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Online Holiday Sales Reach $39 Billion In 2012

Online Shopping

In just the first 51 days of the holiday shopping season, e-commerce companies have racked up $38.7 billion in sales, a year-over-year increase of 16 percent. Sales numbers were pushed up this past week as customers rushed to order presents in time to have them reach their final destinations via free and express shipping. According… Read more »

Florida Governor Asks Obama To Stop Longshoremen Strike

Florida Shipping Port Work Stoppage

Florida Republican governor Rick Scott has asked President Obama in invoke federal law in an attempt to halt more than 15,000 longshoremen from walking off the job. The Florida policymaker sent a letter to the President this past week in which he outlined the economic impact such a strike would have on Florida and the… Read more »

Gummy Bear Battle: German Company Wins Trademark Violation Lawsuit

Lindt Teddy

Berlin, Germany – A gummy bear manufacturer has won a legal battle over what it felt was a trademark violation by a Swiss candy company, according to The Associated Press. Haribo GmbH previously claimed that Lindt’s gold foil-wrapped chocolate teddy bear was a violation of its “Gold Bear” gummy bear. Although the offending product was… Read more »

Easy Bake Oven For Boys Hit Store Shelves In 2013

easy bake ovens

Easy Bake Ovens for boys will be available on store shelves in 2013. The classic and still highly-popular baking toy will not just come in girly colors anymore. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a 13-year-old girl stated a petition to push Hasbro to manufacture the Easy Bake Oven in a unisex style that would… Read more »

Women Pay Gap: Salary Negotiations Causing Gender Disparity?

Women Pay Gap: Salary Negotiations Causing Gender Disparity?

Researchers who looked at career fields found that the women pay gap might be caused by women themselves. Social scientists have theorized that some of the primary causes may be gender differences in human capital, workplace discrimination against women, and gender differences in competitiveness. But now researchers have laboratory and survey evidence suggesting the gender… Read more »

Southwest Airlines To Impose New Fee

Airline Fees

Southwest Airlines passengers will face a brand new fee when they travel next year. reports that Southwest Airlines Co. will be charging a “no show” fee to customers who fail to cancel a previously purchased ticket if they will be missing the flight. The fees apply to the company’s “Wanna Get Away” fares, which… Read more »

Gas Prices Crash: Down 46 Cents On Average

Gas Prices Crash: Down 46 Cents On Average

A gas prices crash has caused overall gasoline fuel costs to plummet 46 cents a gallon average over the past two months. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.38, down nearly a dime over the past three weeks. Unfortunately, the national average is still about eight cents higher than the average… Read more »

Netflix CEO Reed Hasting Faces Possible SEC Charges Over Facebook Post

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission because of a Facebook post the CEO made in July. On his personal Facebook page, Hastings announced that Netflix had surpassed one billion hours of streaming video in a single month, the first time Netflix has reached that milestone in its short… Read more »