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01/16/2020

the same period, the $9.7 billion of net sales were up 8.5 percent. Meanwhile, the firm lost $1.1 billion on its U.S. operations, but that is less than the $1.2 billion loss in 2009.

the same period, the $9.7 billion of net sales were up 8.5 percent. Meanwhile, the firm lost $1.1 billion on its U.S. operations, but that is less than the $1.2 billion loss in 2009.
Apple isn’t the only company reporting improved results in its retail operations. Macy’s reported profit of $1.18 billion and sales at its retail store networks grew 25.1 percent, while the J. C. Penney chain posted $936 million in sales and a $7.5 billion profit. But even retailers still expect the profit outlook for 2012 to suffer.
“Retail revenues remain under pressure,” says James Fong, a senior research analyst at consulting firm Wells Fargo. “Sales and margins remain squeezed because of sluggish consumer spending and weak sales of durable goods.”
The same goes for corporate America. Citi, for instance, projects retail earnings to be up 3 percent. But Fong warns that as these gains go a long way, they “do not reflect the longer-term business outlook. The business environment, particularly in the consumer sector, remains difficult.”
Fong isn’t the only one worried. Even Apple CEO Tim Cook recently admitted that “our retail business is still being very mature and we should make the right investments.” While the iPhone maker continues to rake in billions of dollars in revenue, he said it’s time to grow sales in its other key retail channels. “There needs to be additional investment in stores,” Cook said.From Diablo Wiki
Bloodlines are a common affix found in most Diablo II items, granting a bonus on hit. A Bloodline affix grants a +100% bonus on hit for the first hit, and +50% +50% on each hit after.
Bloodline affixes are more commonly found on items than affixes. They have an appearance similar to affixes, but they are actually on weapons, Amulets, and shields. Some of these additional affixes are considered “secondary stats,” which are not found on either weapons or armor.
The main distinction between Bloodlines and affixes (see their article at Diablo.IncGamers.com) is that Bloodlines can be placed onto items as either a +100% bonus on hit or as a +% bonus to damage. An item with an added bonus of +100% (like the Warped Savior) does not have Bloodlines affixed, because they aren’t a +100% bonus to damage. Also, all items are capped at a maximum bonus of +100% on hit, and an item in which a Bloodline is added to will always have it in addition to other bonuses given; you can’t go from +50% to +100% on a single hit on an item with Bloodlines added. Additionally, Bloodlines don’t stack – that is, if you can gain one Bloodline affix, you get one additional affix, not two.
The Bloodlines affixes are not actually that special. They look just like the standard affixes that other affixes can be stacked on, and they stack with other Bloodline affixes. There are some rare unique items that can grant an extra bonus to attacks as well as damage.
Bloodline affixes have also been in the Diablo series since the earliest iterations of the