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  • China overtook the U.S. in 2009 to become the world’s largest auto market with car sales surging a whopping 46 percent that year.Since then, China's auto sales have softened considerably with growth of just 5.2 percent in 2011. The country saw 14.5 million car sales last year, about 2 million more than the U.S. This year, analysts forecast car sales will grow around 10 percent.

    This week the world's top auto executives have been gathering in China for the Beijing auto show. We’ve put together photos of new models and concept cars introduced at the event.

  • As baseball players are traded, bought or signed as free agents, they leave behind homes and need new ones. Consequently real-estate markets from Boston to San Diego become  awash each Spring with high-end homes for sale belonging to departing and arriving Yankees, Dodgers, and Braves. Not all players’ homes are mansions and penthouses—the following properties owned by  300-300 club members, Hall of Famers, and a 12-time All-Star and a 21-season veteran include at least one ranch house. But all

    As baseball players are traded, bought, or signed as free agents, they leave behind homes and need new ones. Click ahead to see some of these high-profile houses.

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    U.S. exports are almost certain to hit a record high in 2012, remaining one of the anchors of the nation’s economic recovery. See the list of busiest land, water, and air trade hubs.

  • Global property markets have had a forgettable last year, with prices rising a paltry 0.5 percent, leading to gloomy forecasts for the current year as well. But over the past five years beginning 2006, property prices have registered huge gains sparking fears of an asset bubble and concerns over the impact of high household debt.We've put together a list of the world's 10 hottest property markets based on research by global real estate consultancy Knight Frank, which ranks countries according to

    We've put together a list of the world's 10 hottest real estate markets. Find out which countries have seen house prices skyrocket.

  • It was a news-filled week for the markets and the business world in general; the return of volatility in the markets, some worrisome news for the world’s most famous investor, oil price spikes and the end of tax season. Some stories were major market movers, while others you may have missed. Click ahead to see what we believe are the more significant business events of the past week.

    It was a news-filled week; some stories were major market movers, while others you may have missed. Click ahead to see what we believe are the more significant business events of the past week.

  • The settings for favorite TV shows can often become almost as familiar as the characters themselves. But although we’ve spent many hours with these apartments and houses in the background, their details usually remain a mystery. Of course many programs are shot on sets, but sometimes real home exteriors and interiors are used. With this collection, readers may wonder no more about some well-known homes from television dramas on AMC, HBO, and PBS as well as situation comedies on NBC and FOX. Ther

    The settings for favorite TV shows can often become as familiar as the characters themselves, but their details usually remain a mystery. Not anymore!

  • Starting a small business is a risky proposition even in the best financial times. If you’re thinking about starting one but are worried about how it will fare during a downturn, you might want to consider an industry that can be described as “recession-proof.”A recession-proof industry caters to an ongoing demand. If a business provides goods or services fitting this profile, its odds of weathering economic storms are better than those that don’t. This is why medical and diagnostic laboratories

    If you're worried about how yours might fare during a downturn, consider a recession-proof industry, which caters to ongoing demands.

  • Most people go to a store to buy what they need, and call it a day. However, there are some retailers who are going the extra mile to capture customers. It may include selling unexpected items or giving their customers an unusual experience. for example, employs the first strategy by offering customers a treasure hunt of sorts. While the warehouse store, which is the subject of a CNBC documentary is known for big bulk items like pallets of toilet paper and big boxes of cereal, it also sells thin

    Most people go to a store to buy what they need, and call it a day. However, there are some retailers who are going the extra mile to capture customers.

  • Cramer’s Ultimate Growth Stocks for 2012Instead of just panicking, “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer said investors can actually profit from selloffs. After all, a down day provides investors the opportunity to buy high-quality growth stocks at discount.Investors should look for companies with “powerful long-term secular growth stories; the kind of rapid yet consistent growth that’s coveted in an environment where economies around the globe seem to be slowing,” Cramer explained. These stocks have grow

    The "Mad Money" host compiled a list of his favorite high-growth stocks. Read on to find out who they are.

  • Most successful bars rely on a constant stream of regulars, who enjoy a place where they can count on the same familiar bartenders, drinks and clientele each time they go in.But for some patrons, it’s the thrill of a new experience or adventurous night on the town that draws them to a bar. For them, theme bars offer not just a place to sit and have a drink, but something akin to going to the theater, where patrons get to be a part of the play.These bars are defined by décor, the food and drink,

    Grab your wallet and your ID, we’re about to try something a little different. Here are nine of the most outrageous bars across the U.S.

  • Stir in one part candy store, one part alcohol and a splash of cocktail risk taking. For many vodka producers, this is a recipe for success as they seek to capture the American consumer and draw attention to their brand through creative new flavors. Flavored vodka accounts for approximately 27 percent of leading brand vodka volume and continues to grow in popularity as total vodka sales also increase, according to market research firm Technomic. In 2011, David Ozgo, senior vice president of econ

    With such whimsical flavors as cookie dough, smoked salmon, and whipped cream, today’s vodka aisle is getting adventurous as companies seek to draw consumers and generate attention for their brands.

  • Despite tough economy, American couples still managed to spend, on average, slightly more than $25,000 on their weddings last year. And when every dollar counts, many turn to warehouse membership clubs to stretch their wedding budget to help bring their dream day to life. You may be surprised how many wedding-related items are offered at warehouse stores around the country. There are flowers, wedding rings, outdoor equipment, food and baked goods, alcohol and table linens, all to help make your

    Many Americans have been turning to warehouse membership clubs to stretch their wedding budget to help bring their dream day to life.

  • Eatery: One Flew SouthServes: Sushi, New AmericanPopular menu item: Pulled duck sandwichOne Flew South, located in Terminal E at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is actually the #1 rated restaurant in Atlanta on TripAdvisor and is recommended by 100% of the reviewers. “Wow—airport food isn’t supposed to be this good,” reads the headline of one recent review, and  echo that sentiment. The wine selection also earns a lot of praise.

    TripAdvisor looked at the busiest U.S. airports and user-generated reviews to see which ones were rated the best by the general flying public.

  • Emerging market equities have been enjoying a solid rebound from their late 2011 drubbing, but trading’s been choppy lately, as investors reconsider key drivers of the rally, from commodities prices to economic conditions in the Euro Zone, U.S. and China. There’s also been concern about things more closer to home in emerging-market giants. such as China and Brazil, where growth is slowing.The emerging market universe of ETFs is extraordinary diverse, covering various asset classes -- equities, s

    Click ahead for the ten ETFs with the biggest price gains along with their NAV, launch date and investment goal.

  • It was a news-filled week for the markets and the business the world in general; major deals, wild gyrations, price slides and some major worries. But some fun things happened too. Click ahead to see what we believe are the more significant events of the past week.

    It was a news-filled week for the markets and the business world in general. Click ahead to see what we believe are the more significant business events of the past week.

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    Staying aware of the changes in this important government program will help you be better prepared, in both your present and future financial planning efforts.

  • For all the criticism lobbed at Hollywood over greenwashing, there are a few true champions of nature among the rich and famous – and these 15 exemplify that.

    For all the criticism lobbed at Hollywood over greenwashing, there are a few true champions of nature among the rich and famous – and these 15 exemplify that.

  • The unemployment rate was lower in February than at the same time last year in 344 of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 372 metropolitan statistical areas, according to an  In other words, the vast majority of U.S. cities jobs continued to add jobs.Using the BLS data, CNBC.com ranked the ten U.S. metropolitan areas that showed the greatest job growth between February 2011 and February 2012. Catherine Varner, economist for BLS Current Employment Statistics State and Area Division, offered her

    CNBC.com ranked the ten places in the U.S. that showed the most job growth between February 2011 and February 2012. Read ahead to see which cities topped our list.

  • Recession, Dodd-Frank rules, and criticism from their own shareholders may have slowed the growth of corporate pay in recent years, but according to initial reports on 2011 compensation, America's chief executives are hardly going wanting. The ten highest-paid CEOs were paid an average of nearly $90 million dollars, when all of an executive’s compensation is considered. The compensation figures listed represent total calculated compensation (TCC), which includes salary, bonuses, estimated stock

    The 10 highest-paid CEOs were paid an average of nearly $90 million dollars, when all of an executive’s compensation is considered. So, who were the highest paid CEOs of the year?

  • It’s way too early to determine which CEOs will make my annual Worst CEO list, but with three from last year’s list already kicked out of their jobs, the hunt is on. I think it’s important to distinguish between CEOs of businesses with models that appear to be in endless decline regardless of who is in charge and those whose bungled judgment, strategies and management style have put the company in peril. And, yes, as Nokia shows, sometimes the two can overlap. Before we get into this year’s cand

    It’s way too early to determine which CEOs will make Herb's annual Worst CEO list, but with three from last year’s list already kicked out of their jobs, the hunt is on.

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