Europe’s mutated coronavirus doesn’t yet pose an existential threat to the market narrative that has become a reasonable consensus since late March, and particularly since the news of the efficacy of vaccines in November. Global equities and oil prices slumped while safe-bond prices jumped Monday, as investors reacted to the […]

Coronavirus Article Bar with counter The new variant of Sars-Cov-2 could become the dominant strain as it has an “evolutionary advantage in transmitting more quickly”, a government adviser has suggested.  Professor Calum Semple, a member of the Sage scientific advisory group, said told Sky News that the UK “shouldn’t beat ourselves […]

Easyjet, Virgin Atlantic and TUI Airways aircraft are seen at Manchester Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Manchester, Britain, June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble Airlines rushed to amend flight schedules and bookings as countries around the world closed their borders to the UK. The tide began on […]

Changing track: passport formalities will be tougher (Getlink) Technically the UK has left the European Union. But from the traveller’s point of view, nothing significant has changed during the transition phase. This comes to an end at 11pm GMT (midnight Central European Time) on 31 December 2020. From that moment, […]

Share Tweet Share Share Share Email Rewards points and programs may spur customers to make purchases, but do they inspire loyalty that lives on after the transaction is made? It was the main question put to a panel of payments and customer-facing professionals who told Karen Webster that the “old” […]

This holiday season undoubtedly looks different from what we are used to given COVID-19. It’s possible your holiday plans may have taken a new shape, maybe even virtual, or canceled all together. One thing that is not so different, the holiday season causes many of us to go on a […]

HAMMONTON, N.J. (WPVI) — The spirit of Christmas is thriving within the walls of a South Jersey toy shop despite their struggles to survive the pandemic. “The last couple weeks before Christmas make or break a holiday for a toy store,” said Kelly Donio, the founder and owner of Toy […]

LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The Christmas shopping season can often make or break new businesses gaining a foothold in the marketplace for the first time. Earlier this year, Ray and Noreen Vigneault of Belchertown opened two PLAYNOW! toy stores in busy shopping areas of Westfield and Ludlow. When he wasn’t […]

Share Tweet Share Share Share Email A highly infectious new COVID-19 strain has caused some countries to ban U.K. travelers from entering, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The new strain, according to the British government, per WSJ, is spreading 70 percent faster than the earlier variants of the […]

People at St Pancras station in London, wait to board the last train to Paris today, Sunday Dec. 20, 2020. Millions of people in England have learned they must cancel their Christmas get-togethers and holiday shopping trips. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that holiday gatherings can’t go ahead […]

Oxford Street – Paul Grover/ Paul Grover Tier 4 restrictions introduced just days before Christmas are causing chaos for consumers. From closed shops to fresh national and international travel bans, the new rules have a big effect on you and your money. We answer the most important questions. Can I […]

The end-year Christmas season is expected to be another major blow to a travel industry hammered by the coronavirus, though they hope it’s also their final major blow from the pandemic. Coronavirus-era travel peaked on Thanksgiving, but that was still far less than 2019 levels The industry expects even fewer […]

Most years, when Harry asks me what I want for Christmas, my response is a cheerful, ‘I don’t mind, handsome, as long as I get to spend it with you.’ Honestly, I’m so impatient that if I want something, I will go out and buy it myself… and really, I […]

The year 2020 was make-or-break for many consumer-oriented companies. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed some companies that had previously been weakened by the “retail apocalypse” and U.S.-China trade war into bankruptcy. Meanwhile, companies with forward-thinking business models seemed to weather the economic storm well, and in some cases flourish. They did […]

Christmas plans for many have been ruined after the Government introduced substantial new Covid-19 curbs yesterday – GETTY Millions of people across the UK have seen their Christmas travel plans undone as huge swathes of the country are placed under tough new restrictions in an effort to stop the spread […]

Ruhee Dewji, a Canadian software developer who lives on her own, took up knitting in early spring at the encouragement of some friends. Before the pandemic, Ms. Dewji, 31, filled her spare time playing music in bands; she found playing on her own during lockdown just emphasized her loneliness. She […]