Mistie Bugarin

Sales rise, online capacity doubled, and Tesco Bank facing loss

A Tesco delivery truck in north London. Photo: Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty
A Tesco delivery truck in north London. Photo: Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty

Tesco’s (TSCO.L) customers made fewer trips to the supermarket during lockdown but did bigger shops when they did visit.

Shopping frequency fell by 32% in the 13 weeks to 30 May, Tesco said on Friday, but basket size jumped by 64%.

The change coincided with lockdown being announced in the UK, which prompted the government to urge Brits to only shop once a week for essentials. The period also coincided with an outbreak of panic buying before lockdown was announced, as Brits filled store cupboards in anticipation.

Tesco said that overall sales in its first quarter rose by 8.2% in the UK and Ireland when currency fluctuations are excluded.

A cashier at a Tesco supermarket works behind a protective perspex barrier in Croydon, south London. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty
A cashier at a Tesco supermarket works behind a protective perspex barrier in Croydon, south London. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty

“Through a very challenging period for everyone,

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Justin Bieber Files $20 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against 2 Women Who Accused Him of Sexual Assault

Justin Bieber is seeking legal recourse against two anonymous women who previously accused him on social media of sexual assault.

In a filing of a defamation lawsuit against the two Jane Does (who remain anonymous save for their Twitter handles @danielleglvn and @ItsnotKadi and respective names they went by on social media: Danielle and Kadi, respectively), Bieber’s lawyers say the accusations against him are “factually impossible, and disproven both by indisputable documentary evidence and the individuals’ own admissions.”

“Danielle claimed she was sexually assaulted at the Four Seasons Hotel on March 9, 2014, however, Bieber did not stay at that hotel in March 2014 and there are multiple witnesses and documentary evidence to dispute Danielle’s malicious lie,” the complaint, filed on Thursday and obtained by PEOPLE, says, before calling Kadi’s accusation “likewise factually impossible, are contradicted by her own prior written statements, are supported only by falsified or faked texts.”

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Meeting the Ever-Changing Talent Needs of Retailers and Brands

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Poured, founded in 2016, is an app that connects retailers and brands in the beauty, fashion and, food and beverage industries with freelance professionals. The positions can be temporary or seasonal as well as permanent.

It’s also a matchmaking service that fosters the growth and professional ambitions of career specialists while offering retailers and brands dedicated employees. Clients include Theory, Gucci and Celine, among others. Here, cofounders Jonny Tucker and Joe Roberts discuss their company, what sets it apart in the industry and how the talent needs in fashion and beauty is evolving — which includes the growth of pop-ups.

WWD: What was the impetus behind founding the company? What challenges did you see in the market that demand attention?

Jonny Tucker and Joe Roberts: We had worked together for many years and a lot of our dialogue would be around how difficult

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Retailers Use Ingenuity to Welcome Back Consumers

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With stores across the country in varying stages of reopening, retailers and local organizations are getting creative about ways to welcome shoppers back to their neighborhoods.

In New York, Chicago, Indianapolis and other urban hubs, street art has been splashed on boarded-up storefronts and public spaces to give people a reason to take a wander.

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Last weekend in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, artists picked up their paintbrushes to create murals on the many boarded-up stores. To date, more than 400 murals have been made as part of the Art2[Heart] project that started by word of mouth as a way to decorate the neighborhood. Street art also abounds in Indianapolis, where local art and business supporters have hired Black artists, who have been given full creative rein. To make the outdoor art experience a learning one, the Black artists have recorded downloadable

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Ontario premier in favour of keeping borders closed

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 102,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,500 deaths.

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5:45 p.m.: Bars, hotels, spas, waterparks and more open in Quebec

Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s director of public

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Coronavirus Protection Strategies for Seniors

As the COVID-19 pandemic—caused by the novel coronavirus—has spread, expert guidance on the viral illness has evolved time and again as we learn more about it.

But one message has been clear throughout: Older adults are at increased risk for severe disease, and the older you are the more elevated your risk. Those in their 60s and 70s are at greater risk than those in their 50s, and people 85 and older are at the greatest risk, according to new information from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Health experts knew early on in the outbreak that age was a significant factor: A study published online by the Journal of the American Medical Association in February looked at almost 45,000 people in China diagnosed with COVID-19. It found that almost 15 percent of those 80 and older, and 8 percent of those in their 70s, died after contracting

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Airbnb, Vrbo guests fighting for refunds after coronavirus cancellations

Evan Skowronski was supposed to stay in a Connecticut Airbnb this month with his wife after booking their stay in January.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the couple opted to cancel their trip in April. Skowronski, 53, a scientist working on infectious disease surveillance, canceled the booking outside of the company’s extenuating circumstances policy, which promises refunds or travel credits. He had been caught up in a back and forth with the company and his host in an effort to receive a refund, only just receiving it Thursday.

And Skowronski is far from alone as travelers and hosts from short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo have been stuck battling for their money back.

Emma Kaufmann, 49, is another hurt consumer. The writer and illustrator is seeking a refund of more than $1,400 after canceling her reservation for a trip to Berlin set for three weeks in June and July.

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No turning back for Florida, Texas? Why the next two weeks are ‘critical’ for US, Fauci warns

States have arrived at a crossroads that will define the coronavirus pandemic in the United States as half of the country struggles to manage rising COVID-19 cases, health experts say.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, told Congress on Tuesday that the next two weeks will be “critical” in how the country addresses the surge in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona. 

Experts say states that don’t manage their case counts risk overwhelming the health care system again and infecting neighboring states that have already flattened the curve. While summer travel is expected to decline 15% from last year, AAA still projects 683 million road trips from July to September, which could spread coronavirus.

All this could happen ahead of the fall, when the coronavirus may reappear in a second wave and likely be accompanied by the flu.

‘Grave concerns’: COVID-19’s surge

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After Years of Decline, the Military’s Commissary System Just Had Its Highest Sales Day Ever

Between an influx of veterans newly granted access to military resale stores and customers preparing for shutdowns during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Defense Department commissary stores saw a 26% increase in sales in the first quarter of 2020.

Now the DoD is trying to figure out how to retain these customers, looking at their shopping preferences and behaviors to guide future services and offerings at stores, DoD Chief Management Officer Lisa Hershman told Military.com.

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While a boost in customers was not unexpected this year, given that 4.1 million disabled veterans became eligible to shop at military stores on Jan. 1, the jump in patrons just before and during the pandemic was unprecedented: On March 13 — the Friday before many states moved to stay-at-home orders — the commissary system saw its highest single sales day ever,

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The best credit cards for new homeowners of 2020

If you just bought a house, these credit cards can make settling in a little easier.
If you just bought a house, these credit cards can make settling in a little easier.

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A new house, condo, or apartment is cause for celebration. It might also cause some financial stress, depending on how much is left in your bank account after the settlement. And the bills don’t end there. If you’re a new homeowner, you might be looking for ways to help you save money on home-related expenses after you move in. Furniture, renovations, and emergency repairs can quickly add up. 

While experts advise that people shouldn’t apply for new lines of credit before

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