Mercedes-Benz Beats BMW, Audi to Keep Luxury-Car Sales Crown

Mercedes-Benz successfully defended its crown as the world’s bestselling luxury-car brand, beating out arch-rivals BMW AG and Volkswagen AG’s Audi for the fourth year in a row. The win emerged on Friday when BMW reported sales of its namesake branded vehicles rose 2% to a record 2.17 million cars last year. Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz said Thursday its own sales increased 1.3% to 2.34 million vehicles. Audi lagged behind both. Adam Chamberlain, vice president of sales at Mercedes-Benz USA, left, and Nicholas Speaks, president and chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz USA, with the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63 SUV in Los Angeles. Demand for upscale vehicles has proved to be more resilient than the mass market segment, which has seen sales crimped in some regions by slower economic growth and fallout from trade disputes. While deliveries of expensive models in China — the world’s largest auto market — have held up, the outlook could darken for the German luxury manufacturers due to their exposure to potentially higher auto tariffs between the U.S., China and Europe. Looking ahead, BMW said it’s targeting a slight increase in group sales this year along with “solid sales...

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<!–*/ */ /*–>*/ The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today’s Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Apple Inc. (AAPL), Nike, Inc. (NKE) and Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today. Apple’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Computer – Mini computers industry on a year to date basis (+57.8% vs. +55.3%). The Zacks analyst believes that the company’s focus on strengthening the Services business and a strong slate of upcoming app releases, including its streaming service Apple TV+, are key catalysts. The company is also expected to benefit from the launch of latest iPhones, refreshed Macbook, iPad and Apple Watch product lines. However, the ongoing U.S.-China trade war does not bode well for the company. Legal woes have increased due to a lawsuit from customers related to App Store charges. The company has also been accused of unfair practices by Spotify. Nike’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Shoes and Retail Apparel industry over the past one-year period (+21.9% vs. +19.3%). The Za...

Luigi’s Mansion 3 – Gem Locations And Gem Maps For Every Floor – Guide

In gameplay terms, Luigi’s Mansion 3 continues the tradition of steering the green brother away from his roots as a platform game hero. However, that genre’s tradition of collecting a bunch of shiny trinkets in the pursuit of completionist perfection remains alive and well. By using your Poltergust G-00’s many functions to poke and prod the furnishings of the bizarre Last Resort Hotel you can uncover a whopping 102 gems spread across 17 floors. There’s a lot of joy to be found in uncovering every last one of these gems, with many hidden behind the game’s most interesting puzzles. However, there’s bound to be some holdouts for every player – this guide will clue you into those you’re missing, with maps, room names, location and full solutions for every gem. Want more help with Luigi’s Mansion 3? We have a walkthrough for every boss and a guide to catching every Boo. Once you have completed the opening sequence and seen the title screen, you’ll begin the game proper in the basement. As you get further in the adventure, the basement becomes your base of operations – playing host to E. Gadd’s lab. Note that you won’t be able to grab certain gems until after you have acquired t...

Global ECG Cables and ECG Lead wires Market Key Players 2020 – 3M Company , Becton, Dickinson and Company

The Global ECG Cables and ECG Lead wires Market report evaluates an in-depth study of major ECG Cables and ECG Lead wires market players on the basis of their company profile, demand, ECG Cables and ECG Lead wires sales margin, gross margin, and annual revenue to have a better share in the ECG Cables and ECG Lead wires industry globally.It also covers development plans and policies for ECG Cables and ECG Lead wires market. The report highlights on the major facts of ECG Cables and ECG Lead wires market position, that serves quality information of ECG Cables and ECG Lead wires industry and also enables the readers to analyze the ECG Cables and ECG Lead wires market situation to make the decision accordingly. The ECG Cables and ECG Lead wires report describes the resourceful approaches of the market players towards the market tendency and manufacturing stats. Global ECG Cables and ECG Lead wires market size expected to reach xx Million USD by 2024, from xxx million $ in 2016 to xxx million $ in 2019, at a CAGR of xx% during the forecast period (2020-2024). In this study report, 2020 has been considered as the base year, 2019 as the Estimated Year, (2015-2018) as the History Year a...

Building a custom 1911 with Caspian, KKM, Cammer, Wilson and Brownells

This 1911 custom build began with the idea of tweaking a safe queen that I never quite warmed up to. Built from a Springfield GI model, it simply have the accuracy that I believed it should have had. My first thought was to re-barrel it. However, the consensus among my brain trust was that it would be better to do a custom build rather than trying to create a proverbial silk purse. Before getting started on a project like this, common sense dictates that you should know exactly what you want. In my case, that was easy. I wanted a Bullseye style, Government 45, accurate to 50 yards. Of course, it would have been easy to buy something off the shelf. Nothing wrong with that. Companies such as Wilson Combat, Les Baer, Ed Brown, etc make excellent guns. For most people, a stock, semi-custom gun is more than accurate enough. Most range goers will drag out their Les Baer a few times a year, show it off to friends, punch a few holes in paper and lock it away. Those who build their own pistols (or have them crafted by a gunsmith) do it because they need to customize their rig. You may prefer a particular style of trigger, a brand of barrel or perhaps splurging for a fancy red dot. Discr...

(2020-2025) Hook and Loop Product Market: Which factor will limit market growth?

Los Angeles, United State, –The report titled Global Hook and Loop Product Market is one of the most comprehensive and important additions to QY Research’s archive of market research studies. It offers detailed research and analysis of key aspects of the global Hook and Loop Product market. The market analysts authoring this report have provided in-depth information on leading growth drivers, restraints, challenges, trends, and opportunities to offer a complete analysis of the global Hook and Loop Product market. Market participants can use the analysis on market dynamics to plan effective growth strategies and prepare for future challenges beforehand. Each trend of the global Hook and Loop Product market is carefully analyzed and researched about by the market analysts. Global Hook and Loop Product Market is estimated to reach xxx million USD in 2019 and projected to grow at the CAGR of xx% during 2019-2025. According to the latest report added to the online repository of QY Research the Hook and Loop Product market has witnessed an unprecedented growth till 2019. The extrapolated future growth is expected to continue at higher rates by 2025. Top Key Players of the Global Wood ...

Steel wire armour cables: Maintaining earth continuity

Regardless of whether the armouring of a steel wire armoured cable (swa) is employed as a protective conductor or not, it should always be effectively earthed to ensure the requirements of ADS are met. Where swa cables are connected to metallic enclosures, such as items of switchgear and control gear that also serve as the protective conductor of the circuit concerned, all the requirements of Regulation 543.2.2 (relating to the suitability of a metallic enclosure to provide effective earthing), should be met. Where cables are terminated into enclosures such as consumer units and distribution boards, it should be confirmed that the connection at the interface between the steel enclosure and brass gland, as shown in Fig 1, is mechanically and electrically sound. Many steel enclosures are coated with finishing products, such as epoxy resin or powder coated paint, to protect them from corrosion, but as such coatings are generally non-conductive they are likely to act as a barrier at the interface connection, between the brass gland and the steel enclosure. As a result, the resistance value of the armouring may be increased beyond that acceptable to meet the requirements of ADS. To e...

The iPhone X, pronounced “iPhone 10,” was introduced at Apple’s September 2017 event as a classic

The iPhone X, pronounced “iPhone 10,” was introduced at Apple’s September 2017 event as a classic “One more thing…” addition to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus product lineup. The iPhone X has since been replaced by the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, and Apple has discontinued the device to focus on the newer iPhones. Apple’s aim with the iPhone X was to create an iPhone that’s all display, blurring the line between physical object and experience. The 5.8-inch front screen melts into a highly polished curved-edge stainless steel band encircling a durable all-glass body available in two pearlescent finishes: Space Gray and Silver. Both feature a black front panel. The edge-to-edge top-to-bottom Super Retina display adopts OLED technology for true-to-life colors, deep blacks, and a million-to-one contrast ratio. It features a 2436 x 1125 resolution and 458 pixels per inch. It supports HDR, wide color, 3D Touch, and True Tone for adjusting the white balance of the display to match the ambient lighting. At 5.8 inches diagonally, the iPhone X has a larger display than prior-generation iPhones, but with no bezels aside from a notch hou...

Why non-profits give away tote bags and water bottles

If it’s better to give than to receive, then why do charities and nonprofit groups insist on shoving stuff in our faces? As anyone who’s jammed yet another stack of return address labels into a drawer or flung a branded tote bag on a heap of other branded tote bags, both direct solicitations and the giveaways they precede or follow have spun out of control. According to a 2016 Texas A&M University study, roughly 60 percent of American nonprofit solicitations include these tokens of appreciation — “donor premiums,” in fundraising parlance — upfront or as a reward for donating. In a way, the strategy is understandable: The world is a terrible place right now, and the rise of social media and crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe means would-be donors are stretched thin by a growing chorus of appeals both private and public. (There’s even a term for it: “empathy fatigue.”) Tempting the public with T-shirts, insulated cooler totes, or even clean beauty starter sets is one tactic nonprofits employ to win hearts and pocketbooks. A post shared by Environmental Working Group (@environmentalworkinggroup) on Oct 4, 2019 at 9:16am PDT But experts say the practice is counterintuitive, an...

Golden Valley woman’s ‘scarf-bombing’ starts warm movement in the midst of winter

An influx of scarf-bombings has caught the attention of people across the metro area. And more are on the horizon thanks to the generosity of one Golden Valley woman. What is a scarf-bombing? Like a hat- or sock-bombing, these items appear — seemingly overnight — in city parks wrapped around trees and railings or resting at bus stops. The layers, including coats, gloves, sweaters and more, are free for the taking to help people in need bundle up during the blizzard-y months. Michelle Ungerman Christensen made it her mission to spread such clothing — and kindness. She founded One Good Deed last winter to carry out simple yet profound acts to help others, like scarf-bombings. Christensen first heard about scarf-bombing a few years ago when reading about homeless people removing crochet art installations on poles and trees to wrap around themselves for warmth. She was drawn to replicating the heartwarming deed. “You attract what you are. I try to be the best person I can be, so good people surround me,” she said. Christensen, 49, describes her deeds as a ripple of kindness. Where that ripple goes is sometimes unknown. Sometimes, though, she witnesses the power of kindness right be...

Here’s the situation: Your child is six months old, and they’re starting to get pretty good

Here’s the situation: Your child is six months old, and they’re starting to get pretty good at crawling across the room. Maybe they’ve started standing on their own, cruising around your furniture. Pretty soon they’ll be walking and they won’t slow down. If you haven’t really thought about baby-proofing yet then now is the time to start. Looking at your home from your normal vantage point isn’t going to be the most effective way to assess any potential dangers. The best thing to do is get onto your child’s level. It’s by sitting on the ground that you’ll start to get a sense for how your child sees the world. You’ll see that there’s probably some edges in the form of a coffee table, some plugs that about a foot up from your baseboards and—oh, yeah—a lot of breakable or heavy objects. But where do you ever start? Luckily, you can easily baby-proof your home with minimal effort and a few bucks. The key is finding the best products for the job. That’s where we come in. We’ve tested the best baby-proofing products on the market to help you find the best gates, door locks, outlet covers, edge bumpers, and everything else you need ...

They are expensive in part because it costs farmers a lot to process them. So you’ll

They are expensive in part because it costs farmers a lot to process them. So you’ll want to make the most out of your purchase using everything but the quack. More of us know Duck, Duck, Goose as an age-old children’s game rather than a sustainable livestock farming practice. But as I’ve noticed more whole, frozen ducks cropping up at farmers markets along the Midcoast, I wanted to understand better how consuming these domesticated waterfowl play might play into a greener eating scheme. Matt Kovarik of Black Earth Forest Farm in Bristol raises Pekin ducks for their meat, Golden 300 ducks for their eggs and Toulouse geese for their guard dog-like tendencies. Kovarik leases land from and also works for his mentor Dan Sullivan of Broad Arrow Farm. Together they raise heritage chickens, turkeys, pigs and lamb; slaughter and butcher these animals as well, as Kovarik’s Pekins, in an on-farm facility; and then sell the meat from the farm’s shop. “We raise all of the animals on the farm where they are the healthiest and the happiest,” Kovarik explains. The birds are raised on pasture between May and November. The ducks love to play and waddle around the wetter parts of the farm ...

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