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Home Improvement Market Sees Surge During Pandemic

PALM BEACH,  Fla., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Analysts expect home improvement spending to reach $439.9 billion in 2020 – In the time of a global pandemic, there is indeed no place like home. As millions of Americans practice social distancing while working and learning remotely, the home has become the focal point of our lives. The desire to make residences safer, more comfortable and more enjoyable has led to a home improvement boom.   Mentioned in today’s commentary includes:  NeoVolta (OTCQB: NEOV), Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), Home Depot (NYSE: HD) and Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW).

The Home Improvement Research Institute predicts Americans will spend $439.9 billion on home improvement products in 2020. The online home remodeling platform Houzz reports that demand for kitchen and bath remodeling was up 40% year over date in June 2020, while home additions increased 52% and fencing projects jumped 166%. Pool and hot tub installations

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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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Smoking from home: Imperial Brands sees revenue lift from pandemic

LONDON (Reuters) – Demand for cigarettes has picked up in the COVID-19 pandemic, helped by a rise in home working that has given smokers more opportunities to light up, Imperial Brands said on Thursday.

The maker of Gauloises and West cigarettes nudged up its full-year revenue forecast.

A spokesman for the British firm said consumers appeared to be spending more on tobacco as they saved money in other areas, such as travel and holidays, while working from home meant many of them were not restricted by when they could smoke.

The news came as Ladbrokes and bwin owner GVC Holdings raised its annual earnings outlook, helped by a surge in online gaming, in another sign consumers are looking to escape the stresses of the pandemic.

Imperial said it expected full-year net revenue to be broadly flat, with a 1% increase in its tobacco business offsetting a 30% drop in its

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Smoking From Home: Imperial Brands Sees Revenue Lift From Pandemic | Top News

LONDON (Reuters) – Demand for cigarettes has picked up in the COVID-19 pandemic, helped by a rise in home working that has given smokers more opportunities to light up, Imperial Brands said on Thursday.

The maker of Gauloises and West cigarettes nudged up its full-year revenue forecast.

A spokesman for the British firm said consumers appeared to be spending more on tobacco as they saved money in other areas, such as travel and holidays, while working from home meant many of them were not restricted by when they could smoke.

The news came as Ladbrokes and bwin owner GVC Holdings raised its annual earnings outlook, helped by a surge in online gaming, in another sign consumers are looking to escape the stresses of the pandemic.

Imperial said it expected full-year net revenue to be broadly flat, with a 1% increase in its tobacco business offsetting a 30% drop in its

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Steve Kerr sees big improvements from Warriors rookies at minicamp

With Klay Thompson out for the season, Steph Curry only playing five games and Draymond Green also missing significant time, Steve Kerr was forced to play Warriors rookies much more than he anticipated this year. 

All young players hit a bump in the road throughout the Warriors’ lowly 15-50 season. During Golden State’s minicamp in San Francisco which started last week, Kerr already is seeing major improvements both skill wise and mindset wise from his young players.

“The guys who have finished their rookie year, and now looking forward to their second season, there’s a different level of confidence,” Kerr said Monday on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon, Ratto & Kolsky show. “Jordan Poole, Ky Bowman, Eric Paschall … when you get that first one under your belt, I think it’s a lot easier coming back and knowing what to expect.

“All three of them are looking confident and feeling good.” 

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As Summerville park sees improvements, Black residents remember its cultural impact | News

SUMMERVILLE — Years ago, Doty Park near downtown looked drastically different when it was a huge hub for Black residents.

There wasn’t a community center. And baseball fields used to sit where tennis courts now stand. Those fields were typically filled predominately with Black residents from the Alston and Brownsville areas. 

Anthony Pinckney, a 58-year-old native Summerville resident, said his wife ran the concession stand. He used to drive around the park after the baseball fields were replaced, trying to remember the good days.

Louis Smith, another longtime Summerville resident, said being there in the 1980s and ’90s felt like a neighborhood experience.

“You probably had a lot of marriage proposals out there,” he said. “It was a cultural hub of the community.”

For decades, Doty Park was the home to the Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball League. It was a program where Black and White children in large numbers could

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Sabin on Sports: Brady still sees room for improvement after Buccaneers win at home – Sports Talk Florida

Bucs Reporter

What a difference a week makes: Tampa Bay wins their first game of the season at home against the Carolina Panthers.

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There was clear improvement by the Buccaneers in week 2 as they beat the Panthers 31-17, but Quarterback Tom Brady reports that they still need to work on execution. He reflected after the game saying, “we are still a long way from where we need to be.”   

Brady did acknowledge there “were a lot of good runs and we’re doing a good job blocking,” but he was not quite ready to say the offense has found their rhythm yet. 

They certainly found a better rhythm compared to last week against the Saints, including Mike Evans who had a 50-yard passing play in the first quarter which set up running back Ronald Jones II for a touchdown.  During that same play last week Evans stopped short on

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Home Depot sees a record-breaking sales spike into the summer

Home Depot posted record-breaking sales in the second quarter, largely thanks to consumers’ continuing push to fix up their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

The home improvement giant raked in $38.1 billion in sales during the quarter, a 23.4% boost since last year.

Net earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 were $4.3 billion compared with net earnings of $3.5 billion in the same period of fiscal 2019. 

Home Depot and its home improvement sector rival Lowe’s have soared since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. Analysts have attributed the success of the retailers to a shift in consumer spending trends. With many shoppers stuck at home and canceling vacations and dining-out plans due to the pandemic, consumers have been dedicating more money to tackling home improvement projects.

According to financial data firm Facteus, Home Depot has overtaken Lowe’s head start when it comes to consumer spending. And foot

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‘Queer Eye’ Sees Off Newcomers ‘Love Is Blind’ & ‘A Very Brady Renovation’ To Win Reality Emmy Third Year In A Row

Queer Eye secured its third reality Emmy win in a row, seeing off new shows and closing in on Shark Tank’s record.

The Netflix series won the Primetime Emmy For Outstanding Structured Reality Program, having won the award in 2019 and 2018 (while its original show won in 2004).

It beat A Very Brady Renovation, Love Is Blind, Antiques Roadshow and Shark Tank.

The latter won the award for the four years between 2014 and 2017.

Exec producer Jordana Hochman thanked the Academy for the “incredible honor” on behalf of producers ITV America and Scout Productions, as well as their “creative partners and champions” at Netflix, its “best in class” production team and the Fab Five.

“We recognize how fortunate we are to create content that celebrates inclusion, empathy and kindness. Queer Eye transforms lives on screen and off, we’re so proud of it, we’re better for it and we’re

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