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    Stimulus Act Benefits for the Unemployed

    Stimulus Act Benefits for the Unemployed
    A number of provisions to help the unemployed are included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and here’s a list of some of the major benefits. Offerings vary greatly by state, so check with your local unemployment office to find out what exactly is available to you. Increased Unemployment Benefits The ARRA funds a new temporary Federal Additional Compensation ...
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    Good Weather Boosts Spending

    Good Weather Boosts Spending
    Planalytics Inc., the global leader in Business Weather Intelligence(R), released its monthly WeatherCall(SM) report for May 2009 highlighting how warmer than normal temperatures throughout North America were a catalyst, along with improving Consumer Confidence levels, for increased shopping activity and sales. Businesses looking to sell-through spring merchandise such as t-shirts, sandals, barbeques, lawn and garden items and ice cream all were ...
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    Not-so-Secret Society: Reality vs. "The Lost Symbol"

    Not-so-Secret Society: Reality vs. "The Lost Symbol"
    The Freemasons of Lodge 19 meet regularly in an old mansion, in a room filled with pomp and circumstance worthy of Harry Potter's Hogwarts: pillars topped by terrestrial and celestial spheres, throne-like chairs, a checkerboard floor pattern, and ominous-looking symbols - pyramids, all-seeing eyes, a square and compass surrounding a letter "G." Just who are these mysterious men who call each ...
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    BRIEF: Retail Industry Group Predicts Small Rise in Holiday Sales

    BRIEF: Retail Industry Group Predicts Small Rise in Holiday Sales
    A retail industry report released Monday predicts holiday sales will rise by about 1 percent or slightly higher, marking one of the first positive holiday forecasts this year. The International Council of Shopping Centers, a New York-based trade association for the shopping center industry, forecast sales at major chain stores, excluding Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will rise 1 percent for the combined ...
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    Retail Sales Poised to Turn Positive, but Don't Get Too Excited

    Retail Sales Poised to Turn Positive, but Don't Get Too Excited
    Finally, retail sales figures are poised to turn positive. But don't get too excited about forecasts that consumer spending, the biggest single component driving the U.S. economy, will edge back into the black for the Christmas holiday. "The fourth quarter looks better than last year," said Frank Badillo, chief economist with industry think tank Retail Forward. "But we're still looking at ...
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    Southwest's Airfare Sale Not the Usual Big Bargain

    Southwest's Airfare Sale Not the Usual Big Bargain
    Airfares are starting to inch back up, signs indicate, even on the prices of tickets on sale. Southwest, the nation's leader in low-cost flying, this week introduced a sale on fares with prices on some routes higher than the lowest fares customers have come to expect. They included a $118 round trip between Phoenix and San Diego and $296 between Baltimore ...
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    Despite Decline From '08, Auto Industry Not Unhappy With May Sales

    Despite Decline From '08, Auto Industry Not Unhappy With May Sales
    Despite predictions that bankruptcy talk would kill sales, the auto industry generally was cheered by May sales figures out Tuesday that showed losses are starting to narrow. Auto sales tumbled 33.7% in May compared with the same month last year, but lost only 13% between April and May, Autodata reported. Ford Motor, General Motors and Toyota, among others, posted sales gains ...
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    A Brief History of the Saturn Brand

    A Brief History of the Saturn Brand
    A timeline of events in the life of General Motors Co.'s Saturn brand. 1983- General Motors Chairman Roger Smith announces plans for Saturn brand. 1990- First Saturn cars available to consumers. Featured tagline is, "a different kind of car company," as dealers clapped when buyers were handed the keys to a new vehicle. Company becomes known from its no-haggle pricing. 1994- ...
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    Semiconductor Sales Are Looking Up: $15.6 Million in April Was 6.4% Over March but Less Than Year Ago

    Semiconductor Sales Are Looking Up: $15.6 Million in April Was 6.4% Over March but Less Than Year Ago
    Worldwide sales of semiconductors made a better-than-expected turnaround in April, but remain well below last year's totals. Global chip sales reached $15.6 billion in April, an increase of 6.4 percent over March, but down 25 percent from April 2008 sales of $20.9 billion, the Semiconductor Industry Association reported Monday. "The better-than-expected 6.4 percent sequential increase in April sales was driven by ...
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    Retail Sales Slid in Previous Week

    Retail Sales Slid in Previous Week
    Retail sales in the United States fell slightly in the week ending May 30, the International Council of Shopping Centers-USB reported Tuesday. Sales fell 0.6 percent on the week and 0.6 percent compared to the same period a year ago, the weekly sales report said. Many stores experienced slower traffic, although "favorable weather helped to trigger some seasonal spending," ICSC reported. ...
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    Bankruptcies Surge Despite Law Meant to Curb Them

    Bankruptcies Surge Despite Law Meant to Curb Them
    RALEIGH, N.C. – The number of U.S. businesses and individuals declaring bankruptcy is rising with a vengeance amid the recession, despite a three-year-old federal law that made it much tougher for Americans to escape their debts, an Associated Press analysis found. "There's no end in sight," said bankruptcy lawyer Bryan Elliott of Hickory, N.C., who is working seven days a week ...
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    Infomercial Fraud Trial Begins in Federal Court

    Infomercial Fraud Trial Begins in Federal Court
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Prosecutors are blurring the line between salesmanship and fraud by bringing criminal charges against two self-proclaimed stock trading experts who touted their abilities in late-night infomercials, defense lawyers said Monday. A federal jury heard opening statements in the fraud trial of Linda Woolf, 49, of Sandy, Utah, and David Gengler, 35 of Draper, Utah. The two were described ...
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    Discounts, Not Efficiency, Drive US Auto Sales Up

    Discounts, Not Efficiency, Drive US Auto Sales Up
    DETROIT - Americans bought more cars in May than in any other month this year, drawn by fire sale prices that pushed General Motors and Chrysler's sales above expectations despite their forays into bankruptcy protection. Overall sales were still 34 percent lower than a year ago. But low gas prices encouraged the sale of bigger gas guzzlers while small cars stacked ...
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    For Young, Recession Offers Deals of a Lifetime

    For Young, Recession Offers Deals of a Lifetime
    The Great Recession has turned into the best of times for young investor Daniel Lee. Early this year, the 30-year-old salesman in Scottsdale, Ariz., shelved expensive meals and vacation plans and threw "every spare dollar" into the stock market. The value of his portfolio has more than tripled as the market has rallied since March. "This is like buying a swim ...
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    Factory Orders Rise for Second Time in 3 Months

    Factory Orders Rise for Second Time in 3 Months
    WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories rose 0.7 percent in April, the second increase in three months and further evidence that manufacturers may be recovering. Still, the Commerce Department's report Wednesday was below analysts' expectations of a 0.9 percent increase. The department also sharply marked down the March figure to a 1.9 percent drop, compared with the 0.9 percent decline previously ...
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    Census: Stay-at-Home Moms Are Not Who You Think

    Census: Stay-at-Home Moms Are Not Who You Think
    When Adriana Bell had her first child, she kept working. But as a customer-service agent for an airline, she worked many nights, weekends and holidays. For Bell, who grew up in Colombia, that was not the American dream. So when her son Nicholas was 4, she quit and became a stay-at-home mom. "My priority is family, and the schedule was killing ...
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    5 Must-Read Business Books

    5 Must-Read Business Books
    No single business book contains everything you need to know--and some even offer advice nobody ought to hear. But these five have withstood the test of time to become books no one should start or run a business without reading first. *1. Will It Fly? How to Know if Your New Business Idea Has Wings... Before You Take the Leap, by ...
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    Retailers Hope Sales Rise in August

    Retailers Hope Sales Rise in August
    Consumers may have been too preoccupied with "cash for clunkers" and their own job prospects to get too serious about back-to-school shopping in July. U.S. chain store sales fell 5 percent last month, the 12th consecutive monthly decline, the International Council of Shopping Centers reported Thursday. A year ago, consumers armed with stimulus checks had helped produce a 1.3 percent increase. ...
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    Signs of Recovery in Some US Areas

    Signs of Recovery in Some US Areas
    Signs of a slow and fitful recovery emerged in August in some communities across the country where unemployment dropped and foreclosures stabilized, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of economic stress in more than 3,100 U.S. counties. The average county stress score fell slightly, and fewer counties qualified as economically distressed. But those glimmers of hope are providing scant benefit ...
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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 ...