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Features by Sally Herships

Watches thrive even in the smartphone age

Even as more people use their smartphones as to check the time, watch sales are rising at a healthy clip -- especially on the luxury end
Posted In: watches, smartphones, luxury

Marissa Mayer to the rescue of Yahoo

Corporate turnarounds of big companies are rare. How much can Yahoo’s new CEO do to revive a company eclipsed by Google and Facebook?
Posted In: Marissa Mayer, Yahoo

Retail sales fall for third straight month

Americans spent less on cars, computers and other retail items in June, held back by concerns about job stability and the global economy.
Posted In: retail sales, recession, consumer confidence

Stalking corn prices

Corn may play a bigger role in the economy than you think. And when prices rise, the effect is wide.
Posted In: corn, drought, Agriculture, food costs

Viacom channels pulled from DirecTV

More than two dozen Viacom Inc. channels -- including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central -- were blacked out for DirecTV subscribers after the companies failed to reach an agreement on programming fees.
Posted In: tv, directv, Entertainment, viacom

Blackberry meets its shareholders

At Research in Motion's annual meeting, it was a mix of bad news and turnaround talk.
Posted In: Blackberry, Research in Motion, cell phones

Largest maker of gas cans going out of business

What did in the maker of the ubiquitous red containers? A failure to heed the warning printed on them.
Posted In: Blitz USA, gas

As apartment vacancies drop, rents rise

Apartment buildings are fuller than they’ve been in a decade. Rents are at record highs. Houses are relatively cheap, but loans are elusive.
Posted In: Housing, rent vs. buy, rent

Fewer Americans saving for emergencies

A new study says almost half of Americans don't have enough saved to cover three months expenses, up slightly from a year ago.
Posted In: emergency savings, Savings

Merck under fire for marketing meds to kids

Merck's use of cartoon animals from “Madagascar 3” prompts complaint that grape-flavored Claritin allergy medicine could be confused for candy.
Posted In: marketing, claritin, merck, madagascar

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