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Weak 0.3% US October sales gain spreads some holiday unease

NEW YORK (AP) — Retail sales in the U.S. grew a sluggish 0.3% in October, even as retailers offered early holiday discounts online and in stores.

A surge in coronavirus infections nationwide and the expiration of a $600 weekly boost to unemployment checks over the summer has slowed spending by Americans and contributed to the slowest retail sales growth since this spring, when the pandemic shuttered stores, theaters, restaurants and work places.

Economists had expected sales to rise 0.5%, already a significant tail off from September’s gain of 1.6%.

The data “point to a consumer sector that is becoming more cautious in its spending habits,” said Jim Baird, chief investment officer at Plante Moran, a financial advisory firm. “Weaker sales likely reflect several headwinds: the slowing recovery, the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country…and the reduction in fiscal support for sidelined workers.”

Most of the gain occurred in

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  • November 17, 2020
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The Best Horror Movies to Stream on Shudder in October

The biggest problem with most streaming services is that it can be difficult to find the best horror films, as it’s tough to distinguish which ones are worth checking out and which ones you haven’t heard of for good reason. The drawback to Shudder, on the other hand, is that there are so many great genre films to watch all year long, you’re often overwhelmed by the dozens of films that will fit your mood at any given moment. Luckily, we’re here to help whittle down all of the exciting offerings available on the service to get you in the spirit of Halloween.

As if the following films aren’t frightening enough, Shudder has a Shudder TV option, which broadcasts its films and TV shows 24 hours a day so you can get a taste of the terror of what’s on the service, and it also has three different “Ghoul Log”

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  • October 30, 2020
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VIRTUAL HALSTON Returns For Second Season October 30th THANK GOODNESS

Mama’s talkin’ good, Mama’s talkin’ great.

BWW Review: VIRTUAL HALSTON Returns For Second Season October 30th THANK GOODNESS

There may be women in the world who are funnier than Julie Halston, but I’m not sure who they are. There may be people in the world who are funnier than Julie Halston, but I’m not sure who they are. It’s just who she is, what she was born with, like some pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, except all the pot holds is laughter. Usually, to see Julie in action you would have to spend the money to see a Broadway play or to go to a nightclub. I’m a big believer in live entertainment – I think paying to see an artist work is the right and proper thing to do, just like supporting the clubs where they work and the food industry professionals who keep you libated and sated while enjoying the acts. Live entertainment isn’t possible right

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  • October 30, 2020
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Horoscopes for Friday, October 30, 2020

Aries

March 21-April 19

It’s time to think hard about a serious relationship and how you can make it even better than it is already. Maybe you both need to get away by yourselves for a while, or perhaps it would help if you didn’t take one another so much for granted. Well, discuss your thoughts with the person concerned and see what you can come up with.

Lucky Number

517

Financial Outlook

weak

Compatible Sign

Taurus

Taurus

April 20-May 20

Show a new side to yourself! You’re in the mood to do something different for a change, especially if you suspect that you’re stuck in a rut. You could meet someone new now and be bowled over by them, purely because they’re so different from you. This will be an exhilarating and liberating relationship, so don’t underestimate the effect it could have on you.

Lucky Number

465

Financial Outlook

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  • October 30, 2020
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Denver Most Expensive Homes for Sale October 2020

Over the summer, the average cost of a single family home in Denver blew past $600,000, propelled by strong demand and a limited market. Moreover, the October trends report from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors maintains that sales of luxury properties — those valued at more than $1 million — remain brisk, too.

Still, all pricey pads are not moving quickly. Our look at the five most expensive homes available for purchase right now through LIV Sotheby’s International Realty excludes four homes listed on the site that are currently under contract — a status that indicates some extremely well-heeled buyers are still out there. But three of the properties spotlighted here have been sitting on the market since our last post on the topic, published in early March, right before COVID-19 hit Colorado full-force, with the joint in the top slot a repeat from our August 2019 offering.

Moreover,

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  • October 23, 2020
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Tuesday Bassen on shutting down Tuesday of California in October

In September, illustrator and designer Tuesday Bassen made an unusual announcement in response to her size-inclusive clothing company’s recent uptick in sales: She would be temporarily closing her online shop, Tuesday of California, for the entire month of October through the first week of November. In light of, well, everything, Bassen and her three-person team needed to pause.

“We are taking some time to catch our breath and assess where we’re at,” Bassen wrote on Instagram. “We are experiencing rapid growth and want to make sure we do so with purpose and respect to our team members, as well as meet the needs of our customers.” It’s been a year of nimble if difficult business decisions for the 31-year-old Bassen, who started her business in 2015: At the end of May, she permanently closed her 800-square-foot storefront on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles — a year before her lease was

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  • October 22, 2020
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Lowe’s launches holiday deals in October, will deliver Christmas trees

  • Lowe’s is unveiling its holiday deals earlier than ever and launching a Christmas tree delivery service.
  • The home improvement retailer has seen much success in 2020 as consumers double down on spending on the home.
  • “We want to make the holiday experience even more accessible this year by offering competitive deals earlier than ever on top-rated, unique gifts for the home,” Executive Vice President of Merchandising Bill Boltz said in a statement.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Lowe’s is kicking off the holiday season with early deals, a slew of unexpected products, and even a Christmas tree delivery service.

The move comes as Lowe’s sales continue to soar in 2020, as consumers nix vacation plans and scramble to spruce up their living spaces during the coronavirus pandemic. Chief Brand and Marketing Officer Marisa Thalberg and Executive Vice President of Merchandising Bill Boltz announced the company’s holiday strategy during

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  • October 20, 2020
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Torchlight III for Switch launches October 22

The Switch version of Torchlight III will launch via the Nintendo eShop on October 22, publisher Perfect World Entertainment and developer Echtra Games announced.

The action RPG exited Early Access and launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam today.

Here is an overview of the game, via Perfect World Entertainment:

About

Torchlight III will feature all of Torchlight’s signature mechanics, including satisfying hack- and-slash combat, a charming and vibrant world, online 4-player cooperative multiplayer and offline single-player, and the beloved pet system that captured the hearts of action RPG fans. This grand adventure will also introduce new features, such as three epic acts, unique Relic subclasses, fully customizable forts, a challenging end-game experience “Fazeer Shah’s Dun-Djinn”, the multi-tiered progression system “Contracts” that lets players earn Fame and unlock elite items, along with a myriad of quests and boss battles across randomly-generated areas filled with epic loot

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  • October 13, 2020
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Horoscopes for Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Aries

March 21-April 19

The coming fortnight will have a tremendous impact on your relationships, thanks to today’s New Moon. It’s a marvellous opportunity to get a partnership off the ground, or to take an existing alliance to a new level. If you’re about to get engaged, married or to move in with someone, you couldn’t have chosen a more auspicious time. Congratulations and good luck!

Lucky Number

113

Financial Outlook

strong

Compatible Sign

Virgo

Taurus

April 20-May 20

Today’s New Moon will have a powerful impact on your health during the coming weeks. This is a wonderful opportunity to turn over a new leaf and to take greater care of yourself, perhaps by going on a diet or introducing more exercise into your daily routine. And speaking of routines, this is also a great chance to liven up your usual schedule and make it more interesting.

Lucky Number

596

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  • October 13, 2020
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Medicare discovery meetings happening in October: Info sessions available on zoom, in person

With Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7) you have some new, unique ways to get informed about changes, choices and opportunities for next year. The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is the only time when most people can change or add a Part D-Drug plan or a Medicare Advantage plan for next year. But this year, being unique, you have a choice of either in-person, six-foot-rule and sanitized hotel meetings; or online Zoom meetings. Understanding the Medicare road and discovering what coverage you have, what you don’t, and what you can change, is the purpose of this period. You’ll learn the good news about drug plans, the ups and downs of your choices, time lines, and the differences between your choices for 2021. After the meeting, qualified attendees will learn how to enroll in a plan or make changes to an existing plan.

October Medicare Hotel Meetings for

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  • October 13, 2020