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Prime Day Highlights Why October Is the New November

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Last November, I wrote about Black Friday creep, in which the term “Black Friday” becomes detached from its original meaning — one-day sales on the day after Thanksgiving — to refer to any invitation to bargain shop in the month of November. Like so many preexisting economic trends, this one has been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s hard to see how a traditional Black Friday doorbuster sale could be compliant with social distancing. So this year, with consumers bored at home and retailers wanting to spread out the shopping crowds, Black Friday has crept into October.

The kickoff began with Amazon Prime Day, the big annual sale that was delayed from July and is actually two days (today and tomorrow). Other retailers have brought their November sales forward to coincide with Prime Day, launching holiday-deal pricing in

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Holiday shopping gets early start with October Prime Day, other sales

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NEW YORK (AP) — Halloween is still weeks away, but retailers are hoping you’ll start your holiday shopping now.

The big push is coming from Amazon, which is holding its annual Prime Day sales event Tuesday and Wednesday, kickstarting the holiday shopping season. It’s the first time Prime Day has been held in the fall, after the pandemic forced it to postpone from July.

Walmart, Best Buy and Target are also offering online deals over the same two days, hoping to lure deal seekers.

“Beat the holiday hustle,” Amazon’s site said on Tuesday. “Holiday savings start now,” a message on Target.com said.

There’s good reason for the early start. Retailers are worried that a rush of online orders later could lead to shipping delays in November and December. And stores want to avoid

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Holiday shopping gets early start with October Prime Day

Halloween is still weeks away, but retailers are hoping you’ll start your holiday shopping now

NEW YORK — Halloween is still weeks away, but retailers are hoping you’ll start your holiday shopping now.

Walmart, Best Buy and Target are also offering online deals over the same two days, hoping to lure deal seekers.

There’s good reason for the early start. Retailers are worried

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An October Prime Day Opens a Remade Holiday Shopping Calendar

Retailers want the holiday buying season to hit full speed in October as they brace for a sluggish and unpredictable end to the shopping year.

The coronavirus pandemic upended the retail industry, closing some stores for months, spurring bankruptcies, moving shopping online and changing what consumers buy. Those forces, on top of a looming election, are shaking up what is traditionally the biggest sales period of the year.

Walmart Inc.,

Target Corp.

and

Amazon.

com Inc., as well as smaller specialty retailers, are starting online holiday deals this week, instead of their usual launch in November. Retailers want to reduce crowding in stores, lighten what is likely to be a crushing load on the e-commerce supply chain, and lock in sales early to hedge against political and economic uncertainty, according to industry executives.

“We’re kicking off holiday deals earlier than usual,” said Cindy Davis, chief brand officer for

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Earnhardt Honda Holds Honda Model Year End Sales Event in October

AVONDALE, Ariz., Oct. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Honda Model Year End Sales Event is a highlight of the year for many Honda car shoppers in the Avondale, Phoenix, Goodyear, Surprise and Peoria area. Honda car shoppers who live in the local area may qualify for incredible Honda lease and finance incentives at Earnhardt Honda that include the 2020 Honda Civic, 2020 Honda Accord, 2020 Honda CR-V and more. To qualify for savings during the Honda Model Year End Sales Event at Earnhardt Honda, potential owners must be approved by Honda Financial Services. Current lease and finance incentives are available through Nov. 2.

Drivers interested in the redesigned 2020 Honda CR-V can finance the compact crossover with a 1.9% Annual Percentage Rate (APR) for 60 months or 2.9% APR for 72 months. The Honda Model Year End Sales Event includes a 36-month lease with $2,999

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Top finance stories from the week of October 5

Happy Saturday!

Just six days after Morgan Stanley closed on its all-stock E-Trade acquisition, the Wall Street bank said this week that it will buy asset manager Eaton Vance in a deal valued at $7 billion. 

Rebecca Ungarino took a look at why Morgan Stanley’s bid for the storied asset manager gives it a leg up on rivals and signals more deals to come across the industry. She and Bradley Saacks also mapped out 4 asset-management firms that could be the next target as consolidation pressures mount and other banks likewise look for steady businesses to counterbalance more volatile activities like trading. 

If you’re not yet a newsletter subscriber, you can sign up here to get your daily dose of the stories dominating banking, business, and big deals.

More below, including a performance roundup for big-name hedge funds, a deep dive on D1 Capital’s Dan Sundheim,  and the latest on

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Prime Day Deals Revealed! Jumpstart Your Holiday Shopping on October 13 & 14

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 9, 2020–

Two full days of can’t-miss savings are almost here as Amazon prepares to kick off Prime Day at 12am PT / 3am ET on October 13 in 19 countries worldwide. Prime members will have exclusive access to more than one million deals on everything they need and love, including the most popular, beloved brands and must-have holiday gifts across every category from toys, electronics, fashion, Amazon devices and more. Shop with Alexa on an Echo device beginning Sunday, October 11 to get early access to select deals on devices. Just ask, “Alexa, what are my Prime Day deals?” Anyone can get a jump-start on their holiday shopping and savings this Prime Day by joining Prime or starting a free 30-day trial at amazon.com/primeday.

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Prime members can support small businesses this Prime Day by shopping deals featured in the Support Small storefront, Amazon

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October means final group at Women’s PGA won’t have leaders

So much for that notion of a 54-hole lead giving players more time to sleep in.

The PGA of America had to get creative with an October date for the Women’s PGA Championship at Aronimink in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, not only with about three fewer hours of daylight but with NBC having other programming commitments on the weekend.

Kerry Haigh, the chief championships officer for the PGA, says the tee times will be adjusted Sunday so that the final four groups will be at the bottom of the pack. Provided there are no weather delays or incomplete rounds, the leading threesome will tee off on No. 1 at 8:43 a.m. The last group will tee off at 9:27 a.m.

The TV window for the Women’s PGA on Sunday is 10 a.m. to noon on Golf Channel, and noon to 2 p.m. on NBC. The network has a NASCAR race in

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Police officer dismissed for holding wedding party amid pandemic – Wed, October 7 2020

The North Sumatra Police have dismissed Adj. Comr. Bobi Vaski Pranata from his position as Serdang Bedagai Police’s intelligence unit chief after he held a wedding reception despite the coronavirus pandemic and ignoring health protocols and physical distancing. 

 

Bobi’s dismissal came after a video of his wedding party, held on Sept. 26 in a building in Labuhan Batu regency, North Sumatra, made the rounds on social media. In the video that later went viral, the married couple and the guests were seen without masks and purportedly with no physical distancing. 

 

The North Sumatra Police have confirmed the authenticity of the video, which led to the first dismissal of a police officer in the region for a violation of health protocols. 

 

“The police officer who held the wedding reception has been sanctioned. He has been dismissed from his post as the intelligence unit chief,” North Sumatra Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Tatan

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Danbury schools to reopen with hybrid model in late October

DANBURY — Kindergarten through 12th-graders will return to school on a hybrid model beginning Monday, Oct. 26.

Preschool students will return the following week.

The return to in-person learning will follow nearly seven weeks of distance learning, prompted by a spike in coronavirus cases in the city in August.

But the district’s medical team has determined the community is under the “moderate range” for community spread of the virus, the superintendent said in a letter.

“This, along with the large number of students requesting distant learning, will allow us to implement the hybrid model safely while conducting classes in combination with the mitigation strategies of social distancing and wearing masks (BOE Policy),” Superintendent Sal Pascarella wrote. “I expect that we will be in the hybrid model until the District is advised by the state and local health officials otherwise.”

The city’s infection rate was about 5 percent last week, which

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