Early Christmas shopping boosts September retail sales

Brits have already begun Christmas shopping after pleas from retailers to get orders in early.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said on Tuesday there were signs that consumers had begun putting in their Christmas orders. It comes after IMRG, the industry body for online retailers, warned last month that order volumes were likely to be “very excessive” this year and urged shoppers to put in orders early to avoid late deliveries.

The BRC said retail sales rose by 5.6% in September, or 6.1% on a same-store basis. It marks the best monthly growth since December 2009, excluding Easters.

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“September sales have also given retailers early signs that consumers are starting their Christmas shopping earlier this year, which retailers are encouraging their customers to do in order to manage demand at Christmas and keep people safe,” said Helen Dickinson

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Stassi Schroeder married Beau Clark in secret September wedding

Stassi Schroeder went from SUR-ver to wife.

The former “Vanderpump Rules” star, 32, married Beau Clark in a secret ceremony in September, she revealed on Wednesday.

“Today would’ve been our wedding day. We went and did it anyway. ❤️” she captioned a silent video from their nuptials. “Married sept 2020. Hopefully Italian dream wedding oct 2021. I am so proud to be your wife.”

It is unclear who attended the ceremony and what COVID-19 precautions were taken. A rep for Schroeder declined to comment.

Schroeder and Clark, 40, were set to tie the knot in Italy where Clark’s family is from, but their plans were halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The couple got engaged in July 2019 and are currently expecting their first child together, a daughter, due January 2021.

Their wedding and their daughter’s birth will not be captured for Bravo cameras, as Schroeder was fired from the

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865,000 women dropped out of the labor force in September 2020

As the economy slowly tries to recover during the coronavirus pandemic, new data shows that women are still being disproportionately impacted by today’s crisis. 

Between August and September, nearly 1.1 million workers ages 20 and over dropped out of the labor force, meaning they are no longer working or looking for work. Of those workers, 865,000 of them were women, a number that is four times higher than the 216,000 men who also left the workforce, according to a National Women’s Law Center analysis.

“This is the devastating impact of the ongoing breakdown of our nation’s caregiving infrastructure in the face of Covid-19,” Emily Martin, vice president for education and workplace justice at NWLC, tells CNBC Make It. “As families across the country struggle to figure out how to keep their jobs while also making sure their children are cared for, safe and learning every day, it’s women who are

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Nearly 650,000 more women than men dropped out of the job market in September

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  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics just released September employment figures. 
  • Michael Madowitz, an economist at The Center for American Progress, tweeted a chart that highlights the drastic number of people leaving the workforce, especially women.
  • Based on labor force participation figures, 865,000 women dropped out of the labor force in September compared to only 216,000 men.
  • The pandemic has been especially hard for working women as they try to balance work, school, and childcare.    
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The coronavirus pandemic has been especially difficult for working women, and the latest employment figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that it has not gotten easier in September.


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The US added 661,000 jobs in September, but a large number of women left the workforce, meaning they are neither working nor actively looking for work. Michael Madowitz,

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Volkswagen Sold Nearly Twice As Many ID.3s In Norway In September As Tesla Sold Model 3s

Volkswagen’s ID.3 has become the debut star in the European electric car market.  Though selling at a significantly lower price (in Norway the ID.3 starts at NOK 330,000 while the Model 3 starts at 384,900 NOK), the ID.3 was clearly aimed at Tesla
’s Model 3. That fact was confirmed when Elon Musk and VW Group CEO Herbert Diess “went for a spin” in an early ID.3 model at VW’s facility in Braunschweig four weeks ago.  

Tesla fanatics on both bull and bear sides are laser-focused on numbers they really don’t

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