7 October 2020

1) Ikea, the big Swedish world wide modular furniture manufacture, has experienced a surge in sales from the pandemic as people turned homes into offices and schools. Their online sales are up 45% over the last 12 months to August, with 4 billion visits to their website. Outdoor furniture is the fastest growing category, followed by office furniture. While many of their stores were forced to close from the virus, their online sales remain high even as stores reopen. The furniture retailer has added 6,000 new employees world wide to make a total work force of 217,000. Online sales account for about one fifth of total sales.

2) Job openings in America fell in August for the first time in four months, indicating a moderation in hiring as the crisis continues. Available positions slipped down to 6.49 million from July’s 6.7 million. These numbers do not include recalls from layoffs or positions that are offered only internally. However, layoffs and discharges are at a low for August, although there are still 13.6 million Americans unemployed, which means there are about 2 unemployed competing for each job opening. There are fewer vacancies in construction, retail and health care industries, while vacancies increased for manufacturing, food service and government.

3) Federal reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says America is on the long road to economic recovery from the pandemic induced recession, but still there are other problems on the horizon. There are fears of the economy shifting into reverse once again, especially if a resurgence of the virus comes with cold weather . . . the flue season. Such a resurgence could significantly limit economic activity leaving many unemployed stranded with no jobs for many more months. Powell is calling for the passing of the second stimulus bill presently being debated in the Congress. He considers the risk of pouring too much money into the economy far lower than the risk of not spending enough, despite the already sky high federal budget. While he considers the debt is on an unsustainable path, and has been for some time, but this is not the time to address it.

4) Stock market closings for – 6 OCT 20:

Dow 27,772.76 down 375.88
Nasdaq 11,154.60 down 177.88
S&P 500 3,360.95 down 47.68

10 Year Yield: down at 0.74%

Oil: up at $39.83

20 May 2020

1) Just three months after filing for bankruptcy, the Pier 1 retail chain is closing down all its retail store outlets as soon as possible. This drastic action is blamed on store closure from the pandemic and failure to find a buyer. After modeling several options for remaining in business, they found liquidation was the best option to maximize Pier 1’s assets. Plans are to sell its remaining inventory, website and intellectual property. Once a large seller of home goods, the company has suffered severely from online retailers such as Amazon and Wayfair, while big box stores such as Target and Walmart have increased their marketing of home goods products. The fifty-eight year old retailer joins several other big name store chains now in bankruptcy, in what appears to be a fundamental change in consumerism.

2) The damage to employment continues to spread, starting with 1 million public sector workers possibly losing their jobs. All governments are seeing a drop in revenue from businesses being shut down because of the coronavirus. With limited money- cities, counties and states are facing layoffs of their workers until things improve. Restaurants have loss 417,000 jobs to closure. The low wage workers account for 86% of job losses, while over two hundred hospitals have laid off staff because of elective procedures being suspended to accommodate Covid-19 patients, because hospitals have experienced cash crunches.

3) The ride sharing service Uber has had steep revenue losses from the pandemic shutdown, and so announced another 3,000 layoffs to bring their total layoffs to 6,700 or 25% of its workforce. It’s anticipated this action will save the company more than $1 billion dollars annually. Additionally, the company is reorganizing into transportation (Uber Works) and food delivery (Uber Eats).

4) Stock market closings for – 19 MAY 20:

Dow 24,206.86 down 390.51
Nasdaq 9,185.10 down 49.72
S&P 500 2,922.94 down 30.97

10 Year Yield: down at 0.71%

Oil: down at $31.86

ETSY BUYS REVERB FOR PRICEY $275 MILLION….

IMAGE CREDIT: Reverb.com

By: Economic & Finance Report

Etsy has stated that it will be aquiring Reverb for $275 million. Reverb is the musical instruments online platform.

Reverb considered to be one of the world’s leading marketplaces for musicians; was created in 2012, in Chicago, IL. The platform is one of the leading musician websites, curated for musicians by musicians.

Etsy which is based in NYC, has recently been aquiring new media businesses but nothing of an aquisition in this caliber. With this acquisition new things shall arise in the music front. -SB

STRICTLY BUSINESS, NOTHING PERSONAL: VLOG SERIES EP. #5: TALK SHOW BIZ

Strictly Business, Nothing Personal ep. #5: “Talk Show Biz

Sammy BE: @ecofiretv

Featured Actor: Logann Grace @loganngrayce

THE CAST PODCAST EP. #5: MIDWEST GRIND FEAT. YOSON TALA

#TheCast Podcast back @ it again….. Sammy BE @EcoFireTv, Luisa L. @LuisaModels & on the mixing boards Jon Sterling @TheDramaBlock.

We are back like we never left of course, we had the pleasure of interviewing hip hop artist and musician Yoson Tala @Yoson_Tala007. Many people might know Yoson from being on tv shows, such as the @BadGirlsClub (Oxygen) & hit tv show on Fox @EmpireFox, he has been featured on Showtime’s @ShoTheChi & NBC’s @NBCChicagoFire, just to name a few.

Yoson @Yoson_Tala007 came on #TheCast to discuss his musical endeavors, taping current episodes for Empire, his upbringing in Gary, Indiana and Chicago, IL, as well as what strip clubs he enjoys (Luisa L @LuisaModels chimes in * ;)* wink*….and much more ..

This is an episode you want to tune in for….

THE CAST PODCAST EP. #5: MIDWEST GRIND FEAT. YOSON TALA