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Amazon Prime Day gets off to a rocky start

Amazon’s website crashed for many US-based shoppers shortly after the launch of annual Prime Day sales event yesterday. Periodic outages on desktop and mobile platforms on Monday afternoon, right after the 36-hour sale started, meant many shoppers were met with photos of cute dogs, the company’s standard error page.

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Contactless payments will be soon be capped at 5-in-a-row

Shoppers will have to enter their PIN number after five consecutive contactless payments as under new measures designed to tackle contactless fraud. Under new European Union legislation, set to come into effect in September 2019, shoppers will be required to enter their PIN number every five payments, or after every time you spend of €150 (£132).






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Nordstrom plans to open more stores with no inventory in Los Angeles, New York

Late last year Nordstrom opened the first Nordstrom Local on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.






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Prime Day is officially July 16

The event is a bit later and longer than in previous years — a full 36 hours this year — and includes deals at Whole Foods Markets for the first time.






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Amazon launches back-to-school shopping pages

The online giant is one of the first retailers out of the gate this year in what is already shaping up to be a competitive back-to-school season.






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Westfield London to open next phase of £600m expansion

Westfield London’s £600 million expansion is expected to attract record numbers of international visitors throughout the summer as it unveils the next stage of the development. The West London-based shopping centre, which opened the first phase of its 740,000sq ft in March, is due to launch both a new Japanese food hall and an outdoor events space in the coming months. On July 10 it will launch Ichiba, Europe’s biggest Japanese food hall including food, drink, homewares and gifts from Japan.






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Cash payments overtaken by card for the first time ever

Card payments have become the most popular form of payment for the first time ever, as cash payments continue to decline. According to new data from UK Finance, cash payments dropped by 15 per cent over the last year to 13.1 billion, while a boost in card payments in the final quarter saw them pull ahead for the first time with 13.2 billion. A huge increase in contactless payments helped tip the balance over 2017, rising 97 per cent to 5.6 billion, with an estimated 63 per cent of UK adults now using the technology regularly






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Tesco’s UK sales growth slows slightly

LONDON, June 15- Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, said underlying sales in its home market rose in the first quarter, albeit at a slightly slower pace than before, partly reflecting adverse weather at the start of the period. Tesco, which in March completed the 4 billion pounds purchase of wholesaler Booker, said on Friday UK like-for-like sales rose 2.1 percent…






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New tenant construction chief joins NRDC

The man who directed construction for the first retail tenants at Westfield’s World Trade Center mall has joined National Realty & Development Corp. in a similar role.






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Digital sales up 15%, but social media impact stalls

Online sales continued double-digit growth in the first quarter with mobile driving 60% of traffic, reports Salesforce.






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