Not everyone has time to shop around (not to mention most people have no desire to shop in stores at all right now) and look for the newest items on the market that could appeal to the loved ones and colleagues on their gift-giving lists. (Or for themselves, because let’s be honest, we look at holiday gift guides and deals for ourselves just as much as for others.)

And given everything that has happened in 2020, everyone needs a bit (or a lot) of self-care after this year. With that in mind, here is a helpful list of suggestions for the best gifts around for maintaining a happier home this winter.

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Aarke: The simple power of sparkling water is that it is both refreshing and fulfilling all at the same time. Aarke has designed a more sophisticated approach to the countertop sparkling-water maker … Read the rest

Shares of CVS Health Corp. rose 5.8% on Friday after the retail pharmacy chain operator and healthcare services provider reported stronger-than-expected 3Q results and raised its profit and cash flow guidance for the full-year 2020.CVS Health’s (CVS) 3Q adjusted EPS of $1.66 decreased 9.8% from the year-ago quarter but came ahead of consensus estimates of $1.33. Revenues of $67.06 billion grew 3.5% year-over-year and topped Street estimates of $66.7 billion.CVS CEO Larry J. Merlo said, “Our strong third quarter results demonstrate continued execution of our long-term strategic plan that is transforming the way health care is delivered. As an integrated health services provider, we’re developing holistic and innovative solutions that meet the needs of our customers in the community, in the home or in the palm of their hand.” (See CVS stock analysis on TipRanks).Buoyed by stronger-than-expected 3Q results, the company raised its adjusted EPS and operating cash flow outlook … Read the rest

The four-day countdown to the new coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England that began on Thursday triggered a mini boom for store and restaurant owners as consumers rushed to buy Christmas gifts and enjoy a last eat-out supper.

The dash to the shops meant retail parks in England attracted more customers than in the same period last year, with footfall rising above 2019 levels for the first time in the pandemic, according to the retail data experts Springboard. High streets and shopping centres also experienced a surge in shopper numbers, although footfall was still lower than in 2019.

The scale of the four-day spending spree in England was supported by figures that showed a surge of last-minute dinner reservations before the month-long shutdown.

Meal reservations for Sunday night, the day after Boris Johnson announced England was going back into lockdown, were 11% higher than on the same day in 2019, according … Read the rest

Not everyone has time to shop around (not to mention most people have no desire to shop in stores at all right now) and look for the newest items on the market that could appeal to the loved ones and colleagues on their gift-giving lists. (Or for themselves, because let’s be honest, we look at holiday gift guides and deals for ourselves just as much as for others.)

With that in mind, here is a helpful list of suggestions on what to get for the pet owners (and pet lovers) in your life, assisting them on stocking up on necessities for their furry best friends as well as a few treats mixed in as well.

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Jinx: Jinx is a new superfood brand that caters to the nutritional needs of dogs with recipes that are touted to be healthier. Collections of kibble … Read the rest

(Bloomberg) — With Joe Biden on a path to winning the U.S. presidency but control of the Senate still up in the air, investors in European stocks have been forced to review their outlook for some key industries.Market players had spent months positioning for post-election outperformance in European renewable-energy and cyclical stocks, accompanied by weakness in health care and technology. The thinking was that a “blue wave” of Democratic wins would lead to increased fiscal stimulus and support for alternative power, along with higher corporate taxes and possibly legislation that hurt drug companies.Now, Biden looks to be just squeaking out a win, with the outcome in the Senate in limbo until January and the possibility that it remains in Republican hands. With the prospect of divided government, investors are reversing those bets.European technology, consumer and health-care sectors were among the top gainers following the election, while shares in more cyclical … Read the rest

The four-day countdown to the new coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England that began on Thursday triggered a mini boom for store and restaurant owners as consumers rushed to buy Christmas gifts and enjoy a last eat-out supper.

The dash to the shops meant retail parks in England attracted more customers than in the same period last year, with footfall rising above 2019 levels for the first time in the pandemic, according to the retail data experts Springboard. High streets and shopping centres also experienced a surge in shopper numbers, although footfall was still lower than in 2019.

The scale of the four-day spending spree in England was supported by figures that showed a surge of last-minute dinner reservations before the month-long shutdown.

Meal reservations for Sunday night, the day after Boris Johnson announced England was going back into lockdown, were 11% higher than on the same day in 2019, according … Read the rest

Not everyone has time to shop around (not to mention most people have no desire to shop in stores at all right now) and look for the newest items on the market that could appeal to the loved ones and colleagues on their gift-giving lists. (Or for themselves, because let’s be honest, we look at holiday gift guides and deals for ourselves just as much as for others.)

For anyone still planning to travel this holiday season, consider these accessories that could bring some peace (of mind) and joy on earth.

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Accessories

Billie Simone Jewelry: Now that wearing face masks has become the norm, we’ve all taken to our own ways of keeping the mask on our persons when not our face while outdoor dining, for example. Instead of tying the mask around your wrist or sticking … Read the rest

(Bloomberg) — Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has some new tactics to show off.The billionaire’s conglomerate spent the third quarter plowing funds into international businesses and an initial public offering, atypical pursuits for a company that spent the start of the year watching from the sidelines as the Covid-19 pandemic spread.On Saturday, investors get to see how much of an impact that capital deployment had when Berkshire reports third-quarter results. It already helped propel gains for the stock that were twice as high as the S&P 500’s advance during the period.After sounding a warning in May about fallout from the pandemic, Buffett, 90, has slowly started putting more money to work from the company’s $146.6 billion in cash holdings, and even broke a record for the amount of stock repurchased in the second quarter. Berkshire’s recent investments in Japanese trading houses and Snowflake Inc.’s initial public offering signaled an appetite … Read the rest

The governor of the Bank of England has vowed to do “everything we can” to support the economy amid a resurgence of Covid-19 cases.

Andrew Bailey said it was important that policymakers acted “quickly and strongly”, as the Bank announced a further £150bn of support.

Tighter lockdown rules, including new restrictions in England, are expected to lead to a slower, bumpier recovery.

Policymakers also kept interest rates on hold at a record low of 0.1%.

While the economy is expected to avoid another recession, the Bank believes unemployment will rise sharply as government support schemes wind down.

The Bank expects the economy to shrink by 2% in the final three months of 2020, before bouncing back at the start of 2021, assuming current restrictions loosen.

It does not expect the UK economy to get back to its pre-virus size until the following year.

Mr Bailey said: “We are here to … Read the rest

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Colorado voters approve paid family leave, Angela Merkel urges action against COVID, and GOP women close their gender gap. Have a great Thursday!

– Another ‘Year of the Woman.’ The 2018 midterm election was dubbed the ‘Year of the Woman,’ especially in Congress, with voters electing 102 women to the House and 14 to the Senate. But that title came with an important caveat: it really only applied to Democrats. Of the women elected to Congress, 89 of the representatives were Democrats, as were 11 of the senators.

In 2020, the reverse is true. As results continue to trickle in, it’s clear that this year was another big one for women—but mainly for Republicans.

As of last night, 23 female Republicans had won House seats, setting GOP women up to surpass their previous record of 25. In the Senate, Republicans Joni Ernst (Iowa) and … Read the rest