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  Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010 | 2:20 PM ET

Ritz-Carlton: Biggest Bargain Hunters Spend the Most

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.

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  Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010 | 1:30 PM ET

Soft Drink Sales Fall, but Dr Pepper Gains Share

Posted By: CNBC.com

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.

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  Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010 | 11:53 AM ET

Calorie Data to Be Posted at Most Chains

Posted By: Stephanie Rosenbloom|The New York Times

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.

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  Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010 | 10:05 AM ET

Starbucks to Pay First Dividend of 10 Cents a Share

Posted By: AP

Starbucks will begin paying a 10-cents-per-share cash dividend to investors, the coffee giant said Wednesday.

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  Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 3:39 PM ET

The Latest Consumer Buzz Word: 'Rebuilding'

Last year, it was all about "green shoots." Now it seems everyone is talking about "rebuilding." Consumers are getting more optimistic.

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  Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 9:54 AM ET

Teenage Advice for the Unhip Investor

Posted By: Robin Knight

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.

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  Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 5:22 AM ET

Review Site Yelp Under Fire in Business' Lawsuits

Posted By: Associated Press

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.

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  Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 1:35 PM ET

Who's Hurt—and Who's Not—by $3 Gas

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.

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  Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 1:05 PM ET

US States Most Vulnerable to High Gas Prices

States Hurt From High Gas Prices

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  (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 i
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 (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 i

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

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  Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 10:59 AM ET

Forget Health Care: Big Issue For Voters Is Financial Reform

Posted By: Albert Bozzo

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.”

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