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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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    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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    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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    The 10 Most Outrageous Infomericals

    The 10 Most Outrageous Infomericals
    Some kids watch cartoons on Saturday mornings. I watched infomercials. My favorite was for a chemical that magically removed paint from wood without damaging it. I didn't have any antiques covered in layers of paint, but I wanted that chemical product. I had to see for myself: how did it work such magic? The truth is, it probably didn't. Infomercials are ...
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    New Airfare Deals Pop Up on Twitter - but Act Fast

    New Airfare Deals Pop Up on Twitter - but Act Fast
    Looking for a quick, cheap getaway? A bargain may be just a tweet away. JetBlue and United airlines are offering their Twitter followers first dibs on some discounted fares, using the uber-trendy form of messaging to quickly connect with customers and fill seats on flights that might otherwise take off less than full. Like the e-mails that many airlines began to ...
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    Strength of Holiday Shopping Season is Tricky to Predict

    Strength of Holiday Shopping Season is Tricky to Predict
    Retailers are bracing for another weak holiday season - or not. A recent survey by the retail trade publication RIS News showed only one in six retailers believe this holiday season will be worse than last, but more than 85% said "weak customer demand" will be their biggest challenge. Consumer insights firm BIGresearch reports nearly a third of consumers say they ...
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    Sales Up at Ford

    Sales Up at Ford
    Ford Motor Co. said Sunday that U.S. sales of its new cars and trucks in July exceeded those of July 2008, the first year-over-year sales increase for a domestic automaker since January 2008. Part of the reason for Ford's increase was consumers' enthusiastic response to the federal government's cash-for-clunkers program, which provides vouchers of $3,500-$4,500 on the trade-in of gas guzzlers ...
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    Paypal Outage Frustrates Merchants, Consumers

    Paypal Outage Frustrates Merchants, Consumers
    PayPal suffered periodic breakdowns that crimped Internet sales for more than four hours Monday. The main outage occurred from 1:30 p.m. EDT through 2:30 p.m. when PayPal was unable to process any transactions worldwide, according to company spokesman Anuj Nayar. The online payment service continued to experience scattered problems until about 6:10 p.m EDT. A bad piece of hardware caused the ...
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    Top-Selling Cars in the U.S.

    Top-Selling Cars in the U.S.
    Top-selling vehicles in the US in July By The Associated Press Automakers released July U.S. sales figures Monday. These were the top-selling vehicles, as well as the total number sold and the percent change in sales from July 2008. Rank Vehicle June 2009 Sales Percent Change 1. Ford F-series 36,327 -19.0 2. Toyota Camry/Solara 33,974 -19.4 3. Honda Civic 30,037 ...
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    Children Learn How to Be Entrepreneurs

    Children Learn How to Be Entrepreneurs
    At 10, Lamont Williams' ideal business is to grow vegetables in the backyard of his house and sell them at a farmer's market. "A lot of people like sweets, so I am trying to sell more veggies," said the rising fifth-grader at W.A. Walton Elementary School in Prince George County. "Since this is nutritional, people will be buying it." This summer, ...
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    Online Retail Sales Expected to Rebound in 2010

    Online Retail Sales Expected to Rebound in 2010
    MarketResearch.com has announced the addition of eMarketer's new report "Retail E-Commerce Forecast: Cautious Optimism" to their collection of Media & Publishing market reports. For more information, visit MarketResearch.com. 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 ...
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    Latest Data on Downturn Suggest News is Good

    Latest Data on Downturn Suggest News is Good
    The economy's free fall has stopped, lifting hopes that growth will begin soon. But layoffs likely will continue even into next year. Economists provided that reading of the tea leaves Friday upon news that the pace of the recession had slowed dramatically. America's gross domestic product fell at a modest 1 percent annual rate in the three months that ended June ...
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    New eBay Program Aims to Reward Good Sellers

    New eBay Program Aims to Reward Good Sellers
    EBay Inc. wants to attract more buyers to its online marketplace. So it's trying a new way of rewarding good sellers. Traditionally eBay has offered discounts and other perks to "PowerSellers" - the merchants who sold the most stuff on the site. Under a new program it was unveiling Monday, eBay is giving top-tier status to sellers who have very little ...
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    Animal Pitchmen Find Place in Culture

    Animal Pitchmen Find Place in Culture
    Pour out a few of those tiny packs of hot sauce in remembrance. As you may have heard, Gidget, more commonly known as the "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" Chihuahua, passed away last week at the age of 15. An advertising stroke of genius, the Chihuahua's computer effects-assisted Spanish-language calls for pseudo-Mexican fast-food cuisine became a minor cultural touchstone after the commercials ...
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    U.S. Retail Sales Rose in Week

    U.S. Retail Sales Rose in Week
    Retail sales in the United States rose slightly in the week ending July 25, the International Council of Shopping Centers reported Wednesday. Sales were up 1 percent compared to the previous week and down 0.5 percent compared to the same week a year ago, the weekly ICSC-Goldman Sachs report said. In the week, discount and dollar stores proved to be the ...
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    Salesman Gets Probation in Kickback Scheme

    Salesman Gets Probation in Kickback Scheme
    A cleaning products salesman from Ambler was sentenced to three years probation today for paying $13,500 in illegal kickbacks to employees of SEPTA, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the Veterans Administration, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center. William Waterman, 68, a sales agent for the Illinois-based Drummond American Corp., pleaded guilty in May 2007 to four counts of mail fraud and aiding ...
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    Sales of New Homes Surge

    Sales of New Homes Surge
    In the latest sign that the battered housing market is healing, sales of new homes in June jumped a bigger-than-expected 11% from May, and the inventory of new homes for sale continued to shrink. Sales of new homes, driven largely by lower prices and mortgage rates, sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 units last month, vs. 346,000 in ...
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    U.S. Home Market Shows 'Encouraging' Signs

    U.S. Home Market Shows 'Encouraging' Signs
    Home sales rose for the third-consecutive month in June, a promising sign that stability in the housing market could help jump-start the economy. Home sales last month rose 3.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.89 million properties with gains seen in all major regions of the USA, according to a Thursday report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). ...
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    5 Ways to Combat Loneliness When You're Jobless

    5 Ways to Combat Loneliness When You're Jobless
    Sit in front of laptop. Lie on couch. Eat pickles for lunch. Back to laptop. Feel sorry for self. Feel sick of self. Tear hair out in frustration. And ... back to couch. If this is your 9-to-5 routine, you're probably like 14 million other Americans: unemployed. And in addition to the frustration of looking for work, you might find yourself ...
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    The 15 Coolest Office Gadgets

    If you have to be stuck at your desk all day, you might as well make it fun. From the totally useful to the completely random, there’s no end to the gadgets that can perk up your work day. Here’s our collection of the greatest office gadgets of all time!           Laser Trip Wire Fruit-Powered Clock USB ...