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    Politicians, Car Salesmen Get No Respect

    Politicians, Car Salesmen Get No Respect
    People in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada don't have much respect for politicians and care salesman, a survey indicated. In all three countries, the professions of politician and car salesman command respect from 31 percent or fewer residents, the poll by Angus Reid Strategies of San Francisco found. The profession that commands the most respect in all three ...
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    Auto Dealers Shift Gears, Hire More Women

    Auto Dealers Shift Gears, Hire More Women
    It's a Thursday morning, a traditionally slow day in the car buying business. But today, negotiations are going throughout the showroom of Toyota of South Florida. The government's Cash for Clunkers program had jump-started a buying binge that had customers streaming in, for a change. Gretel Santana is alternating between scrutinizing contracts and explaining to me how taken aback customers are ...
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    Pfizer to Pay Record $2.3B Penalty Over Promotions

    Pfizer to Pay Record $2.3B Penalty Over Promotions
    Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drug maker, will pay a record $2.3 billion civil and criminal penalty over unlawful prescription drug promotions, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The department said the $2.3 billion settlement included a $1.2 billion criminal fine, the largest criminal fine in U.S. history. The agreement also included a criminal forfeiture of $105 million. "Combating health care fraud ...
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    Top-Selling Vehicles in the US in August

    Top-Selling Vehicles in the US in August
    Automakers released August U.S. sales figures Tuesday. These were the top-selling vehicles, as well as the total number sold and the percent change in sales from August 2008. Rank VehicleAugust 2009 Sales% Change 1.Toyota Camry/Solara54,39628.2 2.Ford F-series45,59017.1 3.Honda Civic43,29449.6 4.Toyota Corolla/Matrix43,06151.9 5.Honda Accord39,726-5.4 6.Chevrolet Silverado32,421-39.6 7.Honda CR-V30,28458.3 8.Nissan Altima26,83310.1 9.Ford Focus25,54761.9 10.Hyundai Elantra21,673124.4 -- Source: Autodata Corp.A service of YellowBrix, Inc. ...
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    10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

    Time flies when you're wasting it These days, no one can afford to waste time at work. Thanks to widespread downsizing, workloads are piling up. Unfortunately, extra hours in the day are not. Maximizing your time at work can mean the difference between leaving at a reasonable hour (i.e. holding onto your sanity) and staying late unnecessarily. You’ve got a ...
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    Stores Like Tax Holidays; Tax Experts Pan Them

    Stores Like Tax Holidays; Tax Experts Pan Them
    As Vermont gears up for a sales tax holiday, some national groups aren't sharing in the enthusiasm. Stores are calling in extra staff and planning to stay open later for Saturday's break from sales taxes. But critics have concluded such holidays don't do much to boost the economy and hurt state revenues. Vermont's sales tax holidays are expected to set state ...
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    Off to Work with a Car Salesman

    Off to Work with a Car Salesman
    You have to be a bit of a psychologist to persuade people to part with thousands of dollars for transportation, but that's what vehicle salespeople do every day - regardless of the economy. They do it at hot asphalt lots, they always have to smile and they have to know their product. But Howard Reid, whose sales territory happens to be ...
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    Underwear Sales Foretell Economic Trends?

    Underwear Sales Foretell Economic Trends?
    Conventional measures of the U.S. recession may be no more accurate than the underwear index, which charts sales of men's underwear, a consumer researcher said. The theory suggests that sales of men's underwear are stable - as are sales of other necessities - but during financial downturns sales drop off. "It's a prolonged purchase," Marshal Cohen, senior analyst with the consumer ...
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    Sale of Big-Ticket Items Soar, Bolstering Economy

    Sale of Big-Ticket Items Soar, Bolstering Economy
    Consumers and businesses went on a big-ticket spending spree in July, sending home, car and equipment sales soaring by the largest amount in years. The sales, detailed in two government reports Wednesday, confirmed a subtle but marked shift in confidence about the economy. New home sales jumped almost 10 percent from June, while orders for long-lasting goods like appliances, planes and ...
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    Latest Home Sales Report Sizzles

    Latest Home Sales Report Sizzles
    New home sales rose nearly 10% in July, according to a government report Wednesday that bolstered signs of an improving housing market. Sales of new homes climbed to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 433,000, the highest pace since last September, the government said. That was a 9.6% increase over the revised rate for June - better than industry analysts had ...
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    Ford Exec Sees US Auto Sales Rising In August

    Ford Exec Sees US Auto Sales Rising In August
    A top Ford executive says Cash for Clunkers helped spur the first industrywide increase in auto sales in more than two years this month, the latest sign of recovery in the hobbled auto industry. Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, says annualized industry sales may have hit 13 million in August. He says Ford has already surpassed August sales last ...
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    Grandma Busts Up Ponzi Scheme

    Grandma Busts Up Ponzi Scheme
    A $3.7 million scam, 20 years in the making. Dozens of society's most vulnerable victims. An avalanche of federal, state and private investigations. Indictments that could land a Rock Hill man in prison for the rest of his life. None of it would have come to light were it not for a 70- something great-grandmother who smelled a rat. We don't ...
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    20 Career Lessons from Celebrities

    Celebrities. We love to hate them. We also love to watch their every move, laugh at their mistakes and scrutinize their decisions. Like them or not, their celebrity status means not only have they achieved career success, they’ve also got a hell of a lot to lose. And sometimes, whatever actions have helped catapult them to fame or rendered them ...
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    Top 25 Cities for Your Career

    Now more than ever, it’s important to get the best bang for your buck. And there’s no question about it — when it comes to value, not every U.S. city is created equally. The number of Americans moving has dropped to its lowest levels since 1962, but now might be the time to consider it. Why chase a great salary if ...
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    California Woman Avoids Potential Real Estate Scam With Tacoma Broker

    California Woman Avoids Potential Real Estate Scam With Tacoma Broker
    Sometimes consumers do the right thing when confronted by a potential scam. Sometimes they even call The News Tribune. Take Jeanette McKenna, who happens to be an archaeologist living in Southern California. She's got a timeshare unit up for sale and recently received a cold-call from a Tacoma broker. She said he wanted the listing and he wanted McKenna to open ...
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    A Sales Pitch for Stricter Laws Against Door-to-Door Sales

    A Sales Pitch for Stricter Laws Against Door-to-Door Sales
    When the warm weather hits, so do they. A young lady selling magazine subscriptions knocked at Lisa Lund's door last summer. She was friendly, compelling. Her pitch was personal. "She said they were making money to help put themselves through school, to get a better job and support their family," the Olathe, Kan., woman said. Lund handed over a $75 check ...
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    Court Rejects Salesman's Ethics Case

    Court Rejects Salesman's Ethics Case
    A manager at an Oregon car dealership said he was fired because he insisted on being an honest salesman. The state supreme court disagreed Thursday. Kevin Lamson argued he was wrongfully discharged from Crater Lake Motors in Medford after he told his bosses he wanted no part of a sales campaign that he believed included deceptive ads and sales practices. Lamson ...
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    Wall Street Sees Shoppers As Key To Rally's Future

    Wall Street Sees Shoppers As Key To Rally's Future
    On Wall Street, the average shopper can trump a Federal Reserve policy maker. With other parts of the economy showing signs of improvement, the question of when a recovery will occur and how strong it will be lies with consumers. So reports last week showing weaker-than-expected retail sales and flagging consumer confidence overshadowed an upbeat view of the economy from the ...
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    It's Slack to School - Retail Outlook Worsens for Crucial Shopping Season

    It's Slack to School - Retail Outlook Worsens for Crucial Shopping Season
    The outlook for the crucial back-to-school season got cloudier for retailers, as industry stalwarts J.C.Penney and Abercrombie & Fitch suffered plunging sales and profits. Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries said yesterday that shoppers' growing obsession with bargains is "clearly a headwind for our premium brands." As such, the chain will continue to trim the stratospheric prices on its jeans and polo shirts. ...
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    Bleak Sales Are Another Reality Check for Economy

    Bleak Sales Are Another Reality Check for Economy
    A bleak report on retail sales Thursday reinforced a nagging worry of economists: Shoppers won't spend enough to help a recovery take hold. The figures served as a reality check for an economy that lately has appeared poised to emerge from recession. Consumer spending powers about 70 percent of economic activity. The Cash for Clunkers rebate program helped give auto sales ...