TODAY'S TOP STORY

The most requested holiday gift for nearly 15 years is ready for another big year. Eighty-three percent of consumers surveyed want to give a gift card instead of a physical gift this year, according to a forecast by global branded payments provider Blackhawk Network. Growing concerns about slower delivery times and inventory issues are positioning the cards for another big holiday season, the study said. Read more

INDUSTRY NEWS

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Since the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the practice has moved out from the shadows and into the limelight faster than most would have predicted, The Los Angeles Times says. Read more

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Sky-high vehicle prices are a good hedge against sliding sales for U.S. car makers and dealers as a whole. But the math is working out less favorably for some than for others, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read more