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Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 3:33 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is Oscar swag.

On Sunday, nominees who do not win an Academy award will nevertheless take home about $47,000 worth of consolation gifts - which sounds like a lot, but in 2010 the swag was worth a lot more - more than $90,000.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This year, goodies include trips to places like Australia, Hawaii and Mexico. The gift bags may also include such useful items as hand illustrated tennis shoes, portion controlled dinnerware, and a book by Leeza Gibbons.

INSKEEP: A little something for you there. The least extravagant but actually handy item is some Windex touch-up cleaner. Oh, and apologies to the runner-ups for Best Animated Short. The Windex and luxury vacations only go to celebrity nominees from the major award categories.

WERTHEIMER: And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.