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Aug 17 2022
U.S. retail spending held steady in July compared with the prior month as shoppers saved money from falling gasoline prices and boosted purchases elsewhere.
Overall retail sales—a measure of spending at stores, online and in restaurants—were flat in July compared with the prior month’s revised 0.8% increase, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. With gasoline and auto sales removedWall Street Journal (News)
Oct 07 2021
An entire block of vacant storefronts: Delayed office return plans stymie midtown Manhattan’s recovery
Before the pandemic, it would take Rob Byrnes at least 15 minutes to wait in line and grab a quick lunch at a fast-casual restaurant in midtown Manhattan. Now, in the minority of people returning to office buildings in the area, Byrnes says he’s in and out with his meal in under two minutes.
But he’d much prefer to be standing in a line full of people again.
“We’re nowhere nearCNBC
Mar 04 2022
U.S. employers added a robust 678,000 jobs in February, another gain that underscored the economy’s solid health as the omicron wave fades and more Americans venture out to spend at restaurants, shops and hotels despite surging inflation.
The Labor Department’s report Friday also showed that the unemployment rate dropped from 4 percent to 3.8 percent, extending a sharp drop inPolitico
Aug 28 2021
More Americans now say they prefer a community with big houses, even if local amenities are farther away
Americans today are more likely than they were in the fall of 2019 to express a preference for living in a community where “houses are larger and farther apart, but schools, stores and restaurants are several miles away,” according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted July 8-18, 2021.
There has been a corresponding drop in the share saying they would prefer to live somewhere withPew Research Center
Aug 21 2021
McDonald’s Corp said on Thursday it has nearly achieved its goal of sourcing all of its paper food packaging in restaurants from recycled or sustainable fiber.
The Chicago-based global burger chain said in its annual sustainability report that in 2020 99.6% of the paper bags, food wrappers, napkins, cup carriers and other fiber-based materials it used to package meals for customers cameReuters
Aug 23 2022
Efforts by CEOs to push workers back to the office are failing, as it's becoming increasingly clear that the world of strictly in-office work is gone.
Why it matters: While the country is back to normal from the height of the pandemic in so many ways — we go to restaurants, movies, get on planes — office life appears to be permanently changed.
What was once unthinkable — white-Axios
May 31 2022
It was dark and the desert heat had finally subsided when we pulled up to an abandoned KFC near the U.S.-Mexico border. But this was no ordinary KFC; the restaurant was once the endpoint of a drug smuggling tunnel that was discovered in 2019, according to Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines.
“It came up immediately behind us, Jennie, 400 yards inside of the Mexican border,” Lines toldThe Daily Caller
Aug 03 2022
The confusing job market: Tech and finance brace for the worst, retail is mixed, travel can’t hire fast enough
It wasn’t long ago that Amazon, Shopify and Peloton doubled their workforces to manage through the pandemic surge, while Morgan Stanley staffed up to handle a record level of IPOs, and mortgage lenders added headcount as rock-bottom rates led to a refinancing boom.
On the flipside, Delta Air Lines, Hilton Worldwide and legions of restaurants slashed headcount because of lockdowns thatCNBC
Feb 28 2023
This article was originally published by the Listen First Project, an AllSides partner. It is republished here with permission.
In a recent article detailing the advice that outgoing Members of Congress had for the new class, Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon said,
Find opportunities to reach across the aisle. When in doubt, beer is a great bridge to help span the partisan divideCambria Findley-Grubb
Jun 20 2022
Ukraine's parliament has voted in favour of banning some Russian music in media and public spaces.
The ban will not apply to all Russian music, but rather relates to music created or performed by those who are or were Russian citizens after 1991.
Artists who have condemned Russia's war in Ukraine can apply for an exemption from the ban.
The import of books from Russia andBBC News