The Breakdown: Economy - Most Commented

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Retail spending an economic bright spot

Aug 17, 2011
Big retailers are reporting some surprisingly good numbers for the last quarter, but do a few good earnings reports mean a stronger recovery is on the way?

Economic indicators: Bellwether companies

Aug 17, 2011
Farm equipment maker John Deere reports earnings today, and good sales for the company may point to a healthier economy overall

How long can Walmart remain the low-price leader?

Aug 17, 2011
With the changing economy, mega-retailer Walmart faces a price competition from higher -- and lower-priced stores
Posted In: Retail

Health care spending has slowed, but reforms still needed

Aug 17, 2011
The rise in health care spending has tapered off, but this could be a bad thing. Companies are hiring less in uncertain times, and governments have to pick up the slack.
Posted In: Health

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