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    For Some Small Businesses, Recession Is Good News

    For Some Small Businesses, Recession Is Good News
    From thrift stores to repair shops to auto garages, the recession brings new opportunities to plenty of small businesses The current economic picture is certainly a gloomy one, with massive layoffs, bankruptcies, the collapse of financial institutions, and a severe credit crunch. But the recession has also injected life into a slew of small businesses that are thriving either in spite ...
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    "Equipment" and Software Companies See Economic Growth

    "Equipment" and Software Companies See Economic Growth
    WASHINGTON - Businesses are finally willing to spend more money on equipment, a healthy sign for the economic recovery. For the first time in nearly two years, companies ponied up more money for a category called "equipment and software" in the third quarter of the year. It isn't a huge growth rate - just 1.1 percent, according to the government's ...
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    Jobs: What a Rebound Will Look Like

    Jobs: What a Rebound Will Look Like
    Look for growth in business investment, temp hiring, and car and home sales. Here's what to watch for and why You know the economy is in trouble when 539,000 jobs lost in a month is cause for celebration. Muted optimism was in the air on May 8, as the U.S. Labor Dept. reported that job losses slowed for a third straight ...
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    5 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Rising Inflation

    5 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Rising Inflation
    We all have our little fears: The frayed wire on the coffee maker. That knocking noise from the left-rear tire. The zombies staggering around in the backyard. For investors, one of the biggest fears today is inflation — a period of rising prices. Inflation erodes the buying power of your money at home and abroad. In a worst-case scenario, it can ...
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    Kroger 1Q Profit Jumps 12.7 Pct; More Eat at Home

    Kroger 1Q Profit Jumps 12.7 Pct; More Eat at Home
    CINCINNATI (AP) — Grocery operator Kroger Co.'s first-quarter profit shot up 12.7 percent, as recession-hit households continue to eat at home more and seek food bargains including buying more store brands. The nation's largest traditional grocery store chain reported Tuesday that profit jumped to $435.1 million, or 66 cents per share, compared with $386 million, or 58 cents last year. Sales ...
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    How to Create a Business Development Strategy

    How to Create a Business Development Strategy
    The Business Development Strategy is used to underpin your main Business Plan and essentially it sets out a standard approach for developing new opportunities, either from within existing accounts or by proactively targeting brand new potential accounts and then working to close them. This document highlights the key issues you should consider prior to compiling your own plan and will hopefully ...
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    Online Retailers: An Early Holiday Peak?

    Online Retailers: An Early Holiday Peak?
    What began as a strong shopping season for online retailers may fizzle as cash-strapped consumers quickly exhaust tight holiday budgets. Lured by steep discounts, consumers showed a propensity to spend as yearend shopping got under way after Thanksgiving. By late afternoon on Nov. 30, the day's online sales were up 11% from a year earlier, according to online marketing firm Coremetrics. ...
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    More Investors Looking at Real-World Connection in Web Start-Ups

    More Investors Looking at Real-World Connection in Web Start-Ups
    Dec. 3 - On my morning caffeine run, I've been ordering the Christmas blend lately, easing into the most wonderfully commercial time of the year. I'm looking forward to enabling Santa Claus and getting teary-eyed at the ending of "It's a Wonderful Life." And here in Silicon Valley, I find myself wondering: Every time a cash register rings, does an ...
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    Stronger Retail Sales and Sentiment Boost Stocks

    Stronger Retail Sales and Sentiment Boost Stocks
    NEW YORK - Stocks mostly rose Friday on signs that consumers and businesses are feeling more confident about the economy. The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 1.3 percent in November, more than double the increase analysts had expected and better than the 1.1 percent rise in October. The report boosted hopes that consumers are starting to feel more comfortable opening ...
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    Don't Spend Cash on the 'Twelve Days of Christmas' When You Can Make it Work 365

    Don't Spend Cash on the 'Twelve Days of Christmas' When You Can Make it Work 365
    CHICAGO, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year the Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Financial Services Group puts the cost of buying everything you need for the Twelve Days of Christmas at $21,465.56 - and that's only singing the song one time through. Repeating all the song's verses, for what PNC calls the "True Cost of Christmas," would be $87,402.81. Prices ...
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    Hiring by Smallest Employers May Signal Job Recovery

    Hiring by Smallest Employers May Signal Job Recovery
    While forecasters expect the Labor Dept. report due out Mar. 5 to show that the U.S. economy is still shedding jobs, data from payroll companies suggest that losses at the smallest businesses have stopped and those businesses are beginning to hire. Companies with less than 20 employees have been tentatively adding new jobs since June 2009, according to a new index ...
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    Huge Drop in Job Satisfaction This Decade

    Huge Drop in Job Satisfaction This Decade
    The first decade of the 21st century is nearing an end, and American workers can't wait to see it go. When a report summarizes its findings with those words, you suspect you're not in for a bunch of happy talk. Thus did the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, a respected research organization at Rutgers University, this week introduce "What ...
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    Tiger Woods' Other Victims

    Tiger Woods' Other Victims
    Woods hurt more than his family and his sponsors. Thousands of others depended on him, both economically and spiritually 1. Tiger's Collateral Damage: Who Else Will Be Hurt? As the Tiger Woods scandal continues to unfold, sponsors are reevaluating their relationship with the golf superstar. Accenture (ACN) announced on Sunday that Woods is "no longer the right representative" for them; Gillette ...
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    Snowstorms Force E-tailers to Extend Shipping Deadline

    Snowstorms Force E-tailers to Extend Shipping Deadline
    Retail Web sites have bumped back deadlines and offer free express shipping after weekend snowstorms kept holiday shoppers home in large areas of the East Coast. Meanwhile, some bricks-and-mortar stores are extending early morning bargains that had been offered on Saturday through Wednesday. Amazon.com has extended the cutoff for standard shipping by one day through Monday. Macy's Web site is offering ...
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    Sun Microsystems to Slash 3,000 Jobs

    Sun Microsystems to Slash 3,000 Jobs
    Server manufacturer Sun Microsystems announced it will cut 3,000 jobs in the next year as European regulators take a closer look as software maker Oracle tries to finalize its acquisition of Sun. The job reduction was listed in the company's latest filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Sun has slashed thousands of jobs across the world over the past ...
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    Windows 7 Launches Amid Good Reviews from Longtime Fans

    Windows 7 Launches Amid Good Reviews from Longtime Fans
    Oct. 23--NEW YORK -- After incurring the wrath of unhappy Windows Vista users, Microsoft has embarked on a strategy for Windows 7 that amounts to a public hug. During Thursday's high-profile launch of the new operating system, the Windows Web site was turned over to a never-ending Twitter and Facebook stream of breathless updates about Windows 7. A new ad ...
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    Can Main Street Catch Up with Wall Street?

    Can Main Street Catch Up with Wall Street?
    On the one hand, the Dow Jones industrial average once again danced around 10,000 last week. Earnings of Caterpillar (CAT), Google (GOOG), and Apple (AAPL) far exceeded expectations. If U.S. gross domestic product rebounds as expected on Oct. 29 and turns positive for the first time in 15 months, it would confirm that the recession ended in the third quarter, at ...
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    Outlook for Jobs Is Improving

    Outlook for Jobs Is Improving
    An economic survey out today provides fresh evidence that a fitful recovery is underway as customer demand grows in the third quarter for the first time in more than a year and the jobs outlook brightens a bit. For the first time since the recession began, the portion of companies planning to add employees in the next six months outnumbered those ...
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    Are Retailers Going Too Far Tracking Our Web Habits?

    Are Retailers Going Too Far Tracking Our Web Habits?
    Sherry Natoli is followed everywhere she goes while shopping online, but she doesn't mind at all. Natoli, who owns a seashell business in Tampa, does all but her grocery shopping on the Internet and even opts in whenever she's asked whether she's willing to have her online movements tracked by websites. Companies have been monitoring our online behavior for almost as ...
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    Verizon's Android-based "Droid" Phone Builds Buzz, Launches Next Week

    Verizon's Android-based "Droid" Phone Builds Buzz, Launches Next Week
    NEW YORK - Verizon Wireless will start selling its answer to the iPhone - the Droid - for $200 next week as the company taps into the growing appetite for smart phones that go far beyond making calls. The Droid could help Verizon retain its status as the nation's largest wireless carrier and contribute to a turnaround of its manufacturer, ...
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