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Business Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises (New) Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises
Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days.
Business Insurers ease 'Obamacare' deadline amid website glitches Insurers ease 'Obamacare' deadline amid website glitches
Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama's health care law, the insurance industry said Tuesday it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January.
Business RadioShack hires advisory firm, warns of bankruptcy RadioShack hires advisory firm, warns of bankruptcy
RadioShack is bringing in FTI Consulting as an adviser in the midst of another round of cost cuts as the troubled electronics retailer warned again last week that it may have to seek bankruptcy protection.
Business Survey: Chinese manufacturing contracted in December Survey: Chinese manufacturing contracted in December
Chinese manufacturing contracted in December for the first time in seven months in another sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is quickening, according to a survey of factories released Tuesday.
Business Why oil is down by half, what it means for you Why oil is down by half, what it means for you
The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.
Business Fed likely to note gains but signal no rate hike Fed likely to note gains but signal no rate hike
A resurgent U.S. economy has emerged from a long struggle with high unemployment and weak growth. And the Federal Reserve seems poised to recognize the sustained improvement.
Business US homebuilder sentiment slips in December US homebuilder sentiment slips in December
U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects heading into next year, even as their overall sales outlook remains favorable.
Business Christmas tree shopping: Cost vs. convenience Christmas tree shopping: Cost vs. convenience
Some U.S. consumers are going over the Internet or through the woods to find fresh Christmas trees this year, taking advantage of shopping options at opposite ends of the cost spectrum.
Business Cheaper gas, food lower US producer prices Cheaper gas, food lower US producer prices
Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation.
Business Chrysler expands air bag recall Chrysler expands air bag recall
Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force.
Business French court says Uber may infringe on taxi law French court says Uber may infringe on taxi law
A French court has ruled that Uber's ride-hailing service may infringe French law and ordered the company to make changes to its popular mobile app-based service.
Business U.S. retail sales climb on holiday shopping U.S. retail sales climb on holiday shopping
U.S. retail sales perked up in November with the start of the holiday shopping season, led by online buying and purchases of autos, clothing and electronics.
Business McDonald's to trim menu, examine ingredients McDonald's to trim menu, examine ingredients
McDonald's is planning to trim its menu, review its cooking methods and maybe even get rid of some of the ingredients it uses to change perceptions that it serves junk food.
Business Report: U.S. companies seek secret tax deals in Luxembourg Report: U.S. companies seek secret tax deals in Luxembourg
A group of international journalists says leaked confidential documents show The Walt Disney Co., Koch Industries and other companies created a tangle of subsidiaries in Luxembourg that may have helped them slash the taxes they pay in the U.S. and Europe.