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What Is The Best Day To Fill Up Your Gas Tank? Hint: It’s Probably The Weekend

It’s no secret there are better times of the year than others to make big purchases like plane tickets or a new TV, but what about those weekly …

Banks Say Target Hack Has Cost Them $153 Million In Replacement Cards

It’s not just Target’s sales figures that are feeling the sting of the massive data breach that affected more than 100 million customers at the …

When The “Toy” In A Happy Meal Is Actually Heroin… Well, You See Where This Is Going

It seems it must be somewhat irresistible to use fast food as a fast way to deliver drugs to customers. In yet another tale of heroin at McDonald’s, …

Walmart Laying Off 2,300 Sam’s Club Workers

In a move intended to thin the herd of too many assistant managers, Walmart announced over the weekend that it will be laying off 2,300 employees of …

Your Eyes Do Not Deceive You: USPS Price Hike Brings Cost Of A First-Class Stamp To $0.49

Remember when it only cost a quarter to instantly get in touch with someone from a payphone? Then we all got nostalgic when the price started …

Can Postal Service Stay Alive By Cashing Checks & Selling Prepaid Debit Cards?

The once-great US Postal Service continues to sink into obscurity and financial oblivion, a destiny that will probably not be saved by all the …

Proposed Minimum Wage Increase Would Give Tipped Workers First Raise Since 1991

Minimum wage is a hot topic of discussion at the moment, with President Obama expected to address it in his State of the Union address this evening. …

Factory for Wal-Mart, JCPenney Goods Shortchanged Guatemalan Workers, Report Says

Guatemalan factory workers making blazers and suits for dozens of well-known American retailers, including Wal-Mart, JCPenney, and Kohl's, were …

Red Lobster Needs to Go Local or Die

PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- Red Lobster and its struggling casual dining cohorts don't need more deals or better decor to keep customers: It just …

Starbucks Shares Tick Up, As Asia Pacific Gets A Caffeine Fix

Investors are giving Starbucks' first quarter earnings beat a lukewarm reception. After an initial post earnings downturn, the coffee giant’s shares are trending up slightly in after-hours trading.<p>Starbucks reported first quarter net earnings of $540.7 million, up 25% from the same period last year …

8 Things That Will Cost Less in 2014

Life may be unfair, even unkind at times. But some things are trending in consumers’ favor as 2014 gets underway. Here are eight products that will …

Supply and Demand

We will be revealing the programme and participants for our Annual Meeting in Davos at a press conference on Wednesday 15 January at 11.00 CET (10.00 GMT). Find out which leaders in business, science and politics will be discussing top global issues at the Meeting, which takes place from January 22-25. http://wef.ch/q1LLn

Despite an improving economy, Obama's approval rating stays low

The stock market has hit sky-scraping highs, the unemployment rate has dipped to a five-year low and any number of economic statistics — new car sales, home prices, consumer spending — point to a perked-up economy that is steadily growing.<p>But one thing that has changed little is President<p>Obama's …

Richemont results say hold your horses on China, luxury | Financial Times

Just after Burberry’s nice third-quarter results prompted a rash of headlines (including in this paper) about positive returns “easing [the …

Mexican peso: a not so happy new year | Financial Times

Print this page<p>Pity the poor Mexican peso. Despite the view in the market that Latin America’s second biggest economy is set to outperform its …