Back-to-School Spending Surges, Women Voters 55+ Name Their Concerns, Priorities | This Week on PR Newswire

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Deloitte Back-to-School Market Growth chart showing percent change for clothing, school supplies, tech products and COVID-related items

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Deloitte: As Inflation and Uncertainty Abound, Back-to-School and Back-to-College Spending Surges

Back-to-school spending is expected to reach a new high, up to $34.4 billion for K-12 students, or approximately $661 per student; back-to-college shoppers are expected to spend $28.3 billion, or approximately $1,600 per student. More than half (57%) of back-to-school shoppers surveyed are concerned about inflation, though many remain determined to purchase needed supplies, possibly driving spending per student up by as much as 8%.

New AARP Poll: Women Voters 50+ Say Inflation and Rising Costs Will Influence their Vote in 2022

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A new survey from AARP Pennsylvania reveals that the priorities and concerns of women voters age 50 and older will influence the outcome of the 2022 midterm elections. Women 50-plus make up a significant share of the 2022 electorate in Pennsylvania. They account for one-third (32%) of likely voters overall, and more than half (53%) of likely voters 50-plus.

New data from the survey shows women voters 50-plus are heading into the 2022 general election worried about pocketbook issues with gas prices (49%) and food costs (27%) at the top of their inflation concerns. The survey also points out that several of AARP’s core issues – protecting Social Security (90%) and Medicare (83%) – are extremely or very important to these influential voters. Further, 79% say that the country is on the wrong track and a significant majority (87%) indicate that they are “extremely motivated” to vote in the 2022 general election.

The Humane Society of the United States Embarks on a Historic Operation Involving the Transfer of Approximately 4,000 Beagles from the Envigo Facility in Cumberland, Va.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the sole party responsible for coordinating the removal of approximately 4,000 beagles housed at a facility that bred dogs to be sold to laboratories for animal experimentation. The transfer plan was approved by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia after being submitted by the Department of Justice and Envigo RMS LLC, with the agreement of the Humane Society of the United States to assume this huge responsibility. The transfer will take place in stages over the next 60 days, and the dogs will be up for adoption to loving homes via the Humane Society of the United States’ shelter and rescue partners.

“These dogs have lived their lives in a massive breeding facility riddled with Animal Welfare Act violations,” said Miguel Abi-hassan, chief animal rescue, care and sanctuary officer for the Humane Society of the United States. “We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with our shelter and rescue partners to give these beagles a new life.”

Delta Air Lines to Modernize Single-Aisle Fleet with Up to 130 Boeing 737 MAX Jets

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Boeing and Delta Air Lines today (July 18) announced the U.S. carrier will modernize its single-aisle fleet with the highly efficient 737 MAX to meet demand as well as its long-term sustainability goals. In a signing ceremony at the Farnborough International Airshow, the companies said Delta is ordering 100 737-10 jets – selecting the largest member of the 737 MAX family – with options for an additional 30 airplanes.

“The Boeing 737-10 will be an important addition to Delta’s fleet as we shape a more sustainable future for air travel, with an elevated customer experience, improved fuel efficiency and best-in-class performance,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s chief executive officer. “These new aircraft provide superior operating economics and network flexibility, and the agreement reflects our prudent approach to deploying our capital.”

Chevrolet and Ford Full Size Pick-Ups Most Stolen Vehicles for Second Year in a Row

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For the second year in a row, Chevrolet and Ford full-size pick-ups took the top two spots in the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) annual Hot Wheels vehicle theft report, and the GMC full-size pick-up made the top 10 list. Of the nearly 1 million total vehicles reported stolen in 2021, 14% of passenger vehicles were Chevrolet, Ford, and GMC full-size pick-up models.

“Crime is a business, and business is good,” said David Glawe, President and CEO of NICB. “Used car values are at historical highs. We have seen a nearly 35% increase in used car values over the last two years due to supply chain issues and inflation. Stolen cars can be shipped overseas and resold or broken down for valuable used car parts here in the U.S.”

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for over 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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