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Estimated $10 Billion Marijuana Sales in 2015 Far Too Low

When new business segments start to reach $1 billion in annual sales, they often get noticed by new business and venture seekers. But when new business segments reach $10 billion ...
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7 Cars Buyers Cannot Wait to Trade In

On average, a new car buyer in the United States keeps the car for more than 11 years. It is rare for a buyer to turn around and sell that ...
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Consumers Start Borrowing More

The Federal Reserve releases its report on consumer credit with a one-month lag, but there may finally be some good news for the economy here on this front. March saw ...
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American Express Desperation Loyalty Card

American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) announced Monday morning that it is now offering a co-branded credit card with a new, U.S.-based “loyalty coalition” called Plenti. The new program, which is ...
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Can $21 Billion in Mother’s Day Sales Lift Retail?

Many larger retailers need a lift, based on data since the start of the year. Perhaps Mother's Day will help them. The National Retail Federation (NRF) forecasts Mother's Day retail ...
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Obviously, People Will Not Pay for Hamburger Delivery From McDonald’s

A company called Postmates wants to rule the world of the home delivery of fast food -- literally. This means on-demand delivery in every major city in the world. Postmates ...
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Consumer Stocks Being Reshaped by Changing Tastes of Millennials

Companies are learning to change their offerings and operations to be geared toward millennials. Those companies not making changes may be jeopardizing their operations in the years to come. After all, ...
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Economic Conundrum: Weak Inflation vs. Slow Retail Sales

What are economists and investors supposed to think of a trend in which inflation remains low, yet consumers just do not really want to buy more and more goods that ...
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Auto Financing at Record Highs

Whether U.S. consumers are purchasing a new car or a used model, the odds are very high that an auto loan is involved. A full 84% of all new car ...
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Only 2 States Have Gas Prices Under $2

If anyone needs confirmation that gasoline prices have risen, it comes from the news that now only two states have gas prices under $2, based on the average cost for a ...
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Financial Security Hits All-Time High, While Many Still Struggle With Debt

There is some mixed news today on the state of the average American’s financial situation. Some might say this is a glass half-full versus half-empty argument. Most Americans have solid emergency ...
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Why Warren Buffett Wants to Own the Credit Card Space

Owning a piece of the credit card industry has turned out to be a very lucrative business for those investors who have had a long-term eye on the sector. If ...
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5 Stocks That Really Benefit From Lower Oil Prices

The consensus belief among many on Wall Street, and surely in Washington, D.C., is that falling gasoline prices are almost like a pay raise to consumers, and they will in ...
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Gas Prices Jump 21 Cents in a Month

Gasoline prices have risen 21 cents in a month. Prices are higher in most states, as the average price of a gallon of regular nationwide has reached $2.27, according to ...
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Wal-Mart, Sears Most ‘Liked’ Retailers

If getting a “like” on Facebook’s social media platform could be translated directly into dollars, the management at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) might ...
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