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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    GM Turns to eBay to Boost Sales

    GM Turns to eBay to Boost Sales
    General Motors Co. said it would turn to the Internet auction site eBay to sell new cars and trucks, beginning with a pilot program of California inventories. "Together with eBay Motors, GM and our dealers are reinventing the car-buying experience for our California customers," GM's Vice President for U.S. Sales Mark LaNeve said in a statement. Used cars have been frequently ...
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    'Cash-For-Clunkers' Program Gets $2B Refill

    'Cash-For-Clunkers' Program Gets $2B Refill
    Car shoppers caught up in the frenzy of the "cash-for-clunkers" program will have more time now and a $2 billion reason to trade in their old gas guzzlers. The Senate voted to refill the popular car incentive program on Thursday, tripling the $1 billion fund that has led to big crowds at once deserted auto showrooms. President Barack Obama will sign ...
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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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    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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    It's No Joke: Recession Turns Folks Into Comedians

    It's No Joke: Recession Turns Folks Into Comedians
    There's just something about a recession that makes people want to do funny things. Like wannabe comics who are out of a job and hoping amateur hour at comedy clubs could be the ticket to a paycheck - and maybe stardom. Because, really, how hard could that be? At New York City's Gotham Comedy Club, co-owner Chris Mazzilli says he saw ...
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    It Pays to Be Niche in Retail

    It Pays to Be Niche in Retail
    Sluggish consumer spending is forcing retailers to either find a niche, cut prices or risk losing business. Concerns mounted about the crucial back-to-school season as July sales dipped 5 percent, according to a survey of major chains by the International Council of Shopping Centers. The anemic sales are an indication that consumers—skittish because of rising unemployment and a treacherous housing market—are ...
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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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