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Our very own vending-machine price index

Apr 12, 2007
Here are the latest economic indicators from our office vending machine: corn chips, up 10%; soda, up a dime; tiny donuts, up 30 cents! So we called economist Dan Basse to find out what's going on.
Posted In: Retail

Not the usual retail Gap

Apr 12, 2007
While some retailers aren't expecting to report great numbers, Gap had none of that negativity — which is a pretty big change. Amy Scott reports the company may be recovering some of its lost luster.
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Rethink those summer driving plans

Apr 11, 2007
Gas futures jumped 3 cents a gallon today after the government reported a sharp drop in the nation's gasoline inventories. Still, our John Dimsdale found some good news in the report.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

Puma races into luxury

Apr 10, 2007
Analysts say it could be a perfect fit. French luxury group PPR has made a buyout offer to add German sportswear maker Puma to a retail collection that includes Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent — and Puma is happy to accept.
Posted In: Canada, Retail

Five-finger discounts come out of your pocket

Apr 5, 2007
A national Internet database being launched on Monday will help retailers defend their products against in-store theft. Jeff Tyler looks at the hidden costs consumers pay for shoplifters.
Posted In: Crime, Retail

From rice to riches for Uncle Ben

Mar 30, 2007
Uncle Ben, of instant rice fame, isn't just Uncle Ben anymore. In a new marketing campaign, he's now chairman of the board. Amy Scott reports that the makeover is getting mixed reviews.
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Looking for marked-down employees

Mar 28, 2007
The once high-flying Circuit City chain announced a major restructuring plan. It will replace more than 3,000 employees with people who'll work for less. Amy Scott reports.
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BK change not yet a whopper

Mar 28, 2007
Burger King says it's going to start getting eggs from free-range hens and pork from free-range pigs. Trouble is, there isn't enough free-range stuff to go around. Alisa Roth reports.
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A work of art on the road

Mar 26, 2007
While auto makers are having trouble selling their cars, the Ferrari has the unique problem of having too many customers to satisfy. Kai Ryssdal explores the problem in a Ferrari 599 with car critic Dan Neil.
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Who controls the price of things?

Mar 26, 2007
The Supreme Court hears a case today that could change the rules of retail. It'll decide whether manufacturers or stores have the right to set the minimum price of products we buy.
Posted In: Crime, Retail

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