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New study shows online shopping boom will cost UK retailers $11B

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Experts warn UK’s retail industry could shrink by $11 billion by 2025 as Covid accelerates the transition to online shopping

A recent study highlights that the retail industry in the UK faces huge challenges as a result of pandemic-related lockdowns. The study notes that stores selling apparel, homewares and electronics will experience a “permanent step-change” in customer behavior.

The report warns that European shoppers are anticipated to dedicate about 20% of their spending to online retailers, rather than traditional storefronts.

Online sales surged during the pandemic amid global lockdowns and restrictions. Online sales now account for almost 30% of total UK retail sales.

“Retailers face a make-or-break moment…there is no going back.”

Erin Brookes, head of Alvarez & Marsal’s European retail practice in London

Online shoppers are more likely to return purchases

It estimated that U.K. consumers aged between 18 and 24 return about 16% of products purchased online, compared with 7.5% for consumers aged 65 years and older.

Not all retailers face major upheaval, however. Furniture and jewelry stores will probably return to pre-pandemic conditions, given the preference for “touch and feel” browsing, according to the report.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Why luxury brands are not feeling inflation

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New data shows luxury brands are not feeling the pinch of inflation, thanks to the ultra-rich indulging in their products

Luxury brands are not worried about the impact of the global economic meltdown.

While prices of food and gas have skyrocketed, spare a thought for the ultra-rich dealing with the rising cost of sneakers and sports cars.

High end retailers like Dior, Louis Vuitton and Versace are all reporting strong sales and are hiking their profit forecasts.

The upbeat view is at odds with fears for the global economy.

However, this is nothing new, in fact it’s in line with past economic slowdowns according to the experts.

The rich are often the last to feel the impacts of a tightening economy, while spending among lower income consumers is squeezed by inflation.

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Johnson & Johnson will stop selling talcum baby powder

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Amid a rising number of lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson will officially cease production of its talcum baby powder.

Company executives say the decision follows a severe decline in sales right around the world.

The move also follows a number of lawsuits which claim the product causes cancer due to its contamination with asbestos.

Mined from the earth, Talc and lies very close to where carcinogenic asbestos comes from.

J&J says demand has fallen due to so-called ‘misinformation’ about the powder’s safety.

“We stand firmly behind the decades of independent scientific analysis by medical experts around the world that confirms talc-based Johnson’s baby powder is safe, does not contain asbestos, and does not cause cancer,” it said in a statement.

But an investigation by Reuters back in 2018 discovered the organisation knew for decades that asbestos was present in its talc products.

The global shift away from talcum powder comes more than two years after the healthcare giant ended sales of the product in both the U.S. and the UK.

The company says the powder will now be created from cornstarch.

“As part of a worldwide portfolio assessment, we have made the commercial decision to transition to an all cornstarch-based baby powder portfolio,” it said in a statement.

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Twitter will crack down on false reporting ahead of U.S. Midterms

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Twitter is seeking to put the truth first as this November’s mid-terms fast approach

Twitter says false and misleading posts will be fact-checked in a bid to promote accurate reporting.

Twitter will apply its ‘civic integrity policy’, which was first rolled out in 2018.

The policy stops users from posting misleading content that can dissuade people from voting.

There will also be a crack down on claims that undermine the public’s confidence in the results.

It follows the 2020 Presidential election, where the company was accused of not doing enough to stop the spread of misinformation.

All 435 seats in the U.S. House will be up for grabs alongside around a third of senate seats.

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