As Macy’s, Nordstrom and other large department stores have reported declining sales numbers, they have continued to push discounts in order to compete with off-price chains and online retailers.
When I worked in downtown Houston I would occasionally shop at stores like Macy's. Since I built a house in the country a few years ago, it is no longer convenient to go to shopping centers. Internet shopping allows you to compare prices and service that i9s just not available at big department stores. I do shop at big box stores like Walmart, Home Depot, and Lowes for items that it does not make that much sense to order over the internet.
Iraq's military has cast doubt on reports that an air strike by the US-led coalition caused the deaths of dozens of civilians in west Mosul.
Instead it blamed explosive booby-traps set by so-called Islamic State (IS).
The US said on Saturday that it was investigating an air strike on 17 March at "the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties".
The Iraqi government offensive to drive IS from west Mosul continued on Sunday with helicopter gunships in action.
"Ignore reports Iraq forces have paused Mosul offensive," the BBC's Jeremy Bowen tweeted from Mosul.
"It continues. Have seen gunships firing and heard much activity in the last few hours." ...
The Iraqi claim is plausible. It is just the kind of thing that could be expected from ISIS forces. ISIS is in a desperate fight and appears willing to pull down all those around them as they lose.
Some injuries were reported and more than a dozen people were arrested after opposing sides clashed at dueling pro- and anti-Trump rallies, Berkeley, Calif., police said.
The liberals engage in projection by calling Trump supporters fascists, when it is in fact, their supporters who are sparking the violence in Califonia. There is a strain of intolerance for other points of view that is enforced by people dressed in black and their faces covered. They physically attack Trump supporters or other conservatives. These people may wear black but the are the Brownshirts of liberal fascism.
OPEC producers took another 153,000 barrels a day off the market in March as part of its bid to drain the world’s oil glut.
In the cartel’s monthly report released Wednesday, independent sources reported the group of oil-producing countries has cut output by 1.1 million barrels a day since December.
Last month, Libya’s output dropped by nearly 9 percent, and production edged lower in the United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Nigeria, Iran, Angola and other countries. Saudi Arabia raised production by 41,000 barrels a day.
That effort has pushed oil prices above $50 a barrel in recent months, breathing life into U.S. oil patches like the Permian Basin. U.S. crude rose 16 cents on Wednesday to $53.56 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, as traders reacted to media reports that Saudi Arabia, the cartel’s de facto leader, wants to see OPEC continue production cuts into the second half of this year.
But even as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries works to slow…