Shoppers shift from stockpiling to penny pinching at the grocery store

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U.S. shoppers are making more trips to the dollar store. They’re stocking up with items from stores’ private label brands more than usual and cutting back on snacks and sodas at convenience stores.

Those emerging data points, captured by market research firm IRI in recent weeks, may preview the next wave of grocery shopping during the coronavirus pandemic. They all have something in common: They are the buying patterns that herald an economic downturn.

“As this drags on, you are going to see a lot more recessionary behavior coming up,” said Krishnakumar Davey, president of strategic analytics for IRI. “We

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Coronavirus will speed up store closures. What landlords need to watch next

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A visitor looks down an empty hallway at The Fashion Mall at Keystone, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Indianapolis. Simon Property Group, the largest owner of shopping malls in the nation, is closing all of its malls and retail properties because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Darron Cummings | AP

Mall and shopping center owners around the country are getting ready to come face to face with a major legal hurdle: Co-tenancy clauses. 

The coronavirus pandemic will accelerate the rate of permanent retail store closures, as sales shrink close to nothing with many shops temporarily shut to try to halt the

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Grocery store workers’ need for mental health care may outlast pandemic

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A man carries an umbrella as he walks across an empty East 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in New York, March 23, 2020.

Mike Segar | Reuters

For grocery store and pharmacy workers across the U.S., stocking shelves and checking out customers have become anxiety-inducing tasks. Each commute and customer interaction comes with the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. And returning home means a chance of transmitting a potentially deadly illness to a spouse or family member.

Thousands of grocery and retail workers have gotten sick from Covid-19. Some have died. 

Major

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Apple to reopen its sole branded store in South Korea on April 18

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FILE PHOTO: Apple logo is seen on the Macbook in this illustration taken taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

(Reuters) – Apple Inc said on Thursday it would reopen its sole retail store in South Korea on April 18, marking it the first site to return to business after it closed all stores outside Greater China last month due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Once struggling with the first large outbreak outside China, South Korea has largely managed to bring its coronavirus cases under control without major disruptions thanks to a massive testing campaign and intensive contact tracing.

“South Korea has

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