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Features by Sally Herships

'Old-fashioned' has lost its chic for Wendy's

The hamburger chain is updating its logo and look for the first time in 30 years, trying to rise above its fast-food competitors when fast food has lost some of its appeal.
Posted In: wendy's, fast food, marketing, logo

Walmart workers stage unprecedented strike

Walmart workers protest against unfair labor practices as a small number of store workers walk off the job, a first for the retailer.
Posted In: Walmart, strike

New test in New York means new test prep

New York is revising the gifted and talented student test that pre-schoolers take. The new standardized test means sleepless nights for parents -- and a new demand for test prep.
Posted In: testing, New York, Education

Earnings under spotlight as economy slows

Third-quarter earnings season begins this week, with some analysts predicting the first decline in S&P 500 profits since 2009.
Posted In: Earnings

Grocery stores squeezed by new competition

For the past 30 years Thompson shopped at her local grocery, a Keyfood that sat just a couple of blocks away. It was an easy walk -- but in June the Keyfood closed.
Posted In: grocery store, food desert

Where everything goes when 'Everything Must Go'

The East Coast discount retailer Daffy's is going out of business, giving us a look at the ecosystem that sprouts up when a company has to sell everything from shoes to shelves.
Posted In: bankruptcy, liquidation

Lego builds big profits on new girls' toys line

Despite criticism for perpetuating gender stereotypes, the Danish toy maker's first half-year sales were up 24 percent.
Posted In: lego, marketing

Pandora seeks lower royalties for musicians

To boost profits, the music streaming service is pushing a bill in the House of Representatives that would cut payments to musicians. A coalition representing recording artists plans to fight back with an anti-Pandora PR campaign.
Posted In: pandora, musician, royalties

Marriages fail, but there'll always be wedding dresses

Private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice's proposal to buy David’s Bridal for $1.05 billion is a reminder that wedding wear is still a big retail business.
Posted In: wedding dresses, David's Bridal, weddings

Stealthy Silk Road website flying high

The secretive online marketplace works just like eBay or Amazon. The only difference is that its merchandise is illegal, and all of its users are anonymous.
Posted In: illegal, Internet, Silk Road, online retail, online shopping, drugs

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