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Frozen turkeys in high demand as Christmas shopping starts early

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It is not even Halloween yet, but shoppers have already started their Christmas shopping in earnest with Aldi reporting runaway demand for frozen turkeys. The discounter revealed it is selling 1,500 turkey crowns a da...

‘I opened it and I just started laughing’: the pitfalls of pandemic shopping

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When Sam Bowker and his partner moved into their new rental, they planned to buy a couch the same way they usually did – with a trip down to the local op-shop. But Covid-19 scuppered this. The Salvation Army was no lo...

Why supermarkets are on private equity firms’ shopping lists

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British high streets have taken a battering over the past decade – first from online retail, then from the pandemic, and now from a combination of the two. What remains of the sector is being picked over by the invest...

Ocado sales jump 20% after shopping shifts online in Covid crisis

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Ocado, the online grocer, has reported a 20% increase in retail sales and hailed a permanent shift in grocery shopping in the Covid-19 pandemic. Retail revenues climbed by 19.8% to £1.2bn in the six months to 30 May, ...

I adore secondhand shopping, but my neighbours’ yard sales made me nervous

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My least favourite memories are the involuntary ones – the ones that flash up in the mind’s eye without warning, like a computer processing error. Even painful memories aren’t so bad if I’ve summoned them, but for the...

Anti-vaccine protesters temporarily close Westfield shopping centre in London – video

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Anti-vaccine and anti-lockdown protesters were forced back by police officers as they stormed Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd's Bush, west London. The incident occurred after a mass march snaking about 12 miles ...

More than 90% of Black Americans say they have been racially profiled while shopping

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In a new survey, more than 90% of African American shoppers said they had experienced racial profiling while buying or browsing – a phenomenon sometimes known as “shopping while Black”. The State of Racial Profiling i...

Wild boar corner Italian woman and steal her food shopping – video

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A group of wild boar surrounded a woman who had just come out of a supermarket near Rome and stole her shopping, rekindling a debate about the animal's presence in Italian towns and cities. A video posted on social me...

Amazon creates 10,000 UK jobs on back of online shopping boom

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Amazon is creating 10,000 permanent jobs in the UK as the company bolsters its workforce in response to the pandemic boom in online shopping. The company, which has also announced that it intends to hire 75,000 worker...

Dixons Carphone to close all airport stores after tax-free shopping scrapped

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The retailer Dixons Carphone has decided to close permanently all of its outlets in airports, blaming the UK government’s decision to scrap tax-free shopping. The company said it did not expect a sufficient recovery i...

‘Look, a little baby snake in the lettuce’: Sydney couple’s shock find in their shopping – video

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A Sydney couple has discovered a rare venomous snake in a bag of Aldi supermarket lettuce. ‘Look, a little baby snake in the lettuce’, Amelie Neate can be heard saying while filming the unusual encounter. ‘It's coming...

US man returns from swift shopping trip to find 15,000 bees in his car

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A man who went shopping in New Mexico returned to a car filled with 15,000 honey bees who had apparently got in through an open window while he spent 10 minutes buying groceries. Astonishingly, the man – who was not n...

UK shift to local shopping could last beyond pandemic – poll

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Small local grocery stores and online retailers are likely to benefit from permanent changes in shopping habits after a year of Covid-19 restrictions, according to a report one year on from the first lockdown. More th...

‘Will you wear it 30 times? If not, don’t buy’: the experts’ guide to online shopping

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We haven’t just been doomscrolling, homeschooling and working through our screens these past 12 months. We have also been shopping. Online shopping has rocketed: UK sales were up 61.4% in December compared with the sa...

Shopping is a whole new world now I have to wear a mask

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Masks have opened up a new world to me. Due to the amount of television work I used to do, my face remains pretty widely recognised. In terms of my retail experience this skews matters somewhat. If I’m being served ni...