Consumers stocking up on at-home technology, boosting Best Buy results
Best Buy’s comparable sales grew 22.6% in August, September and October as shoppers continued to invest in technology at home during the coronavirus pandemic.The year-over-year sales and earnings growth beat Wall Street expectations for the electronics retailer’s third quarter.Online comparable sales for the quarter grew 174% to $3.82 billion, only trailing last quarter’s record growth in online sales, the company reported Tuesday.“Today, we are once again reporting strong quarterly results in the midst of unprecedented times,” said Corie Barry, Best Buy’s chief executive, in a statement.Best ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
My worst moment: Julia Stiles and the grocery thief who was actually her costar
For the first two seasons of the conspiracy thriller “Riviera” on the Sundance Now streaming platformAt the start of Season 3, however, Stiles’ character has extricated herself from this family and relocated to London where she teaches art history. “She’s trying to get back to some sense of normalcy,” said Stiles. “And then in walks Gabriel Hirsch, played by Rupert Graves, and he offers her a job that she can’t refuse, which promises more adventure than what she is currently doing. They go to Venice and they’re trying to track down a Picasso that had been stolen and is being sold on the black ...
Online marketplace fuels fringe movements
ATLANTA — Social networks are banning them and government agencies and watchdog groups have called them domestic terrorists. But extremist groups still have a vibrant internet life thanks to online retailers.Looking for a book evangelizing the baseless and far-out QAnon conspiracy theory? Amazon has a variety of titles. How about a T-shirt with the Three Percenters militia logo? Custom shirt company TeeSpring has many styles and colors. EBay and Etsy can provide shirts, hats and stickers bearing the slogan “ACAB,” short for “All Cops Are Bastards,” popular with far-left anarchist groups. The l...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Smaller turkeys may be hard to find as COVID-19 shrinks Thanksgiving plans
DETROIT — The [more intimate Thanksgiving gatherings expected this year](While there is no turkey shortage across the board, Brian Weberman, director of poultry for Kaps Wholesale, a distributor in Detroit’s Eastern Market district, said consumers can expect to face a harder time finding smaller turkeys.Most small turkeys are hens or female. Larger turkeys, those that weigh more than 16 pounds are male and called Toms. About 40 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation, an advocate for the turkey industry.“There’s no need for a 28-pound turkey,” W...
Detroit Free Press
2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup features flat-folding seats, pop-up desk for laptops
Ford raises the bar for America’s favorite vehicle and cranks up the pressure on Chevy and Ram with the 2021 F-150 pickup, a package full of surprises arriving in dealerships just in time for the holidays.New from the ground up, the F-150 offers more safety features, improved ride and handling and a hybrid that saves fuel on the road and can power a worksite when parked.Top models like the King Ranch 4x4 crew cab I tested also get luxurious materials and everything from flat-folding seats for naps to a pop-up desk for laptops and clipboards.It’s the type of vehicle American automakers do best,...
Detroit Free Press
The Week Ahead: Not fear and greed, but surge and optimism
Companies are developing potential COVID-19 vaccines at a remarkable pace. And investors are among those cheering the hopeful results and lightning-fast research. Progress toward a vaccine or vaccines in the near future has been enough to counteract the here and now reality of a national spike of infections.Fear and greed have been replaced by surge and optimism.As Americans prepare for a pandemic Thanksgiving, many parts of the country are returning to lockdowns and restrictions that were first used in the spring to slow the spread of the virus. In the beginning of the pandemic, these economi...
Mitsui Fudosan completes 1st LaLaport shopping mall in China
TOKYO, NNA - Mitsui Fudosan Co. has completed construction of a shopping center in Shanghai, the first in China in a series of LaLaport-brand retail complexes widely operated in Japan by the major real estate developer.The company said Thursday the facility, named Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Shanghai Jinqiao, will open partially next spring on the first to sixth floors of an existing building, with a full opening set for fall 2021.It will house about 220 stores, including 13 Japanese restaurants, in a total shopping area of some 60,000 square meters and have parking space for about 1,000 car...
NNA Business News
Susan Tompor: PlayStations and puppies top the holiday scam list
Monster growth in online sales this holiday season will trigger an explosion of duplicitous deals, fake websites, phony emails and outright shopping scams.More than ever, online buyers better beware.Instead of standing in line to snag deals on Black Friday, many consumers will be hitting their laptops and iPhones to spend $10.3 billion online, up 39% from a year ago, according to forecasts from Adobe Analytics.And on the Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend, dubbed Cyber Monday, sales online could surge to $12.7 billion.Overall, online holiday spending is expected to hit $189 billion from Nov. 1 ...
Detroit Free Press
Transgender cashier claims torment by co-workers at Miami Publix store put her in hospital
A former Publix cashier who identifies as a woman says co-workers tormented her with anti-gay and anti-trangender slurs until she suffered a nervous breakdown and had to be hospitalized. It’s the latest in a series of accusations against the grocery giant by LGBTQ employees.Publix was aware of Kevin Whitter’s gender identity when it hired her to work as a cashier in June 2018 at a downtown Miami store, according to a lawsuit filed Sunday in U.S. District Court in Miami. Whitter’s driver’s license identifies her as a female.Her suit describes a series of humiliating encounters that began with s...
Motormouth: Should I take it to the dealership?
Q: My spouse and I have Subarus and take our cars to the dealership for service. Every time I take my car in for an oil change, they seem to find something else wrong. This multi-point inspection labels all parts/systems as green, yellow or red and encourages you to fix or replace when in the yellow range. Once they marked my battery green and a month later when it wouldn’t start they said the battery was severely corroded. Another time, I replaced one tire, and two weeks later they said all four tires were in the yellow range. I’m considering changing to an independent garage for oil changes ...
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