Business

4:21pm

Fri December 27, 2013
Business

Anemic Holiday Sales Growth, But Bump In Online, Mobile Buying

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 7:15 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Retailers are wrapping up a lackluster holiday season. Overall, sales were tepid, but growth exploded online, on mobile devices and with the sale of gift cards. NPR's Sonari Glinton has that story.

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12:59pm

Fri December 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Target: Encrypted Data Were Taken, But Not The Key To Unlock

The scene outside a Target store in Brooklyn on Black Friday, Nov. 29.
Eric Thayer Reuters /Landov

Though hackers did obtain "strongly encrypted PIN data" when they got into Target's information systems, the retailer said Friday that sensitive information from customers' debit cards should not be at risk.

Target posted this explanation:

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12:33pm

Fri December 27, 2013
Economy

2013 A Good Year For Housing And Auto Industries

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10:57am

Fri December 27, 2013
The Salt

2013 Was The Year Bills To Criminalize Animal Cruelty Videos Failed

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 3:07 pm

A Humane Society investigation of a Wyoming pig breeding facility to the introduction of an ag-gag bill in Wyoming, which eventually failed.
Courtesy of Humane Society of the U.S.

The past year was a busy one for the animal welfare activists who've turned their hidden cameras on confinement facilities where huge numbers of food animals are raised.

Livestock producers — and the policymakers they influence — were just as busy trying to make it illegal for activists to enter these facilities undercover.

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6:37am

Fri December 27, 2013
Business

McDonald's Shuts Down Employee Website

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 8:06 am

The restaurant chain pulled the plug on the website after what it said was "unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary."

5:31am

Fri December 27, 2013
Business

How Consumers Can Guard Against Credit Card Fraud

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 8:06 am

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

The recent data security breach at Target got us thinking about the plastic cards we use to pay for so many things. Just how safe are they really? And how can we protect ourselves from fraudulent charges?

To get some advice, our colleague, David Greene, called Chi Chi Wu of the National Consumer Law Center, which recently put out an advisory to consumers.

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So every time we use a credit card or debit card when we're shopping are we opening ourselves up to some kind of risk?

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5:29am

Fri December 27, 2013
Economy

Interest Rates Move Higher On Signs Of Improving Economy

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 8:06 am

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

Other signs of strength in the economy are sending interest rates higher. Yesterday, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note briefly rose above the psychologically important level of 3 percent.

NPR's Jim Zarroli has that story.

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5:29am

Fri December 27, 2013
Business

Holiday Shoppers Spent More This Year Than Last

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 8:06 am

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with signs of an improving economy.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GONYEA: New data out today show that shoppers spent 2.3 percent more this holiday season than last year. This would make for the highest holiday sales growth in three years.

Online retail was especially strong. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:29am

Fri December 27, 2013
Economy

Long-Term Unemployment Benefits To Expire On Saturday

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 8:06 am

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

You're listening to MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Don Gonyea.

The holiday season will come to an abrupt end this weekend for people who have been unemployed for more than six months. Saturday, benefits expire for 1.3 million Americans who've been on the Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefit Program, which picks up where state systems usually end. That has people worried, people like Allison Gwyn(ph), a professional music teacher and actor in New York, who lost her job early in the summer.

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5:29am

Fri December 27, 2013
Business

Cars Are Next Frontier For Sharing Services

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 9:57 am

Kevin Petrovic, 19, and his business partner, who's also 19, raised about $6 million from venture capitalists in Silicon Valley to launch FlightCar. The company is trying to make its mark with car-sharing for travelers.
Chris Arnold NPR

Following the popularity of companies like Airbnb, which rent out a client's house or apartment to people visiting the area, more companies are trying the idea with cars. Companies like Uber help find someone to drive you around like a taxi. Another will let you rent out your car like a Zipcar while you're at work.

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