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September sees “big improvement” in retail sales growth | Business

The BRC has released figures covering the five weeks from 30th August-3rd October 2020, showing a sales increase of 5.6% on a total basis.

In September, UK retail sales increased 6.1% on a like-for-like basis from September 2019, when they had decreased 1.3% from the preceding year.

Over the three months to September, in-store sales of non-food items declined 12.3% on a total and 9.5% on a like-for-like basis. This is better than the six-month and 12-month total average declines of 29.6% and 18.8% respectively. Over the three-months to September, non-food retail sales increased by 5.2% on a like-for-like basis and 3.2% on a total basis.

Online non-food sales increased by 36.7% in September, against a growth of 3.5% in September 2019. This is below the three-month average of 39.7% but above the 12-month average of 26.3%.

“September saw a big improvement in retail sales growth, however sales over the

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Amazing home deals for non-Amazon Prime members at Walmart’s Big Save event

These savings rival the Prime Day deals.

Walmart's Big Save is happening online and in stores until October 15.

Walmart’s Big Save is happening online and in stores until October 15.

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Black Friday-worthy deals are ramping up thanks to Amazon Prime. October 13-14 make up Amazon’s infamous Prime Day – the sales event of all sales events! During these two days, Amazon Prime members are eligible for discounts up to 99% off popular items in home, electronics, groceries, apparel, pets, magazines and more. But, even though it may seem like everyone subscribes to Amazon Prime, there are tons of people who don’t.

If that’s you, there are many retailers competing with Amazon by offering tremendous discounts in this holiday sales kickoff. Like Walmart, who’s hosting it’s Big Save event from now until October 15, with savings so huge you won’t miss the Prime Day deals at all. We

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EU plans big building renovation project to save energy

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is announcing a major building renovation project this week seeking to cut down energy costs and polluting emissions while providing a big boost to the construction industry.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Monday that the 27-nation bloc “must speed up” the pace of renovations if it is to meet climate change targets and said most efforts will go to schools, hospitals and social housing.

The bloc is littered with buildings that fail to contain heat in winter and cannot keep people cool in summer, creating massive energy bills that sap local budgets but also pollute cities and the atmosphere.

“Our buildings are responsible for 40% of our energy consumption,” said von der Leyen. And even though many buildings have or are being renovated, “at the current pace, it would take more than a century to bring emissions from our buildings to

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Home prices are held down by COVID-19 in big cities while climbing sharply in less crowded areas

The housing market has been booming during the COVID-19 crisis, but America’s cities are taking it on the chin.

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And while big cities like New York and San Francisco, in particular, are struggling with falling prices, values in less densely populated cities such as Phoenix and Charlotte, North Carolina, are holding up fairly well, a new analysis shows.

The study underscores that the spread of the virus and the trend toward remote work are driving the housing market, and may continue to restrain price growth in very crowded urban areas while boosting gains in more suburban areas for some time.

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Since the virus began to take a significant toll on public health and the economy in March, many Americans have been fleeing cities for suburban and rural areas both to minimize the risk

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Euro 2020 play-offs & England-Wales friendly on big day for Home Nations

It’s a huge day of international football for the Home Nations with some fighting for their Euro 2020 places and Anglo-Welsh bragging rights at stake.

Northern Ireland and Scotland are involved in play-off semi-finals at 19:45 BST as they bid for a spot in next summer’s rearranged European Championship, while England and Wales – who have already qualified – face off in a much-anticipated friendly at Wembley.

After tonight, we could even be looking forward to a potential Northern Ireland-Republic of Ireland play-off final – which would be at Belfast’s Windsor Park – although they both have to get through tricky away games before they worry about that.

Northern Ireland travel to Bosnia while the Republic visit Slovakia and victories for both in tonight’s one-legged ties would set up a mouth-watering all-Ireland showdown for Euro 2020 qualification.

Scotland’s task of progressing past Israel at Hampden Park has been made even

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Opinion | For Kids at Home, ‘a Small Intervention Makes a Big Difference’

In Botswana, on March 18, the government announced it was closing schools. Over the next 72 hours, an organization called Young 1ove (that’s “love” with a numeral 1 instead of a letter “l,” as in “one love”) that works with the Ministry of Basic Education scrambled to collect phone numbers from students in third, fourth and fifth grades all over the country. Young 1ove’s staff ended up with 7,550 phone numbers — and no plan for what to do with them.

They knew that whatever they did would use phones. The vast majority of Botswanans have no access to the internet, no computer, no smartphone. But most households do have basic mobile phones.

Kids could get classes on Botswana TV and radio while at home. But many students quickly gave them up, or never started. “They think the teachers are too fast for them,” said Marea Bathuleng, whose children are

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Who pays for the toilet paper? The big questions of the work-from-home era

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – As the world convulses in crisis, and tens of millions of us dig in for the long haul of working from home, one question looms large: who pays for the tea and toilet paper?

A man works in his kitchen while workers are forced to work from home and demand payback for extra home office costs during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sassenheim, Netherlands October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

The answer, according to the Dutch, is your bosses.

And how much? About two euros ($2.40) per working day, on average.

That’s meant to cover not only coffee, tea and toilet paper used in work hours, but also the extra gas, electricity and water, plus the depreciation costs of a desk and a chair – all essentials that you’d never dream of paying for in the office.

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Amazfit Bip U teased with a big spec sheet and major screen improvements

Amazfit is preparing to launch the Amazfit Bip U, an updated version of its super-budget smartwatch.

A teaser page for an all-new Amazfit Bip U has been launched on Amazon India.

It lists the full details with pictures, and it looks like a strong competitor to the emerging range of sub-$100 smartwatches, which are piling pressure on the likes of Fossil, Fitbit and Apple.

We’ve seen promising-looking devices such as the TicWatch GTX and the Xiaomi Mi Watch released in the past few weeks – but the Bip U looks a match for them all.

The Amazfit Bip U features a larger 1.42-inch display, up from 1.28-inch on the Bip S.

And the resolution has doubled, from 176×176 to 320×302, but it’s a TFT display, so we’re not expecting the same quality as the AMOLED army.

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The overall look of the Bip U has been refined, at least from judging

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Baltimore Ravens big home favorites vs. rival Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5

Johnny Parlay, Sportsbook Wire
Published 9:04 a.m. ET Oct. 5, 2020

The Cincinnati Bengals (1-2-1) visit the Baltimore Ravens (3-1) for a Week 5 AFC North contest at M&T Bank Stadium. Kickoff will be Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. It’s no surprise the Ravens are 13.5-point favorites. Below, we take a look at the early Week 5 betting odds and lines at BetMGM Sportsbook.

The Bengals won their first game in the Joe Burrow era, knocking off the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars 33-25 Sunday. Burrow threw for 300 yards and a touchdown – his third 300-yard passing game in a row – while RB Joe Mixon ran for 151 yards and two TDs.

The Ravens claimed a 31-17 road victory Sunday, beating the Washington Football Team. QB Lamar Jackson threw for two scores and added a 50-yard rushing TD, while the defense finished with two interceptions. It’s the 17th consecutive game

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Lou Holtz: Improvements in COVID testing made it possible for Big Ten to play in 2020

This is a rush transcript from “The Story with Martha MacCallum” September 16, 2020. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

MACCALLUM: All right, everybody, so tonight, we’re 48 days from the presidential election and now six months into the coronavirus. There’s a pitched battle over money for relief, vaccines and the divide over masks. The riots that have embroiled cities across this nation during racial strife and job loss due to the lockdown have now cost the country more than a billion dollars in those broken windows and buildings that we have seen burned over the course of the last few months, and that’s far from over. 

The country is fighting though to get back to normal as we await vaccines. 
The Big Ten announced today that they will reverse their earlier decision and they will play football after all at their colleges.

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