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Starbucks is raising prices even though coffee beans are at a three-year low

Starbucks just announced that it will be raising the price of some beverages in the United States by as much as 10 cents.<p>The company won’t say which drinks are getting more expensive. In most stores, the prices of grande (medium) and venti (large) brewed coffee will remain the same, Starbucks …

Coffee

What the Natural Gas Boom Means for U.S. Manufacturing | Inc.com

The debate over the shale boom has been loudest in the nation’s capital and certain parts of the country where the extraction is taking place, like North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Texas, but the impact of the resulting drop in natural gas prices has reverberated with great benefit to factories like …

Natural Gas

Microsoft Ponders Major Restructuring, Amid Renewed Wall Street Focus on Stock

According to sources close to the situation, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is working on what is likely to turn into a significant restructuring of the …

Wall Street

Riyadh Ritz-Carlton joins growing trend and opens women-only floor

In a unique gesture, Riyadh’s Four Seasons luxury hotel located in the Kingdom Center has launched its first women’s-only floor that provides a …

Singapore Air is using its cash reserves to compete with Asian low-cost carriers

Singapore Airlines Ltd. Chief Executive officer Goh Choon Phong watched budget airlines in neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia order some 800 aircraft …

Tar sands supporters suffer setback as British Columbia rejects pipeline

Efforts to expand production from the Alberta tar sands suffered a significant setback on Friday when the provincial government of British Columbia …

Subprime Auto Loans Were First Out, Last In, In The Recovery

Auto loans for borrowers with subprime credit have been a long time recovering, but that recovery is well under way.<p>That’s a good sign for the health of the auto industry in general, since it means the auto industry is finally past the last hangover from the recession, even for the most …

Are Wal‐Mart's Low Wages A Drag On The Economy? New Report Says Yes

A new report claims that Wal-Mart’s wages could be costing taxpayers $900,000 to $1.75<p>million per year, per store.<p>“Wal-Mart’s The Low‐Wage Drag on Our Economy: Wal‐Mart’s low wages and their effect on taxpayers and economic growth” was prepared by the Democratic staff of the U.S. House Committee on …

Beer cans make a comeback

America’s brewers are embracing a can-do attitude. Literally.<p>Defying the age-old edict that says beer in bottles is the more flavorful way to go, …

Unhappy with its tax bill, Yahoo’s CFO hints at rethinking terms of Alibaba deal

Is Yahoo looking to revisit the terms of its deal with China’s largest e-commerce company, Alibaba Group? During the JP Morgan technology conference in May, Yahoo CFO Ken Goldman seemed to hint that it could. He complained about the US taxes Yahoo had to pay on the $7.6 billion sale of half of its …

Yahoo

The 12 Smartest People On Wall Street

Of course, the best insights always come from the people who really know their stuff - and that knowledge and experience typically lends to a unique perspective that is hard to find anywhere else.<p>We've compiled a list of the analysts, economists, and managers we consider to be some of the smartest …

Markets

Square: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Square, founded in 2009, is a payments company dedicated to serving micro-entrepreneurs and growing small businesses. The company’s debut product, a small white card reader designed to plug into a smartphone, signaled that cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey saw an opportunity to introduce simplicity …

Splunk: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

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Safaricom: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

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Target: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Fast CompanyExclusive: As Grocery Wars Rage, Target And Kroger Mull A MergerRetailers are considering new alliances as they combat an Amazon/Whole Foods behemoth.<p>Fast CompanyTarget’s 2018 Swimwear Campaign Features Photoshop-Free Models<p>Fast CompanyTarget employees are getting a pay bump as starting …

Pinterest: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Pinterest is an online pin board of visual inspiration founded in 2009 by Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp, and Paul Sciarra. Covering everything from travel to home renovation projects, it is a unique social platform that gives its users a place to express what they want in the future. Every idea is …

Fab: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Fast CompanyFab Cofounder Bradford Shellhammer Is Launching Design Sales Site BezarShellhammer’s second go at a design-sales site will focus on partnerships with established brands sold beside “hip, undiscovered” products.<p>Fast CompanyHow To Organize Your Entire Life With Topo Bags<p>Fast CompanyFab …

How Prada Grew Its Brand Value Faster Than Any Other Last Year

In 2012, the luxury retailer's brand value skyrocketed 63%, bringing it to $9.5 billion, in the BrandZ calculation. That makes Prada the fourth most valuable luxury brand in the world, but the number one riser in any category. Its value increased more than any other brand on a percentage basis.<p>Even …

Caterpillar Settles With Principals Of Troubled Chinese Acquisition

Ever since Caterpillar jolted investors in January with a $580 million write down of a troubled Chinese acquisition, questions have lingered over its debt obligations. Caterpillar alleged that Siwei, a mining-equipment firm in Zhengzhou, had falsely inflated its revenues over many years prior to …

As Tesla Raises Capital, Elon Musk Doubles Down

Tesla Motors has been surging after the company reported its first quarterly profit and got a rave review from Consumer Reports for its Model S sedan. The electric carmaker’s next step: raising capital.<p>After the bell Wednesday, the company that has short sellers cringing announced it will sell 2.7 …

Abercrombie & Fitch: Bad Business or Smart Targeting?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There's no misunderstanding the message that the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, Mark Jeffries, recently sent out: the brand delivers a certain "look" and wants to maintain it.<p>His comments about "fat people", being one of the "cool kids", and …

From Renting Bedrooms on Airbnb to $1.5 Million in Venture Capital: Lessons in Resourceful Startup Funding

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To understand what it means to bootstrap, consider Tracy DiNunzio. She didn’t have the money to launch a business, but she didn’t let that stop her.<p>The fashion entrepreneur behind online marketplace Tradesy went from putting her bedroom …

U.S. Small Businesses Expect Improved Sales Prospects (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Even in the face of obstacles, entrepreneurs are fiercely optimistic by nature. They have to be to weather the inevitable struggles that come along with being a business owner.<p>Nine out of 10 U.S. startups and small businesses are worried …

Record Overseas Bid Lures Nestle to India Deals: Real M&A

The largest overseas bet on Indian consumers is spurring speculation that companies from Nestle SA to Colgate-Palmolive Co. will pursue more deals in …

Clean technology investors shift focus to drilling

<b>By Jonathan Fahey</b> <i><br>AP Energy Writer</i><p>NEW YORK (AP) — A decade ago, large investors in so-called clean technology had a straightforward goal: finance …

Charts: The Smart Money Is on Renewable Energy

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Investments in solar and green power are on track to blow away fossil fuels by 2030.

The Invaluable $1.80 Beer Lesson On Selling Products And Buying Habits

You think you like the option that’s neither cheapest nor most expensive because you’re a reasonable person. But the real reason may surprise you.<p>Products often come in threes: budget, middle, premium.<p>Why? As Priceonomics writer Alex Mayyasi observes, while you’d like to think your decisions arrive …