Demand for grocery delivery cools as food costs rise
Karen Raschke, a retired attorney in New York, started getting her groceries delivered early in the pandemic. Then earlier this spring, Raschke learned her rent was increasing by $617 per month. U.S. demand for grocery delivery is cooling as prices for food and other necessities rise.news.yahoo.com
Making Miami moves: What to expect during new-student move-in
This is your “Move to Miami.”In preparation for new student move-in, here are few things to note as you make your way down to the University of Miami:New student and transfer move-in will be on Aug. 15-16. Before getting to the dorms, all new students must first check in at their assigned date and time at the Lakeside Village Expo Center. At check-in students will receive their ‘Cane Card, which will give you access to your dorm and university buildings, and register for ‘Cane Kickoff, UM’s orientation program. At the Mahoney, Pearson and Stanford residential colleges, students will be able to utilize Cruise Ship Move-In, in which the student’s belongings will be brought up to their dorm. In conjunction with meeting others in the dorms, news students will have numerous opportunities to meet their peers during orientation.themiamihurricane.com
Two 18-year-olds arrested, accused of shooting water pellets at people in TikTok-inspired challenge
Two 18-year-olds were arrested Tuesday and charged with a felony, accused of shooting water beads at roughly 25 people — including a person over 65 — in Pembroke Pines and Miramar in the TikTok-inspired "Orbeez Challenge."sun-sentinel.com
Jump in hiring fuels optimism for US economic recovery
That is down dramatically from 14.8% last April, just after the virus erupted in the United States. AdAlso hiring last month were retailers, which added 41,000 jobs, health care companies, with 46,000, and manufacturers, with 21,000. But state and local governments have slashed 1.4 million jobs since the pandemic erupted, including 86,000 last month, and most have instituted hiring freezes. The Congressional Budget Office projects the nation will add a substantial 6.2 million jobs this year. Sounding an optimistic note, he said: “There’s good reason to expect job creation to pick up in the coming months."
Target powers through a pandemic; 2020 sales growth explodes
FILE - In this April 6, 2020 file photo, a customer wearing a mask carries his purchases as he leaves a Target store during the coronavirus pandemic, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The moves come as Target extended its sales streak through the holiday quarter and sales grew by more than $15 billion. Online sales soared 118%. In the previous quarter, same-store sales rose 10%, while online sales spiked 155%. Late last year, it signed a deal with beauty chain Ulta Beauty that will place Ulta shops in more than 100 Target stores by mid-2021.
US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in 3 months
The Federal Reserve says theres evidence that hiring has picked up in recent weeks, though the job market remains badly damaged by the pandemic. Jobless claims declined by 111,000 from the previous week to a seasonally adjusted 730,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Still, before the virus erupted in the United States last March, weekly applications for unemployment benefits had never topped 700,000. The latest figures coincide with a weakened job market that has made scant progress in the past three months. AdAll told, 19 million people were receiving unemployment aid as of Feb. 6, up from 18.3 million the previous week.
Federal Reserve sees modest pickup in hiring this month
The Federal Reserve says theres evidence that hiring has picked up in recent weeks, though the job market remains badly damaged by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve says there's evidence that hiring has picked up in recent weeks, though the job market remains badly damaged by the pandemic. In its semi-annual monetary policy report released Friday, the Fed said it has been watching job data compiled by payroll processor ADP. AdThe report will form the basis for Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's testimony next week before committees in the House and Senate. Hiring has stalled in the past three months, with job gains averaging just 90,000 a month from November through January.
US consumer prices up 0.3% in January, led by energy spike
U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October, the lowest reading in five months and an indication that the price spike seen this summer is beginning to fade as coronavirus cases start to increase. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer prices rose 0.3% in January, led by a surge in energy. But even though the gain was the biggest monthly increase since July, inflation gains over the past year have remained modest. Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy costs, is also up 1.4% with core prices unchanged in January. “Consumer price inflation remains very tame,” said Kathy Bostjancic, chief U.S. financial economist at Oxford Economics, predicting that the upcoming rise in year-over-year inflation figures should be transitory.
Biden boosting vaccine allotments, financing for virus costs
Starting next week, 1 million doses will be distributed to some 6,500 pharmacies across the country, the White House said. The administration is also boosting by 500,000 the weekly allocation of vaccines sent directly to states and territories for the coming weeks, up to 10.5 million. It is allowing state and local governments to receive additional federal dollars to cover previously incurred expenses relating to the pandemic. The number of participating pharmacies and the allocation of vaccines are expected to accelerate as drug makers increase production. The Biden administration has sought to increase certainty to state governments on their upcoming allocations to streamline deliveries and prevent stockpiling of second doses for the two-dose regimens.
Retail group: holiday sales up 8.3% amid big spending shift
The nations largest retail trade group says Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, that holiday sales soared 8.3%, far exceeding its forecast even as the coronavirus kept shoppers away from physical stores. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)NEW YORK – The nation’s largest retail trade group said Friday that holiday sales soared 8.3%, far exceeding its forecast even as the coronavirus kept shoppers away from physical stores. The retail sales figures exclude sales from autos, restaurants and gas. The non-seasonably adjusted holiday figures, contrast with a downbeat report Friday from the Commerce Department that retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in December from the month before. However, the government reported a 3.7% retail sales gain in November and a 2.9% gain in December compared to the year-ago periods.
U.S. retail sales fell in December for 3rd straight month
A sale sign is displayed near the entrance of a Hallmark store Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. Retail sales fell for a third straight month, as a surge in virus cases kept people away from stores and restaurants during the holiday shopping season. The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in December from the month before, a decline Wall Street analysts weren't expecting. The Commerce Department said sales even fell online, down nearly 6% after rising 19% for the year. At restaurants and bars, sales fell 4.5% in December as states restricted in-person dining, ending the year down 21%. The nation’s largest retail trade group said that when car, restaurant and gas sales are taken out, and when non-seasonably adjusted numbers are compared from a year ago instead of month to month, sales in November and December actually rose 8.3% from the year before.
Target continues to thrive in whirlwind retail environment
Targets strong sales streak extended through the holiday season, as shoppers snapped up everything from clothing to home goods during the pandemic. The Minneapolis company reported Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, that its online sales surged 102% for the November and December period. The retailer reported Wednesday that online sales surged 102% between November and December. Even with the push online, Target's 1,900 locations have become an even greater strength as infections surged and people tried to stay home. Tiffany & Co. last week reported a 2% gain in preliminary holiday sales, helped by strong sales in China and online.
Family of suspect releases statement in Cleveland Clinic worker abduction, rape
WESTON, Fla. – The family of the suspect in custody for the abduction, assault and rape of a Cleveland Clinic healthcare worker released a statement Sunday. A statement was released Sunday on behalf of the family, which read:“The family’s thoughts and prayers are currently with the victim, the victim’s family, and with Joel. They would like to thank the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Det. The family has no other comment at this time.”The carjacking happened at the Weston hospital campus parking lot at 2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard around 7:30 a.m. Saturday. A Sunpass camera captured this photo of the suspect who Broward Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for who they say abducted and raped a healthcare worker from the Cleveland Clinic in Weston.
Man wanted for stealing from 40+ stores up and down South Florida, detectives say
Authorities say he has committed over 40 thefts at Target and Home Depot stores throughout South Florida over the past three months. Jose Luis Cruz Jr. is accused of taking over $80,000 in value from the stores since Sept. 26, investigators say. Watch surveillance video:The stores that have been hit are located in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. Detectives said they have surveillance video for most of the crimes. If you have information, you are asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477 or visit browardcrimestoppers.org.
Sephora to take over cosmetics in Kohl's stores
NEW YORK – Sephora will be replacing all cosmetics areas at Kohl's with 2,500 square foot shops, starting with 200 locations in the fall of year. Earlier this month, Target said it would be opening Ulta Beauty shops in more than 100 stores next year. J.C. Penney said its developing its own cosmetics area to replace Sephora when that agreement ends. Rougeot said Sephora was attracted to Kohl's because of its network of 1,100 stores, mostly outside of malls. The Sephora shops, which will feature about 100 brands, will be at the front of Kohl's stores.
Target gains steam heading into crucial holiday season
The Minneapolis company reported Wednesday that its online sales surged 155% in the three months that ended Oct. 31. It joined Walmart and Home Depot in reporting strong third quarter sales. Last week, Target announced a deal with nation’s largest beauty store chain, Ulta Beauty, that will place Ulta shops in more than 100 Target stores by mid-2021. During the latest quarter, drive-up sales increased more than fivefold, while order pickup continues to increase with more than a 50% increase. Target is pushing shoppers to start early this holiday season to avoid a crush of customers online and in stores during the pandemic.
Ulta to open beauty shops at 100 Target stores in 2021
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, women walk to an Ulta Beauty store in Schaumburg, Ill. The nations largest beauty chain has a deal to place shops in more than 100 Target stores by mid-2021. Ulta Beauty and Target said Tuesday, Nov. 10 that the shops will be located next to Targets existing beauty sections. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)NEW YORK – The nation's largest beauty store chain, Ulta Beauty, has a deal to place shops in more than 100 Target stores by mid-2021. “More than ever before, now is the time for innovation in retail,” said Mary Dillon, CEO of Ulta Beauty.
Pandemic pushes start of holiday shopping earlier than ever
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NEW YORK – Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Black Friday has long been the unofficial start to the U.S. holiday season, though retailers have been pushing holiday shopping earlier for the last decade or so. The first big holiday push will come from Amazon, which is positioning its mid-October Prime Day as a kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Even with the early start to the season, holiday sales are expected to deliver smaller gains than in recent years. Joel Bines, who runs the retail practice at AlixPartners, thinks the earlier shopping will stick even when the pandemic is over.
US layoffs remain elevated as incomes and spending weaken
Overall jobless aid has shrunk in recent weeks even as roughly 25 million people rely upon it. Total paid unemployment benefits plunged by more than half in August, according to the Commerce Department. Most of them are transitioning to an extended jobless aid program that provides benefits for an additional three months. Weekly applications for unemployment benefits are typically watched as a proxy for layoffs, although the data has become muddied in recent months. On Friday, the government will issue the jobs report for September, the final such report before Election Day, Nov. 3.
Twisted Sister singer to anti-maskers: Don't use our song
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider took to social media to condemn anti-maskers who went into a Florida Target store blaring the group's hit “We're Not Gonna Take It" while ripping off their masks. Snider said the group doesn't have his “permission or blessing to use my song for their moronic cause." Target was fined for not enforcing the county's mask law and citations were mailed to the protesters, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. Danielle Schumann, a Target corporate spokeswoman, said Target requires shoppers to wear masks inside stores. Nelson told the Sun Sentinel he will continue to use the Twisted Sister song, despite Snider's criticism.
Dee Snider slams ‘selfish’ anti-maskers who used his song at Fort Lauderdale Target stunt
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Anti-maskers thought Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” was an appropriate anthem to blare as they marched through a Fort Lauderdale Target store with their faces uncovered earlier this week. Dee Snider, the frontman of the ’80s metal band, strongly disagrees. #cuttheshit https://t.co/LPDAjSszbf — Dee Snider🇺🇸 (@deesnider) September 16, 2020About a dozen members of the anti-mask group stormed the Target store off Federal Highway on Tuesday night and took off their masks, trying to spread their message that Americans shouldn’t be forced to wear face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. The protest ended peacefully, but Broward County sent the protesters citations and also fined the Target for not enforcing the mask law, according to the Sun Sentinel. On Wednesday, Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said protective masks could be even more helpful in combating COVID-19 than a vaccine.
COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US
Until the pandemic upended the operations of American companies, from factories to family diners, weekly jobless aid applications had never exceeded 700,000 in the U.S. They’ve topped 700,000 for 26 consecutive weeks. An extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits ran out July 31, squeezing households that had depended on the beefed-up payments. President Donald Trump issued an executive order Aug. 8 providing a scaled-back version of the expanded jobless aid. Most states signed up for federal grants that let them increase weekly benefits by $300 or $400. The extra $600 in weekly jobless benefits didn’t replace all her lost income but helped.
August jobs report likely to point to a still-slow recovery
The government issues the jobs report Friday, Sept. 4, for August at a time of continuing layoffs and high unemployment. Economists have forecast that employers added 1.4 million jobs in August and that the unemployment rate fell from 10.2% to 9.8%, according to a survey by data provider FactSet. The Labor Department will issue the August jobs report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time Friday. The economy still has roughly 13 million fewer jobs than it did when the coronavirus struck in March. The jobs report coincides with growing signs that more companies are making permanent job cuts rather than temporary furloughs.
Target sales surge as Americans lean on big box stores
NEW YORK Comparable store sales at Target soared 24.3% in the second quarter, more evidence that big box retailers have turned them into essential points of supply during the pandemic. Comparable sales which include sales at stores opened at least a year and online sales - set a record for the three-month period that ended Aug. 1. Online sales surged 195%, while sales at established stores rose 10.9%. Americans have relied on big box retailers like Walmart, Home Depot, as well as Amazon, since the start of the pandemic. That trend accelerated to 97% in the second quarter.
Target joins Walmart in ending Thanksgiving store shopping
NEW YORK Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decadelong tradition of jump-starting Black Friday door buster sales. Now, the virus has turned the holiday shopping model upside down. Historically, deal hunting and holiday shopping can mean crowded events, and this isnt a year for crowds, Minneapolis-based Target said in a corporate blog posted. Despite competition from Thanksgiving shopping, Black Friday ranks as either the top or No. Like Target, other retailers will also likely start holiday sales even earlier to stretch out crowds.