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Average New-Car Prices Up 2 Percent Year-Over-Year

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A report out today shows the estimated average transaction price for new light vehicles in the United States was $36,978 in November 2018. New-vehicle prices increased by $769 (up 2.1 percent) from November 2017, while remaining flat (down 0.1 percent) from last month. “There were mixed average transaction price results among automakers in November 2018, even though the industry average did rise 2 percent,” said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book. ...

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No New Tariffs: Trump Wins Trade War With China

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U.S. President Donald Trump was able to extract a number of concessions from Chinese President Xi Jinping in exchange for not imposing any new tariffs on Chinese goods. Trump reached a major agreement while meeting with the world’s top leaders over the weekend. At the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Trump and Xi spoke for two and a half ...

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Nearly Three-Quarters of Americans Concerned About Identity Theft During Holiday Shopping Season

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The vast majority of Americans (71%) are concerned that their financial and personal information could be compromised due to data breaches while shopping during this holiday season, according to an consumer survey conducted by Generali Global Assistance (“GGA” or “the Company”), a developer of a proprietary and innovative identity and digital protection platform, and leader in the assistance industry as part of the multinational Generali ...

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Small Business Economic Outlook Remains High After 2 years under Trump Economic Policy

The Q4 MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index (Index) released today recorded an overall score of 69.3, indicating a pause in the upward trend of the Index. The fourth quarter score is down less than one-half a point from the third quarter’s record high of 69.7, still reflecting general optimism from the small business community. Optimism on the health ...

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Report: Ford Best Brand for Trucks, Honda, Mazda and Porsche round-out Best Brand List

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled the Best Vehicle Brand awards. The awards recognize brand-wide excellence for cars, SUVs, trucks and luxury vehicles, and they help consumers narrow their search for a new car. The 2019 Best Vehicle Brand Winners Mazda: Best Car Brand Mazda cars include the MX-5 Miata, Mazda3 and ...

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Beer consumption continues decline dragging down on-premise Alcohol sales

On-premise consumption of beverage alcohol fell 1.1% overall in 2017, to 1.7 million cases, according to the Beverage Information Group’s 2018 Cheers On-Premise Handbook. Much of that is due to the 1.6% decrease in cases of beer sold on-premise, while wine was up just 0.5%. Spirits continues to be the bright spot, up 2.5% in 2017, although that’s down from the ...

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More Than One-Third Of Workers Would Pass On Perfect Job If Corporate Culture Was Not A Fit

Creating a positive corporate culture is top of mind for employers looking to recruit and retain talent, according to a new study from global staffing firm Robert Half. The research examines why workplace culture is increasingly under the microscope; it’s featured in a report, Organizational Culture: The Make-or-Break Factor in Hiring and Retention. Key findings: More than one-third of workers in ...

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Most People Receive One or More Robocalls Per Day

Robocalls are inexpensive and easy to place, making them popular among scammers. Too often, recipients of robocalls compromise their security by revealing private information, according to new data. Did you receive a robocall today? More than half of people (52%) receive at least one robocall per day, according to a new survey from Clutch, the leading B2B research, ratings, and reviews ...

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Take a Peek Inside Santa’s $765,000 Custom North Pole Home

Santa Claus’ home and state-of-the-art toy workshop at the North Pole is currently worth an estimated $764,389 after gaining 7.6 percent in value over the past year, according to Zillow. Santa and Mrs. Claus claimed their home on Zillow in 2016, updating the home facts on the 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom log cabin. They also added new photos, giving the world a glimpse into Santa’s life ...

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