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Jan 20, 2012

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As the South Carolina primary draws near, four GOP contenders remain. How does Rick Santorum stand out from the pack? Smartphone users continue to eat up data, with no signs of slowing down. IKEA continues to thrive despite the economic problems in Europe. And postage stamps are about to cost just a wee bit more.

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IKEA posts record profits for 2011

Jan 20, 2012
Despite the global downturn, and more recently, the European debt crisis, IKEA has continued to thrive as a global business.

General Motors becomes world's biggest carmaker

Jan 20, 2012
General Motors has regained its spot as the best-selling automaker in the world, in part because of Toyota's struggles in Japan over the last year.

GM takes over as world's top-selling automaker

Jan 20, 2012
General Motors has reclaimed the title of world's top-selling automaker, the first time GM has held the top spot since it was bailed out by the U.S. government after the financial crisis.

South Carolina CEO explains the state economy

Jan 20, 2012
Leading into the South Carolina primary, we speak to one CEO in the state to help explain what people there are most concerned about.

Greece closer to avoiding a messy default

Jan 20, 2012
A deal might be drawing near to reducing Greece's debt, and hopefully avoid further crisis in the eurozone.

PODCAST: General Electric and General Motors

Jan 20, 2012
As the South Carolina primary draws near, four GOP contenders remain. How does Rick Santorum stand out from the pack? Smart phone users continue to eat up data, with no signs of slowing down. IKEA continues to thrive despite the economic problems in Europe. And postage stamps are about to cost just a wee bit more.
The GE logo is displayed on a General Electric appliance.
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Stamp prices to cost a cent more

Jan 20, 2012
The conventional wisdom is that stamp prices go up faster than the rise in inflation, but over the long haul, that may not be the case.

AFL-CIO takes the 'union' out of the ads

Jan 20, 2012
The AFL-CIO is broadcasting a new ad campaign aimed at boosting the public image of unions. But unlike in the ads of the past, the union label is conspicuously absent.

Mid-day Extra: Mining for cars

Jan 20, 2012
Used car dealers are resorting to drastic measures to fill the demand U.S. consumers have for used cars these days.

Confessions of a data addict

Jan 20, 2012
Smartphone users download, stream and connect beyond their limits -- and there are no signs of slowing down.

Rick Santorum's economic philosophy

Jan 20, 2012
The Republican presidential hopeful used to be a senator from Pennsylvania, a state known for a strong union presence and significant blue collar values. How has that colored his economic views?

Venture capitalism on the rise in recent months

Jan 20, 2012
A new report shows that tech companies are attracting more start up money, as venture capital funding rose 19 percent in the last part of 2011.

Debt negotiations moving forward in Greece

Jan 20, 2012
In Greece, where negotiations are underway with international banks in an effort to reduce the country's debt. Greece has to make a deal in order to get another round of bailout cash and prevent a messy default.

Croatia could be newest European Union member

Jan 20, 2012
Joining the European Union means also eventually jumping on board with the euro currency. Why would a country want to get involved at such a moment of crisis?

As the South Carolina primary draws near, four GOP contenders remain. How does Rick Santorum stand out from the pack? Smartphone users continue to eat up data, with no signs of slowing down. IKEA continues to thrive despite the economic problems in Europe. And postage stamps are about to cost just a wee bit more.

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