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first_imgThe unusual warm weather in March has helped drive UK retail sales values up by 1.3%, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).Compared to last year when figures had declined by 3.5%, overall, this March saw a 3.6% rise in total sales, against a 1.9% decline in 2011. Food sales growth has remained steady and unchanged since February, while non-food items saw improvement. This included online, mail-order and phone sales, which were up 13.9% on a year ago – the best since December 2011.Stephen Robertson, director general of the BRC, said: “It’s worth remembering the sales comparison is against the weakest month of last year, largely caused by the movement of Easter in the calendar, and we’ll have to see whether this is additional spending or just shopping that has happened earlier than usual. Food sales growth continues to be largely underpinned by food inflation rather than by customers buying more.”The overall retail environment is still difficult. Discounting remains a key tactic for retailers trying to encourage consumers to spend, particularly on big indoor items. People are still struggling to balance household budgets against expensive fuel and utilities. The warmth of March was a help, but it will take more than a week of sunshine to transform retailers’ fortunes.”Helen Dickinson, head of retail, KPMG, said: “Increases in food prices rather than volumes was one of the factors behind the uplift in this month’s figures. Rising petrol prices continued to drive up transport and manufacturing costs, causing food prices to increase each month since the start of the year.“Retailers will be hoping Easter provides a much-needed boost, but many are not holding their breath and continue to focus on controlling margins and costs.”last_img read more

first_imgWV residents shred for free this weekend at Snowshoe.This time of year is always the trickiest to try and plan an epic weekend activity. The weather is so fickle, so unpredictable, that just the act of organizing a trip or outing will almost assuredly be met with snow, rain, or the dreaded wintery mix – What’s up with the wintery mix? It’s just the worst. While it has been pushing 60 degrees in the mid-Atlantic at points this week, winter looks like it could make a comeback this weekend. This is good news for skiers and snowboarders looking for one last chance at some powder turns before the legitimate spring thaw settles in and the slopes turn into a sloppy, albeit fun, mess. Let’s be honest, these last few weeks of the season are all about fun: fun on the slopes, fun in the sun, fun digging out your warm weather gear, etc. Take advantage of all this excitement and head up to Snowshoe this weekend for a last gasp at real winter.If you can only ski one day this weekend, I would suggest Sunday, March 3rd at Snowshoe. Every year, the resort shows its appreciation for all the things the community does to support it throughout the year by letting West Virginia residents ski for free. Now, we all know WV is a fairly large state, so you can imagine this event brings all kinds to the mountain. This may make for a slightly more robust crowd, but Snowshoe is fully open, so scoot over to the Western Territories is things get too claustrophobic. You may want to stay on the main side of the mountain however, as the beginners and personalities will be out in spades, which should provide the most entertaining lift rides this side of the Mississippi. No offense to West Virginians, any resort in any state would elicit the same reaction – offer free skiing and they’ll come out of the woodwork. Just keep your head on a swivel out there!View Larger Maplast_img read more

first_img Fenceviewer Staff Bio Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest Posts BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School All-Sports Boosters will host a coaching workshop presented by Gregory A. Dale, a professor of sport psychology and sport ethics at Duke University, on Tuesday from 3:15 to 6 p.m. at MDIHS.Besides working at Duke University, Dale works as a consultant for numerous college and professional athletic teams. He has written four books related to leadership and performance. He has been featured on Good Morning America, ESPN, MSNBC, Court TV, and numerous national radio programs.The workshop is free and open to all high school, junior high school and youth coaches. It will be followed by dinner for MDIHS winter coaches in the cafeteria at 6 p.m. Then, the parents’ informational meeting for winter athletics will start at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.Contact Alfred “Bunky” Dow to RSVP for the workshop at 288-5011, extension 327.For more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014last_img read more

first_imgMillsap, 33, is averaging 13.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in 25 games this season while shooting a career-high 40.0 percent from 3-point range.The four-time All-Star ranks fifth on the Nuggets in scoring and second in rebounding. NBA free agency news: Nuggets sign Nick Young, waive Brandon Goodwin The loss of Millsap is just the latest blow for Denver. Michael Porter Jr., Isaiah Thomas, Will Barton and Gary Harris are dealing with or have dealt with injuries this season. To bolster the battered roster, the Nuggets signed veteran guard Nick Young to an undisclosed deal on Monday. Related News Paul Millsap will be missing in action until 2019.According to The Athletic, the Nuggets forward is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks with a broken big toe in his right foot.center_img Nuggets guard Monte Morris told reporters after Friday’s loss to the Hornets that Millsap had the broken toe, but the team was still determining a timetable for his return. Nuggets F Paul Millsap has broken toe on right foot, report sayslast_img read more