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December 28, 2020 GMT

IN THE NEWS: RETAIL NUMBERS RISE, BOOSTED BY ONLINE SALES

NEW YORK (AP) — A surge in online shopping is credited with raising sales overall during the holiday season. The National Retail Federation reports that sales rose at a 3% rate during the holiday season — with a surge in online shopping fueling the increase. Online sales rose a record 49% between Oct. 11 and Dec. 24 of last year and this year. The holiday season was drawn out because of the coronavirus pandemic, with stores launching their traditional sales earlier and fewer of us willing to venture out among fellow shoppers to hunt down bargains. It wasn’t just how we shopped that was shaped by the pandemic — the coronavirus was also a factor in what we bought. Instead of clothing and jewelry, homebound shoppers spent more on furnishings and food.

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IN THE NEWS: GIFT-GIVERS FLUMMOXED OVER SHIPMENT DELAYS

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Some of the people who trusted their holiday packages to the United States Postal Service feel the mail agency literally failed to deliver for them. Some who say they mailed presents weeks ahead of time have still found they weren’t early enough — as Christmas came and went without packages being delivered to their intended recipients. One example is Austin Race, of Michigan, who placed an online order for a collector’s model die-cast of a NASCAR race car on Nov. 30. He says he got word Dec. 8 that it was being shipped by two-day priority mail. Last time he checked tracking information, it had gotten only as far as Florida, some 750 miles from where it was shipped in North Carolina. On its website, the USPS says it has been “experiencing unprecedented volume increases and limited employee availability” because of COVID-19.

ON THE WEB: MONTENEGRO AIRLINES CEASES OPERATIONS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Montenegro Airlines has ceased operations. The move to shut down came Saturday, after the small country’s new government refused to continue financing the indebted national carrier. The airline which was formed 25 years ago has apologized to its passengers for the sudden termination of all flights — and thanked them for “the years of trust, travel and friendship.” In a sentimental farewell gesture, pilots on the company’s last flight to Belgrade on Friday were given permission by air controllers to make a heart-shaped trail in the skies over the picturesque mountainous Adriatic state.

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Montenegro Airlines site: https://montenegroairlines.com/en/