Italy’s ‘Black Roosters’ fight back as virus hit wine sales

Two days before the coronavirus pandemic shut down Italy for two months, shattering wine exports and sales, the owner of one of its most historic vineyards headed back into the country a worried man.

Six months later Francesco Ricasoli and his wine-making team are leading the charge by Italy’s “Black Roosters” — the trademark for Chianti Classico — to put the country’s most famous label back on restaurant tables.

“These are probably some of the most turbulent times in Italy,” said Ricasoli, 64, the 32nd Baron of Brolio whose family’s roots to Tuscany stretches back to 1141.

“We’ve seen a strong decrease in wine sales — particularly in restaurants and bars that specialise in the high end of the market,” he told AFP at his winery with the same family name.

Hard hit by the virus that has killed more than 35,500 people in Italy, wine sales and consumption have

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House builder’s profit slumps, losses deepen at Galliford Try and Zara sales slide

Here are the top business, market, and economic stories you should be watching today in the UK, Europe, and abroad:

House builder’s profit slumps

House builder Redrow (RDW.L) saw its profits slump by two thirds last year as COVID-19 disrupted construction and sales.

Pre-tax profit at the business fell 66% to £140m ($180.5m) in the 12 months to 28 June 2020, the company said. Revenue dropped 37% to £1.3bn.

Chief executive John Tutte said the pandemic had “a profound impact upon the Group’s performance in the 2020 financial year but we entered the new financial year in a position of strength.”

“We have a record order book and brought forward very high levels of work in progress,” he said. “This was due in part, to increased investment earlier in the year in anticipation of strong demand for the Help to Buy scheme ahead of changes to the scheme next year.”

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Coronavirus sparking a ‘focus on relationships’ and boosting Internet sales

Signet Jewelers (SIG), the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, is seeing pent up demand for marriage proposals following COVID-19 lockdowns — with lots of help from soaring online sales.

The parent company of well-known brands such as Kay Jewelers, Zales, and Jared: The Galleria of Jewelry, gleaned this insight from conducting its bespoke jewelry research on consumer trends during the coronavirus outbreak.

CEO Gina Drosos told Yahoo Finance that more than half of couples who were already engaged decided to quarantine together; of that number, nearly half said their relationship had gotten better, according to a Signet survey — and in many cases accelerated timelines to get engaged.

“So, I think, if anything, COVID-19 has made all of us focus on relationships and those who we really care for and want to go ahead and make [a] commitment,” Drosos told “The Ticker” in a recent interview. 

The survey also

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All the best appliance sales to shop for Labor Day 2020

This Labor Day weekend, shop and save on fridges, stoves, microwaves and more.
This Labor Day weekend, shop and save on fridges, stoves, microwaves and more.

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Labor Day weekend might still be a few days away, but thanks to the incredible appliance deals happening at major retailers, such as Best Buy, The Home Depot and more, you can get a jumpstart on the savings right now. Whether you’re shopping for a big-ticket item, like a better stove, or something small, like a new toaster oven that won’t burn your bagels, these household must-haves are marked down by huge amounts this holiday, so it’s a stellar time to buy and save.

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All the Best Home, Furniture, and Mattress Sales to Shop This Labor Day Weekend

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Photo credit: SolStock – Getty Images

From House Beautiful

You already know long weekends and huge sales are pretty much synonymous at this point, so it should come as no surprise that Labor Day weekend is a great time to make those big purchases on furniture, mattresses, appliances, and more. If you’re ready to shop, here are all the best deals to score this weekend. The best part? These sales are already going on, so you don’t have to wait to save big.

Mattresses & Bedding

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Take $100 off Beautyrest Hybrid and Harmony Lux Carbon mattresses, $200 off Harmony Lux Diamond and Black Original mattresses, and $300 off Beautyrest Black mattresses with Cooling Upgrade or Cooling + Comfort Upgrade. Sale ends 9/14.


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Best Labor Day 2020 Home & Mattress Sales

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With all the time we’ve been spending at home, chances are you might be a little bored of your decor. Or maybe you’ve finally had it with your old mattress. Or it’s time to upgrade your vacuum. Luckily there’s some fantastic home sales happening over the Labor Day long weekend!

We highly recommend picking up a new mattress from Casper, where you can get 15% off any order with a mattress and 10% off all sleep accessories! For a limited time at Dyson, you can save $150 off the Dyson v8 Absolute Pro! And at Wayfair, you can save up to 70% off in the Labor Day Clearance, including furniture, decor, kitchen goods and more!

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The Labor Day Sales to Put on Your Radar This Year

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Photo credit: Tyler Joe

From Marie Claire

Nothing about 2020 has felt normal or made sense, including the fact that we’re already approaching Labor Day weekend. (FYI, Labor Day is Monday, September 7 this year.) If you’re hoping to take your mind off the current state of the world and do some guilt-free shopping, brands are continuing to host major sales ahead of the long weekend. To make it easy for you, we rounded up the best fashion, beauty, and home Labor Day Sales to shop this year, below.

Fashion & Accessories


Date: September 1-3; September 4-6; September 7-8

Discount: 40 percent off full price (including new arrivals) + extra 60 percent off sale; 40 percent off full-price items + extra 70 percent off sale; 40 percent off full-price items + extra 70 percent off sale items + an extra 10 percent off full purchase


Date: September 2-7

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Best Labor Day Sales of 2020

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Labor Day, falling on Sept. 7 this year, is the unofficial end of the summer season. It’s also one of the many minor holidays throughout the year when retailers offer big savings on virtually everything you could want or need, with a few standout categories.

Labor Day sales are typically similar to what you’ll find for Memorial Day and July Fourth: Large appliances, mattresses, TVs, and other tech devices are seeing big discounts right now. And Consumer Reports has been tracking all the best holiday weekend sales on top-tested products to make your search easier.

If you decide to shop in a store, consider wearing a mask, and employ basic

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EBay Modernizes Platform, Sees Major Uptick in Sales During Pandemic

Brands and retailers have swiftly amped up the online shopping experience to meet consumers’ needs during the coronavirus pandemic — and now, e-commerce is primed to enter the next frontier. But for older e-commerce brands, such as eBay, that means modernization of its platform and reevaluation of an evolving and growing customer base.

Here, Bradford Shellhammer, eBay’s global head of buyer experience, talks to WWD about modernizing eBay’s platform, consumer evolution and how the brand grew during the coronavirus pandemic.

WWD: In your opinion, what is eBay’s sudden spike in buyers attributed to? Why has the secondhand market accelerated during COVID-19?

Bradford Shellhammer: Online shopping has seen exponential growth through 2020 as households have adjusted to new ways of shopping due to COVID-19. Data shows that e-commerce sales hit a July record of $66.3 billion, which is up 55 percent year-over-year. In April and May alone, we saw approximately 6

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Back to school shopping: Best deals and sales

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Whether kids are going back to school in-person or online, they’ll likely need new notebooks, backpacks and clothing before their first day of class. This year, tech accessories are also important, as many schools across the country are establishing remote learning models due to the coronavirus. Computers, headphones and Wi-Fi routers may be essential for attending classes, doing homework and connecting with teachers and peers. Face masks are also at the top of many back-to-school shopping lists, with states across the country mandating face coverings in public spaces. Brands like Disney and Lands’ End make face masks for kids in fun designs that adhere

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