Aged care demand drives profit for Oceania Healthcare

Navigation for News Categories Strong and steady demand for aged care and retirement units has driven Oceania Healthcare’s first half profit up by two thirds on the year earlier. File photo. Photo: 123RF The aged care and retirement village operator and developer reported net profit for the first six months ended in November rose 67…Continue Reading

Demand for coronavirus vaccines is outstripping supply — as expected

Now that nearly half of the U.S. population could be eligible for coronavirus vaccines, America is facing the problem experts thought we’d have all along: demand for the vaccine is outstripping supply. Why it matters: The Trump administration’s call for states to open up vaccine access to all Americans 65 and older and adults with…Continue Reading

Consumer demand for products that nourish mental health, offer time-saving convenience on the rise

At the same time, online shopping has evolved beyond a nice-to-have convenience for occasionally hectic weeks or the quarantine, to a lifestyle solution that will endure beyond the pandemic and force not just retailers, but manufacturers and even ingredient suppliers, to rethink their online marketing strategy, added experts gathered during Rabobank’s annual Food & Agribusiness…Continue Reading

Berry good: Demand for South African ‘superfood’ blueberries booming

Floppy hats and face masks on, hundreds of workers carefully pick a bumper crop of blueberries on the sunny slopes of the Groenlandberg, a spur of South Africa’s Hottentots Holland Mountains. Declared a superfood, the purplish fruit has allowed South African producers to sail through the setbacks of the coronavirus pandemic, exporting punnet after punnet…Continue Reading

Demand up for NZ made wool carpets

Navigation for News Categories The global pandemic has New Zealand wool carpet manufacturers spinning, with demand increasing from customers here and in the US. Representational image. Photo: 123rf Over the past decade, wool carpets have lost ground to synthetic floor coverings with national sales dropping from 80 percent of the market to only 15 percent…Continue Reading

EU leaders demand bloc publishes no-deal planning as Brexit talks enter ‘final push’

Michel Barnier has told the European Commission that Brexit negotiators are in the “final push” to secure a trade deal with the UK.The EU’s chief negotiator (pictured) gave the update as senior diplomats warned that governments may begin enacting “emergency no-deal plans if a trade accord was not struck by Friday”, The Telegraph reports.Despite the…Continue Reading

Covid-19, high demand, slow ports behind delivery delays

Retailers are grappling with huge demand ahead of Christmas, but Covid-19 has slowed down the arrival of many goods heading for New Zealand. Nearly 50 percent of retailers are expecting stock shortages ahead of the holiday season.  Checkpoint approached a few retailers asking for one or two items people had been struggling to get their hands…Continue Reading

Demand for wool up after slump due to Covid disruption

Navigation for News Categories After suffering a serious slump the wool industry has nearly managed to claw back prices to pre-Covid levels. Photo: RNZ / Cosmo Kentish-Barnes The disruption to the supply chain caused by Covid-19 had resulted in significantly reduced demand from overseas mills. PGG Wrightson general manager for wool Grant Edwards said during…Continue Reading

‘Demand for bigger homes’ pushes up UK house prices

By Kevin PeacheyPersonal finance correspondentPublishedduration2 hours agoimage copyrightGetty ImagesThe cost of the typical UK home has risen to more than £250,000 for the first time, according to the UK’s biggest mortgage lender.The Halifax, part of Lloyds Banking Group, said house prices in October were 7.5% higher than a year ago.Demand for bigger homes had risen,…Continue Reading