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Retail sales figures jump

| Dec 13, 2006
The Commerce Department says retail sales for November spurted up a full 1 percent — wildly beyond analysts' best guesses. Why? We asked a couple of economists and some holiday shoppers.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

Searching for bigger options

Lisa Napoli | Dec 13, 2006
Google has a plan to make its stock options worth even more — an online auction. Lisa Napoli explains.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

European ski resorts fear melting profits

Sam Eaton | Dec 13, 2006
A new climate report says a critical lack of snow in Europe might be only the tip of the iceberg for its thawing slopes. Sam Eaton reports.

E.U. keeps Turkey out of the club

Stephen Beard | Dec 13, 2006
European Union leaders will meet in Brussels to make it official: Turkey's application to join the E.U. is on hold. Turkey's been trying to get in for decades and it's not expected to give up. Stephen Beard reports.

Dems put ethics rules at top of agenda

John Dimsdale | Dec 13, 2006
Congressional Democrats are considering setting up an external ethics panel to enforce new restrictions on gifts and perks for lawmakers. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

Control doesn't mean power

| Dec 13, 2006
In January, Democrats will take charge on Capitol Hill. But commentator Robert Reich says don't look to them to change the things they campaigned against.

Spending time with Ms. Dewey

Sean Cole | Dec 13, 2006
Microsoft's trying to generate buzz for its new search engine with a live-action sexy librarian character with an attitude. Ms. Dewey is her name. Sean Cole paid her a visit and found her hard to leave.

A recipe for economic slowdown

| Dec 13, 2006
There's been a lot of talk about economic populism in Congress lately, but commentator David Frum argues that a little protectionism and redistribution can do a lot of harm.
Posted In: Economy

Time to raise the bar on hedge funds?

Amy Scott | Dec 13, 2006
Do wealth limits for buying into hedge funds protect average investors or just help the rich get richer? The SEC meets today to consider what to do with those requirements. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Investing, Washington

More merger talk in the air

Dan Grech | Dec 13, 2006
Ever since US Air made a bid for Delta last month, merger mania has hit the airline industry. Just this morning, word of two possible deals. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Travel