Online publishing is growing fast, and fraudulent advertising schemes are growing right along with it. According to a new study from Distil Networks, roughly one-third of all online ad spending gets hijacked by fraudulent ad schemes using bots -- automated programs that interact with online ads to (for example) generate fake click-throughs. The figure is based on a survey of 138 publishers and advertisers asked to estimate what proportion of their Web traffic and campaign spending was captured by fraudsters. The study cites data showing that 22.7% of all Web traffic was due to “bad bots,” rising to 32% of traffic for online publishers.
Costco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: COST) today reported net sales of $10.59 billion for the retail month of July, the four weeks ended August 5, 2018, an increase of 10.1 percent from $9.62 billion last year. For the first forty-eight weeks of fiscal 2018, the Company reported net sales of $127.40 billion, an increase of 12.1 percent from $113.70 billion last year.
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