to its shrinking customer base , declining average revenue per customer, high churn rates , and three straight quarters of net losses.Frontier slashed its dividend by 60% in May, but the stock's subse...