After months of sitting on their wallets, Americans went shopping in July. The uptick is boosting economists' hopes for a reasonably strong back-to-school season, but shoppers seem to be spending carefully. Retailers are looking for clues about how the holiday shopping season will turn out later in the year.
July saw the largest retail sales increase in months, according to the Commerce Department. But not all the news is rosy. NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax joins guest host Jacki Lyden to take a look at consumer spending and the "back to school" season.
Sliced and chopped apples shipped all over the U.S. by Ready Pac Inc., are recalled over concerns about Listeria found on plant equipment. So if you've been choosing apples over fries lately, you might want to hit pause.
The first models tested to see how they do in a particularly deadly type of crash — when the front corner of a car strikes a tree or other stationary object — generally did not offer very good protection.
Google will lay off about 20 percent of Motorola's mobile unit in an attempt to get the struggling mobile phone maker back in the black. Recent hires suggest that Google will focus on cutting-edge hardware to raise Motorola's prospects.
Nevada recently green-lighted a project to harvest crayfish in Lake Tahoe. It's the first time since the 1930s that commercial fishing has been allowed in the lake. The venture is small, but the hope is that it will keep the lake clear of algae — and provide a local dish for area visitors.
NBC News' top-rated Nightly News with Brian Williams draws a modest number of Hispanics, compared with the population at large. Network executives see that as a growth opportunity, and they're turning to their Spanish-language sister network, Telemundo, for help in realizing it.
Frommer's is one of the best-known travel guide-book companies. The search giant is trying to offer more robust travel related results and sell more ads. Last year, Google bought the Zagat restaurant review brand as well.
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