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Mid-day Extra: What the U.S. gives up for vacation

Dec 2, 2011
A recent report says that Americans gave up $34.3 billion worth of vacation days this year.
Posted In: vacation days, vacation

PODCAST: Super Mario II

Dec 1, 2011
Markets are finally smiling again following the news yesterday that coordinated action will be taken by the world's central banks to ease credit and increase liquidity. In Illinois, state lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have offered millions of dollars in tax breaks to keep the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from leaving the state. And some economists say long-term benefits help the unemployed avoid reality.
Posted In: European Central Bank

Mid-day Extra: Are cheaters more creative?

Nov 30, 2011
A new study suggests that creative-minded people might also be more likely to cheat -- and find a good reason for it after the fact.
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PODCAST: Central banks join forces

Nov 30, 2011
The European debt crisis spreads to American banks. The National Labor Relations Board could speed up the process for elections. In light of recent scandals, universities are taking a closer look at candidates before hiring them on. And the end of Napster has finally come.
Posted In: European Central Bank, Federal Reserve, credit crunch

Mid-day Extra: Victoria's (not so) Secret branding

Nov 29, 2011
Tonight, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show airs on TV. What does the company gain by putting on such a show?
Posted In: retail sales, holiday shopping, Victoria's Secret

PODCAST: American Airlines takes a nosedive

Nov 29, 2011
What would a doomsday scenario in Europe look like? The Occupy movement has led protesters to take over a UBS building in London's financial district. In China, the government has put a ban on advertisements during primetime TV shows. And American Airlines flies towards... bankruptcy.
Posted In: American Airlines, Victoria's Secret, Europe debt crisis

Mid-day Extra: Cyber Monday goes mobile

Nov 28, 2011
Today is Cyber Monday, and it follows on the tails of a very promising Black Friday sales weekend. But what do customers, and companies, have to lose from the surge in mobile shopping?
Posted In: retail sales, holiday shopping, Cyber Monday, Black Friday

PODCAST: Black Friday's leftovers

Nov 28, 2011
The national retail federation says sales over the last 4 days jumped 16 percent from last year. Consumers spent an average of 398 dollars on Black Friday-- and Black Thursday, and all Black Saturday and Sunday. And about 40 percent of that shopping was done online.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, Black Friday

PODCAST: Black Friday strikes again

Nov 25, 2011
More and more mobile devices like iPads are handling our purchases, but the makers of computers and cash registers aren't ready to give up the industry yet. TV sets are among the most discounted items for Black Friday this year. New York City's Grand Central Station is about to become home to Apple's newest store, and we speak to the CEO of Macy's on this year's holiday season.
Posted In: Black Friday, retail sales, syria, Europe debt crisis

Mid-day Extra: More on the cranberry industry

Nov 24, 2011
Today is Thanksgiving, and to celebrate -- and check in on the state of the markets for popular Thanksgiving foods -- we went to the CEO of Ocean Spray. Here is the extended version of the conversation.
Posted In: Cranberries, Ocean Spray, Thanksgiving

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