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    New GM Worries About Regaining Consumer Confidence

    New GM Worries About Regaining Consumer Confidence
    The new General Motors Co. said Friday it was worried about regaining consumer confidence following its exit from Chapter 11, and that its sales won't improve in 2009 as U.S. economic troubles continue. In a sweeping review of its business filed late Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, GM also said it plans to register 3.5 billion shares of ...
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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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    Demand for Guns on the Rise, Despite Ailing Economy

    Demand for Guns on the Rise, Despite Ailing Economy
    Signs that segments of the nation's economy struggling are nearly endless, but the sales of guns is not one of them. Sales of handguns, rifles and shotguns remain high, area dealers say, and the surge in sales following the results of the November election continue. Zeke Garretson, owner of Garretson's Sports Center, 3817 10th St., in Greeley, said sales of guns, ...
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    Ultimate Pitchman 'Loved to Sell'

    Ultimate Pitchman 'Loved to Sell'
    Internationally known TV product pitchman Billy Mays, who rose to the top of his profession with a boisterous persona that touched consumers and helped create more than $1 billion in merchandise sales, was found dead in his South Tampa home Sunday morning. His wife, Deborah, woke up and found Mays, 50, in bed and not breathing, Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy ...
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    Look Before You Chop Employee Perks

    Look Before You Chop Employee Perks
    Best Buy's (BBY) Chief Operating Officer Brian Dunn won't take over the CEO position until June, but he has already learned a valuable management lesson: Use discretion in figuring out which perks to cut, even in the most difficult economic times. Dunn, a 23-year veteran of the company who started out selling stereos back when Best Buy only had a dozen ...
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    Guns and Gold Point to a Better Economy

    Guns and Gold Point to a Better Economy
    All sorts of arcane measures show fewer investors expect utter financial calamity. But guns and gold tell the story even more clearly. Stocks of both large gold-mining companies and the top publicly traded maker of guns are up this year, but lagging behind the broader market's rebound since March. Shares of gold miners Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining are up 36% ...
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    NYC Financial Workers See Low-Flying Planes, Panic

    NYC Financial Workers See Low-Flying Planes, Panic
    A low-flying Boeing 747 and a fighter jet over lower Manhattan caused a brief panic among workers near ground zero. It was part of a federal government photo opportunity and training mission involving a presidential plane Monday morning. A floor trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange Building says workers received no official prior announcement about the exercise. He says everyone ...
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    Garage Sales 101

    Garage Sales 101
    One of the best ways to rid yourself of excess stuff is to have a garage sale. Garage sales should not be done on a moment's notice, however. Like just about everything, they'll run better with forethought and organization. Here are some tips: Spring, early summer or fall are the best times to have a sale. Thursday or Friday are the ...
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    Taking 'Office' Lessons from the World's Greatest (Inept) Boss

    Taking 'Office' Lessons from the World's Greatest (Inept) Boss
    Supervisors, middle managers and corporate executives — suits, if you will — tonight will be going to a frightening source for leadership lessons. Many will put down their copy of The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker and tune into the one-hour season premiere of NBC's (GE) comedy The Office. This borders on disturbing. After all, the show centers on a bumbling ...
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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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    Retail Therapy: It's Not Always a Fairy Tale Trip

    Retail Therapy: It's Not Always a Fairy Tale Trip
    I've done quite a bit of shopping in the past two weeks. That's not unusual in my job. Going to the mall, picking out accessories and window shopping comes with the territory. What was remarkable about this burst of retail therapy is that it was all off the clock. I was looking forward to it. But it wasn't as fulfilling or ...
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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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    The New Economy: Retrain Your Brain

    The New Economy: Retrain Your Brain
    As stars of the Old Economy go, Shu Kim and Khanh Pham sparkled. Working for a storied finance firm — Kim, 40, as in-house counsel and Pham, 33, as a real estate investment banker — the two women deployed classic analytical left-brain skills to keep a seemingly well-oiled machine humming. A machine called Lehman Brothers. Lehman is dead, but the two ...
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    Four Ways to Get on Your Boss's Radar Screen

    Four Ways to Get on Your Boss's Radar Screen
    Hopefully, you're not still under the illusion that if you're talented and hardworking, somehow people will notice and you'll get your just rewards. A lot of career Cinderellas are still out there waiting around for that prince of a promotion or raise to come, getting more disillusioned and depressed with every passing day. Getting promoted means getting noticed, which is not ...
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    Best Cities to Earn More

    Best Cities to Earn More
    Despite the gloomy economy and bleak job outlook, there are scattered cities where wages are rising and the number of jobs is increasing. Washington, DC, and several parts of Texas top the list, but cities as far apart as Anchorage and East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, continued to experience job and wage growth at the end of last year, according to Bureau ...
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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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    Make Your Sales Copy Sell

    Make Your Sales Copy Sell
    Writing good sales copy doesn’t have to be hard--you just use a formula. Plug in all the elements, and you’ll create a whole that’s bigger than the sum of its parts. Any one of the copywriting techniques I'm about to tell you about can increase your conversion rate on its own, but use all of them together, and you'll create an ...
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    Mall Operator Files for Bankruptcy Protection

    Mall Operator Files for Bankruptcy Protection
    LOS ANGELES – The nation's second-largest shopping mall owner, General Growth Properties, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday in a tough bargaining move to restructure it's $27 billion in debt. General Growth, which owns more than 200 malls including Faneuil Hall in Boston and the South Street Seaport in Manhattan, said shoppers at its malls will not be affected by ...
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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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    The $5 Meal Club

    The $5 Meal Club
    The recession that brought back $2 gasoline is about to bring back to casual dining another retro price point: $5 meals. Today, T.G.I. Friday's - which, like most casual-dining chains, has taken a hit during the recession - will unveil plans to sell all salads and sandwiches for $5 all day in May. The move follows a recent rollout by Chili's ...