Sales of canoes, kayaks, other outdoor gear rebound during the coronavirus pandemic

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MILWAUKEE – On a Thursday morning in mid-March, Darren Bush was poised to open Canoecopia, the largest event of its kind in the world. Bush, the owner of Rutabaga Paddlesports in Monona, Wisconsin, was nervous about the emerging threat of COVID-19, but safer-at-home had not been implemented. 

Vendors from across North America were setting up 250,000 square feet of canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and other outdoor gear for the three-day trade show scheduled to begin the next day, Friday the 13th, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.  

Months of work had gone into the planning. About 20,000 people were expected to attend.

Then, Bush got word that Gov. Tony Evers was having a news conference where he declared a public health emergency. 

Bush went home.

On that Thursday, he needed to step away from the pressure of organizing Canoecopia, where scores of small-business owners and salespeople counted on his decisions.

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Asbury Automotive Group, The Buckle, Sportsmans Warehouse, Papa John’s International and eBay

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For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – June 18, 2020 – announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. ABG, The Buckle, Inc. BKE, Sportsmans Warehouse Holdings, Inc. SPWH, Papa John’s International, Inc. PZZA and eBay Inc. EBAY.

Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

Record Retail Sales Lift Hopes of V-Shaped Recovery: 5 Picks

U.S. shoppers took to shopping malls and auto dealerships in May as states are gradually easing restrictions on business activity that were put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Sales at U.S. retailers that measure purchases at stores, restaurants and online, rose 17.7% last month, the biggest monthly jump ever. May’s retail sales figure topped the record 6.7% jump

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The 5 Best Convertible Car Seats (2020 Review)

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We’ve tested the best convertible car seats on the market to help you make a smart purchase.

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Buying for baby can be nerve-racking, but even more so when you throw a two-ton vehicle, high-speed traffic, and happenstance into the mix. We tapped into a vast online community of parents, grandparents, and caregivers and listened to their stories and experiences with car seats. Based on their comments, we bought and tested the five best convertible car seats with proven reliability.

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Review Standards 

Presented with so many choices of car seats, our reviews team zeroed in on one very versatile type of car seat: the convertible car seat. We loved the adjustability and longevity that convertible designs provide. 

We analyzed thousands of convertible car seat reviews to weed out the 1- to 3-star products and ultimately identified the five best convertible car seats above.

Our consumer specialists

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25 Ways the Coronavirus Has Upended the Auto Industry Across the Globe

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As soon as news broke that life would be put on pause to battle the novel coronavirus, nearly every industry was affected. The automotive market in particular — both on the production and purchasing sides — had to alter its mode of operations almost entirely.

Now, with plants and auto dealerships reopening, the world is witnessing the future of the car production and purchasing process. Discover the ways in which the industry has and continues to change.

Last updated: June 24, 2020

Car Sales Will Decrease Globally

Globally, the auto sector already experienced a downturn in 2019 — and the coronavirus has only made it that much more difficult for the industry to recover. According IHS Markit, it is estimated that global automobile sales will decline by about 22% overall this year.

Initially, the disruption in supply and manufacturing hindered the industry significantly. Now, the decline in demand has led

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