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Italy Is Sick

If you hear the phrase "sick man" and "Europe" in a sentence, then you probably expect to hear "France" mentioned very soon.<p>But increasingly that honor ought to be awarded to Italy.<p>In December, Industrial Production plunged 0.9% vs. expectations of no change.<p>Via Fast FT, here's a chart of …

How Sexual Equality Increases The Gap Between Rich And Poor Households

Nowadays, successful men are more likely to marry successful women. This is a good thing. It reflects the fact that there are more high-flying women. Male doctors in the 1960s married nurses because there were few female doctors. Now there are plenty. Yet assortative mating (the tendency of similar …

You Can Explain eBay's $50 Billion Turnaround With Just This One Crazy Story

Between 2005 and 2007, its stock price was cut in half and its market cap shrank by $30 billion.<p>In October 2007, eBay admitted that Skype, a company it had acquired for $2.5 billion two years earlier, was actually worth less than half of that.<p>During the third quarter of 2007, eBay lost money for …

'Clash Of Clans' Makes $654,000 A Day In Sales — This Is What It's Like To Play It

Clash of Clans is a strategy game that is free to play, but some people end up paying hundreds of dollars on in-app purchases and upgrades.<p>So it's no wonder why Clash of Clans is among the top 10 grossing apps in the iTunes Store, according to AppData.<p>So what's the appeal behind Clash of Clans?

Venice is safe, but a dearth of demand has Europe sinking

For some years now, the Italian government has organised a seminar in Venice early in the year at which officials, central bankers (sometimes) and businessmen can speak frankly about the country's economic and other problems to British and Italian journalists.<p>These sessions are conducted under …

CVS's Decision to Forgo $2 Billion Seems Crazy--But Might Just Work | Inc.com

CVS, which is America’s second largest drug store chain in overall revenue, just announced that tobacco products will longer be sold in its thousands of stores after October. The announcement delighted the socially conscious crowd as well as numerous advocates for public health and wellness. …

Cigarette Taxes And Smoking: These Two Maps Will Show Exactly How Taxes Are Discouraging Smoking [MAPS]

Less than 20 percent of U.S. residents smoked cigarettes in 2012, according to data from the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.<p>For …

WHOLE FOODS CEO: We're Facing More Competition Than Ever Before

And future outlook isn't great for the grocer.<p>Whole Foods CEO John Mackey blamed the slowdown on other retailers wisening up and offering healthier, organic food in record numbers.<p>"Food retailing is more competitive than ever and with the growing demand for fresh healthy foods, it seems like …

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California Drought Saps Water Reserves Above and Below Ground, Says Satellite Data

<i>Snow is scarce, reservoirs are approaching bottom, and groundwater is being exhausted in the nation’s most populous state. More than a dozen</i> …

8 Solutions to San Francisco's Housing Problems

On one of the first rainy days that drought-stricken California has had in months, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee stood out of the rain in an unfinished …