Why is Apple customers’ appetite for its products insatiable?

Apple’s latest launch event next week is unlikely to surprise – the real conundrum is how the company convinces people to keep on buying

“Siri, give us a hint,” said Apple’s invitation to its media event next Wednesday. But few needed a hint to know that the chief executive, Tim Cook, will unveil new phones and iPhone software, plus a greatly improved Apple TV set-top box controlled via Siri, Apple’s voice-activated system.

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Car sales surge 10% in August to highest level in eight years

Growth beats expectations, extending record run of rising sales to 42 months, with demand for hybrids and electric cars up by half

Poor weather in August might have dampened high street clothes sales but it seems to have triggered a stampede into car showrooms with a near-10% increase in monthly vehicle sales.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said new car registrations rose by 9.6% year-on-year to 79,060 vehicles with the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf models leading the way.

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