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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Retail sales plummeted [in March] as the effects of COVID-19 shutdowns reverberate through the economy,” said NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long in a new NAFCU Macro Data Flash report. Total retail sales dropped 8.7 percent during the month, following February’s 0.4 percent fall.“The more discretionary the category, the greater the fall in sales,” Long noted. “Nonstore retailers are up 3.1 percent, which include online merchants such as Amazon, who has hired tens of thousands more workers to meet demand. It is yet to be seen how many of the small businesses and restaurants recover from the crisis, and when.“NAFCU expects worse numbers over the next several months due to more extensive shutdowns and social distancing nationwide, followed by a slow recovery,” he concluded.Year-over-year retail sales were down 5.9 percent in March; February’s year-over-year sales saw a 4.9 percent increase. Control group sales, which excludes the auto, gas, and building materials categories, were down 3.5 in March and saw a 0.2 percent drop from a year ago. continue reading »last_img read more


first_imgILOILO City –Sixteen sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P16,000 were seized in abuy-bust operation in  Barangay Bakhaw,Mandurriao district.  The suspect wasdetained in the lockup facility of the Mandurriao police station, facingcharges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive DangerousDrugs Act of 2002./PN Police seized these sachets suspected shabu and marked money from “high-value” target Russel Ajeto. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Ajeto –resident of the village – was caught after he allegedly sold shabu to anundercover officer for P1,000 around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. “High-value”target Russel Ajeto yielded the suspected illegal drugs, police said. last_img read more


first_imgFrom trailing 3-1, two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova twice broke Williams’ serve for a chance to serve for the set, but the defending champion immediately broke back to level at 5-5 before play was suspended because of light rain.When the players returned to the court the roof had been closed and the indoor conditions favoured Williams’ big serve, with Kuznetsova failing to win a game as the world number one confidently secured the first set and, without further loss of a game, the match.“She has played really well against me in the past and beat me earlier this year so I knew I had to play well to win,” Williams told BBC Sport.“It was really tricky out there. It wasn’t raining hard but was dewy and on the grass you can fall easily – then you think ‘should I run or not’ and it became more difficult because of that.”Having played on middle Sunday, Williams will now play on three successive days at SW19.“In order to win a tournament you usually have to play quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals back-to-back,” said Williams.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Six-time champion Serena Williams monday overcame a first-set blip to reach Wimbledon’s last eight with a straight-sets win over Svetlana Kuznetsova.Williams, 34, defeated the Russian 7-5 6-0 to set up a quarter-final with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Kuznetsova failed to serve out the first set and before rain halted play the top seed was far from her best.But under the Centre Court roof, Williams was supreme, winning eight games on the trot to secure victory.last_img read more


first_imgKarim Abdul’s delightful free-kick gave Legon Cities FC their first win of the Ghana Premier League season on Friday night.He stepped up and bent a neat strike past the Bechem United goalkeeper, who was rooted to the spot, in the first half.The goal and eventual win sparked wild celebrations from fans who had come to see the Legon-based side.Legon Cities, despite an impressive social media campaign have failed to pick up three points until tonight.The win excited the people at the Accra Sports Stadium who had already been treated to a stunning performance by rapper Medikal at half-time.And, of course, given their immense popularity on social media, that excitement spread onto Twitter where Cities appear to have become the favourites of the neutrals.They are now on six points with one win and three draws from their first six games.Take a look at Karim Abdul’s strike, posted by Twitter user ‘Beyond the Pitch’ below:last_img read more

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