It didn’t all change in March 2020. Not really. The UK high street has been in the throes of a gradual revolution for decades. From the rise of ecommerce, to the birth of mobile, social commerce, and a growing emphasis on experience, change has been underway for a while. In fact for many, the pandemic has acted as a wake-up call. Digital transformation was no longer a ‘nice to have’ but a matter of survival. Necessity sparked innovation and customers are enjoying more flexibility and conveni ...
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US equity markets closed out a tough week on a positive note as investors parsed the latest monthly jobs report - Dow gained +402-points or +1.26%, The broader S&P500 climbed +1.36%, PayPal Holdings Inc fell -1.79% after the company trimmed their revenue full year guidance results after the closing bell of last Thursday’s (3 November) session, with Chief Executive Dan Schulman noting that PayPal was “seeing a pullback in discretionary goods that are being spent on by consumers.” The Nasdaq rose +1.28%. Meta Platforms Inc (up +2.11%) is planning to begin large-scale layoffs this week according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The small capitalisation Russell 2000 +1.13%. BioNTech SE rose +6.24% after China approved the biotechnology company's mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for use among the expatriate population in the People's Republic of China. During German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's visit to Beijing, he and Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, also broached the subject of a pathway for approval of the vaccine for use among the wider Chinese population, The Wall Street Journal reported. Separately, BioNTech and partner Pfizer Inc (up +1.40%) said new data from a Phase 2/3 trial showed that the booster for companies' omicron BA.4/BA.5-adapted bivalent COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated a "robust neutralizing immune response" after one month. The companies said immune responses for those getting the booster were "substantially higher" than for those who only received the original COVID-19 vaccine, with similar safety and tolerability profiles. Carvana Co tumbled -38.95% to post its worst single session performance on record after the on-line used car retailer reported disappointing third-quarter results after the closing bell of last Thursday’s (3 November) session that prompted Morgan Stanley to pull their rating and price target on the company, citing deterioration in the used car market and a volatile funding environment. Friday also saw the expiration of weekly and daily options tied to single stocks, stock indexes and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).