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Sales People Create Economies

Grant Cardone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Grant Cardone

Marketing without a trained sales team is a "one way" vehicle, causing the company to only activate at the point of marketing and then become passive.

Green Isn't So Fringe After All

Deirdre Imus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Deirdre Imus

We have finally come to the crossroad where patriotism and environmental responsibility intersect. As a new administration comes into power, a new environmental agenda is on the horizon.

Consumer Confidence Sinks To Record Low

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — This is one recession Americans aren't going to spend their way out of. The Conference Board said Tuesday its Consumer Confidence In...

JCPenney Describes Sale as "Doorbuster!"

Lisa Wade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lisa Wade

There is something truly amazing about a sign touting "Doorbuster!" sales that shows how quickly we forget, how callous we can be, and the level of incompetence at JCPenney.

Consumer Spending Falls Again

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Consumer spending fell for a fifth straight month in November, the longest weak stretch in a half-century, while incomes declined u...

Bailout or Not, Nothing Will Be the Same for Drivers or Detroit

Trevor Traina | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Trevor Traina

Vehicle manufacturers must re-engage their owners and offer them innovative services. What if GM included ads in exchange for lower pricing? What if they developed an in-dash system with Google or Apple?

Many Retailers See Modest Crowds, Cautious Shoppers On Black Friday

The Boston Globe | Nicole C. Wong and Jenn Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Stores across the region opened their doors before dawn yesterday with mixed results: Deals on electronics apparently drew avid shoppers, especially a...

Food Prices Expected To Keep Rising

New York Times | Andrew Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For more than a year, food manufacturers have been shaving package sizes and raising prices, declaring that they had little choice because of unpreced...

Five Mistakes by DC and Detroit Hurt Detroit Three's Survival Shances

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Sen. Reid's new bailout bill for the Detroit Three does not set additional fuel-economy requirements, nor does it establish a government oversight board. That's two strikes against getting our money's worth.

Consumer cut in spending the most since 1980

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Scared and out of money, Americans stopped buying everything from cars to corn flakes in the July-September quarter, ratcheting bac...

Causes of the Collapse

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Sadly, religion in America seems incapable of rising to the challenge of giving people inner contentment and pulling them away from insatiable materialism.

Conflicted Consumers

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Winston

One survey showed that 35% of all Americans have avoided a product because of a company's practices. People may not pay more for green products, but they may punish unethical companies.

What's a Little Marketing Between Friends? Two Years Hard Time

Lucas Conley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lucas Conley

As lawmakers in the UK have figured out, when marketers mingle among consumers, the results are often more artifice than advertising.

Job Killers -- Or Just More Fear?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

The California Chamber of Commerce has released its annual list of what it calls "job-killer bills." Why is it that the hit-list seems to only target Democrats?

Gold Hits Record $1,000 an Ounce

AP | MAE ANDERSON and LAUREN SHEPHERD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Bargain-hunting at the local jewelry store just got harder. Gold, which has soared to record levels in the past year, hit a new mile...

Sales, Dollar Plunge; Oil Soars

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Oil hit a record high, the dollar sank again, and consumers stopped buying pretty much everything. Stocks kept gyrating, too, on T...

Frugal Consumers Swap Steak For Chicken

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

At U.S. warehouse club stores, a growing number of shoppers are giving up steak for cheaper chicken. Coffee sales are soaring at McDonald's, while hig...

Investors Still Skeptical About Credit Rescue Plans

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Rescue plans are creeping up everywhere for a hobbled U.S. financial system, though investor reaction suggests none sufficiently addresses the underly...

US Trade Gap Widens In October To $57.8 Billion

Reuters Via CNBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly more than expected in October, as a record high price for imported oil over-powered the export-spurring benefi...

Long-Feared Consumer Crunch Is Coming

BusinessWeek Via MSNBC | Michael Mandel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The long-awaited, long-feared consumer crunch may finally be here. That might not mean an economywide recession, but the pain for American households ...