Low inflation doesn't relieve pain of high prices

Feb 15, 2024
Consumers' inflation expectations are falling. But they say the high prices imposed by inflation are still eroding living standards.
A Little Griddle eatery in Portland, Oregon, where co-owner Judd Harris has struggled to balance the prices he pays for supplies with the prices he charges customers.
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Business leaders in Sweden share concern over wave of gun violence

Dec 11, 2023
A recent study for Stockholm's Chamber of Commerce found eight out of 10 businesses think it'll become more difficult to attract foreign talent, visitors and investors if the trend continues.
Police officers point to images of ceased weapons in Rinkeby, Sweden, in August 2022.
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I've always wondered: how mint flavoring became associated with clean teeth

Sep 8, 2023
Listener Grant Cohoe says he's "not a fan of mint" and asks: "Why it is that mint is so ubiquitous in toothpaste, mouthwash and the like?"
Mint flavored toothpaste at the store. 
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Why big brands like Chipotle are heading to Small Town, U.S.A.

Jul 19, 2023
Restaurant chains are following people who've left cities since the pandemic, but the expansion presents challenges.
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Anchor Brewing Company shuts down after 127 years

Jul 13, 2023
The brewery says inflation and increased competition are both to blame. But also? We’re just drinking less beer.
Anchor calls itself America's first craft brewery, and has been around for more than 125 years.
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Brick-and-mortar casinos set another quarterly revenue record

May 18, 2023
Sports wagering revenue is also up 70%, a sign of the gambling industry's strength.
The roulette wheel spins at Caesars Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The gambling industry raked in record profits last quarter, according to new data.
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After three turbulent years, supply chains are finally back to normal

May 17, 2023
Three years after the start of the pandemic, inventories are down and supply chains are less volatile.
Shipping containers are loaded onto ships in the Port of Los Angeles.
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Google is going all-in to win the AI arms race

May 11, 2023
The company's announcement of new AI product offerings this week adds new fuel to the fire.
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O developers conference on May 10, 2023 in Mountain View, California.
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Nearly half of small businesses believe the economy won’t improve in the next 6 months

May 10, 2023
When it comes to sales, inventory, hiring, credit conditions and more, small business owners are wary.
An April survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent business found that owners are struggling with inflation and other macro-economic issues.
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