Here’s what to buy on Amazon Prime Day

The 48-hour Amazon Prime Day extravaganza began at 3 a.m. Monday ET, with more than 1 million deals being offered to members, including intermittent “lightning deals.” For example, the Toshiba HD 43-inch Fire TV Edition Smart TV is now $179.99, a $120 savings, while supplies last. (Prime members who haven’t tried Kindle Unlimited can get the first three months of unlimited reading free when they sign up, according to RetailMeNot.) Last year, one of Amazon’s best-selling Prime Day items was a six


The 48-hour Amazon Prime Day extravaganza began at 3 a.m. Monday ET, with more than 1 million deals being offered to members, including intermittent “lightning deals.” For example, the Toshiba HD 43-inch Fire TV Edition Smart TV is now $179.99, a $120 savings, while supplies last. (Prime members who haven’t tried Kindle Unlimited can get the first three months of unlimited reading free when they sign up, according to RetailMeNot.) Last year, one of Amazon’s best-selling Prime Day items was a six
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Here's what to buy on Amazon Prime Day

It’s become one of the biggest shopping events of the year, yet some discounts are better than others.

The 48-hour Amazon Prime Day extravaganza began at 3 a.m. Monday ET, with more than 1 million deals being offered to members, including intermittent “lightning deals.”

For example, the Toshiba HD 43-inch Fire TV Edition Smart TV is now $179.99, a $120 savings, while supplies last.

Nearly 8 in 10 back-to-school shoppers mark their calendars with the Amazon event, according to the National Retail Federation.

“It’s worth it if you are looking in general for something,” said Michael Bonebright, a senior blog editor at DealNews. However, “if you are looking for a very specific thing, like a computer monitor or backpack, that may not go on sale.”

Not surprisingly, Amazon devices, in particular, such as the Echo or Kindle, will be deeply discounted. (Prime members who haven’t tried Kindle Unlimited can get the first three months of unlimited reading free when they sign up, according to RetailMeNot.)

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But don’t count out home goods, Bonebright said. Last year, one of Amazon’s best-selling Prime Day items was a six-quart instant pot for $59. This year, the pot is priced at $55.99.

Shoppers can also save up to 30% on some Amazon-exclusive household items and an additional $10 off $40 pantry orders with the code “pantry,” Bonebright said.

That brings a 24-pack of Presto paper towels down to $32.89 — about $8 less than the price of Bounty at Target. Target is hosting “Deal Days” on Monday and Tuesday and is similarly pushing its in-house brands, while other major retailers like eBay are also advertising sales.


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Twitter is getting a makeover — here’s what’s new

The new look began rolling out to users worldwide on Monday afternoon. No, you still can’t edit tweets, but the new Twitter looks pretty good. The company said changes were made to create an even more “accessible and universal way to join the conversations [people] care about.” That’s important as the company looks for way to further increase its user base. Here’s what the new Twitter is like.


The new look began rolling out to users worldwide on Monday afternoon. No, you still can’t edit tweets, but the new Twitter looks pretty good. The company said changes were made to create an even more “accessible and universal way to join the conversations [people] care about.” That’s important as the company looks for way to further increase its user base. Here’s what the new Twitter is like.
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Twitter is getting a makeover — here's what's new

Twitter’s website just got a major redesign. The new look began rolling out to users worldwide on Monday afternoon.

No, you still can’t edit tweets, but the new Twitter looks pretty good. The company said changes were made to create an even more “accessible and universal way to join the conversations [people] care about.” That’s important as the company looks for way to further increase its user base.

Here’s what the new Twitter is like. Click each image to see a larger version.


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Amazon Echo is half off on Prime Day: Here’s what you can do with it

The new Amazon.com Inc. Echo Spot, from left, Echo, Echo Plus, and Fire TV devices sit on display during the company’s product reveal launch event in downtown Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Daniel Berman | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesAmazon is heavily discounting its Amazon Echo products for Prime Day, which runs through 2:59 a.m. Wednesday ET. Before we get started, make sure you have the Amazon Alexa app for iPhone or Android. Call people with EchoYou can use the Amazon E


The new Amazon.com Inc. Echo Spot, from left, Echo, Echo Plus, and Fire TV devices sit on display during the company’s product reveal launch event in downtown Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Daniel Berman | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesAmazon is heavily discounting its Amazon Echo products for Prime Day, which runs through 2:59 a.m. Wednesday ET. Before we get started, make sure you have the Amazon Alexa app for iPhone or Android. Call people with EchoYou can use the Amazon E
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Amazon Echo is half off on Prime Day: Here's what you can do with it

The new Amazon.com Inc. Echo Spot, from left, Echo, Echo Plus, and Fire TV devices sit on display during the company’s product reveal launch event in downtown Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Daniel Berman | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Amazon is heavily discounting its Amazon Echo products for Prime Day, which runs through 2:59 a.m. Wednesday ET. The cheapest model, the Echo Dot, is only $22 (it’s usually $50), while the full-sized model is only $50 (it’s usually $100). If you’re on the fence, realize that you can do a lot more with the Echo than just asking Alexa the weather. You can use an Echo for many things, including calling people, booking an Uber, ordering stuff from Amazon and even setting it up to double as an in-home intercom if you own several devices. Before we get started, make sure you have the Amazon Alexa app for iPhone or Android. You’ll be using that app to take advantage of some of the tricks in this guide. Here is a bunch of fun things you can do with the Echo.

Call people with Echo

You can use the Amazon Echo to call phone numbers or anyone with an Amazon Echo. To call a phone number, you’ll first want to make sure that person is in your Alexa address book. To check: Open the Amazon app

Tap the menu button then tap “Contacts.” Once you’ve confirmed someone is in your address book, you can call them by asking Alexa to call a specific person’s phone or Echo. Here are the commands to try. (I put my own name in, but swap it out for the person you’re trying to call): “Call Todd Haselton’s Mobile.”

Or you can call your contact’s Echo by saying “Call Todd Haselton’s Echo.”

Send voice messages

You can send voice messages to friends or family with an Echo, too. It’s kind of like leaving a voicemail, but your friends will get an alert on their Echo that they have a new voice message. Then, when they see the alert, they can ask their Echo to play it. To send a voice message: Say “Alexa, send a voice message to Todd Haselton.”

Speak your message.

Alexa will confirm you want to send the message.

Say “Yes.”

If you’ve received a message, say “Alexa, listen to my messages.”

Use your Echo as an in-home intercom

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If you have multiple Echos around your house, you can use them as an in-home intercom system. You might want to do this to call the kids down to dinner, for example. Here’s how to do that: Say “Alexa make an announcement.”

Speak your announcement by saying something like “Hey everyone, dinner’s ready!”

Alexa will make an announcement to all of the Echos in your house with the message you spoke.

Book an Uber or Lyft with your Echo

If you’re at home and want to get a ride somewhere, you can ask Alexa to get you an Uber or a Lyft. You need to install either the Uber or Lyft skill first. Here’s how to book a ride with Echo. Open the Alexa app on your phone.

Tap the menu button on the top left of the app.

Tap “Skills & Games.”

Search for Uber or Lyft.

Tap Enable Skill and link your Lyft or Uber account.

Now ask Lyft or Uber for a ride by speaking “Alexa, ask Lyft for a ride” or “Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride.”

Alexa will tell you how far the nearest Lyft driver or Uber driver is. You can then confirm you’d like a ride.

Order something from Amazon by voice

You can use your Echo to order goods from Amazon. Sometimes, like during Black Friday, Amazon even offers exclusive deals through the Echo. To order stuff from Alexa: Say something like, “Alexa order soap.”

Alexa will begin to list items that you might be interested in, including products from previous orders, and the price. Say “yes” to confirm you’d like to buy that item, or “no” to hear another item Alexa recommends. Tell Alexa to stop if you don’t want to hear more recommendations.

You can also order specific goods by speaking something like “Alexa, order me an Amazon Echo Plus.” Alexa will confirm the price before you decide to buy it or not.

Get a ‘flash briefing’ of news you care about

You can get a flash briefing from certain news sites you follow, including CNBC, the AP and BBC. Customize your Flash Briefing by doing this: Open the Alexa app on your phone.

Tap the menu button on the top left of the screen.

Choose “Settings.”

Tap “Flash Briefing.”

Toggle the news sites you want to hear news from and tap “+” to add new sources.

Now, say, “Alexa play my flash briefing.”

Alexa will give you the highlight news from the sources you’ve picked.

Play shows on your Amazon Fire TV

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If you own a Fire TV, you can connect your Echo to the Fire TV so that you can ask Alexa to play specific shows or movies. You don’t even have to touch the remote. Open the Alexa app on your phone.

Tap the menu button on the top left of the page.

Tap “Settings.”

Choose “TV & Video.”

Tap the + button next to Fire TV.

Tap “Manage Devices.”

Choose “Link another device.”

Choose the Fire TV in your house you’d like to link your Echo with.

Tap “Continue.”

Choose the Alexa devices to link the Fire TV with. You can select multiple Echos.

Tap “Link Devices.”

Now speak a command like, “Play Man in the High Castle on Fire TV.”

Create a Routine

Set an Alexa routine to perform functions after your alarm is dismissed. Todd Haselton | CNBC

Amazon recently launched a new Alexa featured called “Routines.” When you speak a certain preset command, like “Alexa, good morning,” you can set Alexa to perform certain actions, like read you the weather, start playing music and tell you how long it will take you to get to work. Here’s how to create a custom morning routine, but you can change any of these steps to make something else, too. Open the Alexa app on your phone.

Tap the menu button on the top left of the app.

Tap “Routines.”

Tap the top button that says “When this happens.”

Choose “Voice.”

Enter the phrase “Good morning.”

Tap “Save.”

Now choose “Add action.”

Tap “Weather.”

Tap “Add.”

Now tap “Add action”

Tap “Traffic.”

Now tap “Add action” again.

Tap “Music.”

Enter in an artist, like Bruce Springsteen.

Choose your music provider, such as Spotify.

Tap Next.

Tap “Create.” Now, when you say “Alexa, good morning.” Alexa will tell you the local weather, how long it will take to get to work on your commute, and will then start playing Bruce Springsteen. (Note: if you haven’t set up your commute in the Alexa app yet, you can do this by going to settings > traffic.)

Get a sports update for your favorite teams

Alexa can give you a quick briefing on your favorite teams. First, you need to tell it the teams you follow. To do this: Open the Alexa app on your phone.

Tap the menu button on the top left.

Tap Settings.

Select “Sports.”

Tap Add a Team. ”

Search for your favorite team.

Tap “Save.”

Repeat until you’ve added all of the teams you follow.

Now, speak “Alexa, what’s my sports update?” Alexa will read off the latest scores and upcoming games for each of the teams you follow.

Set a reminder

You can ask Alexa to remind you to do things, too. Say “Alexa, remind me to get candied yams,” or whatever you need a reminder for.

Alexa will ask when it should remind you. Say something like “Today at 3 p.m.”

Alexa will confirm that it will remind you at the preset time.

You can view, edit or add reminders in the Alexa app by tapping the menu button and selecting “Reminders & Alarms.”

Set multiple timers

Alexa can be really useful in the kitchen, particularly if you want to set multiple timers at once. Maybe you need to set the oven to one timer and then create a second timer for something you have cooling in the fridge. To set multiple timers: Say, Alexa set an oven timer for 30 minutes.

Then speak another timer, like, “Set a fridge timer for 1 hour.”

You can check in a timer by saying “Alexa, what’s the oven timer?” Or “Alexa, what’s the fridge timer?”

Alexa will alert you when the specific timer has ended.

Play music in different rooms at the same time

In order: The Echo, the Echo Plus and the original Echo Todd Haselton | CNBC

If you have multiple Echos around the house, you can link them up to play music at the same time in different rooms. I have a “downstairs” group for my Echos, for example, where I have my living room, dining room and kitchen all play the same music. To do this: Open the Alexa app on your phone. Tap Devices icon on the bottom right. It looks like a little house.

Tap the + button on the top right.

Tap “Add Multi-Room Music speakers.”

Create a group name, such as “Downstairs.”

Choose the Echos you want to include in the group, then tap “Save.” Now, you can speak something like “Alexa, play Beethoven downstairs,” and Alexa will play music on the speakers in that group.

Delete your history

A list of the recordings I’ve spoken to Alexa. Todd Haselton | CNBC

Amazon keeps a recording of everything you ask Alexa. For privacy’s sake, you may want to delete those recordings regularly. You can do that two ways. To delete things you said recently, just say “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” or “Alexa, delete what I just said.” To delete everything at once, do this: Visit Amazon’s Device page

Select the menu button to the left of the Echo device you’d like to manage. (The menu button looks like three little dots stacked on top of one another.

Tap “Manage Voice Recordings”

Tap “Delete.”

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Here’s how to earn up to $55 in free Amazon credits for Prime Day

What’s better than Amazon Prime Day discounts? Free Amazon credits you can use toward those deals. To take advantage of the Prime Day deals, you need to Prime member. In total, first-time app users who are Prime members can earn up to $25 in free Amazon credits through July 31, 2019. Beyond the free credits, downloading the Amazon app also gives Prime members an edge.


What’s better than Amazon Prime Day discounts? Free Amazon credits you can use toward those deals. To take advantage of the Prime Day deals, you need to Prime member. In total, first-time app users who are Prime members can earn up to $25 in free Amazon credits through July 31, 2019. Beyond the free credits, downloading the Amazon app also gives Prime members an edge.
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Here's how to earn up to $55 in free Amazon credits for Prime Day

What’s better than Amazon Prime Day discounts? Free Amazon credits you can use toward those deals. To celebrate Amazon Prime Day, which starts on July 15 and runs two days this year, the company has several deals that offer customers $10 credits for using several of its services, including the online retailer’s app and browser extension. To take advantage of the Prime Day deals, you need to Prime member. If you’re not already a Prime member, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial. After the trial expires, a membership costs $119 a year. If you’re a student, Amazon offers a six-month trial period and half off a membership ($59 a year). Once your membership is sorted, take a moment to see if you qualify for any of these credits to use toward your Prime Day purchases.

Download the Amazon app

If you don’t have the Amazon shopping app yet, Amazon is offering Prime members a $10 credit when they download it and sign in for the first time. You can earn another $10 credit after you purchase an Amazon product through the app and another $5 when you use the camera and Alexa features for the first time. In total, first-time app users who are Prime members can earn up to $25 in free Amazon credits through July 31, 2019. Credits expire on August 2, 2019. However, if you’re on a free trial, you’re not eligible. Beyond the free credits, downloading the Amazon app also gives Prime members an edge. App users will be able to preview deals and can turn on “personalized notifications” in the app settings to get notified when deals are live.

Install the Amazon Assistant browser extension

Those looking to use a desktop or laptop to shop for Prime deals can install the Amazon Assistant browser extension and get $10 off their first order of $50 or more. A browser extension is a small software package that you can download, typically for free, and will work with websites. The Amazon Assistant browser extension shows you the top trending deals and offers, as well as notifies you when deals you are watching go live. Plus, this credit lasts beyond Prime Day. Users have until August 2, 2019 to use their credit on any order over $50 on Amazon.com.

Shop at Whole Foods

To score this credit, you’ll need to spend a little money. Prime members who spend at least $10 at a Whole Foods store or through Prime Now (which partners with the grocery retailer) through July 16 will receive a $10 credit to use on Amazon Prime Day purchases. The grocery store will also be adding exclusive deals on “peak-of-season produce and high-quality grocery favorites” during the week of Prime Day, including on strawberries, peaches, blueberries, salmon fillets, nut butters, trail mixes and ice creams, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said in a statement.

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Store closures accelerate and may top 12,000 in 2019. Here’s what’s closed so far this year

So far, 7,062 store closures have been announced by U.S. retailers this year, according to a tracking done by Coresight Research. Last year, Coresight tracked 5,524 store closures, down more than 30% from an all-time high of 8,139 closures announced in 2017. Below is a running list of some of the most significant retail store closure announcements so far this year. Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesPier 1 Imports is planning to shut 57 stores in 2019, and potentially more. Drew Angerer | G


So far, 7,062 store closures have been announced by U.S. retailers this year, according to a tracking done by Coresight Research. Last year, Coresight tracked 5,524 store closures, down more than 30% from an all-time high of 8,139 closures announced in 2017. Below is a running list of some of the most significant retail store closure announcements so far this year. Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesPier 1 Imports is planning to shut 57 stores in 2019, and potentially more. Drew Angerer | G
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Store closures accelerate and may top 12,000 in 2019. Here's what's closed so far this year

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Despite the year being more than halfway over, the pace of store closures doesn’t appear to be slowing down in the retail industry. More companies piled on the bad news this week. So far, 7,062 store closures have been announced by U.S. retailers this year, according to a tracking done by Coresight Research. And the tally could top 12,000 by the end of 2019, setting a new record, Coresight says. Last year, Coresight tracked 5,524 store closures, down more than 30% from an all-time high of 8,139 closures announced in 2017. With the back-to-school shopping season and winter holidays looming, most retailers planning to shut stores this year have already shuffled through those announcements so they can shift their focus toward the industry’s busiest times. But analysts say there are still some exhausted businesses teetering on the brink of survival, as sales continue to shift to the internet and younger brands like Warby Parker, Casper and Allbirds steal shoppers’ attention. Take Mattress Firm as one example. The company emerged from bankruptcy back in October. But it’s still suffering in an increasingly competitive landscape with newer entrants like Casper and Eight Sleep. And it hasn’t been able to achieve all the concessions from landlords that it desired. All the store closure announcements have also been bad news for U.S. mall owners like Simon and Macerich, which were already struggling with traffic to department stores falling off. The landlords are getting creative with their malls, now, bringing in more food options, e-commerce brands and even apartments, hotels and office spaces. The mall model is being reinvented. Amid all the closings, there are still retailers opening stores. Coresight has tracked 3,017 store opening announcements so far this year. This past Thursday, Lululemon opened its biggest store ever in Chicago. And there’s a massive, 3-million-square-foot mall called American Dream slated to open in New Jersey on Oct. 25. Below is a running list of some of the most significant retail store closure announcements so far this year.

Fred’s

A store log outside of the headquarters of Fred’s Pharmacy Memphis, Tennessee. Sipa | AP Images

Fred’s said Friday it will shutter another 129 stores this year, as the company works to repay its debt and diversify its product selection. It was already planning to close 263 shops in 2019. Now, the discount retailer says it will have roughly 80 retail stores and 166 pharmacies still operating following all the closures. Fred’s, which sells groceries and other everyday items like cleaning supplies, has been a victim of e-commerce’s ascent in many households. Its shares have tumbled more than 75% this year to trade below $1.

Charming Charlie

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Accessories chain Charming Charlie filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week and said with that it plans to close all 261 stores by the end of August. This marks the second time the retailer has filed for bankruptcy in under two years. The company said it hasn’t been able to come up with a plan to win shoppers back and “ensure long-term profitability” for the business.

Bed Bath & Beyond

A shopper exits a Bed Bath & Beyond store in New York. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Bed Bath & Beyond plans to close at least 40 locations this year — and likely more — while opening 15 stores. The company has said unless it’s able to “negotiate more favorable lease terms with … landlords,” the number of closures will grow. Bed Bath & Beyond, which also owns Christmas Tree Shops, lost its CEO Steven Temares in May, with its financial performance weakening and activist investors pushing for change. The company’s stock is down about 1% for the year.

Dressbarn

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Women’s fashion retailer Dressbarn, owned by Ascena Retail Group, is going out of business for good this year. Ascena said it decided to wind down that business entirely in order to be able to turn its focus to its more profitable brands like Ann Taylor and Loft. Just last month, it released a list of the first 28 Dressbarn stores expected to close this year but hasn’t announced anything beyond that. All told, about 650 stores across the country will go dark.

Topshop

Sir Philip Green the owner of Topshop and Taiwanese actress Gwei Lun Mei cut a ribbon to mark the opening of the new Topshop store Jessica Hromas | Getty Images

Fast-fashion chain Topshop is shutting all 11 of its stores in the U.S. The retailer’s London-based parent company, Arcadia Group, filed for bankruptcy protection in May, citing “challenging retail headwinds, changing consumer habits and ever-increasing online competition.” Topshop’s U.S. stores are in major markets like New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami. The company hasn’t yet said when it expects the 11 stores to close.

Party City

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Party City plans to shut about 45 stores in the U.S. this year. That’s more than normal. The party-supply retailer had been closing 10 to 15 stores, on average, annually. Following the announcement, some speculated a global helium shortage was straining its business of selling balloons for birthday parties, weddings and other special occasions. But the retailer said it was able to secure a new source of helium and that the decision to close more stores in 2019 was unrelated to the global shortage. Party City shares are down more than 28% this year.

Pier 1 Imports

A Pier 1 Imports retail store stands in Louisville, Kentucky. Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Pier 1 Imports is planning to shut 57 stores in 2019, and potentially more. The home goods retailer in June said if it’s “unable to achieve our performance goals, sales targets and reductions in occupancies and other costs,” it could shutter as much as 15% of its fleet. Pier 1 closed 30 stores in 2018, leaving it with about 1,000 locations in total across the U.S. Many shoppers have navigated to Amazon and other online retailers to buy things like dishes, wall art and the small furniture accessories that Pier 1 sells. The retailer’s shares are up a little more than 1% for the year.

CVS

Pedestrians pass in front of a CVS location in New York. Scott Mlyn | CNBC

CVS is closing 46 of its “underperforming” locations across the country this year. That’s still less than 1% of CVS’ roughly 9,600 stores nationwide. But the drugstore chain, like many retailers today, must work toward culling its massive footprint and adding unique services to stores to keep customers coming back. As it shuts some stores, CVS is adding hundreds of SmileDirectClub shops inside certain CVS locations, offering shoppers a cheaper way to straighten their teeth. It’s also opening up locations known as HealthHUBS that boast services and products like blood testing and sleep apnea machines. CVS’ stock is down nearly 12% in 2019.

Gap

Traffic passes by an Old Navy and GAP stores in Times Square, March 1, 2019 in New York City. Drew Angerer | Getty Images

Gap Inc. is planning to shut 230 of its namesake brand’s stores over the next two years. This fiscal year, Gap said it expects to close about 50 company-owned stores, net of any new openings or repositionings. The apparel retailer in February announced its plans to split its business into two publicly traded companies, one that includes Gap, Banana Republic, Intermix and its women’s and men’s athleisure brands Athleta and Hill City, and another with just Old Navy. Gap Inc. shares have fallen more than 27% this year.

Victoria’s Secret

Pedestrians carrying shopping bags walk past a Victoria’s Secret store in New York. Lucas Jackson | Reuters

L Brands’ Victoria’s Secret is planning to shut 53 stores this year, as the lingerie retailer struggles to appeal to women with its outdated and over-the-top bras and underwear. On average, the company has been closing roughly 15 stores each year. Meantime, online-based lingerie brands like Adore Me and Lively are opening up stores, potentially making it more difficult for Victoria’s Secret to win back market share. L Brands’ stock is up about 3% year to date.

Bath & Body Works

Pedestrians walk past a Bath & Body Works store. Craig Warga | Bloomberg | Getty Images

L Brands’ Bath & Body Works also has some closures planned. The retailer said it intends to shut two dozen locations this year. But it will also be opening 46 stores and renovating more than 170 locations. As Victoria’s Secret’s sales have been in a slump, Bath & Body Works has been a bright spot for L Brands. The company reported in May that Bath & Body Work’s same-store sales surged 13% during the fiscal first quarter. The upbeat news led L Brands to hike its profit outlook for the full year.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Pedestrians are reflected in the window of an Abercrombie & Fitch store in San Francisco. Getty Images

Specialty apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. said it plans to close up to 40 stores during fiscal 2019, after closing 29 locations last year. The company has, meanwhile, been working toward reducing the size of its stores and remodeling existing locations. Abercrombie also said it plans to open additional stores this year, to make up for the closures, after opening 22 stores in 2018. It also owns the Hollister clothing brand. The retailer’s stock has fallen roughly 10% in 2019.

Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe fashions Source: Charlotte Russe

Teen apparel retailer Charlotte Russe is liquidating and closing all of its stores, after filing for bankruptcy protection in February. At the time, it was only planning to shut 94 stores. But now, the company will be closing more than 500 locations across the country, after a liquidator won the auction for its business in bankruptcy court. Many of its stores are found within shopping malls.

Payless ShoeSource

A pedestrian walks by a Payless Shoe Source store on April 5, 2017 in San Francisco. Getty Images

Payless ShoeSource filed for bankruptcy in February and has started the process of shutting all 2,500 of its stores across North America. Payless struggled with a heavy debt load and also said in court documents it faced “unanticipated” delays from its suppliers in recent years that forced it to sell inventory at deep discounts. It’s also fallen victim to more consumers shopping for footwear online.

Gymboree

Pedestrians walk past a Gymboree store in San Francisco, California. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images

When kids clothing company Gymboree filed for bankruptcy protection in January, it said it would close all 800 of its Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores. It’s since sold the rights associated with both Gymboree and its Crazy 8 brand to Children’s Place, while Gap has acquired Gymboree’s Janie and Jack brand’s intellectual property, its website, customer data and other assets.

Family Dollar

Shoppers exit a Family Dollar store in Belleville, New Jersey. Michael Nagel | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Discount chain Dollar Tree said it plans to close 390 Family Dollar stores this year while it renovates 1,000 other locations. After buying Family Dollar in 2015, Dollar Tree has been left with the task of improving the appearance of those stores, many of which are run down. It’s also been trying to cut costs. Dollar Tree shares are up more than 24% year to date.

Chico’s

Pedestrians pass in front of a Chico’s store in New York Scott Mlyn | CNBC

Women’s clothing retailer Chico’s said it will shut between 60 to 80 stores in fiscal 2019. The company overall intends to close at least 250 stores in the U.S. over the next three years. It joins a list of apparel companies that are struggling to stay afloat, as more sales move online and shoppers are lured to fast-fashion brands like Zara. Chico’s shares have tumbled more than 38% this year.

J.C. Penney

Pedestrians pass a JC Penney store in New York. Scott Mlyn | CNBC


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Here’s what experts predict will be the best deals during Amazon Prime Day

If Amazon Prime Day has you feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Almost eight out of 10 Prime members in the U.S. are planning to shop on Prime Day this year, up from 63% last year, according to a new study from Profitero. “Last year’s Prime Day deal for this device was $64.99,” Regina Conway, consumer expert for deal site Slickdeals, tells CNBC Make It. “This is something we would predict will likely continue to have price drops around Prime Day.” While electronics across the board will see b


If Amazon Prime Day has you feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Almost eight out of 10 Prime members in the U.S. are planning to shop on Prime Day this year, up from 63% last year, according to a new study from Profitero. “Last year’s Prime Day deal for this device was $64.99,” Regina Conway, consumer expert for deal site Slickdeals, tells CNBC Make It. “This is something we would predict will likely continue to have price drops around Prime Day.” While electronics across the board will see b
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Here's what experts predict will be the best deals during Amazon Prime Day

If Amazon Prime Day has you feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. But planning ahead could help: Shopping experts say you can start to narrow down your shopping list now so you don’t miss a great deal or, worse, end up with a ton of returns. Prime Day, which starts on July 15 and runs two days this year, offers members (and members only) huge discounts on a wide variety of products. Almost eight out of 10 Prime members in the U.S. are planning to shop on Prime Day this year, up from 63% last year, according to a new study from Profitero. But some deals are better than others, especially if you’re looking to snap up a big-ticket item. To help you narrow down your shopping list and snag the best deals, here are the five types of products that experts believe will rack up the deepest discounts during Prime Day.

Amazon Services

Amazon’s own products get a major push on Prime Day, so if you’ve been tempted to subscribe to some of its services, including Amazon Music and Kindle Unlimited, now is the time to do it. Amazon is already offering a 66% discount off the cost of audiobook service Audible. Prime members can get their first three months for $4.95 a month. For groceries, Amazon is offering $10 off Prime Pantry orders of $40 or more. And if Prime members spend at least $10 at a Whole Foods store or through Prime Now (which partners with the grocery retailer) from now through July 16, they’ll receive a $10 credit to use on Amazon for Prime Day purchases. “Amazon has a lot of control over the pricing of their own brands, and is very well known to be willing to take a short-term loss to gain market share,” Rebecca Lehmann of Brad’s Deals tells CNBC Make It. “In the past we’ve seen Amazon use Prime Day to drive awareness and gain exposure for these brands, and I think we are going to see even more of that this year.”

Amazon Electronics

If you’ve been eyeing an Alexa-enabled device, such as the Echo, hold out for Prime Day on Monday. “Last year’s Prime Day deal for this device was $64.99,” Regina Conway, consumer expert for deal site Slickdeals, tells CNBC Make It. “This is something we would predict will likely continue to have price drops around Prime Day.” Typically it retails for $100. Ring video doorbells are already on sale for $169, and if you buy one, Amazon will throw in an Echo Dot for free. The bundle is usually $299, so you’re saving $130. Beyond its Echo line of home products, experts also predict other Amazon electronics will see deep discounts, including the Fire TV stick and the Kindle Paperwhite. Amazon also collaborates with TV manufacturers, so expect these TVs to be on sale. “I think we’re going to see some big Prime Day discounts with a focus on the 55 ” Fire Smart TV model, ” Lehmann says. Last year, the Prime Day deal around the Toshiba 50″ 4K Amazon Fire Smart TV, which dropped from $399 to $290, proved popular. “It was one of the lowest prices we’d seen for a 50″ Smart TV and this particular TV had never been discounted before,” Lehmann says. In late June, Amazon launched an update to the Fire Smart TV line with the 55 ” Toshiba including Dolby Vision for dynamic HDR. Lehmann says the timing is “no accident.”

Name-brand electronics and other accessories

“While Amazon has focused some of their biggest discounts on their own electronic devices, there are plenty of deals to be had,” Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot, tells CNBC Make It. Headphones will again be big, Tiara Rea-Palmer, head of retail at CouponFollow, tells CNBC Make It. That includes noise-cancelling, earbuds and even expensive brands like Beats, which have had discounts as high as 55% off in past years. Be on the lookout for Apple products as well, since Amazon is now an authorized Apple retailer. The Apple Watch 4 is already on sale for $399, down from $429. And Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are $180, $20 off the retail price. Lehmann says she expects to see iPad discounts during Prime Day as well. While electronics across the board will see big discounts during Prime Day, Skirboll says that consumers need to carefully check prices. “Some of the biggest deals of the year from the retail industry on things like consumer electronics are still concentrated on Black Friday,” she says. Unless you see a really great price on an item you need now, you might save more by holding out until November for things like TVs, laptops and cameras.

Gaming

Video game bundles will be another area where shoppers can save big, Rea-Palmer says. “Although you probably won’t find a sale on a Nintendo Switch, you can likely save with a Switch bundle on Prime Day,” she says. Consumers should watch for bundle gaming deals for Nintendo, Xbox and PS4. But before you buy, make sure you’re going to use all the components of the bundle, which typically include games, controllers or cases. Otherwise, it may not be a good value for you. Gaming accessories will also be big, Conway says. For example, she expects the price on the ViewSonic Elite XG350R-C 35 ” UltraWide Curved Gaming Monitor to drop by $140 during Prime Day, from $699.99 to $559.99.

Small appliances


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Here’s where you can retire nicely on just $30,000 a year … outside the US

If you’ve been racking your brain about where to retire on a budget, it might be time to think outside the U.S.A new report by International Living, which publishes information about living abroad, lists destinations where you can coast on less than $30,000 a year. To be sure, retiring in a new country will require studying up on the tax implications along with pulling off some other logistical maneuvering.


If you’ve been racking your brain about where to retire on a budget, it might be time to think outside the U.S.A new report by International Living, which publishes information about living abroad, lists destinations where you can coast on less than $30,000 a year. To be sure, retiring in a new country will require studying up on the tax implications along with pulling off some other logistical maneuvering.
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Here's where you can retire nicely on just $30,000 a year ... outside the US

If you’ve been racking your brain about where to retire on a budget, it might be time to think outside the U.S.

A new report by International Living, which publishes information about living abroad, lists destinations where you can coast on less than $30,000 a year.

To be sure, retiring in a new country will require studying up on the tax implications along with pulling off some other logistical maneuvering.


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Here’s why the Strait of Hormuz is the world’s most important oil chokepoint

The Strait of Hormuz is a critical gateway to the world’s oil industry, with more than a fifth of global oil supply flowing through a narrow sea channel used by Gulf countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. That’s the equivalent of about 21% of global petroleum liquids consumption — making it the world’s most important oil chokepoint. The EIA defines a chokepoint as a narrow channel along widely used global sea routes that are critical to energy security. Flows through the


The Strait of Hormuz is a critical gateway to the world’s oil industry, with more than a fifth of global oil supply flowing through a narrow sea channel used by Gulf countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. That’s the equivalent of about 21% of global petroleum liquids consumption — making it the world’s most important oil chokepoint. The EIA defines a chokepoint as a narrow channel along widely used global sea routes that are critical to energy security. Flows through the
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Here's why the Strait of Hormuz is the world's most important oil chokepoint

The Strait of Hormuz is a critical gateway to the world’s oil industry, with more than a fifth of global oil supply flowing through a narrow sea channel used by Gulf countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The strategically important waterway links crude producers in the Middle East with key markets across the world.

Daily oil flow in the Strait averaged 21 million barrels per day in 2018, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). That’s the equivalent of about 21% of global petroleum liquids consumption — making it the world’s most important oil chokepoint.

The EIA defines a chokepoint as a narrow channel along widely used global sea routes that are critical to energy security.

Therefore, the inability of oil to transit a major chokepoint, even temporarily, can lead to substantial supply delays and higher shipping costs — resulting in higher world energy prices.

Most chokepoints can be circumvented by using other shipping channels but some, such as the Strait of Hormuz, have no practical alternatives.

Flows through the narrow channel in 2018 made up about one-third of total global seaborne traded oil. More than one-quarter of global liquefied natural gas trade (LNG) also transited the shipping channel last year.


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