Restaurant tabs … as an economic indicator?
Feb 28, 2023

Restaurant tabs … as an economic indicator?

Consumers are spending up a storm at bars and restaurants. It's a sign of pent-up demand, but can it be sustained? Also, surprise medical bills continue to surprise.

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Why the U.S. wants more limits on Americans' private investment in Chinese firms

Feb 28, 2023
Washington is looking at economic ways to counter China's influence — especially when it comes to companies linked to the country's military.
The number of Chinese companies off limits to American investors is now up to 59.
Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Confident in the economy or not, American consumers are going out

Feb 28, 2023
Sales at restaurants and bars were up around 25 percent from last year. Part of that is likely due to pent-up demand.
Kooper's Tavern is one of many bars and restaurants in Fells Point, a historic neighborhood in Baltimore.
Stephanie Hughes/Marketplace

For Tubi chief, streaming’s future is serving fragmented audiences

Feb 28, 2023
Since Fox bought the ad-supported streaming service in 2020, growth has been like a "rocket ship," says Tubi CEO Farhad Massoudi.
"We have audiences that love Black cinema, some love horror movies, some want to watch anime," says Tubi CEO Farhad Massoudi, seen in 2019. "And I think that's the way of the future."
Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images

A Tulsa sneakers store plans for a year of uncertainty

Feb 28, 2023
For Venita Cooper, owner of Silhouette Sneakers & Art, business is up. But will it last? "The big challenge is just trying to keep engagement," she says.
Venita Cooper, owner of Silhouette Sneakers & Art, at a Valentine's Day event for the store.
Courtesy Gary Mason

Despite legislation against them, surprise medical bills can still ... surprise

Feb 28, 2023
ER doctor groups were among the top providers disputing claims in the first months of a resolution process created by the No Surprises Act.
There are growing concerns that patients still won’t see their costs go down despite the No Surprises Act.
Blake Farmer/WPLN News

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