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Will 2014 new car sales build on last year’s momentum?
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Will 2014 new car sales build on last year’s momentum?

Last year’s new car sales in the United States proved a turning point of sorts, soaring 50 percent higher than the dismal post-recession slump of 2009, as CNN Money reported in January.  While the annual sales pace was still 2 million vehicles off the heyday of 10 years ago, consumers (who had been hanging on [...]

Heat is on for parents lining up affordable summer kid care
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Heat is on for parents lining up affordable summer kid care

Some of us still are bracing for snowstorms as winter clings to spring with icy fingers — but for some working parents, the balmy days of June and beyond loom uncomfortably close.  That’s because vacation time for school-age children brings up the need for supervising and entertaining kids too young to hang out alone, and it’s [...]

Quickhits:  Home-delivery wars, faux service animals, nation’s best tippers
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Quickhits: Home-delivery wars, faux service animals, nation’s best tippers

Every so often I like to clear my desk of the Post-It notes, scratch paper and scribbled-on envelopes where inspirational nuggets tend to accumulate; the result is a few quicktips you might find useful as reporting resources or the germs of story ideas. Here are few: Delivery wars.  Amazon.com took a lot of heat for [...]

Proxy season stories: Time to address pay inequality, perks
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Proxy season stories: Time to address pay inequality, perks

We’re at the brink of proxy season now; one of the most interesting times of year to be a business journalist. Proxy statements – or formally, a company’s DEF 14A – are one of the more revealing documents that the Securities and Exchange Commission requires of publicly traded corporations.  They’re issued once a year in [...]

Tax time brings new financial planning tasks for LGBT couples, advisers
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Tax time brings new financial planning tasks for LGBT couples, advisers

The annual April 15 income tax filing deadline looms, and just as late January is a good time for those early bird filing season stories, the next few weeks are ripe for last-minute tax tips and explainers. This year, one of the game-changers is the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the federal Defense [...]

Kick off spring by digging into lawn and garden industry trends
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Kick off spring by digging into lawn and garden industry trends

March 20 marks what might just be the most eagerly anticipated first full day of spring in memory, as the majority of consumers nationwide look forward to the end of a very rough winter.  So in a nod to the season of fresh starts, you might want to find some facet of the lawn and [...]

As jetliner mystery deepens, offer answers to consumer, worker concerns
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As jetliner mystery deepens, offer answers to consumer, worker concerns

While sometimes it’s distasteful to pounce on disasters and tragedies as a source of story ideas, when an occurrence dominates headlines for 10 days and counting, like the Malaysia Airlines mystery has, it’s probably time to look for business angles that might be on your audience members’ minds. The riveting story of the missing jetliner [...]

There’s a spring real estate story out there for every business beat
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There’s a spring real estate story out there for every business beat

The spring that seemed like it would never arrive – and in many places across the U.S., still doesn’t – actually rolls around this week. And aside from basketball madness, tulips and school breaks, it’s a big season for residential real estate.  With many bullish forecasts out there boding well for sellers and real estate [...]

From tax tips to fuel savings: Pros and cons of telecommuting
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From tax tips to fuel savings: Pros and cons of telecommuting

One of the weather-related stories I found intriguing over the past couple of months was the emergency telecommuting that had to be done; I figured even employers reluctant to allow working from home were forced to as slick roads and storms kept employees off the roads. Well, we have another reason to address telework trends [...]

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