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    Resale Shops Find They're a Good Fit in Tough Times

    Resale Shops Find They're a Good Fit in Tough Times
    Never much of a thrift shopper, Helen Romero frequented department stores before losing her job in February. But these days, the former real estate agent has found a new shopping option. "Right now, the way things are priced at the mall, I would rather go to a resale shop," she said. As retail suffers amid the recession, thrift and consignment stores ...
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    Consignment Sale Secrets

    Consignment Sale Secrets
    Now that my daughter is 2, I'm finding my closets are bloated and my floors overrun with toys. In researching options to make some room without losing my shirt on what I've paid out, I've found the local consignment sales are a good option. I get 65 percent of my selling price, and first dibs at shopping at the sales themselves. ...
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    Publishers Like the Look of E-Book Profits

    Publishers Like the Look of E-Book Profits
    Figuring that a book is a book, whether you turn the pages or scroll through them, Minnesota publishers are scrambling to get their share of the growing market for electronic books downloaded from the Internet. Some publishers say their future is tied to the e-books now being sold through amazon.com and Sony's online eBook Store, and read on one of two ...
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    Free AK-47 Rifle With Each Tractor

    Free AK-47 Rifle With Each Tractor
    PRIZES for the most remarkable promotional offer of recent times go to a US tractor dealer who is offering a free AK-47 assault rifle with every tractor purchase. Henry Jordan, a partner in Carolina Tractor and Marine, in South Carolina, said the offer was a 'win-win' to boost vehicle sales and give farmers 'vital protection'. "We thought: 'You know what? Every ...
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    The Princess Problem

    The Princess Problem
    Austere times bring austere fashions to the runways but not, it seems, to toy stores. Hunting for birthday presents lately, I've waded through sequined princess costumes at FAO Schwarz, the opulent Princess Barbie section of Toys "R" Us, and sparkly shelves of Disney Princess gear at its retailers. Yes, princesses are everywhere, and they seem to be recession-proof. Disney racked up ...
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    These Sites Make Business Trips Worthwhile

    These Sites Make Business Trips Worthwhile
    Life on the road is tough for many frequent business travelers, but some destinations make the constant travel so much easier to take. They're downright appealing places that business travelers look forward to visiting because of a special restaurant or hotel, nightlife, geography or the friendliness of locals. USA TODAY asked very frequent business travelers who are volunteer members of the ...
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    States Bank on Gambling Taxes

    States Bank on Gambling Taxes
    States are aggressively expanding legalized gambling, eager to shore up battered revenue sources during the economic crisis and concerned that residents will cross state lines to gamble elsewhere if they don't. Gambling will expand in about a dozen states this year in an effort to generate an extra $2 billion in gambling taxes by 2010, a record-breaking increase if state projections ...
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    Clunkers Program Could Drive Used Car Prices Up

    Clunkers Program Could Drive Used Car Prices Up
    Hundreds of thousands of "clunkers" headed for scrappers may cause already rising prices for used cars to head even higher, dealers and market analysts warn. The popular cash-for-clunkers program, extended by Congress last week with $2 billion more in federal incentives, requires that all the old fuel guzzlers traded in are scrapped - not resold. That means up to 750,000 vehicles ...
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    Lawmakers Push to End Drug Ads Targeting Consumers

    Lawmakers Push to End Drug Ads Targeting Consumers
    Prescription drug advertising has never had it easy, but lately the $4.3 billion ad sector has come under attack from lawmakers who are trying to get the ads off the airwaves. Some congressmen are targeting complicated ads that promote a drug to address a malady that you may not know you have. As Washington tries to reach agreement on a sweeping ...
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    Good Deals Can Be a Bad Thing

    Good Deals Can Be a Bad Thing
    America was not always obsessed with low prices, writes Atlantic Monthly correspondent Ellen Ruppel Shell, but over the past century our thirst for bargains has transformed the world's economy - and not necessarily for the better. Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture explores the effects of our focus on low price. The idea sprang from a trip to a shoe ...
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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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    Thousands Find Bargains At Sprawling Yard Sales

    Thousands Find Bargains At Sprawling Yard Sales
    Disabled mom Shawna Eddy hopes the mounds of clothing covering her front lawn will generate enough cash to take three adolescent daughters to the Shoe Show before school starts. Unemployed massage therapist Sue Smith is turning unwanted antiques into traveling money for her grandson's trip to the World Yo-Yo Contest in Florida next week. For reasons as varied as the contents ...
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    Sector Snap: Apparel Makers Rise

    Sector Snap: Apparel Makers Rise
    Shares of apparel makers jumped on Friday, part of a broader market rally, a day after many reported weak same-store sales in July. On Thursday, retailers reported overall sales in stores open at least one year fell 5 percent in July, according to a tally by The International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs. That marks the 11th consecutive monthly ...
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    Retail E-Commerce Forecast: Cautious Optimism - Order Report Now

    Retail E-Commerce Forecast: Cautious Optimism - Order Report Now
    Research and Markets has announced the addition of eMarketer's new report "Retail E-Commerce Forecast: Cautious Optimism" to their offering. US retail e-commerce sales (excluding travel) will total $132 billion in 2009, down 0.4% from 2008. Assuming the recession ends this year, as many economists predict, eMarketer forecasts online sales will begin to rebound in 2010 and hit full stride in 2011. ...
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    Wholesale Inventories Fall For 10th Straight Month

    Wholesale Inventories Fall For 10th Straight Month
    Businesses slashed inventories at the wholesale level for a record 10th consecutive month in June, a decline that has contributed to the longest recession since World War II. The Commerce Department says wholesale inventories declined 1.7 percent in June, nearly double the 0.9 percent decrease economists had expected. But in an encouraging sign, sales rose 0.4 percent for a second straight ...
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    Firm's Suit Says Ex-Salesman Broke Contract By Aiding Rival

    Firm's Suit Says Ex-Salesman Broke Contract By Aiding Rival
    Stryker Orthopaedics, the Mahwah-based maker of artificial hips and knees, has accused a former salesman of violating his non- compete agreement even as he accepted more than $720,000 in payments under the deal. A suit filed by the manufacturer in U.S. District Court in Newark claims the agreement barred Scott Nizolek from working for a competitor or soliciting Stryker customers for ...
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    Use Twitter like Oprah

    Use Twitter like Oprah
    We've reached the Twitter tipping point. Get ready for the boom. There have been plenty of headlines about celebrities who Twitter and people who post through disasters or breaking news events like the Hudson River plane crash, but still the popular micro-blogging Web site remained off the radar for many. After April 18, 2009 - a critical turning point in Twitter ...
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    Surprisingly Strong Jobs Data Signal Turning Point

    Surprisingly Strong Jobs Data Signal Turning Point
    It's the clearest sign yet the recession is finally ending: Employers laid off far fewer workers in July, the jobless rate dipped for the first time in 15 months and workers' hours and pay edged upward. Those are the kind of figures that could give Americans the psychological boost necessary for recovery to take root after the worst recession since World ...
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    Report: Pitchman Mays Used Cocaine

    Report: Pitchman Mays Used Cocaine
    U.S. television pitchman Billy Mays used cocaine days before his heart attack and the drug's use helped kill him, a Florida county medical examiner said Friday. The Hillsborough County medical examiner in Tampa, Fla., said Mays, 50, suffered from heart disease but his drug use was a contributing factor in his June 28 death, The New York Daily News reported. The ...
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    Now Hiring: Everywhere You Didn't Want To Work

    Now Hiring: Everywhere You Didn't Want To Work
    Some of the dirtiest, smelliest, most dangerous jobs are suddenly looking a lot more appealing in this economy. People who have been out of work for months are lining up for jobs at places they once considered unthinkable: slaughterhouses, sewage plants, prisons. "I have to just shut my mouth because I can't do anything about it," said Nichole McRoberts of Sedalia, ...
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