Consumer confidence is up, but big purchases are down. Stacey Vanek-Smith hashes through indicators with Professor Peter Morici of the University of Maryland and Steve Chiotakis gets a breakdown from Diane Swonk at Mesirow Financial.
A group of publishers, including Conde Nast, Time and Hearst, is creating an online newsstand to give readers an easy way to get electronic versions of the glossies. The incentive is to rake in cash from online content. Jennifer Collins reports.
Legislation to use market forces to reduce carbon emissions may be stuck in Congress, but some states are banding together to form regional cap and trade programs. Ashley Milne-Tyte explains how it works.
Toy safety issues and product recalls have made headlines in recent years. Is the industry being more vigilant now? Stacey Vanek-Smith talks to LA Times business columnist David Lazarus, who says big companies are doing better than smaller manufacturers.
Amazon and Wal-Mart are competing for their share of the e-commerce market by out-dealing each other. Will big retailers' low pricing of major brands put smaller retailers out of business? Joel Rose reports.
Swedish car maker Koenigsegg backed out of a deal to buy Saab. Now General Motors has to decide what to do with the company. Steve Chiotakis explores GM's options with European correspondent Stephen Beard.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced that well-known charity the United Homeless Organization is a fraud. The news could have a chilling effect on donations to legitimate groups. Amy Scott reports.
A group of liberal lawmakers is working on a bill that would tax Wall Street's stocks and derivatives trading to raise money for job creation and deficit reduction. Steve Chiotakis talks to Washington Bureau Chief John Dimsdale.