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Mercedes-Benz Reports May Sales of 27,080 Vehicles



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ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported May sales of 27,080
Mercedes-Benz models – an increase of 0.4% over May 2018. Mercedes-Benz
Vans reported May sales of 2,862 units and smart reported 106, bringing
MBUSA to a grand total of 30,048 vehicles for the month. On a
year-to-date basis, MBUSA recorded sales of 121,200, adding 13,020 units
for Vans and 422 vehicles for smart, bringing the year-to-date sales
volume to 134,642.

“Although supplies of some of our key new models continue to build,
strong demand propelled us to a solid result for May,” said Dietmar
Exler, president and CEO or MBUSA. “We expect to gain further momentum
throughout the summer with greater availability of our new SUV and
entry-level luxury models.”

Mercedes-Benz sales leaders in May included the GLC, C-Class and GLE
model lines. The GLC lead totals with 6,594 vehicles followed by C-Class
sales of 4,330. The GLE rounded out the top three with 3,882.

May sales of Mercedes-AMG high-performance models totaled 3,080 units
(+17.2%) with 15,560 vehicles sold year-to-date (+20.1%).

Separately, Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) models recorded
sales of 12,793 vehicles in May, an increase of 6.3% versus last year.
On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 53,649 vehicles, an increase of 4.7%
from the previous year.

About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Atlanta, is responsible for
the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz
products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse
lineup in the luxury segment with 15 model lines ranging from the sporty
A-Class sedan to the flagship S-Class and the Mercedes-AMG GT R.

MBUSA is also responsible for Mercedes-Benz Vans and smart products in
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Sales — May 2019


Passenger Vehicles

        May-19         May-18         Monthly %         YTD 2019         YTD 2018         Yearly %  
  A-CLASS     1,421     _     _     3,115     _     _  
  B-CLASS     0     3     -100.0%     4     132     -97.0%  
  CLA     1,253     2,257     -44.5%     7,449     9,622     -22.6%  
  C-CLASS     4,330     5,419     -20.1%     23,386     23,917     -2.2%  
  E-CLASS/CLS     3,627     3,625     0.1%     17,393     20,005     -13.1%  
  S-CLASS     983     1,169     -15.9%     5,092     7,269     -29.9%  
  SLC     168     263     -36.1%     980     1,046     -6.3%  
  SL     151     206     -26.7%     780     1,048     -25.6%  
  AMG GT     500     201     148.8%     1,484     760     95.3%  
  GLA     2,392     1,905     25.6%     8,883     10,440     -14.9%  
  GLC     6,594     6,424     2.6%     27,338     28,537     -4.2%  
  GLE     3,882     3,657     6.2%     12,983     19,423     -33.2%  
  GLS     1,286     1,553     -17.2%     8,981     8,843     1.6%  
  G-CLASS     493     294     67.7%     3,332     1,615     106.3%  
  TOTAL     27,080     26,976     0.4%     121,200     132,657     -8.6%  
  Vans1     2,862     3,101     -7.7%     13,020     14,102     -7.7%  
  smart         106         110         -3.6%         422         524         -19.5%  

Combined Total

    May-19     May-18     Monthly %     YTD 2019     YTD 2018     Yearly %  
  GRAND TOTAL         30,048         30,187         -0.5%         134,642         147,283         -8.6%  

1Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Sprinter and
Metris Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA
and Daimler Vans USA, respectively.



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IMCC Appoints Yaron Berger as CEO of IMC Holdings



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IM Cannabis Corp. (the “Company” or “IMCC”) (CSE: IMCC), one of the world’s pioneering medical cannabis companies with operations across Europe, is pleased to announce the appointment of Yaron Berger as Chief Executive Officer of I.M.C. Holdings Ltd. (“IMC“), the Company’s wholly-owned operating subsidiary in IsraelOren Shuster will remain the Chief Executive Officer of IM Cannabis Corp.

Mr. Berger brings more than 10 years of experience in various senior roles both in public and private sectors, leading large-scale operations. Most recently, Mr. Berger was the Chief Executive Officer of Telepharma Ltd. (“Telepharma,” doing business as epharma), a leading wholesaler, direct marketer of prescription drugs and chain of pharmacies in Israel. At Telepharma, among other accomplishments, Mr. Berger re-branded its digital platform and transformed the customer experience. As an early entrant into the medical cannabis sector, Mr. Berger also established Greenpharma under Telepharma, a full-service distributor, patient counselling service provider and online resource for medical cannabis patients in Israel. Prior to his experience in the pharmaceutical sector, Mr. Berger served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Police Academy and spent over 20 years in the Israeli Air Force, most recently as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Oren Shuster, Chief Executive Officer of IMCC said “Yaron is uniquely qualified to lead our Israeli operations under the new medical cannabis regulatory regime, which requires a high level of engagement and education for the country’s pharmacists on the benefits of medical cannabis. Yaron was an early mover in identifying the opportunity in medical cannabis and we are very excited to benefit from his expertise in the pharmacy channel to maintain IMC’s status as a leading medical cannabis brand in Israel.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the IMC team, who I have known as a leader in the medical cannabis market in Israel over the past ten years,” said Mr. Berger. “The IMC brand is synonymous with quality and innovation. The new medical cannabis reform in Israel presents a significant opportunity for the Company and the IMC brand to further elevate its market position as the preferred medical cannabis brand for physicians, pharmacists and patients.”


SOURCE IM Cannabis Corp.

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LCBO’s bottom line proves privatized alcohol sales a bad idea: OPSEU’s Thomas



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The LCBO’s latest profits show the Crown corporation’s value to the people of Ontario, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said Friday.

In its 2018/2019 annual report released Thursday, the LCBO is reporting earnings of $2.37 billion on total revenue of $6.39 billion.

Thomas said those profits go to the provincial government and pay for vital public services like health, education and highways.

“This is why the Ford government should rethink allowing corner stores and grocery stores to sell more alcohol,” said Thomas.  “Is saving folks a 10 minute drive in some cases worth jeopardizing their health care?”

OPSEU represents LCBO workers and Thomas says these frontline professionals deserve the credit for the corporation’s continued success.

“The reason the LCBO is the gold standard in selling alcohol responsibly is because of OPSEU members who make sure alcohol isn’t sold to minors or intoxicated people,” said Thomas.

“They also provide customer service that is second to none and they’re the ones who have made the LCBO a success story.”

As he read the LCBO report, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida reflected on the Ford government’s decision to take the sale of legalized cannabis away from the Crown Corporation.

“Think of what the LCBO’s profits would have been if Premier Ford hadn’t scrapped the plan of the former Liberal government?” said Almeida.   “I’ve put together a lot of budgets and I know how tough an exercise it is.”

“It still makes me shake my head that a government that claimed it had catastrophic financial problems would turn down massive amounts of revenue and go on the misguided course that the Conservatives took. Really? Wow.”

Almeida says municipalities who voted to opt out of Doug Ford’s foolish cannabis privatization plan should stand firm and demand a responsible plan.

“The LCBO continues to prove it’s the best option to keep controlled substances out of the hands of minors,” said Almeida.  “Municipalities and Ontarians in general should continue to demand a responsible plan and just say no to Doug’s. After all, a little competition wouldn’t be a bad thing would it?”

SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

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Base Oil Market Worth $39.6 Billion by 2024 – Exclusive Report by MarketsandMarkets™



According to the new market research report Base Oil Market by Group (Group I, Group II, Group III, Group IV, Group V), Application (Automotive Oil, Industrial Oil, Hydraulic Oil, Grease, Metalworking Fluid), Region (North AmericaEuropeAsia PacificSouth America, MEA) – Global Forecast to 2024″, published by MarketsandMarkets, the Base Oil Market is projected to grow from USD 33.7 billion in 2019 to USD 39.6 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 3.3% from 2019 to 2024. The growing demand for high-grade oils in the automotive industry, as well as the increasing GDP in Asia Pacific driven by increasing industrial activities are key factors fuelling the growth of the base oil market across the globe.

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Group II segment to lead the base oil industry from 2019 to 2024

Based on group, the base oil market has been segmented into Group I, Group II, Group III, Group IV, and Group V. The Group II segment accounted for the major share of the market in 2018. Group II base oil can be employed in a multitude of applications, such as marine and gas engines, in trunk piston engine oils, and other applications in the base oil industry. The high consumption of Group II base oil is mainly attributed to its higher performance and affordability in comparison to the other groups of base oil. Thus, the Group II segment is likely to lead the market during the forecast period.

Automotive oil application segment to lead the base oil market during the forecast period

Based on application, the automotive oil segment led the base oil industry in 2018. This segment is also expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period owing to the rise of the automotive sector in developing countries, such as India and China. Population growth in the Asia Pacific region is increasing the demand for automobiles, which is, in turn, driving the market for automotive oils.

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Chevron Corporation (US), Exxon Mobil Corporation (US), S-OIL Corporation (South Korea), Motiva Enterprises LLC (US), SK innovation Co., Ltd. (South Korea), Royal Dutch Shell plc (Netherlands), Neste Oyj (Finland), AVISTA OIL AG (Germany), Nynas AB (Sweden), Repsol S.A. (Spain), Ergon, Inc. (US), Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. (US), H&R Group (Germany), Sinopec Corp. (China), PetroChina Company Limited (China), Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia), Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) (UAE), PT Pertamina (Persero) (Indonesia), Phillips 66 (US), Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) (Malaysia), GRUPA LOTOS S.A. (Poland), Sepahan Oil (Iran), GS Caltex Corporation (South Korea), and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited or HPCL (India) are some of the leading players operating in the Base Oil Market. These players have adopted the strategies of agreements, expansions, new product launches, acquisitions, collaborations, contracts, investments, and divestments to enhance their position in the market.

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