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High-End Store Specializes in 1950s-Style Jeans

The denim store in Kobe, Japan, sells jeans for $350. The store is able to sell a pair of jeans for that price because it's tapped into a Japanese subculture that is obsessed by 1950s Americana.
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Continued Job Growth Will Help Housing Industry

Homes sales are still weak and prices in many cities continue to fall. Overall, the housing market remains in the doldrums. But first-time buyers are returning, one signal that the worst may be over.
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Nestle To Buy Pfizer's Infant-Nutrition Line

Swiss food and drink giant Nestle announced a deal Monday to acquire Pfizer Inc.'s infant-nutrition business for $11.85 billion in a bid to boost sales in emerging markets. Before the announcement, Nestle already had the largest share of the global baby-formula market at just under 20 percent.
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Report Says Wal-Mart Hushed Bribery Campaign In Mexico

In a massive investigation, The New York Times reported Saturday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. silenced a vast bribery effort carried out by top executives of its Mexican subsidiary in order to build stores across the country.
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Made In The USA: An Export Boom

Two years ago, President Obama laid out a goal to double American exports in five years. Today, American products and services are in demand around the world, but that's not the only reason the U.S. is on pace to meet Obama's goal.
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Local Economy Could Soar With Boston-Tokyo Flight

The 787 Dreamliner will make the first-ever, non-stop Boston-Tokyo flight Sunday. Boston hotels and restaurants are prepping for a jump in Japanese tourists. Another economic boost could come from Japanese corporations that may now put their North American headquarters in Massachusetts. From member station WBUR, Curt Nickisch reports on the city's "nonstop excitement."
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Million-Dollar Mansion Has A Bargain Basement Price

The historic home comes with stained-glass windows, servants' quarters and a coach house — all on one of the city's most tony streets. It'd be worth $15 million in Silicon Valley, but in Detroit, well, sometimes housing prices don't make much sense at all.

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