Bed Bath & Beyond closing stores, cruises prepare to sail

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus.

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— Bed Bath & Beyond plans to close about 200 stores over the next two years as its sales slid in the first quarter. The chain reported its quarterly sales dropped 49% due to temporary store closures amid the pandemic. Online sales soared 82%.

— The Buckle is seeing improving sales as more of its stores reopen. The fashion retailer said Thursday that sales for the five-week period ended July 4 rose 26.8% from a year ago. Buckle began temporarily closing stores in mid-March. Since then, it’s reopened 438 stores. It currently runs 446 retail stores in 42 states.

— Big 5 Sporting Goods is also seeing a resurgence in its business

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Why You Should Never, Ever Stop Taking Antidepressants Cold Turkey

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From Prevention

For some people with depression or anxiety, treatment with antidepressants can be a literal lifesaver. But others, depending on any number of reasons—like insurance coverage, unpleasant side effects, or personal preference—may decide to stop taking the drugs.

Teri Biebel, 48, decided to stop venlafaxine (Effexor) with the help of her doctor when she felt like she didn’t need it anymore. “I had severe anxiety, trouble catching my breath, and felt really overwhelmed when I went on Effexor, and it seemed to do the trick,” she says. But 10 years later, “I didn’t feel anxious, I didn’t have depression, I didn’t feel like I needed it.”

But, she says, no one could have prepared her for what it would feel like to stop taking the meds. “It felt like the world’s worst hangover,” she says. “It was painful to lift my head. I

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How to get out of debt advice, according to an expert

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Photo credit: Chainarong Prasertthai – Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Asking yourself the question ‘How do I get out of debt?’ can feel akin to walking on a tightrope, blindfolded, while balancing a piano on your back… seemingly impossible.

It’s a feeling many of us might recognise, as research from the Young Women’s Trust shows over a third of females aged 18 to 30 are in debt, with 40% of us struggling to make our money last until payday. You can get support and advice from your bank but help can also be found from those who have been there and (not) bought the T-shirt.

Clare Seal, the woman behind Instagram account @myfrugalyear, has become an inadvertent financial guru after finding herself £27,000 in debt. Here’s her debt advice for making the first moves.

Analyse your spending habits

Budgets aren’t all about deprivation and saying no. “Now, I see them as

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A 21st-Century Working Girl

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LONDON — She may be a young British blonde with a glam job in media, questionable coworkers and a natural writer — but she’s no Bridget Jones. She’s Margot Jones, fashion editor at the fictional magazine Haute, and she’s got a lot more on her mind than weight loss, chardonnay and unrequited love.

Jones is heavily pregnant, and not sure whether she can trust the young woman who’ll be her maternity leave replacement, the insecure and ambitious Maggie Beecher. To add to her woes, Jones’ best friend has just lost a longed-for baby and, inexplicably, refuses to return her calls and texts.

Unlike Bridget, who never held back, Margot also harbors a few guilty secrets.

The two rivals — Margot and Maggie — are the central characters in Harriet Walker’s debut novel, “The New Girl,” (Hodder & Stoughton) a pacy, suspenseful read that

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I’m running a ‘Common Sense Camp’ for my kids this summer

Oona Hanson is an educator based in Los Angeles, California. Her story “I’m Running a ‘Common Sense Camp’ for My Kids This Summer,” was originally published on Forge by Medium in June, and is reprinted here with permission.

One of my favorite single-panel comics from Gary Larson’s “The Far Side” features a boy pushing mightily against a door marked “pull.” Above him, a sign announces the building as a “School for the Gifted.”

It’s an image I’ve thought about more than once since becoming a parent. As my kids — now 12 and 17 — got older, it became clear that they were, let’s say, heavy on the book smarts. Sometimes, when my husband and I would observe our children struggling with ordinary tasks, we’d joke that they could benefit from Common Sense Camp.

The joke was never entirely that funny. In her book “How To Raise an Adult,” a

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All-time-low mortgage rates set off a flurry of borrowing

Homeowners and would-be homebuyers have found today’s deeply cheap mortgage rates impossible to resist and have stepped up their borrowing, a lenders trade group says.

Rates have been dropping from one record low to another — in multiple surveys — as part of the financial fallout from America’s worsening coronavirus epidemic. The numbers of cases and deaths have been rising in multiple states, causing investors to worry that it’ll take a long time for the U.S. economy to get back on its feet.

As a result, mortgage rates that are lower than ever are allowing both new borrowers and refinancers to score loans offering huge monthly and lifetime interest savings.

Mortgage demand pipes up

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Mortgage applications increased last week.

Overall mortgage applications rose 2.2% in the week ending July 3, the Mortgage Bankers Association, or MBA, said Wednesday.

Mortgage demand increased last week as rates on

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Boris needs to reopen gyms and spas for the health of the nation

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Last weekend, the light at the end of the lockdown tunnel shone slightly brighter as the Prime Minister allowed more businesses in England to reopen in a Covid-secure way. Saturday, July 4 – dubbed “Super Saturday” – was the Independence Day the country had been waiting for: a taste of liberty after varying degrees of lockdown. A list that included effective ‘air corridors’ had been published, enabling summer holidays abroad, social distancing was reduced to one metre-plus, pubs poured pints and hairdressers fashioned the latest post-corona barnets.

Major sections of the hospitality and leisure industries reopened in what was the biggest return to freedom since the country went into full-scale lockdown on March 23. For many hotels across England this was excellent news, until the PM’s address on June 23 when he said: “‘Close proximity’ venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, water parks, bowling

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Samira Abdollah Aboonajmi Breaks Patriarchy and Stereotypes, Leading UAE’s Unique Store-line Gift Land Stores

Dubai, UAE, July 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At a time, while the world is going through the biggest economical crisis of the century, a woman entrepreneur from the Arab world is taking a stand and leveling the playing field with Gift Land Stores, a specialised chain of department stores in the UAE.

Samira Abdollah Aboonajmi is a young, dynamic entrepreneur from the UAE. She was born in a family and environment where every man was involved in business, but no woman. Yet Samira thrives in a business community where the majority of the ventures are led by men. She has done her MBA majoring in Administrational Management and International Strategic Marketing and now leads one of the most significant ventures in the UAE, Gift Land stores. Being a successful woman entrepreneur in the Arab community, her interests range from sports to dancing, reading, poetry and even psychology & philosophy.

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British high street reeling as another 5,000 jobs go

By Kate Holton

LONDON (Reuters) – Two of the biggest names on the British high street said they would cut more than 5,000 jobs on Thursday after conceding that customers were unlikely to return to their old ways after the COVID-19 crisis upended retail.

Health and beauty chain Boots, owned by Walgreens Boots Alliance <WBA.O>, said it would cut 4,000 jobs and close 48 optician stores after shopper numbers plunged 85% in April at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.

John Lewis, middle England’s favourite department store, said it would close eight stores and lose a possible 1,300 jobs after it predicted that online sales would make up to 70% of its total sales this year and next, from 40% prior to the crisis.

“Closing a shop is always incredibly difficult,” said Sharon White, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership. “However, we believe closures are necessary to help us secure

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Here’s how much all the SNES games on Nintendo Switch Online would’ve cost back in the day

Some pretty exciting ape-related news happened yesterday: the Donkey Kong Country SNES game is coming to Nintendo Switch Online.

Now, if you don’t know what Nintendo Switch Online is, it’s a subscription service that not only allows you to play games over the internet, but also access two virtual consoles filled with games — specifically, SNES and NES titles. Don’t get me started about the lack of the N64 support. Now’s not the time.

Anyway, the announcement of Donkey Kong Country got me thinking about these previously AAA titles appearing for practically nothing on modern consoles. And, in turn, I wondered how much buying them all back in the day would’ve cost.

Well, we’re gonna find out.

First off, we need a list of the games. Because Donkey Kong Country was on the SNES, I decided to only focus on that console in this piece. Fight me. Or ask nicely

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