Features by Dan Bobkoff

Spam maker Hormel to buy Skippy peanut butter

The company best known for canned and deli meats is taking Skippy off the hands of the huge food conglomerate Unilever for a cool $700 million.
Posted In: Food, peanut butter, acquisition

Delay of federal Sandy relief package to squeeze state budgets

A $60 billion Sandy relief package passed the Senate in December, but House leadership reneged on its pledge to pass the bill before the end of the session.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, Congress, natural disasters

Avis to buy Zipcar for $500 million

Avis Budget Group, one of the largest car-rental companies, will merge its traditional car rental services with Zipcar's up-start model.
Posted In: zipcar, avis, rental car

Fiscal cliff deal raises payroll tax

The 2 percent payroll tax rise means that a person who earns $50,000 a year will pay $1,000 more in taxes.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, payroll tax, Taxes

How the markets signal Washington

Come Monday, if there’s no fiscal cliff deal, the best way for people to indicate their unhappiness is the markets.
Posted In: Wall Street, fiscal cliff

Fiscal cliff aside, payroll tax holiday to end

For two years, paychecks have been a little fatter thanks to a payroll-tax cut. But did it stimulate the economy, and what happens when it goes away?
Posted In: payroll tax, 2013, tax cuts

Netflix, Amazon typify corporate 'coopetition'

Whether it’s Netflix and Amazon, or Apple and Google, companies that start off cooperating can turn into fierce competitors.
Posted In: Amazon, netflix

Windows 8 sales soft in changing market

Microsoft launched Windows 8 to capture a share of the touch screen computing market. But PC sales are down and tablet competition is stiff
Posted In: Microsoft, windows 8

Delta swamped with flight attendant applicants

Delta has at least 22,000 applicants for 400 flight attendant openings. Flying may have lost its glamour, but a job in the skies has other benefits.
Posted In: Airlines, Jobs, Delta

Japanese electronic brands lose luster

How many Sony, Panasonic or Sharp gadgets did you buy this year? Japan’s electronics giants have lost their competitiveness -- and perhaps creativity.
Posted In: Sony, electronics, Japan, cameras, Panasonic, Sharp, tv


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