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Infomercials Still Tell, And Sell, Product Stories

The infomercial industry is predicted to hit $250 billion — 1 percent of U.S. GDP. Host Scott Simon speaks with business writer Jon Nathanson about the economics and enduring strength of infomercials.
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In A Small Town With Big Events, Some Are Tiring Of Tourism

More and more towns are hosting festivals to bring extra money into the area. But these attractions can be disruptive, and one town in Michigan isn't sure it wants any more. Traverse City is looking at new restrictions to cure "festival fatigue," to the dismay of the business community.
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'Retail Theater:' Inflated Retail Prices Meant To Look Like Steals

Ari Shapiro talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Suzanne Kapner about the fake discounts retailers build into their products during the holiday season.
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Black Friday's Mission Creep: When The Holiday Deals Are Elsewhere

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is one the busiest, most hectic shopping day of the year. But how important is it for retailers and as an indicator of the strength of the holiday shopping season?
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From Shop Class To Shipyard: Oregon's Plan For Industrial Interns

Manufacturers in Oregon want to hire high school students. But they don't want the kinds of high school students that colleges are after — the kind who have amazing test scores and will spend hours perfecting essays. They want teenagers who want to paint, weld and work with their hands. The hope is that those teens will turn into enthusiastic workers in an industry where the current workforce is headed toward retirement.
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Party Like It's 1799: Traditional Cider Makes A Comeback

Cider is still a small part of the overall alcohol market, but it's growing faster than any other category — and not just the hot mulled stuff that steams up your kitchen. This cider is more like sparkling wine. Some of it is made with the same apple varieties, and in the same style, as the cider bottled by Thomas Jefferson.
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Growing Holiday Shopping Season May Hurt Retailers' Profits

As the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season arrives earlier and earlier, the door-buster sales are beginning to cut into retailers' bottom lines. Black Friday comes at a time when some of the biggest retailers such as J.C. Penney and Sears are hurting.
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Burberry Fights China's Trademark Decision

Officially it's called Haymarket Check. The iconic tan, black and red tartan is best known as the symbol of the Burberry brand, the British fashion house came up with it a century ago. Chinese officials have decided to revoke Burberry's tartan trademark.
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Theater Chains Upgrade To Attract Homebodies

Movie theater seats are getting more deluxe. A couple chains are installing recliners in the latest effort to give movie goers more of the comforts of home.
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Health Care Frustrations Turn Into Satisfaction For Ga. Man

In the first month of the federal health insurance exchange, about 1,400 people in Georgia signed up for insurance. One of those is Michael Lappin of Atlanta. He not only has better coverage now, but Lappin says he's saving thousands of dollars.

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