Dogs that are trained to sniff out the coronavirus are being deployed at Helsinki Airport

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The coronavirus sniffer dogs named Kössi (L) and Miina cuddle with trainer Susanna Paavilainen at the Helsinki airport in Vantaa, Finland where they are trained to detect the Covid-19 from the arriving passengers, on September 22, 2020.

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Dogs that have been trained to detect the coronavirus have started working at Helsinki Airport this week in a pilot project, with the hope that their sensitive noses can speed up the process of identifying potential carriers of the virus.

The director of Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa airport, which is run by Finavia, said it was one of

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Pandemic slashes sales at Olive Garden’s Times Square location by 94%

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An Olive Garden restaurant located in Times Square, New York.

Adam Jeffery | CNBC

During a typical year, Olive Garden’s Times Square restaurant rakes in $15 million in sales.

But the coronavirus pandemic and local restrictions on dining have wiped out the business of the chain’s best location, cutting its average weekly sales from $300,000 to less than $18,000.

Darden Restaurants CEO Gene Lee told analysts on the company’s fiscal first-quarter call that sales have slowed down to just $2,500 a day for the takeout-only location. Olive Garden accounts for roughly half of Darden’s overall revenue.

And the Olive Garden

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Target to hire 130,000 holiday workers, jobs to focus on online orders

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A target store advertises for workers near its entrance in Encinitas, California, May 24, 2019.

Mike Blake | Reuters

Target said Thursday that holiday hiring will be in line with last year, but it is rethinking its approach to roles for those workers to adapt to  customers’ new shopping habits during the coronavirus pandemic.

Twice as many Target employees will be dedicated to same-day curbside and in-store pickup of online purchases compared with the first half of the year. Distribution centers will have more workers than last holiday season to make sure stores don’t run out of popular items. Some

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Retailers resume rent payments but are still fighting with landlords

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Month by month, retailers are starting to pay more rent as states lift shutdown orders and consumers become more comfortable venturing out to shop during the coronavirus pandemic. But negotiations, sometimes heated, continue between tenants and landlords. 

In some cities and popular shopping districts, commercial rents are still sky high. Tensions keep brewing, as mall and shopping center owners grapple with retailers looking to close stores permanently, downsize or try to rewrite contracts in their favor. And the pressures are likely to roll into 2021, with the start of the year typically drawing a fresh wave of retail store closures

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