Retail sales rise despite fewer High Street visits

Woman walks past high-end fashion stores
Woman walks past high-end fashion stores

Retail sales rose again in July, but shops are still trying to make up lost ground, industry body figures suggest.

They show the number of visits to High Streets is still down significantly as people shop online instead.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said some retailers continue to struggle due to the coronavirus crisis, and it made a fresh call for government help with rents.

The housing ministry said landlords and tenants should “find solutions that work for both parties”.

Retail sales rose for the second consecutive month in July, the BRC said, up 3.2% compared with the same month last year. But the picture for retailers was mixed.

Food sales continued to be strong, while furniture and homeware sales also did well as people “increasingly invest in their time at home”, the BRC-KPMG retail sales report found.

Online shopping remained “prominent” in July,

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What to Know Before Using Your Pickup to Tow

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Truck advertisements boast about how much a pickup can tow, with demonstrations of stunning feats such as hauling a space shuttle down a city street. But the reality is, the typical pickup at the dealership has much more humble abilities.

For drivers looking to tow, there are two main things to know: how much weight they’ll tow and which truck can adequately do that job. It may sound simple, but there’s a lot to learn about engines, transmissions, and equipment packages to ensure that they have the right truck for their needs. Understanding all those numbers and what they mean isn’t always easy.

Take Ford, for example. The 2020 F-150 pickup can tow from 5,000 pounds to 13,200 pounds, depending on how the truck is configured. The F-150 most commonly found on dealer lots—an XLT crew cab 4WD with

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YouTuber Jackie Aina launched a self-care company, so just take all my money now

For a YouTuber, attaining a level of privacy and mystique probably is as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. After all, fans don’t just want the highly-curated, glossy and glam videos anymore. They want to know every move their favorite celeb makes. And, yes, YouTubers are celebrities.

Of course, that can make holding a secret, like a brand new product launch, a bit of a challenge. But Jackie Aina has proven where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Aina, a beauty content creator with over 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube alone and one of the first Black women to cross the million mark on the platform, just launched her own company. And it’s not beauty-related. Well, sort of.

Credit: Jackie Aina
Credit: Jackie Aina

Over the past few months, Aina had been sharing snippets to an Instagram account titled Forvr Mood, which is the name of her new company. Although none

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Food Delivery Advice from an Uber Eats Driver Who Made Bank

Sam Lyon pushed the earning potential of the gig economy to its limits.

The 26-year-old from Salem, Oregon, made thousands of dollars in one month delivering food for Uber Eats, an app for gig work that’s proven especially popular during the pandemic. He challenged himself to make as much money as possible in June. To do that, he drove 12 hours a day for 30 days straight.

By the end, Lyon made $8,357 and documented his journey on the video-sharing site TikTok, where he goes by the moniker SabbiLyon. Each day, he recorded a short video to log his progress — amassing more than 200,000 followers and millions of views along the way.

In an interview with The Penny Hoarder, Lyon broke down his earnings, what he learned and what other delivery gig workers can take from his 30-day challenge.

8 Pro Tips From Lyon’s Lucrative Month

Before we get

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40 Supermarket Buys That Are a Waste of Money

Households across the nation have been pummeled by the COVID-19 pandemic, with income loss and food insecurity being widely felt consequently. According to U.S census data, 26 million adults (or 10.8% of all adults in the country) reported that their household sometimes or often didn’t have enough to eat in the last seven days for the week ending July 7.

Fortunately, federal aid through programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are available, but these come with strict eligibility and purchase restrictions. And even if you do qualify for federal aid, there’s still another crisis to deal with, and that’s the rising cost of food. According to July 14 data from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices increased a total of 0.6% in June, with categories like meat, poultry, fish and eggs seeing the biggest spike. The beef index rose by nearly 5%.

At the end of the

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You can celebrate Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s 70th birthday with celebrity guests

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is turning 70 on Tuesday. To celebrate, his wife, Janet Hill, is throwing him a giant online party. And we’re all invited.

The festivities begin at 8 p.m. ET and will be livestreamed to and as a benefit for singer Jewel’s Inspiring Children Foundation.

Virtual guests include: opera singer Andrea Boccelli, country crooners Brad Paisley and Emmylou Harris, actors Ashton Kutcher and William Shatner, comedians Chris Rock, Jay Leno and Drew Carey, magician Penn Jillette, former basketball great Shaquille O’Neal, and Jewel, who is hosting the event.

Cameras: iPhone Photography Award winners

Schedule: You’ll have to wait a little longer for a new phone, Apple’s next iPhones to be delayed for ‘several weeks’

A special “11 days of Wozdom” scavenger hunt will begin the next day. 

Beyond the party, Woz’s website (he prefers to be known as simply “Woz”) is hosting the scavenger hunt

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John Lewis documentary among high-quality offerings free from PBS this summer

When John Lewis died last month and I wanted to find out more about the man and his life, I did all the things I usually do when I want to her media-educated on a topic in a hurry. I watched the cable TV specials, ordered books from Amazon and read online obituaries and profiles. But nowhere did I instantly find more illuminating and powerful content than PBS. And the best thing: It was free.

Not a week goes by that I don’t get emails from readers of The Sun who complain that the best programs air on costly streaming services like Netflix and premium cable channels like HBO. Most of the emails are angry, because the people writing feel the reality of two Americas based on how much money someone has. And when it comes to TV and digital content, they feel like they are suddenly living on the

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Why Everyone Wants A Piece Of Shift72, Which Has Grown By 400% During The Pandemic

Many film companies have taken a battering during the pandemic. The opposite is true of Shift72.

Business for the New Zealand-based company, which builds and manages online video platforms for the industry, is “through the roof”, with new U.S. and international clients including major festivals and exhibitors and with interest growing among independent distribution companies.

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During the pandemic, the company has grown as festivals look to become hybrid online/physical events and some explore becoming year-round TVOD platforms and a viable home for PVOD releases for non-blockbuster titles. The company’s ScreenPlus label, which builds TVOD and PVOD platforms for exhibition chains, has seen business off the back of the AMC/Universal window crunch deal as cinemas move to future proof as best they can.

CEO David White founded Shift72 in 2008 with a background in online and traditional distribution and film marketing. Alongside him at the firm is company

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As decision day nears, VP hopefuls rake in big money for Biden

The Democrats vying to be Joe Biden’s running mate have made the rounds of the Sunday shows. They’ve enlisted surrogates to talk them up to the vetting committee and have been preparing for their one-on-one interviews with Biden himself.

But as the vetting process enters its final stage, there’s another lesser-noticed facet to the veepstakes: how much cash the contenders have raised for him, and their ability to juice donations if they’re chosen.

Of Biden’s prospective running mates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has brought in the most money for him, totaling more than $7.7 million combined from a high-dollar event — which she vocally swore off during her own campaign — and a grass-roots event that drew 50,000 participants. She’s also sent multiple emails to her own small-dollar list, as well as his. On Tuesday, Warren will host another event for Biden, alongside Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), with tickets ranging from

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9 Best Grocery Delivery Services That Are Worth the Money

Grocery and meal delivery services are a convenient way to reduce trips to the supermarket — and spending on those unnecessary items that sneak their way into your cart as you shop. What’s more, these services make it possible to shop when it’s most convenient for you, whether it’s in the few minutes before you scramble off to work or while you’re binge-watching TV in your pajamas late at night.

The landscape of grocery delivery companies has changed quite a bit over the last few years, with once-popular services such as Chef’d and Terra’s Kitchen shutting their doors and traditional retailers such as Walmart entering the space.

But some of these services come at a premium, which can potentially put a strain on your budget. Keep reading to see what the current batch of online grocery delivery companies offer in terms of products, prices and convenience, so you can avoid

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