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Australian brand fined over 'anti-virus activewear' claim

Sydney - A popular Australian activewear brand has been fined for implying its "anti-virus" leggings and tops are effective at protecting wearers against the coronavirus, health officials said.

Virus-battered Italy faces worst recession since WWII

Milan - Facing its deepest recession since World War II and with business confidence collapsing, the coronavirus pandemic is hitting Italy's economy hard.

Top German court to rule on VW 'Dieselgate' compensation

Frankfurt Am Main - Almost five years after Volkswagen's admission to cheating on emissions tests involving millions of diesel engined cars, a top German court will on Monday finally rule in a battle over compensation for tens of thousands of affected owners.

EU court says Israel settlement goods must be labelled

Apo - The EU's top court ruled Tuesday that food products from occupied Palestinian territories must be labelled as such, drawing an angry response from Israel which slammed a "double standard".

Chatbots are revolutionizing retail: Interview Special

The rise in chatbot use is just one example of the AI revolution online retailers are facing. A key consideration that retailers face is using the technology to create individualized experiences to retain customers and drive sales.

France to ban destroying unsold goods, targeting Amazon, luxury brands

Paris - France's prime minister on Tuesday announced a crackdown on the destruction of unsold or returned consumer products, a move that will affect online retailers such as Amazon and luxury goods brands.

How startups are shaking up retail

The retail sector is nor having the easiest of times, especially on the high street, which challenges coming from big ecommerce sites like Amazon and new startups. Some technology from startups can assist established firms, others present a challenge.

Italy to sue Ryanair, Wizz Air over bag charge

Milan - Italy's competition watchdog said on Wednesday it will begin legal proceedings against low-cost airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air for failing to suspend controversial charges for carry-on bags.

Germans vent VW fury in mass 'dieselgate' suit

Frankfurt Am Main - German consumer groups filed Thursday the country's first class-action suit over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal, in a first taste for the auto giant of the anger felt by duped diesel drivers.

Germans to vent VW fury in mass 'dieselgate' suit

Frankfurt Am Main - Volkswagen will on Thursday get a taste of the anger felt by duped German diesel drivers when consumer groups file the country's first class-action suit over an emissions cheating scandal.

EU tells Facebook 'patience at limit' on consumer rules

Apo - The EU warned social network Facebook on Thursday to bring its allegedly "misleading" consumer terms of service in line with the bloc's rules by the end of the year or to risk financial penalties.

Tech savvy retail and restaurants raising the bar: Interview Special

Trends suggest that consumers are demanding better technology experiences while shopping and dining. However, investment in technology-driven customer experiences creates complexity and risk. Alfred Kahn, CEO and founder of Boomtown provides some advice.

Boycotts and nuclearization: Canada defiant of Trump

Ottawa - US President Donald Trump's trade threats and bellicose diplomacy is being met on America's northern frontier with boycotts of US goods and travel, and even a call for nuclearization.

Predicting consumer behavior is key to business success

Customer serving businesses can grow and remain competitive if they can predict what consumers are most interested in and how consumers might react to certain offers or incentives.

Businesses using big data to track organic food consumers

Big data analytics are vital for retail. One research area has been with the growth in spending on organic produce. Here data analytics have been used by businesses to track and predict consumer shopping patterns.

Interview: How Customer Service affects brands Special

Customer Service can have profound effects on the marketing of brand, both negatively and positively. A new platform has been devised called HelpU to help businesses. To discovery more we spoke with Nick Francis, CEO of Help Scout.

Egg scare shows flaws in food alert system: watchdog

Berlin - Recalls of unsafe food products often reach consumers too late or not at all, the campaign group Foodwatch said Thursday, calling for tighter oversight after a Europe-wide scare erupted over insecticide-tainted eggs.

New hair dye and breast cancer risk reported

A new study, based on big data analytics, draws an association between hair dyes and the risk of developing breast cancer in women. Important to note is the study established a correlation not a causative. It suggests the need for further research.

Eastern Europeans bite back over 'food apartheid'

Sofia - It looks like Nutella, smells like Nutella and yet doesn't quite taste like the famous Italian chocolate spread.

Israel furious as France to label settlement goods

Jerusalem - Israel has accused France of aiding a boycott of the Jewish state, after Paris announced new guidelines for labelling goods from settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Toasters escape new EU appliance crackdown

Brussels - The EU will target more household appliances under energy consumption rules but will grant a reprieve to toasters after the plan was ridiculed during the Brexit campaign, a senior official said Tuesday.

Trump vows to scrap Obamacare as costs to jump 25 percent

Washington - Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to overturn President Barack Obama's signature health insurance program after the government announced Americans will see costs jump an average of 25 percent next year.

Indian washermen keep tradition alive despite daily grind

New Delhi - Standing knee deep in a cement tank of milky water, Dinesh Kumar dunks clothes before vigorously scrubbing them with a brush at an outdoor laundry in the Indian capital.

EU defends 'free roaming' pledge despite 90-day limit

Brussels - The EU insisted Wednesday it had not scrapped its popular pledge to end roaming charges for mobile phone users despite unveiling a proposal to limit the measure to 90 days.

Data scientists, doctors learning to seek consent

People don’t mind sharing data when they can be partners in its management and application. That is the major takeaway from a recent study conducted by the Society for Participatory Medicine.

Nurofen to be pulled in Australia over misleading claims

Sydney - Nurofen feels pain in Australia over misleading claimsdrug giant Reckitt Benckiser was Monday ordered to pull some of its popular Nurofen painkiller brands off shelves in Australia after a court ruled they made misleading claims.

Mobile information superhighway super expensive in U.S. compared to Europe

Paris - Perhaps everything's bigger in America, as the old saw goes, but when it comes to mobile phone calls and data usage, US consumers are certainly paying big, sometimes nearly 20 times as much as Europeans.

French court finds pharma firm Servier responsible in deadly drug scandal

Nanterre - Eight years after a scandal erupted over a diabetes drug linked to hundreds of deaths, a French court on Thursday found pharmaceutical firm Servier responsible for the first time for having left "defective" medicine on the market.

HTC to launch first Android M phone in October as sales plummet

HTC has scheduled an event for late next month during which it will announce a new top-tier Android M smartphone. The company has been suffering recently due to low demand for its One M9 flagship device.

25 fake Apple stores in one China town ahead of iPhone 6S launch

A lack of official Apple stores in China has led to a massive influx of fake look-a-likes selling Apple-branded products. Business is booming ahead of tomorrow's iPhone 6S launch, according to a report, although some are already being forced back out.
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