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Digital Commerce in China: Cheap Tricks or Deep Love?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Chinese marketers - indeed, marketers everywhere -- need to "rebuild" corporate structures to align assets. True, "pain from change" is unavoidable. But downward vortex of commoditization will be more difficult to bear.

It's Not What You Make, It's What You Keep!

Alex Charfen | Posted 02.02.2015 | Small Business
Alex Charfen

In my company, I'm fanatical about tracking our numbers and metrics on a monthly basis. Metrics show you the effectiveness of your actions, your successes for the month, and the overall health of your business on the whole.

Newspapers' Going-Public Problem

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 09.15.2014 | Media
Robert Whitcomb

The Internet has long and glibly been cited as virtually the only reason for the sector's decline. But in fact, business reporters (they fear antagonizing their bosses) generally fail to note the huge and destructive impact (to journalism anyway) of public ownership.

The Annoying Truth That Will Grow Your Business

Ian Altman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business
Ian Altman

I was speaking to a group of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Managing Directors (MDs) of various companies in the United Kingdom recently. We we...

Proof Killing Thanksgiving Wasn't Even Worth It

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business

By Phil Wahba NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Many large U.S. retailers slashed their earnings forecasts on Thursday becau...

One Thing Doctors' Offices Have Going Their Way These Days? Margins

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 02.02.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

As politicians debate the prospects for successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, physicians are reportedly taking a cautiou...

With Small-Biz Sales Slowing, Are Margins Far Behind?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 12.28.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Some of the smallest U.S. businesses are seeing sales trends turn from positive to negative, according to data on privately held companies from Sagew...

Does Size Matter?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 06.24.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Privately held companies have a huge impact on the U.S. economy, and new data shows that sales and margin performance through the recession and so far in the recovery has varied, depending on the size of the company.

Lackluster Year Ahead: Financial Professionals Predict No Change

Brian Hamilton | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business
Brian Hamilton

With such pessimistic news permeating the media, it is no surprise that financial professionals are less than enthusiastic about the U.S. economy's outlook for the coming year.

China Hikes Power Prices In Attempt To Counter Threatening Shortage

Posted 07.30.2011 | Business

BEIJING (Jim Bai and Tom Miles) - China has raised power prices for industrial, commercial and agricultural users in some regions by about 3 perce...

Corporate Profit Margins Hit 18-Year High

Bloomberg | Whitney Kisling and Lynn Thomasson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Record earnings fueled by the highest profit margins since 1993 are giving executives more leeway than ever to boost dividends as the bull market ente...

We Must Stop the "Vulture Funds" That Feed on the World's Poor

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

For small sums, vulture funds buy debts racked up years ago by the poorest countries on earth. Then they take the poor country to court, and demand exorbitant and crippling returns from the debtor nations.