Author Archives: Douglas A. McIntyre

Walmart Black Friday

Can Wal-Mart Support 5,200 Stores?

Added up, all of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s (NYSE: WMT) retail outlets in the United States total 5,200. This includes all Wal-Mart store formats, from supercenters to discount stores and the ...
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Apple Widens Smartphone Lead Over Samsung

One way to sum up Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AAPL) success in the United States and Samsung's relative failure is the comScore smartphone share analysis. Apple is gaining share while Samsung ...
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Costco store

Costco May Be America’s Best Run Company

Most of the headlines about America's best-managed companies may go to Web 2.0 corporations, led by Facebook Inc. (NYSE: FB) or long-time successes such as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and ...
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Corn Field

Cargill, America’s Largest Private Company, Suffers Revenue Drop

Cargill, America's largest private company, suffered a drop in its revenue in its most recent fiscal year, down 11% to $120.4 billion from $134.9 billion, according to PrivCo. Cargill's revenue ...
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Smart car

Mercedes Smart Car Disappears

Mercedes-Benz USA sold 31,250 cars and light trucks in August, up 3.2% year over year. Sales of its tiny Smart car were only 617 units, down 53.7% from August last ...
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13 of the 15 Cities With Highest Gas Prices Are in California

Gasoline price taxes and fees, and the lack of refineries, have more than offset the sharp drop of crude, at least throughout most of California. Of the 15 cities in ...
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Volkswagen Golf 2015

Volkswagen Sales Continue to Slide

Volkswagen, desperate to gain sales in the United States, moved backward in August. The world's largest car manufacturer sold 32,332 cars, down 8.1% from the same month in 2014. If it ...
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IMF Says China Economy Slows; Caixin China PMI Collapses

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde said what the economic world already knows. The Chinese economy is slowing and the slowdown will touch the rest of the world. Data ...
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US/Mexico Border Fence

The 1,954 Mile Mexico-American Border Wall

It starts just south of Beaumont, Texas, and runs almost 2,000 miles to just south of San Diego. The hard part would be fencing the Rio Grande, which is almost ...
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Cadillac, Lincoln Still Have Trouble Selling Cars

"Days to turn" remains one of the car industry's better measures of demand. Low days to turn means car makes shipped from manufacturers spent little time on dealer lots before ...
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Why Does McDonald’s Sell a 1,000-Calorie Breakfast?

Why does McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD) sell a 1,060-calorie "Big Breakfast With Hot Cakes"? Because it has to. No matter how much pressure food health advocates put on the fast-food ...
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VW Tiguan 2014

Can VW Sell 1,500 Cars a Day?

Volkswagen has struggled mightily in the United States, with a share of barely 2% of the cars and light trucks sold through the first seven months of the year. As ...
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Twitter Admits Workforce Is Not Diverse

Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR), like other new world tech companies, admitted it does not employ enough women and minorities. It will try to erase that with programs to increase the ...
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fuel gauge

Gas Prices Above $3 in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada

People looking for low gasoline prices had best stay away from Alaska, California, Hawaii and Nevada. Oil prices may have increased in the past few days, but overall they have ...
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Illinois Lottery Gives Winners IOU

Is the State of Illinois running out of money, or are lottery payments caught up in legislative red tape? Either way, winners of over $25,000 have to take an IOU. ...
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