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High street sales rise for the fourth month in a row

High street sales rise for the fourth month in a row

first_img More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com Thursday 28 October 2010 8:07 pm RETAIL sales continued to rise in October despite the wide ranging cuts announced by the government last week, according to figures from the Confederation of British Industry.But the rate of growth slowed compared with September ­– which was at a six-year high – but long term outlook remains unclear.The CBI’s monthly distributive trades survey’s reported sales balance dipped to +36 in October from +49 in September, broadly in line with economists’ forecasts of a slowdown to +35.Strong sales growth was not just down to seasonal factors, the research found. A balance of 20 per cent of retailers said sales were above average for the time of year and the highest since May 2007.“High street sales in aggregate have performed well again this month, but sales of durable household goods have slowed noticeably, in line with more subdued housing market activity of late,” said CBI chief economic advisor Lai Wah Co.“Retailers expect sales growth to continue next month in the run up to Christmas. “We should also see more of a boost to sales as shoppers seek to beat the New Year VAT rise, but looking beyond that, broader consumer caution may temper growth in spending into 2011.”Sales of household goods have tailed off in line with the slackening housing sales market.Meanwhile, clothes and other traditional retail goods held up well.Howard Archer, chief economist at IHS Global Insight, said the survey was out of line with the “hard data”.Archer added: “It needs to be borne in mind that the CBI distributive trades survey has recently given appreciably stronger readings than the hard retail sales data. “In particular, the six-year high balance of +49 per cent in September contrasted with the Office for National Statistics reporting that retail sales volumes fell by 0.2 per cent month-on-month after a dip of 0.7 per cent in August.”Retailers are now braced for a VAT hike set to be triggered in January.Samuel Tombs at Capital Economics said the CBI data remained “misleadingly upbeat”. He said shoppers had been encouraged by the drop in VAT. Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Share whatsapp whatsapp High street sales rise for the fourth month in a row Tags: NULLlast_img read more

GiG CEO demands B2C improvement

GiG CEO demands B2C improvement

first_img GiG CEO demands B2C improvement Companies: GiG Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Finance Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Financecenter_img Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) chief executive Robin Reed has vowed to improve the performance of the company’s B2C Gaming division after it saw a dip in revenue and earnings.The gaming services company, which is in the process of switching its listing from Oslo to the Nasdaq Stockholm, secured a 39% jump in overall operating revenues to €36.9m ($42m/£33m) during the three months to June 30, according to results published this morning.Operational costs and marketing expenses led to an almost 12% decline in EBITDA compared to the same period last year, with the company “investing heavily” in new products, enhancements to existing services, regulatory costs associated with entry into the New Jersey and Swedish markets, and commercial activities around the World Cup. Reed (pictured) said the “heavy-lifting” of development is now done and with all GiG’s products – including its new sports betting platform and GiG Comply compliance tool – to be monetisable from September, expects this to be reflected in its future results. “GiG has invested significantly to expand across all verticals of iGaming,” said Reed in a statement.“We are building to become the one-stop shop for every company serious about its iGaming business.“With the majority of the heavy-lifting behind us and the strongest season ahead of us, we should see growth in both revenues and profits in the coming quarters, while working towards our goal of becoming the largest full service company to the iGaming industry.”The company is predicting revenue of up to €162m compared to 2017’s €120.4m, with EBITDA of €16-20m compared to €13.5m in 2017.However, Reed is not content with the performance of the Gaming division, which includes its consumer-facing in-house brands such as Rizk, Guts and Thrills. Revenue of €24.2m was up on Q2 2017, but down by more than €1m compared to the last two quarters. After one quarter of positive EBITDA in Q1, the division saw a €2.8m earnings deficit during Q2.Reed, who has taken over as acting CMO to improve performance, highlighted high marketing-to-revenue ratios, with costs up to 54% of the section’s revenue during the period, compared to 46% in Q1.A strategic review of Gaming has led to the company converting its SuperLenny casino into an affiliate website and a series of new product releases, including an update to Guts, which Reed accepts had been “left behind”. Reed also said the company has considered selling off parts of its B2C division.“I’m not happy [with GiG Gaming] which is why I’ve taken over that,” Reed said in a presentation accompanying the Q2 results. “We have a determined team, but we can do better. It’s not good enough based on the marketing spent.“I will personally ensure this vertical develops. We have seen healthy development in July and August.” 14th August 2018 | By contenteditor Reed focuses on in-house brands as company completes services revamp Email Addresslast_img read more

First Mutual Properties Limited 2012 Presentation

First Mutual Properties Limited 2012 Presentation

first_imgFirst Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2012 presentation For more information about First Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw)  2012 presentation Company ProfileFirst Mutual Properties, formerly known as Pearl Properties Limited, is a subsidiary of First Mutual Holdings. It is a real estate company with vested interests in the development and management of commercial properties in the major towns of Zimbabwe. First Mutual Properties has a significant property portfolio, comprising some 117 250 square metres of lettable space made up of office parks, retail shops, commercial and industrial property. It owns and manages 41 buildings in the major economic hubs of Zimbabwe, including high-rise commercial buildings, industrial and warehouse properties and retail outlets. First Mutual Properties also has a residential trading stock of two- and three-bedroomed garden flats in Avondale, Harare. First Mutual Properties is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Five things we learnt in rugby in January

Five things we learnt in rugby in January

first_img Red alert: Tadhg Beirne scores for Scarlets against Bath. Photo: Getty Images We’re a month into 2018 and Paul Williams pinpoints what we’ve learnt in the year so far, from scrums to Super Rugby and full-backs to flawed cups You can still have a non-linear career in rugby unionSince rugby has turned professional, careers have become very linear. Academies and a vast array of age-grade rugby have meant a steady progression through the ranks is often the only way to progress. Academy placement is followed by U20 representation and next it’s senior club rugby then Test rugby. The effectiveness of the professional process usually mean the weaker players are sifted out early on, meaning there are few bolters or surprise packages for supporters to discover at senior level.But the rise of Tadhg Beirne is disproving this theory. And he is not alone. Look at another Scarlet in Hadleigh Parkes. Neither has taken the fluid route to success. Parkes was considered, very unfairly, a journeyman pro – if he is a journeyman then he must rank alongside Marco Polo and Vasco Da Gama such has been his ability to help the Scarlets discover new lands; Champions Cup quarter-finals are rare possessions indeed in Wales. Beirne’s form since arriving from Ireland has been nothing short of remarkable. Having been rejected by Leinster, he has arguably been the best player in Europe this season.While professional rugby will continue to produce the golden children who are predisposed to getting 100 caps for their country before the egg has fused in their mother’s womb, such as Marcus Smith, there is still room for the late developer and those who catch a lucky break. And long may it continue, the game would be a very sterile environment without it.The scrum’s importance goes beyond the obviousJanuary saw Eddie Jones reiterate the importance of the scrum. As he said, without it the game would become “rugby league with lineouts”. But the importance of the scrum far exceeds its primary purpose. Without a competitive scrum, the physical make-up of a team would be vastly different and the implications far reaching.Key facet: Ali Price prepares to put the ball in at a scrum. Photo: Getty ImagesLess focus on the scrum means less need for 19st players who wouldn’t look out of place as extras in Lord of the Rings. In the front row, 19st props are obviously vital but they can be a liability in the defensive line, especially after ten-plus phases. A move away from an authentic scrum would lead to front-row forwards replicating the build of back-row forwards, making the already nano-defensive gaps even smaller.Having extra, lighter forwards would also have an impact on lineout success, where the ability to potentially lift five jumpers would undoubtedly see the quality of lineout ball drop. We all get annoyed with constant scrum resets and unfathomable scrum penalties, but be careful what you wish for. Without scrums, rugby union would be like watching two pieces of flesh sandpaper rubbing against each other for 80 minutes.The ‘old guard’ full-backs need to step asideIt’s never easy criticising once fantastic Test players. Leigh Halfpenny, Rob Kearney and Mike Brown have had tremendous international careers and their distinguished club careers will undoubtedly continue. But eventually even the timeless run out of minutes. This year’s Six Nations could be the year in which that finally happens.Race is on: Should Mike Brown or Anthony Watson wear No 15 for England? Photo: Getty ImagesAll things being equal, January has proved that February needs to be the month where the likes of Jordan Larmour, a fit Liam Williams and Anthony Watson need to wear the No 15 shirts for their countries. To their credit, the wonderfully expansive Scotland were way ahead of the curve by selecting Stuart Hogg. Moving on: All Black Lima Sopoaga is joining Wasps next season. Photo: Getty ImagesThe plundering of a poorer professional team, in any sport, by a richer professional team is nothing new and arguably progresses the commercial interests of the game. But Super Rugby isn’t just another league; it’s almost a subsection of a rugby, nearly a different sport. It is snowboarding, to the northern hemisphere’s ‘downhill’. It’s not as if those former Super Rugby players are even allowed to continue to play that style in the northern hemisphere – they aren’t. Barring a few teams, the relegation and commercial pressures of the Top 14 and Premiership aren’t the ideal conditions for Super-style rugby.Many don’t share the love for Super Rugby. But for others it is a break from the attritional rugby played up north and a heads-up as to what form New Zealand rugby, in particular, is about to morph into next. The aesthetic of the global game will suffer should Super Rugby be stripped to its bones.center_img FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREIt’s not merely a debate about age. Kearney, Brown and Halfpenny excelled in an age where it was easier to win games when you didn’t have the ball, such was the ease with which you could win penalties at the breakdown. The kick-chase game from 2009-2015 favoured those who were strong in the air and missed few tackles, over those who stepped and broke lines. But that style of full-back went out of fashion two seasons ago, particularly in the southern hemisphere, and now it is time that the north caught up.The Anglo-Welsh Cup needs a rethinkJanuary yet again saw the Anglo-Welsh Cup cough up some unsightly mismatches. For a competition that is supposed to be about developing young talent, there are some players being selected with more caps than Jay-Z. On occasion, it has looked like watching a competitive dad have a kickabout with his toddler, only to take it too seriously and end up tackling his kid into the tree swing.The Gloucester team that faced the Ospreys featured Henry Trinder, Richard Hibbard, Ed Slater and Ben Morgan, while the Ospreys included four players I had never seen before, and I watch an OCD level of rugby.Cherry pick: Ben Morgan takes on the Ospreys last month. Photo: Getty ImagesIt may be that the English teams simply have deeper squads filled with more senior players and that their second-string teams are stronger. Or that the Premiership teams are using it to keep their squads warm during international breaks in a league where relegation means that the end of the season is just as important as the beginning – not a situation that prevails in the Pro14.Either way the competition needs reform. An age limit on the players selected seems logical. But perhaps a more unusual measure of success could come from giving additional rewards to those clubs who manage to transition younger players who feature in the competition, into their long-term first-team squads.Rugby needs Super Rugby January once again saw the pull of European money impact on Super Rugby. Highlanders fly-half Lima Sopoaga, Charlie Ngatai, the Chiefs centre, and Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd are the latest to sign contracts in the northern hemisphere. It is a difficult situation. Who can blame players for wanting to take care of their families? But the plundering of Super Rugby could have more far-ranging consequences than merely draining other teams of talent. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

U.S. actions show solidarity with Palestine

U.S. actions show solidarity with Palestine

first_imgEvents around the U.S. expressed solidarity with Palestine during the first two weeks in June. Here is a sampling from WW correspondents.New York CityWithin Our Lifetime/United for Palestine held a community Iftar on June 8, Al-Quds Day, at the Solidarity Center in New York City to celebrate the Palestinian people’s right to resist until return and liberation.AtlantaMore than 100 demonstrators gathered at CNN headquarters in Atlanta for Al-Quds Day. There, they held a rally, with speakers from Christian, Islamic and Jewish organizations as well as secular solidarity groups, including the International Action Center and Jewish Voice for Peace. The rally was followed by a march through downtown Atlanta to Troy Davis (Woodruff) Park, another short rally and then a march back to CNN.A midday protest on June 5 in Milwaukee focused on the Israeli ambassador, who was speaking at the war memorial. The protesters were a multinational group, outraged that the ambassador came to peddle U.S.-Israeli genocidal lies during a luncheon. At the 3-hour protest, which began outside the war memorial building, participants chanted, “Free, free Palestine!” and other slogans loud enough to be heard clearly inside the luncheon. The protesters then moved to where those who attended the luncheon were exiting the parking lot and chanted, “Shame!” for their complicity in the slaughter of Palestinians and in the U.S.-Israeli theft of Palestinian lands. Numerous labor, community, peace and anti-war organizations united to publicize and participate in the protest.Portland, OregonMembers of the Workers World Party Portland, Ore., branch organized a demonstration June 8 in response to the Palestinians’ call for support of their ongoing anti-colonialist struggle. Demonstrators joined an event for housing justice and were given a platform to speak. They condemned the deliberate murders of medic Razan al-Najjar on June 1 and journalist Rachel Corrie on March 16, 2003.Bill Dores, Jimmy Raynor and Joshua Hanks contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Hundreds rally, march against racist violence

Hundreds rally, march against racist violence

first_imgCleveland, March 28.Hundreds of Clevelanders from the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, along with multinational allies, rallied in the Asia Town neighborhood March 28. Sponsors of the “Stop Asian hate” rally were the Cleveland chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership, Asian Services in Action, Asian Pacific Islander Public Affairs and Asia Town Cleveland.The rally was one of dozens held across the U.S. the weekend of March 27-28, some called by community groups and many by the Answer coalition, demanding an end to racially motivated attacks targeting Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific IslandersSpeakers, who addressed the crowd in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, represented the sponsoring organizations as well as the InterReligious Task Force on Central America, the arts collective Shooting Without Bullets, and City Council Ward 7 which includes Asia Town. Dr. Shemariah J. Arki of the Ellipsis Institute for Women of Color in the Academy led everyone in Assata Shakur’s chant: “We are determined to fight for our freedom. We are determined to win. We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” A march through Asia Town followed the rally. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Indiana Crops Continue Improvment

Indiana Crops Continue Improvment

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Crops Continue Improvment Indiana Crops Continue Improvment Previous articleNCGA’s Woodall Expects Farm Bill ExtensionNext articleUS Crop Condition Remains Solid Gary Truitt SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jul 8, 2013 Rain showers, across most of the state, kept wheatharvest to a minimum during the week, according to theIndiana Field Office of USDA’s National AgriculturalStatistics Service. Producers are worried thatexcessive moisture will soon begin to take its toll on thewinter wheat crop if they are not able to finish harvestsoon. Farmers are hoping for drier conditions to notonly finish wheat harvest but to also bale straw andplant double crop soybeans. Moderate temperaturesand ample soil moisture allowed the corn crop to makerapid growth with a few scattered fields beginning totassel.There were 2.8 days suitable for field work during theweek. Corn condition improved slightly and is rated81 percent good to excellent compared with 12 percentlast year at this time.Ninety-eight percent of the soybean acreage hasemerged compared with 100 percent last year and 97percent for the 5-year average. Nine percent of thesoybean acreage is blooming compared with 42percent last year and 20 percent for the 5-yearaverage. Soybean condition is rated 75 percent goodto excellent compared with 14 percent last year at thistime.Thirty-two percent of the winter wheat acreage hasbeen harvested compared with 98 percent last yearand 69 percent for the 5-year average. Winter wheatcondition is rated 76 percent good to excellent at thistime.LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE REPORTLivestock remained in mostly good condition.Pasture condition improved and is rated 84 percentgood to excellent compared with only 2 percent lastyear at this time. The second cutting of alfalfa is 19percent complete compared with 93 percent last yearand 43 percent for the 5-year average. SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Open House Episode 13: Liliana Ogden

Open House Episode 13: Liliana Ogden

first_imgFacebook ReddIt Twitter Logo for SGA’s Open House podcast + posts Open House Episode 15: Alexis Berry World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Open House Episode 7: Alex Colig ReddIt Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Open House: Finale Open House Episode 14: Delaina Bellows Previous articleA new hope: No. 10 TCU proves they’re the real deal after opening day strugglesNext articleHoroscope: February 22, 2021 Kai Grady RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/center_img printWelcome back to Open House for our first episode of the new year. This week, Kyle has the pleasure of interviewing SGA Vice President, Liliana Ogden. Topics include everything from favorite movie and sports team to the intricacies of the VP position. Hope you enjoy!Interview conducted by Kyle AtwoodProduced by Kai Grady Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Kai Grady Twitter Linkedin Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Kai Grady is an FTDM and Journalism double-major from Arlington, Texas. He currently works at KTCU as a Hip-Hop DJ. After graduating, he hopes to pursue a career in both sports and popular culture writing. Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TAGSSGATCU last_img read more

Handshake could land firms in court

Handshake could land firms in court

first_img Comments are closed. Handshake could land firms in courtOn 8 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Employersshould not necessarily expect all job interviewees to shake hands, as it couldcause offence and breach laws which come into force in December.Insistingon a handshake could leave the interviewer’s organisation open to a claim ofdiscrimination from devout followers of Judaism and Islam, according to areport from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).Thereport, Tackling Religious Discrimination: An introduction to the law, alsowarns that serving alcohol without a non-alcoholic option at work functionscould invite a claim under the new European laws.Tocomply with EU law, the UK must introduce new legislation on religiousdiscrimination by 2 December 2003 to make it illegal to discriminate on the groundsof religion or belief in the workplace.  TheCIPD has published guidance to encourage employers to think about thecomplexities and to help them recognise the need for action over theforthcoming Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations.DianahWorman, CIPD diversity adviser, said the implications of the new legislationwere enormous for employers, given that compensation awarded to an employee (orwould-be employee) who wins their case is unlimited.Oneparticular problem facing employers is the potentially wide definition of whatamounts to a belief. Wormansaid: “The Government needs to produce guidance as quickly as possible toaddress many of the concerns highlighted in the report.  With just six months left before theregulations become law, the clock is ticking loudly for those organisationswishing to prepare for such a major and far-reaching piece of legislation.”ByBen willmottwww.cipd.org.ukHRfactfileThereport recommends:–Ask employees what their requirements are and, where appropriate, whether theywould like to set up an advisory body on religion and belief –Review all policies and procedures, from recruitment to appraisal and holidayarrangements –Give managers diversity training and provide them with guidelines on how todeal with workplace issues–Ensure dignity at work policies cover harassment on the grounds of religion orbelief and that these are drawn to the attention of all employeesSource:CIPD Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Life hung by a thread: endurance of Antarctic fauna in glacial periods

Life hung by a thread: endurance of Antarctic fauna in glacial periods

first_imgToday, Antarctica exhibits some of the harshest environmental conditions for life on Earth. During the last glacial period, Antarctic terrestrial and marine life was challenged by even more extreme environmental conditions. During the present interglacial period, polar life in the Southern Ocean is sustained mainly by large-scale primary production. We argue that during the last glacial period, faunal populations in the Antarctic were limited to very few areas of local marine productivity (polynyas), because complete, multiannual sea-ice and ice shelf coverage shut down most of the Southern Ocean productivity within today’s seasonal sea-ice zone. Both marine sediments containing significant numbers of planktonic and benthic foraminifera and fossil bird stomach oil deposits in the adjacent Antarctic hinterland provide indirect evidence for the existence of polynyas during the last glacial period. We advocate that the existence of productive oases in the form of polynyas during glacial periods was essential for the survival of marine and most higher-trophic terrestrial fauna. Reduced to such refuges, much of today’s life in the high Antarctic realm might have hung by a thread during the last glacial period, because limited resources available to the food web restricted the abundance and productivity of both Antarctic terrestrial and marine life.last_img read more