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Financial Comparison: Liberty Interactive Corporation (QVCA) vs. Liberty Interactive QVC Group (LINTA)

Liberty Interactive QVC Group (NASDAQ: LINTA) and Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ:QVCA) are both cyclical consumer goods services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Liberty Interactive QVC Group and Liberty Interactive Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Liberty Interactive Corporation has a consensus target price of $30.00, suggesting a potential upside of 29.70%. Given Liberty Interactive Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Liberty Interactive Corporation is more favorable than Liberty Interactive QVC Group.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.9% of Liberty Interactive Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.7% of Liberty Interactive Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Interactive QVC Group and Liberty Interactive Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Liberty Interactive QVC Group and Liberty Interactive Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Liberty Interactive Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Interactive QVC Group.

Summary

Liberty Interactive Corporation beats Liberty Interactive QVC Group on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Liberty Interactive QVC Group Company Profile

Liberty Interactive Corporation owns interests in subsidiaries and other companies, which are primarily engaged in the video and online commerce industries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company operates in North America, Europe and Asia. Its principal businesses and assets include its subsidiaries QVC, Inc. (QVC), zulily, llc (zulily) and and Evite, Inc. (Evite). The Company’s segments include QVC, zulily, and Corporate and other. Evite is an online invitation and social event planning service on the Web. As of December 31, 2016, QVC marketed and sold a range of consumer products primarily through live merchandise-focused televised shopping programs distributed to approximately 362 million households each day and through its Websites, including QVC.com, and other interactive media, such as mobile applications. Zulily’s merchandise includes women’s, children’s and men’s apparel, children’s merchandise and other products, such as kitchen accessories and home decor.

Liberty Interactive Corporation Company Profile

Liberty Interactive Corporation owns interests in subsidiaries and other companies, which are primarily engaged in the video and online commerce industries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company operates in North America, Europe and Asia. Its principal businesses and assets include its subsidiaries QVC, Inc. (QVC), zulily, llc (zulily) and and Evite, Inc. (Evite). The Company’s segments include QVC, zulily, and Corporate and other. Evite is an online invitation and social event planning service on the Web. As of December 31, 2016, QVC marketed and sold a range of consumer products primarily through live merchandise-focused televised shopping programs distributed to approximately 362 million households each day and through its Websites, including QVC.com, and other interactive media, such as mobile applications. Zulily’s merchandise includes women’s, children’s and men’s apparel, children’s merchandise and other products, such as kitchen accessories and home decor.

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Melrose Swap Day slated for Oct. 7

The following was submitted by the Melrose Recycling Committee.

Melrose’s fifth annual Swap Day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot behind City Hall at 562 Main Street. The event is run by the Melrose Recycling Committee in partnership with Birth to Five and the Melrose Department of Public Works.

Swap Day is a community reuse event that provides an opportunity to save reusable items from being discarded and give them a new life and a new home. It’s a “take it or leave it” event: You don’t have to bring something to take something. And if you do leave something, don’t feel that you have to take something away. If you are looking to “de-clutter,” this is a good opportunity to give new life to items that may no longer have a place in your home but that have not outlived their usefulness. If you are moving into Melrose, or just need certain items, here’s an opportunity to find what you are looking for while sticking to a tight budget.

All items must be clean, only gently used and able to be carried by one person. All items will be inspected and approved before entering the event. Please enter the parking lot in between Memorial Hall and the Fire Station and follow the directions of the staff on site.

Although there may be some changes to the lists of acceptable and unacceptable items, for now, please follow the guidelines presented here and set aside items accordingly.

Acceptable items including the following:

Clothes and textiles, which in addition to shirts, pants, blouses, etc., may include purses, bags, jewelry, scarves, coats, gloves, hats, backpacks, totes, shoes, and sandals.

Books, CDs, DVDs: Books can include textbooks. CDs and DVDs should be in their original labeled cases and not scratched.

Sports equipment, including balls, bats, rackets, and roller blades.

School/office supplies, including notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, staplers, scissors, file folders, and craft items.

Household items such as small furniture (nothing upholstered) and home décor. This can include kitchen items such as dishware, pots, and pans; small electronics such as blenders and toasters (in working condition); small furniture such as tables and chairs (not upholstered, as noted); and artwork and décor, such as pictures and picture frames, baskets, vases, and clocks.

Small electronics, such as DVD players, radios, phones, and computer accessories. NO TVs and monitors. Those can be dropped off at the DPW City Yard during the week and during Saturday events.

Items that are NOT acceptable include large appliances and metal goods, large upholstered furniture, and—as noted—large electronics such as TVs and monitors. Your old TVs and computer monitors can be dropped off at the Melrose City Yard during the week, with a fee charged for the monitors.

All items not swapped will be donated to the charitable organization Big Brother/Big Sister. For a complete list of items, visit www.melrecyclingcommittee.wordpress.com.

For more information, contact George Stubbs at stubbsfamily15@verizon.net, or at 781-665-0142.

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Cookware, Bakeware, Pots, Pans, Kitchen & Bar Tools | Le Creuset

  • The iconic French cookware brand has given itself a 2017 makeover
  • Classic dishes like the Dutch oven have been produced in millennial pink 
  • The update has caught the attention of a new generation of fans  

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The premium French cookware brand Le Creuset, which has been selling pricey pots and pans since 1925 in colours including its classic orange, has now unveiled a range in a very of-the-moment shade of pink. 

The move appears to have brought the brand to the attention of a new generation of home cooks, with the latest addition to the  have sent fans into meltdown on social media.   

One potential customer said the new collection of three pots in ‘ombre berry’ – which will set shoppers back almost £900 –  ‘has me drooling’.  

Premium French cookware brand Le Creuset have released a limited edition berry collection which is set in an ombre pink shade 

Fans keen on the milennial pink shade are thrilled with some even claiming they are ‘drooling’ over the pots

‘Le Creuset do pink kitchen accessories my life has been made,’ said another.

A third fan joked: ‘Anyone want to get married [to me] so I can get the new millennial pink Le Creuset set?’

Others feel that the set is just simply calling to them: ‘I want all the pink Le Crueset cookware.’

‘Wow Le Creuset has this beautiful pastel pink set. I deserve,’ gushed another. 

The limited edition berry collection comes is made up of three different pots; a 2.4 litre pot priced at £190; 3.3 litre at £215; and the largest at 4.4 litre for £240 – in total the set costs £885. 

Le Creuset have already released a matte pink version of their popular Dutch ovens, the complete collection comes in at nearly £900

Le Creuset said the inspiration for the  new colour was drawn from ‘shades of blush pink found in garden flowers and lush summer and winter berries’.

The brand has been targeting a younger audience recently – especially with the inclusion of its Beauty and the Beast themed pots which they released earlier this year in conjunction with the movie.

The popular collection is currently out of stock.  

 


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Chip & Jo’s New Target Line | Tasting Table

It hasn’t been since House Hunters that we’ve come across a more addictive HGTV show than Fixer Upper. And to our fellow Chip and Jo fans all too comfortable with watching back-to-back episodes on a Thursday night (before trying to figure out if you should shiplap your own living room wall), the DIY duo just shared news that will make it a lot easier to have a Joanna-approved home.

A post shared by Joanna Stevens Gaines (@joannagaines) on Sep 12, 2017 at 1:29pm PDT

In a recent blog post, the pair revealed they’re launching an exclusive home line at Target, where you can pretend for a few glorious moments that you’re a lucky homeowner in Waco, Texas. In typical Gaines fashion, it’s not just going to be an aisle of fabrics—according to Chip, the brand (which is named Hearth Hand with Magnolia) will be like “a little shop inside of Target.”

A press release from Target also reveals the homeware line will include more than 300 items, like homey dinnerware and earthy accents—you know, the type of stuff fit only for a modern farmhouse with sliding barn doors. For an added bonus, most of the items will ring up under $30. (The couple will also be using the partnership as a way to give back—the line is currently being used to redesign the community dining room for well-deserving families with kids being treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.) 

Though the official launch date isn’t until November 5, that wait period just means you have plenty of time to come up with some Chip-worthy dad jokes for when you start redecorating your apartment.

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What to look out for at London Design Week 2017

London will once again open its doors to designers for 2017’s London Design Festival which runs until next Sunday, 24 September. With so much to see, so many events to attend and a host of talks to be inspired by, here are the must-visits and the highlights. 

First up are the Lapada fair and Decorex – both run until Wednesday. Lapada will be showing the finest arts and antiques in Berkeley Square, while Decorex, returning to Syon Park, in the west of the capital, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

To celebrate, award-winning interior designer, Shalini Misra has been commissioned to design the Champagne Bar. Inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851, expect an exclusive interpretation of one of the world’s most prestigious showcases of design and innovation.

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The show will also take inspiration from the four senses – sound, smell, touch, sight – and will offer visitors the chance to explore these interactive areas.

“Touch” sees a collaboration between Country Life magazine, the Campaign for Wool and three industry greats, who consistently support the use of British wool in their products: Brintons, Roger Oates and Zoffany. They will all be showing the innovative ways this natural fabric can be used to create everyday objects and products we have in our homes.

This all on top of the usual display of great design. Must see stands include Vispring’s, where they will be showcasing their exclusive collection with Missoni Home, Vanderhurd which will show its new rug collection and Dedar which will launch a tactile collection of wall-coverings inspired by traditional Chinese lacquerware techniques

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Focus/17 runs from 17 to 22 September and features a whole host of talks. Style Library, the official home for six of the best British brands: Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Morris Co, Scion and Anthology are presenting their brand new showroom for the first time, and are also part of the talks programme with The Alchemy of Colour by Zoffany. Peter Gomez will be taking the audience through a journey of how Zoffany set up its Alchemist studio to distill colour back to its purest form. There will also be a sneak peek of the new paint colours launching October. 

Just a short walk away from the Design Centre, luxury flooring brand, element7, have joined forces with House Garden, Tara Bernerd and Rita Konig to host a Design Masterclass (18 September) discussing the latest design trends in walls and floors. 

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100% Design (20-23 September) and Design Junction (21-24 September) will then pick up the design baton. At 100% design Bethan Gray presents new monochrome marquetry and brass pieces from her Shamsian Collection, and a hand carved marble tea set. Danish lighting company VITA Copenhagen will also be taking up residence at 100% Design, showcasing its brand new collections – Asteria, EOS up, Willow, Champagne and Aluvia. The Asteria is a first for the brand, as it features LED lighting. 

At Design Junction look out for floral subscription service, Bloomon, which will be installing a flower tunnel in the Granary Square. The tunnel will lead to a hidden doorway, where Bloomon will be hosting flower workshops and serving floral cocktails. 

London Design Fair (21-24 September) will showcase the best in design from around the world, including stands dedicated to Finnish and Dutch design. The Seoul Design Festival will have a South Korean exhibition, growing on the recent popularity of Korean brands, home fragrance Soohyang. The stand will be showcasing designs by Bmixx, OIMU and Thence.

Foodies will want to drop into Smallbone of Devizes (Brompton Road/Thurloe Place) and Kitchenaid (Wigmore Street), which are both celebrating design through food. At Smallbone (21 September 4-8pm) there will be artisanal wood and leather demonstrations hosted by Smallbone’s master craftsmen as well as an interactive pasta-making masterclass from Electrolux Grand Cuisine. At Kitchenaid, The Serious About Food Kitchen Lab, which was shown first at La Triennale Design Museum during Milan Design Week, is finishing its tour at Kitchenaid’s flagship store. The eight kitchens, designed by eight designers will be on display from 18-22 September. 

At Clerkenwell, Spanish designer, Cristian Zuzunaga will be taking over the BD Barcelona store on Berry Street with his new furniture collection. Finally, representing design in Mayfair, Alessi will be showcasing its AW collection.

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Debbie Travis’ copper caper in the kitchen


Mixing copper and stainless make a perfect match in today’s chic kitchen. (Luke Brown Photography)

Once upon a time, only white wine accompanied fish, red wine with meat, and mixing gold and silver in jewelry design was taboo. All that has changed. I broke the rules in my recent kitchen renovation. See what you think.

The hottest metal finish around for home interiors at the moment is copper. Copper is a warm, happy and welcoming metal, but it should be used as an accent — too much is overpowering. There are several copper finishes, including a clean and unblemished finish like the look of rose gold, or more orange coloured with a greyish patina.

I was very excited about pairing copper handles with the soft tones of my painted cabinets, which are Pavillion Grey by Farrow and Ball. They looked stunning. But what about the fridge and the sink? And oh yes, also the stove. Most are in stainless steel. When you start adding up the different appliances and fixtures in a kitchen that are metal, there are several. So, do you try to match them? There are copper sinks on the market that are a feature in themselves. Here I wanted the handles and the inside of the lights to offer a glimpse of glamour, and felt a copper sink or taps would be too overwhelming.

I contacted my friends at Kohler, who produce some of the most practical and attractive sinks on the market. I am going to spend an inordinate amount of time at my sink, so I might as well have one that is easy on the eyes, practical and fits with my kitchen decor. Kohler suggested its handcrafted Vault stainless sink, engineered with sound absorption technology. It features tightly angled corners to maximize basin space and a lowered divider for freedom of movement between basins.

The chic lines of the undermount sink blend beautifully with the Neolith countertop. Neolith is the newest and most exciting material we have seen in a very long time for countertops, flooring and walls. It is a super durable surface composed of all-natural materials, available in large slabs that are light weight and bendable, which make for versatile applications and installations. Neolith offers several finishes and a wide range of colours that originate from the pigmentation of the raw materials that make up each slab.

The BTC Spun Reflector pendant shades are anthracite grey with a polished copper interior. The stainless sink balances perfectly with the copper cabinet handles and the copper interior of the hanging lights. I also dressed up the kitchen with some copper containers. You’ll find a selection of copper-finish accessories at good kitchen and home stores. (The stove and fridge are stainless.)

Yes, today all the rules are more relaxed — fish with red wine, go for it; white and yellow gold interwoven, or a gold necklace woven with silver, perfect; a judicious mixture of metals in your home, lovely. Life is so much more varied and interesting when you mix it up a little.

Dear Debbie;

Our kitchen is bright with windows and a skylight. We are thinking of changing the paint colour of the white kitchen cabinets. What would you suggest? Thanks,

Debra

Dear Debra;

Your all-white kitchen is a very contemporary look, but could be a little cold. Time to be brave. Switching to a colour for the cabinets would ramp up the mood. Experiment first by painting a few large pieces of Bristol board and pinning them up over the cabinets to get the effect. Why not try a warm shade of grey or blue? Or even a pale pink. Bold shots of red and sunny yellow are showing up in modern kitchens today.

Debbie Travis’ House to Home column is produced by Debbie Travis and Barbara Dingle. Please email your questions to house2home@debbietravis.com. You can follow Debbie on Twitter at www.twitter.com/debbie_travis, and visit Debbie’s new website, swww.debbietravis.com.

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Looking for the perfect, stress free tailgate? This company aims to make it happen

It’s the day before the Penn State-Pitt football game and Sharon Frazier has one cellphone clutched in her hand and another attached to her belt buckle as she moves swiftly through Grange Park.

All Nittany RVs are set up and ready for customers headed to experience one of the company’s trademarked “Turnkey Tailgate Weekends” — grills are cleaned, blue and white carpets draped on the ground in front of all vehicles — but Frazier, who owns Nittany RV with her husband, Jeff McClellan, can still find more tweaks to be made. She points to one RV and notes that a step stool needs to be placed under the stairs. Magnet numbers need to be replaced on another.

It’s like decorating a Christmas tree, Frazier said, and there’s always an addition to be made.

“I’m a huge fan of Penn State football, a huge fan of tailgating — I just look at it like, ‘how do (tailgaters) want it?’ ” she said.

The Coburn couple have run Nittany RV for more than a decade, providing fully stocked and serviced RVs for tailgaters who really only need to worry about bringing clothes and spirits. But things are different this football season. Previously, they’d set up for customers at the Overnight RV lot at Beaver Stadium. But this year, Penn State implemented changes to the lot that included larger — but fewer — parking stalls. All ORV lots were sold out by June, and Nittany RV, along with hundreds of other RV owners, prepared to make the satellite lot at Grange Park their tailgating home.

The move was concerning to the small business owners, and McClellan said they did lose customers who didn’t want to stay 14 miles from the stadium. But as they’ve found out in the early weekends of the season, Grange Park has its perks. For tailgaters, that means availability of food vendors, shower houses, washer and dryers, and ice.

“It’s a good fit for Penn State tailgating,” said Frazier, who is also the event manager for Penn State tailgating at Grange Park. “This is an RV park; the other place was a field.”

The new location also simplifies operations for Nittany RV. The 32 RVs stay parked in Centre Hall throughout the week, while the ORV lot was always just for the weekend. People can check-in on Thursday nights now, and the Nittany RV crew — there’s 64 part-time employees — work the rest of the week on cleaning RVs and accessories and getting ready for the next game.

“I think this could turn out to be a very positive thing, simply because of what we’re able to do here,” McClellan said.

Frazier said that most Nittany RV tailgaters take a shuttle to the football game, although watching it from the outdoor TV is also an option. For the time the tailgaters spend at Grange Park, Frazier makes it her mission to make sure they have everything they need or want for a memorable weekend. If it’s not in the RV already — each has bedding, towels, kitchen appliances, utensils and a stocked fridge if Frazier has a grocery list beforehand — it’s probably in “Walmart,” which is what Frazier calls the on-site bus filled with inventory.

“After 10 years, I’ve learned what people forget,” she said.

If it’s something that’s still not there or an unusual request — a gaming system, for example — Frazier said she’ll run out and get whatever the tailgaters need, a mission made easier now that she doesn’t have to fight game-day traffic.

She doesn’t mind. Without hesitation, both Frazier and McClellan said that “the people” are the best part of their jobs — the families they know by name, the babies they’ve seen become Nittany Lions fans.

“The reason I’m here is to make their weekend successful,” Frazier said. “When somebody comes here, they’re creating a memory.”

For more information, visit nittanyrv.com.

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