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The cost of living (in Shanghai)

The cost of living (in Shanghai)

Jul 17, 2019
The average monthly wage in Shanghai is about $1,047. Today, we look at what it's like to live on that. Plus: The Fed and business leaders are puzzled by the economy, but consumers don't seem to mind.
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Can batteries help get the U.S. off the natural gas “bridge?”

by Ben Bradford Jul 17, 2019
The bridge keeps getting longer, with utilities and energy companies adding hundreds of gas plants around the country.
Energy company AES is putting the finishing touches on a new natural gas unit in Long Beach, California.
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What it's like to live on an average wage in Shanghai

by Jennifer Pak Jul 18, 2019
China's official inflation is still under 3% but residents complain that the cost of living in the Chinese financial hub of Shanghai jut keeps getting higher.
Workers on a lunch break in Shanghai. According to the job site, Zhaopin, the average worker spends 20 yuan ($2.90) or less per lunch. Convenience stores like this one are one of the few places that offer cheap meals in office areas.
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Corporate infighting leaves New Jersey residents unsure who will clean up chemical contamination

by Scott Tong Jul 18, 2019
Corporate infighting in an environmental liability suit has residents of a New Jersey township worried if their soil and water will be cleaned up.
WILMINGTON, DE - DECEMBER 11: Dupont corporate headquarters as seen in 2015 in Wilmington, Delaware
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Uber partners with Cargo to sell luggage, makeup and electronics

by Marielle Segarra Jul 17, 2019
It's an old marketing technique: selling to a captive audience.
An Uber car waits for a client in Manhattan in 2017.
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This economy is perplexing experts. Here's why.

by Kimberly Adams Jul 17, 2019
Mixed signals from economic indicators + uncertainty about the trade war = ???
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Consumers aren't worried about the economy

by Jack Stewart Jul 17, 2019
And consumer sentiment is thought to be a good indicator of whether a downturn is coming or not.
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