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5 Restaurant Chains That Will Outperform The Rest Of The Industry

Americans go out to dinner an average of 74 times a year, The Washington Post's Wonkblog reports , citing the consumer research firm NPD Group. That's the lowest reading in three decades.<p>And a number of fast-casual establishments are threatening traditional fast food and casual dining …

Morgan Stanley

The key to a good logo is first knowing your product

When successful tech companies change or adapt their logos, they make headlines — even if it’s just Google adjusting the space between letters. …

Report: NHTSA Could Have Issued GM Ignition Recall Back in 2007

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been very critical about the way General Motors handled the ignition switch recall, but today the agency is taking fire for its actions. After a months-long investigation, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee released a report detailing …

2014 Mercedes CLA: Smallest Benz Sees Sky-High Demand

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class compact sedan isn't much like the other cars that wear the three-pointed star badge.<p>In contrast to most Mercedes …

Leasing a car is cheap—so why aren’t more Americans doing it?

Wells Fargo analysts say that the interest rates Americans pay if they lease a car for 48 months are the cheapest they’ve been for 40 years, at around 4.25%. Interest rates on auto loans have continued to fall despite expectations this year that the US Federal Reserve would cut back its monetary …

GM quality chief seeks better owner experience

Alicia Boler-Davis says quality isn't just about fixing manufacturing mistakes anymore.<p>LOS ANGELES — Being quality chief at a major automaker used to be fairly straightforward: Try to figure out what broke, study the part and every move on the assembly line, then change the part or the way people …

Nike announces new and more colorful Nike+ FuelBand SE

At a big, athlete-filled event in New York City, Nike has announced the new Nike+ Fuelband SE. The band is mostly the same, only with some color: it comes in yellow, pink, or red accenting an otherwise black body. Besides the slightly updated design, the biggest addition is Bluetooth 4.0. This …

Privacy Startup Personal Raises $4.5M

The startup Personal, which makes a digital vault for safe storage of personal information, has raised $4.5 million in a round led by Bill Miller of …

Can Nike's Fuelband really motivate you to exercise?

<b>Nike says its new activity-tracking Fuelband SE will motivate people to exercise even more. But can a wristband really lead to better health?</b><p>Back in 2009, Nike vice-president of digital sport Stefan Olander and his team had an idea: what if a person could track how much they've moved in a day, just …

Fitness Technology

Sony SmartWatch 2 launches in the US for $200, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra tag along for the ride

In case you missed it, Sony's own smartphone-pairing wearable got a refresh earlier this year, and it's about ready to take America. The SmartWatch 2 launches today, and you can order one for yourself over at Sony's dedicated store. There's no camera, but there is a 1.6-inch "transflective" screen, …

Facebook ad profit a staggering 1,790% more on iPhone than Android

A study of more than 200 billion ads on Facebook says that mobile ads on iPhone generate 1,790 percent more return on investment than ads on Android. Even worse, advertising on Android actually costs more than it returns.<p>The study is by Nanigans, one of the biggest buyers of Facebook ads, and it …

Report Says Hyundai Will Launch High-Performance Division

Only a few months after Hyundai opened its new motorsports center just outside of Frankfurt, Germany, it seems that the brand’s plans include more than just a WRC-spec version of the i20 subcompact hatch. Australian publication <i>Drive</i> reports that the Korean automaker is planning a full-fledged …

GM boosts price of new trucks to pay for rebates

General Motors has boosted prices of its redesigned 2014 full-size pickups $1,500 – enough to pay for a $1,500 rebate currently offered on most models.<p>"It's the oldest game in the book – raise the price and raise the rebate. It's a marketing message," says Karl Brauer, senior analyst at Kelley Blue …

Big data and marketing: an inevitable partnership

"One of the key messages we're trying to land with our clients is about the value of data. Everyone is running around a bit crazily at the moment just trying to have as much data as they possibly can," says Matthew Bayfield, group director of data for marketing agency Ogilvy EMEA. "The old school …

Advance Auto Parts buying General Parts for $2B

RICHMOND, Va. — Advance Auto Parts said Wednesday it is buying General Parts International Inc. for $2.04 billion in cash, which the companies say will create the biggest automotive replacement parts provider in North America.<p>As part of the transaction targeted to close by late 2013 or early 2014, …

Why small details matter for big firms

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Customers

Patagonia Is Taking On a Provocative ‘Anti-Growth’ Position

Sustainable products may well be yesterday’s news—at least according to upscale sportswear brand Patagonia.<p>The marketer of $500 goose-down jackets is …

Sustainability

Tesla Takes A Breather Passing $184/Share Due To Outstanding Convertible Debt, Warrants

Tesla has been on a tear in 2013, showing its first quarterly profit, raising $1 billion in cash, paying off its government loan, and enjoying a more than 400% gain in its share price year to date.<p>Today, however, Tesla slipped 6%, settling around the $180 per share mark. After having risen to a 52 …

Automakers jittery over a long government shutdown

Detroit is worried that a protracted government shutdown could hurt the auto industry just when the U.S. car market is making a significant recovery.<p>The shutdown of all but essential government offices will affect some 800,000 federal workers. It’s unclear just how many of those might now defer …