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The future of retail amid Covid-19

People wearing face masks walk past a sale sign on Oxford Street in London, England. NurPhoto The coronavirus pandemic is likely to change how and what consumers buy, forcing the retail industry to quickly innovate in a race that’s likely to squeeze smaller brands. Retailers were already under pressure prior to the pandemic, struggling to …

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Seven in 10 back mandatory use of masks in shops in England, poll finds | World news

Concerns that the wearing of masks could become a new front in a political “culture war” have been eased after evidence emerged that a clear majority of the public back their use in shops and supermarkets. An Opinium poll for the Observer reveals that 71% of adults in England support making masks mandatory in shops, …

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Johnson to impose full customs checks on goods from EU – report | Politics

Boris Johnson intends to impose full customs checks on all goods coming into the UK from the EU in a break with previous government policy, according to reports. “We are planning full checks on all EU imports – export declarations, security declarations, animal health checks and all supermarket goods to pass through border inspection posts,” …

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Getting to know your worst enemy | Brief letters | Politics

Is it possible that British retail’s “worst year on record” (Report, 9 January), with particularly disappointing figures for November and December, might have something to do with the fact that the banks, having showered the economy with £50bn of what has effectively been “helicopter money” over the last decade, finally stopped paying out on PPI …

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More minimum wage increases expected in 2020

People gather together to ask the McDonald’s corporation to raise workers wages to a $15 minimum wage as well as demanding the right to a union on May 23, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Joe Raedle / Getty Images The move toward a $15 minimum wage is gaining steam, with 21 states raising minimum wages …

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Trump aides hold daily meetings on vaping as White House scrambles to formulate policy

From left: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks to Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and President Donald Trump, during a listening session on youth vaping and the electronic cigarette epidemic inside the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington,, November 22, 2019. Tom Brenner | Reuters The White House, grappling with the outbreak of a …

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Christmas tree prices rise as drought and fire hit crops, farms close

Roberto Marques carries a tree as he helps a customer shop for a Christmas tree in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images It’s the focal point of a magical holiday for many American families: the Christmas tree, adorned with ornaments and bright lights. But for farmers, it’s an agricultural crop that they grow and …

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French lawmakers hope to ban Black Friday due to environmental impact

“Youth for climate” activists demonstrate against the Black Friday in the Quatre Temps mall at La Defense business district, West of Paris, on November 29, 2019. PHILIPPE LOPEZ | AFP | Getty Images Black Friday sales contribute to waste and overconsumption, a group of French lawmakers have said, arguing that the annual retail extravaganza should …

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Federal prosecutors open criminal probe of opioid makers and distributors, report says

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, have opened a criminal probe into the role drug manufacturers and distributors played in fueling the opioid crisis, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Companies including Teva, McKesson, Mallinckrodt, AmerisourceBergen, Johnson & Johnson and Amneal Pharmaceuticals have received subpoenas, the Journal reported. Some of those companies had previously disclosed …

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Inside Home Depot’s efforts to stop a growing theft problem

Imagine loading up a cart full of merchandise at a store, and just walking out the door in broad daylight as store employees watch you do it. It’s known as organized retail crime, and it’s a growing trouble for the nation’s retailers. Instead of stealing for personal use, these criminals are part of a larger …

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