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    Dubious Sales Pitch for Jeter Baseballs

    Dubious Sales Pitch for Jeter Baseballs
    FOR a fellow who so carefully protects his image, Derek Jeter might want to do more to protect his name. Not to mention his adoring fans. Ads heard this week on the Yankees' radio station, WCBS-AM, pitched "very unique" - as opposed to just unique - and "very limited edition" - as opposed to just the limited kind - Derek Jeter-signed ...
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    True Religion Apparel Reports 2009 Third Quarter Financial Results

    True Religion Apparel, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRLG) today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009. Third Quarter 2009 Financial Results Total net sales were $82.4 million, an increase of 3.8% from $79.4 million in the third quarter of 2008. Net sales for the Company's U.S. wholesale segment decreased 31.1% to $31.9 million from $46.3 million in ...
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    When Digital Marketing Strategies Go Wrong

    When Digital Marketing Strategies Go Wrong
    The internet loves a marketing disaster. It makes few allowances for the brands that try and fail. It never forgets. And it rarely forgives. The dreadful irony of these digital catastrophes is that they frequently befall companies that are doing their best to innovate. If Skittles hadn't been attempting to engage with user- generated content, it would never have exposed itself ...
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    Hardest-hit Areas Recovering Slowly

    Hardest-hit Areas Recovering Slowly
    The economic recovery is proceeding unevenly in its early stages, with areas hurt most by the housing slump still lagging behind other regions, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of economic stress in more than 3,100 U.S. counties. Counties in the Southeast, the industrial Midwest and the Southwest are still struggling and have made the least improvement, the analysis of ...
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    3 Strong Economic Reports Lift Hopes for Recovery

    3 Strong Economic Reports Lift Hopes for Recovery
    Hopes for the fledgling economic recovery got a boost Monday from better-than-expected news on manufacturing, construction and contracts to buy homes. U.S. manufacturing activity grew in October at the fastest pace in more than three years, according to a private group's measure. It was driven by government spending, businesses' need to rebuild their inventories and higher demand from overseas. The Commerce ...
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    Judge Tosses Verdicts Against Infomercial Stars

    Judge Tosses Verdicts Against Infomercial Stars
    A judge has tossed out federal fraud convictions against two salespeople who used late-night infomercials to tout their stock-trading abilities and lure customers. A jury convicted Linda Woolf of Sandy, Utah, and David Gengler of Draper, Utah, in May on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud. The two were among the top earners at a company called Teach Me to Trade, ...
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    15 Companies Hiring Now

    [photo:30946] Brown-Forman Corporation Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Sonoma-Cutrer, Korbel and 31 other alcohol brands Brown-Forman employs 4,440 people worldwide with about 1,300 located in Louisville. Brown-Forman, one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies and among the top 10 largest global spirits companies, sells its brands in more than 135 countries and has offices in cities across the globe. ...
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    Outlook for Jobs Turns Positive

    Outlook for Jobs Turns Positive
    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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    She's Leader of the (Franchise) Pack

    She's Leader of the (Franchise) Pack
    When Amy Nichols worked as a sales representative for Verizon, she often found herself hanging around pet stores on weekends, gazing longingly at the puppies. A longtime pet lover, she yearned to start a business that involved dogs but wasn't interested in selling them. She didn't want to start a kennel, either. Her inspiration came from her Boston terrier, Griffin. Nichols ...
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    Building His Fitness and His Online Sales Success

    Building His Fitness and His Online Sales Success
    On a recent Sunday, Billy Olson decided to do something new. Though he'd lived in the area before, he had never visited Valley Forge National Historical Park. So for two hours, Olson took a hike. The rolling hills and open meadows were soothing, and as he recalled the difficulties faced by the Continental Army, he felt encouraged about his own challenges. ...
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    Recliner Sales a Bright Spot in Furniture Industry

    Recliner Sales a Bright Spot in Furniture Industry
    Ah, the recliner. The American invention that linked lazing in the living room to television and frozen dinners is one of the few bright spots in a well-worn U.S. household furniture industry. Sales of reclining chairs are getting a lift from the growing popularity of high-tech TVs, home theater equipment and video games, as well as an aging population that is ...
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    Peanut Products Doing Just Fine After Health Scare

    Peanut Products Doing Just Fine After Health Scare
    Go figure: Food makers processed more peanuts over the past year than nearly any other time on record despite a national salmonella outbreak blamed for killing nine people and scaring consumers away from peanut products for months. Peanut farmers who once feared $1 billion in losses are chalking up their good fortune to a bad economy that has more people reaching ...
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    Shamed Conspicuous Consumers Spend Less

    Shamed Conspicuous Consumers Spend Less
    The global economic crisis has generated a new phenomenon: luxury shame, or the shunning of ostentatious purchases of expensive jewelry, watches and fashion, which is largely blamed for the projected 8 percent drop in the luxury market this year. But a Bain & Co. study released Monday indicates the phenomenon isn't durable, predicting a slight 1 percent increase in the luxury ...
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    Cops Nab Test-Drive Bandit ; Customer Allegedly Kept Driving With Car Salesman

    Cops Nab Test-Drive Bandit ; Customer Allegedly Kept Driving With Car Salesman
    It was a test drive all right. This driver tested John Law's patience - and pushed it to the limit. A West Springfield man out for a spin in a brand new 2010 Honda Accord liked the black sedan so much, he just kept going. Cops say Aleh Kot, 32, briefly kidnapped the car salesman Thursday afternoon before taking off on ...
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    Buyer Must Demand Answers on Price, Fees

    Buyer Must Demand Answers on Price, Fees
    The dealer let me walk away from the final month's payment on my leased SUV and didn't charge for excessive wear and tear, so I feel I came out ahead and am happy with the car. But I want to alert others that if you see an attractive price on the Internet like I did, you might be slammed with additions ...
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    Cities Try to Limit Who's at the Door

    Cities Try to Limit Who's at the Door
    Ohio Citizen Action filed the lawsuit against Englewood in U.S. District Court in 2005. A decision is expected this year, said Ed Icove, an attorney who also represents the group. Icove said it's better for residents who don't want door-to-door solicitation to post no-trespassing signs. He thinks that Englewood's no-knock list is overbroad and limits free speech. But William Singer, Englewood's ...
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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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    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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    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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    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- ...