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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%.

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Home improvement and stockpiling boost September UK retail sales

Consumers increased spending on improving their homes and stockpiling goods in September in preparation for a tightening of restrictions, providing a boost for retailers.

Sales in the UK rose 5.6 per cent last month compared with the same period a year ago, according to data from the British Retail Consortium and the consultancy KPMG. That was above the six-month average decline of 1.1 per cent and the best annual growth rate of any month since December 2009, it found.

“September saw a big improvement in retail sales growth,” said Helen Dickinson, chief executive at the BRC, whose survey covers about 60 per cent of the industry.

“With office workers still at home for the foreseeable future, the sales of electronics, household goods and home office products have remained high,” she added. In contrast, more time spent at home and the cancellation of public events “have continued to hold back clothing

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September surge in North Texas home sales sets records

North Texas home sales surged in September – up 27% from a year ago.

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It was the largest such annual price gain in more than a decade.

Real estate agents sold 11,408 single-family homes, a record number of purchases for the month of September, when sales typically slow.

But not this year.

Record low mortgage rates have caused a run on home buying even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month’s huge home sales increase is the fourth month in a row of double-digit percentage sales gains from 2019 levels, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems.

September’s year-over-year gain was the largest yet.

“It’s amazing that sales are up 27% over last years, but not surprising based on what I have been hearing,” said Paige Shipp, a housing analyst with CDCG Asset

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Find all Cuyahoga County home sales, other property transfer details for September

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The cleveland.com database of recent Cuyahoga County home sales and other property transfers has been updated with September 2020 transactions.



a sign in front of a house: Cuyahoga County home sales details for September now included in searchable database.


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Cuyahoga County home sales details for September now included in searchable database.

Search the database at this link to find home sales in your neighborhood and across the county for last month and for each year going back to 2007. You will be able to search by town, street, seller’s name, buyer’s name and more ways.

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Also, see related real estate data and trends:

* Cuyahoga County data by city, village, township: annual median home sales prices, 2007-2019.

* Cleveland neighborhoods: annual median home sales prices, 2007-2019.

* Real estate property tax rates for each place in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit county.

* Median appraised home values in Cuyahoga County; plus tax bills on the

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September toughest month ever to buy a home in metro Denver

Normally by September, metro Denver’s housing market has cooled off and started buttoning down for the off-season. But nothing is normal about this year.

The region broke September records for the most homes put under contract, most homes sold, shortest time on the market, lowest inventory and highest median home price, according to a report Monday from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.

“This translates into the toughest market to buy a house in Denver Metro’s history,” Andrew Abrams, chairman of the DMAR Market Trends Committee and a Denver real estate agent said in comments accompanying the monthly Market Trends Report.

Supply was especially tight for single-family homes, with only 3,041 active listings on the market at the end of September. That is 53.4% lower than the inventory available a year ago and 8% lower than in August. September’s previous record low inventory was 5,693.

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Home improvement program absorbs 236,689 workers until September

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The government program for home improvement and re-construction or called the Self-help Housing Stimulant Assistance (BSPS) has absorbed 236,689 workers as of September 2020, the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry recorded.

“This is a form of government’s concern for low income people to have livable houses, and at the same time employ them as the workers in the house renovation,” the Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said in a statement here on Sunday.

The minister expressed hope for the program to improve people’s quality of life to live in a healthy and comfortable house suitable for living.

The program was run under the cash for work scheme, to reduce unemployment and improve people’s purchasing power.

The program was run in 449 districts/cities for house improvement and 151 district/cities for new house construction, with total budget of Rp4.68 trillion.

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Is your Sur La Table closing? The kitchen goods retailer is liquidating more stores by the end of September

Going-out-of-business liquidation sales are now underway at 17 additional Sur La Table stores.

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The Seattle-based luxury kitchen goods retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July and announced plans to close 51 of its 121 stores while looking for a buyer for remaining locations. Five locations were listed as permanently closed in July.

According to a news release Friday, liquidation firms Great American Group, SB360 Capital Partners and Tiger Capital Group are managing the sales at the closing stores, which started Aug. 28, and the initial discounts are up to 30% off original prices, the release said. 



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New COVID-19 outbreaks in Larimer County as of September 9

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Three new outbreaks of COVID-19 were reported in Fort Collins this week. 

The Home Depot on John F. Kennedy Parkway and Silver Grill Cafe both reported two positive cases, according to data released Wednesday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

Meanwhile, the Kappa Sigma fraternity had its second outbreak of the coronavirus. Eight members living in the off-campus chapter house tested positive for COVID-19 and five are listed as probable in an outbreak confirmed by the health department Sept. 3. 

In the fraternity’s first outbreak in late July, seven members tested positive. As a result of the second outbreak, the university is requiring all members living at the house to be tested for COVID-19.

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Woodbury City Hall Remodeling Begins Week Of September 14

September 10, 2020

At its Sept. 9 meeting, the Woodbury City Council approved health, safety and security improvements to City Hall. Remodeling will begin the week of Sept. 14 and continue through at least November, with some improvements taking place into spring 2021.

About the project

The purpose of the project is to improve safety and security, and further protect public and staff health by allowing for appropriate physical distancing, along with improvements to maximize the efficiencies of the current building layout. The proposed new building layout will isolate customers and visitors primarily to the lobby area, similar to the configuration at the Public Works and Public Safety Buildings.

Public impact

City Hall will remain open during construction. However, the public is encouraged to continue conducting business with the city remotely as much as possible. City staff will be available via phone or email to help with service requests. Some

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Here Are Today’s Best Mortgage & Refinance Rates for September 10, 2020

Borrowers with 700 credit scores were quoted an average rate of 3.433% to secure a 30-year fixed-rate purchase mortgage on Wednesday, according to Money’s survey of over 8,000 lenders across the United States. At this credit score, roughly the national average, the average rate for a 30-year refinance was 4.366%. Our rates include discount points and are for borrowers putting 20% down.



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Borrowers in Washington, D.C. were quoted the lowest mortgage rates on Wednesday—at 3.258%. Those in Georgia saw the highest average rate at 3.678%. Nationwide, borrowers with the highest credit scores, 740 and above, were quoted rates averaging 3.088%, while those with credit of 640 or below were given rates of 4.892%—a 1.804 percentage point spread.

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