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Bars missing a key ingredient: alcohol

Jul 29, 2021
Managers are reworking their cocktail menus as shortages of materials and labor make some brands unavailable for weeks.
Several states are dealing with shortages of alcoholic beverages, thanks to high demand coupled with packaging problems.
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Businesses are re-opening at a frenetic pace, Yelp finds — especially where vaccination rates are higher

Jul 23, 2021
Where there are lower vaccination rates, there’s less consumer interest.
A man walks past a restaurant with an illuminated "Open" sign on May 5 in Los Angeles.
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How worried should we be about the COVID-19 Delta variant?

Jul 2, 2021
Most experts don’t think another round of shutdowns is likely in the U.S.
The COVID-19 Delta variant has surged internationally. The U.S. may see regional case upticks where fewer people are vaccinated.
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Cleaning and sanitizing as COVID theater

Jun 18, 2021
COVID spreads mostly by air, but businesses are still zealously cleaning surfaces. It’s about customer perception, one owner says.
Many businesses are still investing time and money in sanitizing for COVID-19 safety, though it may be unnecessary.
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Despite tariffs and rising costs, the steel industry might also have pricing power

Jun 3, 2021
After a difficult 2020, VP of RM Metals in New Jersey Sam Desai talks about the outlook for his company and for the steel sector writ large.
A steel manufacturer in Harvey, IL.
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Memorial Day could be a test for the movie theater industry

May 24, 2021
Movie theaters are reopening in time for summer blockbuster season. Are people ready to go back?
Studios are committing to releasing blockbusters in theaters again. Will it pay off?
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An economic indicator suited to the pandemic: dress shoes

May 21, 2021
Dress shoe could give us a sense of how the economy is recovering.
The thing about dress shoes: You don’t really wear them around the house. They’re meant to be seen by other people.
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How NYC restaurants are preparing for a "full reopening"

Apr 30, 2021
Restaurants need a good estimate of demand to confidently plan their reopenings. But will office workers and tourists return?
For many New York restaurants, whether office workers and tourists return is a key question.
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Can businesses deny you entry if you don’t have a vaccine passport?

Apr 7, 2021
Ethical questions have been raised over the fairness of demanding vaccination passports. Some venues want to see them, and some governors want to ban them.
New York state's Excelsior Pass, which provides digital proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.
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Inflation isn't just about higher prices

Mar 30, 2021
There’s how the government looks at inflation, and then there’s what inflation feels like for you and me.
Gas prices are a key statistic when it comes to inflation, especially for people who do a lot of driving.
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