Total Sales Grew by 9 months

In France, the group recorded in the third quarter overall growth of 7.2% to E 19.6 million, including 4.2% organic growth, confirming the trends observed in the first half. In an economic climate, however unfavorable, the group continued to reap the fruits of its marketing efforts. At 9 months, sales reached E 71.5 million an increase of 7.7% including 4.4% organic.The group continues to strengthen its geographical position with the creation of the quarter of eight new centers that complement the mesh of the group in the regions of Alsace, Aquitaine, Brittany, Ile de France (2), Nord-Pas de Calais, Rhone-Alpes and PACA. With 21 new centers created or acquired since the beginning of the year, the group is perfectly in line with its development plan, the network has now reached nearly 440 centers.

In addition, new creations and acquisitions currently under negotiation could be finalized before the end of the year. Revenue totaled E 1.5 million, down slightly from the previous year (E-80K), but decreased by E 0.3 million on a comparable basis. After the phase of internal reorganization, the group is currently conducting targeted marketing campaigns to increase mens wallets gradually the traffic centers, with an expected effect on sales in 2012. At 9 months, the turnover amounted to E 5.9 million, a level equivalent to that of last year.The group expects to accelerate its growth in the fourth quarter due to a more favorable basis of comparison in December, including traditionally the biggest billing month womens sandals of the year.

Audika recall having set a goal for 2011 a total turnover of around E 115 million coupled with an annual operating margin greater than the first half. With nearly 440 centers in 90 departments and 14% market share, Audika is the ferragamo mens shoes French network of centers specializing in hearing aids. The group is present in Italy since 2007 where he now relies on a network of nearly 60 centers. Positioned in the market for Seniors, Audika aims to consolidate its leadership in an area still very fragmented. Audika is listed on Euronext Paris, compartment B. SBF 250, CAC Mid & Small 190, CAC Small 90.

Facts About Bail Bond Companies

When any person is charged of doing any criminal activity, generally he is arrested and taken to jail. If we are talking about their bail to release him from jail, if trial date is pending the person must be bailed out or can also pay a bail through a company providing bail services. Here are main three facts that one must know before hiring any service of this kind.Meaning of Bail Bond.A bail bond is typically in use when any imprison individual got order from the judge to give bail prior to being release before the start of trial. Once the bond is posted for the individual then the person is removed from police custody until the final outcome.

If the person does not come to court on the trial date then the money forfeited and the down payment that was filled also lost.What kind of agencies provide Bail bond?When any one is looking for bail bond services or any company that provide bail bond services then basically one is looking for what is called licensed bail bond man. These companies are specially provide bail bond services and make sure that the client should not have to face any kind of problem. Generally these companies charge 10% of bail amount as their fee.What is the main work of these companies?The main purpose of these bail bond companies is to make certain that their client get copies of all signed documents regarding to their case, to provide all information regarding their bond amount and also provide all refundable services.

One from the most famous aspects of these firms are bounty hunters which are popular by TV shows for decades. These are mainly hired to locate and return the accused to trial before the actual time of forfeiture. When this happens it is basically called skipping bail which causes the court to issue a warrant.A bail bondsman should always back crime and criminal attractiveness bonds as a result of they need markedly higher amounts. These skilled bondsmen conjointly handle federal and immigration service of bail bondsmen is predicated on each commitment and suspicion. Their job is to back the money commitment of the one that has been in remission, with the understanding that they are conjointly protective to the general public.

AT&T Withdraws Merger Application to Take 4 Dollar Billion Charge

AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG, the parent of T-Mobile, have withdrawn their applications with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) after the agency's chairman moved to thwart AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile USA.The two telecommunications giants said they were still committed to the merger and were only withdrawing the applications to focus their efforts on winning approval from the Department of Justice (DOJ), which has filed a lawsuit against the takeover.AT&T, however, said that it would record a charge of $4 billion this quarter to provide for the break-up fees it would have to pay Deutsche Telekom if the transaction does not go through.Objection to the deal:- Julius Genachowski, chairman of the FCC, had circulated a draft order on Tuesday among other commissioners asking for an administrative hearing on the acquisition, the first step towards blocking the deal.The move came after FCC officials concluded the acquisition of T-Mobile will shrink competition among wireless carriers, lead to higher prices, less investment, massive job losses and hurt consumer interest.

The deal, viewed as essentially dead by many, would have propelled AT&T to the top spot in terms of market share in the United States.The DOJ also says that the merger will restrict competition, and has filed a civil antitrust lawsuit at the federal court in Washington to block it. The trial is set to begin in February.The companies are thought to have made the move to withdraw the applications to prevent the FCC from publicly revealing records of the potential effects of the merger, which could then be used by the DOJ in its suit.AT&T has claimed its $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile would help create jobs, while FCC officials say the company's confidential filings indicate it would end up cutting jobs.Death of the deal:- FCC spokeswoman Tammy Sun confirmed that the agency had received the request for withdrawal and will consider it. However, the agency is under no obligation to grant it.If it chooses not to, the agency can go ahead to the administrative hearing, which analysts say could take more than a year.

Even if FCC grants the withdrawal, it may choose to do so with prejudice, meaning AT&T and T-Mobile will be barred from bringing the deal back to the agency for consideration, effectively killing it.The deal, viewed as essentially dead by many, would have propelled AT&T to the top spot in terms of market share in the United States. Julius Genachowski had circulated a draft order on Tuesday among other commissioners asking for an administrative hearing on the acquisition, the first step towards blocking the deal.The New York Times quoted Craig Moffett, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, as saying that the withdrawal of the F.C.C. application "is a tacit acknowledgment by AT&T that this story is all but over."The fat lady hasn't started singing yet, but she's holding the mike, and the band is about to play."

Market Research Report Chinese Mobile Market Review Key Issues in Late 2008 And Outlook For 2009

Executive SummaryMobile subscribers in China surpassed 600 million in June 2008, and there is no sign that the growth will stop. In other words, about 150 million new users have subscribed to the service for only one and a half years since December 2006, when the total figure reached 450 million.The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China announced that the mobile users in China amount to 627 million as of October 2008, while the average net subscriber addition a month posts 8 million until October 2008. By 2020, the total number is expected to surpass 1 billion.Accordingly, mobile users in China will be 640 million at the end of 2008. At this juncture, ROA Holdings identifies key issues of the Chinese mobile market in late 2008 and provides an outlook for 2009.Table of Contents :Executive Summary1. Continuing Surges in Mobile Subscribers 1.1. Mobile Penetration Rate and Users by Provinces in 2008 1.2. Subscriber Growth in 20082. Key Issues in Late 2008 and Outlook for 2009 2.1. Beijing Olympics and Pilot Service of TD-SCDMA 2.2. Controversy over Mobile TV Standardization and Existing Black Mobile Market 2.3. Telecommunications Market Restructuring and Issuance of 3G LicensesGlossaryList of Figures[Figure 1] Mobile Users by Provinces in October 2008 [Figure 2] Mobile Subscribers in China (January - October, 2008) [Figure 3] Locations of Ten TD-SCDMA Pilot Cities in China [Figure 4] Restructuring Flow and CEOs by CompaniesList of Tables[Table 1] Mobile Users and Penetration Rates of Provinces in October 2008 [Table 2] Ten TD-SCDMA Pilot Cities and Infrastructure ProvidersFor more information, please visit :Contact: Sanaa.918149 852585Tel. No. +912227453309Email:jenniffer@URL:

Smart Card Market Forecast to 2014

The global smart card industry has been witnessing dynamic changes for the past few years, and these, in turn, have created significant opportunities for the market participants. New and attractive growth prospects are being witnessed due to EMV (Euro pay, MasterCard, & VISA) migration, Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployment across the globe, and government support. Moreover, the entry of innovative smart card devices in the market will further strengthen the overall industry in the long run.According to our research report "Smart Card Market Forecast to 2014", the global shipments of smart cards are estimated to reach around 6.1 Billion units in 2011, growing at the rate of around 11% over previous year. A major chunk of this market is captured by four companies, namely Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Oberthur, and Morpho. Though telecom sector is still the major user of smart cards, other sectors, such as financial services and healthcare are also expected to augment the rate of usage. Furthermore, the huge demand for smart cards will be seen in emerging markets as some of the key manufacturers in these regions are expanding their market reach. Increasing penetration of 3G, and renowned focus on payment transaction will give a further boost to the momentum. In addition, the liability associated with EMV standard is also driving many banks to issue smart cards. Backed by such positive factors, the global smart card shipments are expected to post a double digit growth (CAGR of around 12%) during 2011-2014. business market researchContactless technology is the buzzword in the global smart card industry. Increasing demand for contactless smart cards is mainly being fuelled by Near Field Communication (NFC), mass transit projects and e-passports.

The volume of secure microprocessor contactless smart card shipment is likely to grow at a CAGR of around 22% during 2011-2014. At the applications front, financial services sector is the key user of contactless smart cards, and e-passports and other identification (ID) applications hold the prominent position in the government sector.The report is an outcome of an extensive research and in-depth analysis of the global smart card market. It took into account almost all the key aspects of the market. The report is categorized on the basis of industry applications in sectors, like telecom, transport, public sector and financial services, and country wise developments in the smart card sector.

The report also investigates the current market trends, and analyzes their impact on the future performance of the industry. Moreover, with a focus on the competitive environment, the report provides a comprehensive description of strengths and weeknesses of the market leaders. Overall, the report aims at providing clients with an optimum source of knowledge and statistics on the smart card industry.List of Figures:Figure 4-1: Global - Smart Card Shipment (Billion Units), 2009-2014Figure 4-2: Global - Forecast for Smart Card Shipment by Application (%), 2014Figure 4-3: Global - Secure Microprocessor Contactless Smart Card Shipment (Million Units), 2009-2014Figure 4-4: Global - Secure Microprocessor Contactless Smart Card Shipment by Application (%), 2011Figure 5-1: Global - Smart Card Shipment in Telecom Sector (Billion Units), 2009-2014Figure 5-2: Global - Smart Card Shipment in Transport Sector (Million Units), 2009-2014Figure 5-3: Global - Smart Card Shipment in Government/Healthcare Sector (Million Units), 2009-2014Figure 5-4: Global - Smart Card Shipment in Financial Services (Million Units), 2009-2014Figure 6-1: US - Number of Contactless Payment Cards in Circulation (Million Units), 2009 & 2012Figure 6-2: India - Number of Smart Cards in Circulation (Million Units), 2009-2014Figure 6-3: China - Number of Smart Cards in Circulation (Billion Units), 2009-2014Figure 6-4: Japan - Number of Smart Cards Issued (Million Units), 2009-2014Figure 6-5: South Korea - Smart Card Shipment (Million Units), 2009-2014For more information kindly visit :Smart Card Market Forecast to 2014OrBharat Book BureauTel: +91 22 27810772 / 27810773Fax: + 91 22 27812290Email: info@bharatbook.comWebsite: http://www.bharatbook.comFollow us on twitter: !/Sandhya3B

Joggers, leggings, sweats? What to wear, what not to wear as you return to the office

No suit. No tie. No problem these days.

The casualization of office attire started before the pandemic, but COVID took it to a new level as many employees worked remotely.

Now as employees return to the workplace, business casual seems to be the predominant theme, but companies would be well-advised to remind employees of dress code expectations to avoid problems later on, experts say.

'Be proactive'

"My advice to employers is to be proactive," says Domenique Camacho Moran, a partner at Farrell Fritz in Uniondale. "Tell employees on a regular basis what you expect."

During the summer, it’s okay to remind staff ‘we don’t want beachwear,’ she says. Many employers, including her own law firm, she says, have moved to business casual.

But even that could be open to interpretation if employers are not clear, says Moran, noting, "business casual has been redefined industry by industry."

For example, business casual at a law firm isn’t ripped jeans and graphic T-shirts but could be dockers and golf shirt with a belt, she says.

Relaxed policy may continue

Kahler says dress codes were relaxed before the pandemic and will likely be more relaxed as employees return to work.

But she doesn’t think it will go to the degree where employees will be wearing home attire like sweats.

"A lot of people do a mix of working from home and working from the office and dress codes will reflect that," Kahler says.

Dressing down for charity

The firm also allows jeans on Casual Fridays, which is tied to a fundraiser element. Every Friday each employee contributes $5 to dress down. Contributions are matched by the firm and donated to a charity each quarter, Wyetzner says.

To be sure, business casual is here to stay and is being considered a perk by many employers, says Jeff Agranoff, human resources consulting principal at Jericho-based Grassi Advisors & Accountants.

It’s a perk at Grassi too,, he says, noting, "we’ve always had flexibility in our dress code."

Four years ago the firm adopted business casual. Then two years later jeans were allowed when appropriate with a professional top. The firm’s now transitioning to a "Dress for your day" policy that came out of the pandemic as half of their employees are still on a hybrid work schedule.

Agranoff stresses that even if you’re on a Zoom call with a client you’re expected to dress appropriately.

Uniform enforcement

Employers have the right to adopt dress code policies and enforce those policies, Moran says, adding, enforcement is typically in the form of counseling, warning or, if necessary, the termination of employment.

Any dress code policy, Hyland says, should also be uniformly enforced. Make sure it’s not gender-biased, meaning don’t put stricter dress code requirements on women than men or vice versa, she says.

Adds Moran, employers also should provide reasonable accommodations for a disability or religious reasons.

And be mindful of who’s having the conversation if there’s a violation. Ideally it should be Human Resources.

"You want to avoid a sexual harassment issue, Moran says.


Is it possible to return the car you just bought?

With car prices at record highs and inventory getting thinner, shoppers might be tempted to rush through a deal this summer without giving it much thought. But what happens if you later have buyer’s remorse, whether it be from too high of a car payment or realizing your new car isn’t actually what you wanted? Is it possible to return your car?

In most cases, the answer is "no," with an occasional "maybe." If you signed the sales contract, you own the car. And the law is on the side of the seller.

For new cars, your legal rights can be summed up in the one sentence that’s posted on the wall of many dealership sales offices: "There is no cooling-off period." This refers to the Federal Trade Commission’s cooling-off rule for some purchases. However, this rule is primarily meant to protect consumers from high-pressure door-to-door sales tactics. It explicitly does not apply to vehicle purchases.

Essentially, the dealer has to decide whether to unwind the deal or not. While business owners clearly want customers to be satisfied, undoing a car purchase is a costly headache for a car dealer. That vehicle can no longer be sold as new, and it lost some of its value once it was driven off the car lot.

You might have better luck returning a used car, but it all depends on the state where you live and the individual dealership’s policies. Some used car dealerships offer limited-day return policies, but read the fine print carefully to see what situations are covered.

Considering all this, Edmunds experts detail three common car-return scenarios people might have and offer tips for each.


If you have buyer’s remorse, you can call the salesperson first as a courtesy, but be prepared to contact someone higher up the chain, such as the sales manager, general manager or owner. Make your call on a business day as opposed to a weekend.

The majority of car dealers have no written policies that allow you to rescind the purchase agreement you’ve signed. This means your only recourse is to plead your case. You can say that you have discovered you don’t like the car or that it will stretch your budget and put you in dire financial straits.

The dealer might be willing to rework the deal to place you in a vehicle with a lower purchase price. But know that the dealer is under no legal obligation to do so.


If the car salesperson you worked with didn’t keep promises, or you suspect fraud, you might have a case. The best way to reach a resolution is to simply return to the dealership and ask to speak to the manager in a calm tone. Yelling and cursing won’t get you anywhere.

Be prepared to prove your case with any documentation you can find, such as emails or text messages. The goal is to show that you were promised one price but charged another.

Consumers who cry foul on price are at least partially to blame. Buying a car can be an emotional purchase and can cause some people to lose sight of the details. If you’re on the brink of a deal in the showroom and think you don’t have enough information to proceed, don’t. It is better to walk away from a deal than to argue after the fact that you paid too much. Your best bet is to do your pricing research online and work out a deal you feel comfortable with.


Sometimes a buyer quickly decides the car is defective and wants to exchange it for a different one or cancel the deal. But it takes time out of service and repeated visits to the repair shop — for the same issue — to legally establish that a car is a lemon and have a vehicle considered under the lemon law. Make sure you brush up on the lemon law in your state to help determine if this is the proper course of action.

In situations in which there’s a clear problem with a new car, the dealer will often fix it under warranty. If no warranty exists, as with many used cars, you can still lobby to have the car fixed.

EDMUNDS SAYS: When the typical response to unwind a deal is likely to be "no," it’s best to never put yourself in the position of asking. Head off any issues by being a prepared car buyer who knows a car’s pricing, reads the sales contract carefully, and fully inspects the car before taking ownership.

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U.S. life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since WWII

U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday. The decrease for both Black Americans and Hispanic Americans was even worse: three years.

The drop spelled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is due mainly to the COVID-19 pandemic, which health officials said is responsible for close to 74% of the overall life expectancy decline. More than 3.3 million Americans died last year, far more than any other year in U.S. history, with COVID-19 accounting for about 11% of those deaths.

Black life expectancy has not fallen so much in one year since the mid-1930s, during the Great Depression. Health officials have not tracked Hispanic life expectancy for nearly as long, but the 2020 decline was the largest recorded one-year drop.

The abrupt fall is "basically catastrophic," said Mark Hayward, a University of Texas sociology professor who studies changes in U.S. mortality.

Killers other than COVID-19 played a role. Drug overdoses pushed life expectancy down, particularly for whites. And rising homicides were a small but significant reason for the decline for Black Americans, said Elizabeth Arias, the report's lead author.

Other problems affected Black and Hispanic people, including lack of access to quality health care, more crowded living conditions, and a greater share of the population in lower-paying jobs that required them to keep working when the pandemic was at its worst, experts said.

Life expectancy is an estimate of the average number of years a baby born in a given year might expect to live. It’s an important statistical snapshot of a country’s health that can be influenced both by sustained trends such as obesity as well as more temporary threats like pandemics or war that might not endanger those newborns in their lifetimes.

For decades, U.S. life expectancy was on the upswing. But that trend stalled in 2015, for several years, before hitting 78 years, 10 months in 2019. Last year, the CDC said, it dropped to about 77 years, 4 months.

Other findings in the new CDC report:

—Hispanic Americans have longer life expectancy than white or Black Americans, but had the largest decline in 2020. The three-year drop was the largest since the CDC started tracking Hispanic life expectancy 15 years ago.

—Black life expectancy dropped nearly three years, to 71 years, 10 months. It has not been that low since 2000.

—White life expectancy fell by roughly 14 months to about 77 years, 7 months. That was the lowest the lowest life expectancy for that population since 2002.

—COVID-19's role varied by race and ethnicity. The coronavirus was responsible for 90% of the decline in life expectancy among Hispanics, 68% among white people and 59% among Black Americans.

—Life expectancy fell nearly two years for men, but about one year for women, widening a longstanding gap. The CDC estimated life expectancy of 74 years, 6 months for boys vs. 80 years, 2 months for girls.

More than 80% of last year's COVID deaths were people 65 and older, CDC data shows. That actually diminished the pandemic's toll on life expectancy at birth, which is swayed more by deaths of younger adults and children than those among seniors.

That's why last year's decline was just half as much as the three-year drop between 1942 and 1943, when young soldiers were dying in World War II. And it was just a fraction of the drop between 1917 and 1918, when World War I and a Spanish flu pandemic devastated younger generations.

Life expectancy bounced back after those drops, and experts believe it will this time, too. But some said it could take years.

Too many people have already died from COVID-19 this year, while variants of the coronavirus are spreading among unvaccinated Americans — many of them younger adults, some experts said.

"We can't. In 2021, we can't get back to pre-pandemic" life expectancy, said Noreen Goldman, a Princeton University researcher.

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China: Plug-In Electric Car Sales Reach New Record In June 2021

About 235,000 plug-ins were sold, which translated to 15% market share.

Plug-in electric car sales surge in China to new record levels as multiple models are selling better than ever.

In June, some 235,000 passenger plug-in cars were registered (new all-time record), which is probably close to 160% more than a year ago. Moreover, the market share increased to 15% and 12% are BEVs. Plug-in hybrids are not that popular in China.

So far this year, about 1.1 million passenger plug-in cars were sold, which is 11% of the total market. BEV share stands at 9%.

It's obvious that this year sales will exceed 2 million - possibly even 2.5 million.

Model rank

Let's now take a look at the best selling models for the month, which is a mix of very small, entry-level EVs (like Wuling, Great Wall Ora Black Cat and Changan Benni EV) and hot market leaders (Tesla, BYD and others):

  1. Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV - 29,143
  2. Tesla Model 3 - 16,514
  3. Tesla Model Y - 11,623
  4. BYD Qin Plus PHEV - 9,269
  5. Li Xiang One EREV - 7,713
  6. Great Wall Ora Black Cat - 6,508
  7. Changan Benni EV - 6,358
  8. GAC Aion S - 5,916
  9. BYD Han (BEV) - 5,802
  10. BYD Song Pro PHEV - 5,450

In the year-to-date comparison, aside from Wuling's massive advantage, two locally produced Tesla models are the most popular electric cars in China:

  1. Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV - 181,810
  2. Tesla Model 3 - 84,844
  3. Tesla Model Y - 46,180
  4. BYD Han (BEV) - 38,665
  5. Great Wall Ora Black Cat - 31,994
  6. GAC Aion S - 30,452
  7. Li Xiang One EREV - 30,154
  8. Changan Benni EV - 29,147
  9. Chery eQ - 27,136
  10. BYD Qin Plus PHEV - 21,376

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