Dec 23, 2009

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New-home sales take a dive

Dec 23, 2009
We've gotten a lot of good news from the housing market in recent weeks. But today some not-so-great news. New-home sales dropped 11% in November to their lowest level in seven months. Mitchell Hartman reports.

Paper greeting cards aren't folding yet

Dec 23, 2009
How much of a future do paper greeting cards have in the era of Facebook and Twitter? Sabri Ben-Achour reports on how the greeting card business is changing.

Can postal service continue to deliver?

Dec 23, 2009
The U.S. Postal Service says it will lose more than $3 billion this year and $8 billion next year. Can anything be done to save it? Bill Radke gets the views of Los Angeles Times business columnist David Lazarus.

Yahoo! takes holiday shutdown offline

Dec 23, 2009
Yahoo! has announced it is closing its offices between Christmas and New Year's. The Web site won't shut down, but the media giant's telling most of its workers to stay home next week. Why? Amy Scott reports.

Germans to take a rest from shopping

Dec 23, 2009
In Germany, stores are allowed to be open just 10 Sundays a year, which usually includes the Sundays before Christmas. Until now. Kyle James reports.

Bad economic news for Britain

Dec 23, 2009
The number of long-term unemployed in Britain has doubled since last year -- 2.5 million people are out of work. It's the only G20 nation still in recesssion. Stephen Beard reports.

Income, spending point to a turnaround

Dec 23, 2009
The government says personal income rose in November at the fastest pace in six months. And our spending increased as well. So, how pleased should you be? Bill Radke gets the opinion of economist Richard DeKaser.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC