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A tentative agreement between the White House and Republicans in Congress would reduce payroll taxes by 2 percentage points in 2011. The possible change would allow employees to keep a little more money in their wallets. For more details, Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's John Ydstie.
Google is stepping into the electronic book business with an online retail store, joining major players Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Apple. Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Laura Sydell about the likely impact of Google's entry into the e-book business.
This year, Sanrio celebrates its 50th anniversary. One expert says the Japanese company that created Hello Kitty has lasted because of its winning formula: cute and kitschy. Now, a new generation of artists is reinterpreting Sanrio's iconic images.
Farmers and ranchers across the country are complaining that there are fewer and fewer large animal veterinarians to care for their livestock. Many are retiring and new veterinary students are choosing to work with pets during office-hours rather than sick cow at three in the morning.
Holiday sales projections are up about 2 percent from last year. But most unemployed people are scaling back on purchasing traditional holiday gifts. Instead, they're turning to handmade creations or offering to do something like cook a meal for loved ones and friends.
You wouldn't expect a landfill to be a place where you could turn something into a thing of beauty. But decorative tile maker, Paul Burns, sees opportunity in trash.
After a weekend of strong online sales, retail websites are rolling out the gimmicks on Cyber Monday to draw buyers. Patti Freeman Evans, of Forrester Research, talks to Steve Inskeep about online shopping trends. According to Forrester, there will be 16 percent growth in online sales this year, a much ...
Chinese consumers are spending. Karl Gerth, a professor at Oxford University, tells Steve Inskeep that Chinese consumerism already is changing the world. He writes about it in a new book called <em>As China Goes, So Goes the World: How Chinese Consumers are Transforming Everything.</em>
Consumers are expected to spendĀ a little more this holiday season than last year. But they're doggedly looking online and at social media sites to compare prices, read reviews and get gift ideas. Many shoppers also expect to use their mobile devices for assistance.
Toyota has partnered with St. Vincent De Paul in Cincinnati to help more efficiently pack and distribute Thanksgiving Day boxes. A Toyota employee volunteered during last year's handout and noticed the process could be more efficient. This year, he brought in experts from Toyota's assembly line to meet ...
As Detroit car companies return to profitability, some workers who took buyouts are wondering if they made the right choice. Changing Gears, a new public radio project from the Midwest Public Media Collaborative, has the story of two veteran Chrysler workers who reacted differently to the same buyout offer.
The "new" General Motors started selling its stock to the public Thursday. The return of GM brought excitement to Wall Street as an American corporate icon was resurrected. But, the new GM still has obstacles ahead.
Financial officials will be taking a close look at Ireland's broken banking system. A big part of their mission is to restore confidence in the bond market and stop Ireland's malaise from spreading to other eurozone nations.
There's a new cap on how much interest payday lenders in Montana may charge. Voters there approved the measure earlier this month. Now, the payday loan industry says hundreds of jobs will be lost. Consumer advocates say the new law will help poor people.
Sports fans and partygoers who enjoy Budweiser beer may not realize that their iconic King of Beers is no longer American. The story of how international firm InBev bought Anheuser-Busch is the subject of a new book.
One of the biggest American beer makers is a lesser-known regional company, D.G. Yuengling and Son -- the country's oldest. Founded by a German immigrant in Pennsylvania 181 years ago, it's still run by the Yuengling family, and it's still growing.
Tax breaks don't get much bigger than the mortgage interest deduction. That makes it both an attractive target (because it's big), and one that may just be impossible to go after (because it's popular).
Two years ago in the run-up to the holiday season, the retail picture looked bleak, both for seasonal hiring and consumer spending. Both improved in 2009, and retailers are hiring again this holiday season, with many planning to bring on more temporary help than last year. Reporter Shannon Mullen stopped ...
Many homeowners who would love to lower their mortgage payment don't qualify for refinancing. And many who do are discovering that getting a new loan isn't so easy anymore. Housing experts say high credit scores are among the factors that remain extremely important to lenders.
Washington's governor and attorney general want to ban canned, caffeinated alcoholic beverages. Police officials say one called Four Loko recently sent nine Central Washington University students to the hospital. Other states are also considering banning the drinks, which some call "blackout in a can."
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