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It's no secret that last year was a tough year for the hotel business. Companies cut back on travel. Conferences and other group meetings were canceled after executive luxury travel was stigmatized in the midst of the financial crisis.
Are you a Pepper?
Sales of carbonated soft drinks in the U.S. fell for the fifth year in a row last year, although the pace of decline has slowed from 2008, according to a report from industry trade magazine Beverage Digest.
Buried deep in the health care legislation that President Obama signed on Tuesday is a new requirement that will affect any American who walks into a McDonald’s, Starbucks or Burger King. Every big restaurant chain in the nation will now be required to put calorie information on their menus and drive-through signs.
In other words, as soon as 2011 it will be impossible to chomp down on a Big Mac without knowing that it contains over 500 calories, more than a quarter of the Agriculture Department’s 2,000-calorie daily guideline.
Starbucks will begin paying a 10-cents-per-share cash dividend to investors, the coffee giant said Wednesday.
Last year, it was all about "green shoots." Now it seems everyone is talking about "rebuilding." Consumers are getting more optimistic.
The average investor is behind the curve when it comes to the fickle world of teenage retail and should listen to the shoppers of the future, according to Kelly Jane Robertson, the 16-year-old intern at The Investors Chronicle.
One of the most popular Web sites that let people post opinions about restaurants, shops and local services is being sued by several small businesses. These businesses claim that the site, Yelp, pressured them to advertise in exchange for getting negative reviews squashed.
Since late February, at least three lawsuits seeking class action status have been filed against the site by a dozen companies. They complain that reviews on Yelp are manipulated depending on which companies advertise on the site and which ones do not.
Yelp denies the claims and says the businesses that are suing don't understand how Yelp works. Yelp says some reviews might come and go because it relies on an automated program to weigh reviews and filter out ones that might be untrustworthy.
Even though the peak driving season is still months away, gasoline prices have been creeping to their highest level since October 2008, and it looks like consumers should brace themselves for higher prices at the gas pump this summer.
When gasoline prices soar, many consumers have few choices but to suck it up and pay the prices at the pump. But which states are most vulnerable to gasoline prices?
The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a national environmental action organization, has identified the states whose residents would be hit the hardest by rising gas prices. To develop the rankings, the NRDC took the amount of gasoline consumed last year, along with 2009 average price and compared this to the total number of licensed drivers and per capita income within each state. From this, the NRDC calculated the average gasoline costs for state residents as a percentage of income.
So, which states have been hardest hit? Click ahead to find out!
By Christina Cheddar Berk Posted 18 March 2010
It’s not health care, stupid.
It’s financial reform.
That’s what matters the most to voters.
“This is the really compelling issue for most Americans. We just had our financial lives wrecked by the financial crisis and picked up the tab for it,” says Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending. “I’ve said this to a number of senior administration officials: They should have done this [the financial reform bill] first. The main dynamic we have seen for well over a year is that health care issues have sucked all the oxygen out of the room.”
Christina Cheddar Berk is editor of CNBC.com's Consumer Nation and chief trend spotter.
Courtney is a retail reporter for CNBC.
Tom is a Senior Editor and Assignment Desk Manager for CNBC TV. He also writes about the business of beer for CNBC.com.
Stephanie Landsman is one of the producers of CNBC's 5pm ET show "Fast Money."
CNBC Segment Producer
Strong sales in Asia helped luxury brand Burberry post a 19 percent rise in second-half revenue.
Food prices are rising. After two months of sharp increase, grocers had no alternative but to raise their prices.
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based sneaker brand, Greats, said it has raised $1.5 million in new capital from a group of investors, Crain's reports.