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'Small Business Saturday' Aims To Drive Local Economy

Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren't the only deal-packed days... there's also Small Business Saturday.

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How Steep The Fiscal Cliff Looks From Europe

In the first of a series of Weekend Edition conversations, host Scott Simon speaks to Joshua Chaffin, a reporter for The Financial Times, about how people across the European Union view the fiscal cliff negotiations.
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Shopping? Small Retailers Want Your Business, Too

The idea behind Small Business Saturday is to direct consumers to mom-and-pop stores that probably didn't get swamped by the Black Friday bonanza. These small businesses might not have the best deal on a TV, but experts say they are an important factor in overall economic recovery.
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Earlier Shopping Season A Gift To Retailers

It's a new tradition: The Friday after Thanksgiving has become the day when families line up early to get a jump on holiday deals. But in recent years, Black Friday has become less important in the retail outlook.
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Local Officials Welcome Black Friday Bump

Officials in Montgomery County aren't opposed to the economic bump offered by Black Friday sales, but they say attention still needs to be paid to area homelessness.

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Cyprus, Turkey At Odds Over Natural Gas Drilling

The small island nation of Cyprus is drilling under the Mediterranean Sea for natural gas. It is facing opposition from Turkey, which has occupied part of the island since 1974.
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Before The Showdown: The Long Road To The Fiscal Cliff

References to the fiscal cliff, set for Jan. 1, have become ubiquitous in Washington. But many may have forgotten just how and when the looming tax increases and spending cuts were first devised.
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Outsmart Crowds With Mobile Shopping Revolution

Long lines and huge crowds can make holiday shopping stressful. But more people are turning to smart phones and tablets to ease the pain with apps that let you scan bar codes and compare prices on the fly. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about the mobile shopping revolution.

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