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Mar 6, 2015

Weather-battered US consumers skip mall, order in and head south

NEW YORK, March 6 (Reuters) – U.S. consumers battered by the
wretched winter weather still afflicting much of the eastern
half of the country have responded by ordering in rather than
eating out, flying more frequently to Florida and cutting out
trips to the mall, according to a Reuters review of company
data.

Cities ranging from Chicago to Bangor, Maine, set all time
records for the lowest February temperatures. Boston got more
than 100 inches of snow, crippling mass transit and prompting
the system’s head to quit. Lexington, Kentucky, is covered in
more than 20 inches of snow, the result of the biggest snowstorm
since 1943. In Miami, it was 83 under sunny skies on Thursday.

Jan 29, 2015

As smokers spark up e-cigs to quit, traditional aids suffer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Marty Weinstein decided to quit smoking, he took a friend’s advice and tried electronic cigarettes rather than government-approved nicotine replacement products.

Weinstein, 58, has gone from a pack a day nine months ago to the equivalent in nicotine of four or five cigarettes. The e-cigs have a familiar look and feel, and quench his desire to hold on to a cigarette and puff.

Jan 20, 2015

Strong dollar could scare tourists away from U.S.

By Jilian Mincer

(Reuters) – New York restaurant owner Jeremy Merrin has seen business droop in recent weeks at his Havana Central eatery in Times Square. The reason: not enough international tourists.

“We’re fighting a double-whammy,” said Merrin, who owns three restaurants and is on the board of the New York State Restaurant Association. “Not only is the dollar going up and making things more expensive, Europe as a whole is not doing well.”

Jan 7, 2015

Exclusive: American Red Cross pressured to rid itself of tobacco money

New York (Reuters) – The American Red Cross risks damaging the reputation of the global Red Cross brand because of its refusal to stop accepting donations from tobacco companies, a top official with the humanitarian network said.

These concerns are prompting the International Red Cross and public health organizations to press the U.S. group to end its longtime policy of taking tobacco money, Reuters has learned.

Dec 6, 2014

U.S. holiday shopping discounts deepen, last longer

Dec 6 (Reuters) – Amarilis Sinchi visited Macy’s at a New
Jersey mall on Black Friday, but she waited until this week to
purchase the red fleece pajamas she had her eye on.

The 21-year-old student ended up paying $13 at the
department store, down from $30 on Friday, which has
traditionally been the best day for deals during the U.S.
holiday season. “The prices keep getting better,” she said,
planning a return to another store – Kohl’s – which had
dropped the price on LEGO toys.

Nov 19, 2014

Lower gas prices won’t raise holiday spending: Reuters Poll

By Jilian Mincer

(Reuters) – Almost two thirds of adults won’t spend more this holiday season despite lower gas and fuel costs, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows, in a bad sign for retailers looking for an extra boost in gift buying from cheaper prices at the pump.

The recent slide in gas prices and signs of economic improvement had raised the possibility of stronger holiday sales.

Sep 12, 2014

Insight – As Big Tobacco takes up e-cigarettes, investors look ahead

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – As electronic cigarettes flew off shelves on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years, investors flocked to a business some hope will be the future for tobacco.

Now sales growth is slowing from a 2011 peak and private funds are more cautious about the smokeless devices, making it harder for independent e-cigarette firms to raise capital and hitting their share prices.

Sep 12, 2014

As Big Tobacco takes up e-cigarettes, investors look ahead

LONDON/NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) – As electronic
cigarettes flew off shelves on both sides of the Atlantic in
recent years, investors flocked to a business some hope will be
the future for tobacco.

Now sales growth is slowing from a 2011 peak and private
funds are more cautious about the smokeless devices, making it
harder for independent e-cigarette firms to raise capital and
hitting their share prices.

Sep 10, 2014

Insight – Retailers give themselves makeover as millennials follow own beat

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Alison LePard, a 19-year-old college sophomore from Wellesley, Massachusetts, says that when she shops for clothes and accessories, her goal is a look that is uniquely hers. So she does a lot of mixing and matching.

“I don’t blindly follow what they put out,” LePard said of store displays. “I don’t want to wear just one brand. I don’t want to be a stereotype.”

Sep 10, 2014

Retailers give themselves makeover as millennials follow own beat

NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Alison LePard, a 19-year-old
college sophomore from Wellesley, Massachusetts, says that when
she shops for clothes and accessories, her goal is a look that
is uniquely hers. So she does a lot of mixing and matching.

“I don’t blindly follow what they put out,” LePard said of
store displays. “I don’t want to wear just one brand. I don’t
want to be a stereotype.”