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Blockbuster To Close All Its Remaining Stores
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Blockbuster Will Close The Remaining 300 U.S. Retail Stores Along With Mail and DVD Operations

When the South Park episode spoofing the Blockbuster dilemma aired many thought, yeah, they'll probably shut down soon, and that day has come. Blockbuster will close its 300 remaining U.S. stores by early January next year. Their DVD-by-mail business, just like Netflix, also will shut down by mid-December 2013.

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McDonald’s Is Dropping Angus Burgers From Its Menu As Beef Prices Reach An All-Time High

Fast food giant McDonald's is trimming the beef, in a big way.  The Angus burgers is being eliminated, at least temporarily.

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Wal-Mart To Hire Over 100,000 Vets And To Sell More U.S.Made Merchandise

Does this make you more likely to shop at Wal-Mart? Would you like to see more companies show more economic patriotism? If you haven't heard, Wal-Mart announced on Tuesday (January 15th) that it's rolling out a three-part plan to help further stimulate our economy by hiring more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years. Wal Mart also plans to spend $50 billion on American-made merchandise in the next 10 years.

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Is the Economy Getting Better? – Survey of the Day

Over the last few months, there has been some data that suggests the sluggish economy could be improving. Mainly, the unemployment rate, which has dropped to 8.3 percent after reaching a 26-year high of 10 percent in late 2009. However, according to a new survey from Poll Postion, the public is split on whether America is entering into a period of economic recovery.

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Who’s Struggling the Most With the Recovering Economy? – Dollars and Sense

Just about everyone was hit hard by the bad economy and had to change their lifestyles in at least some small way. Now that we’re all attempting to regain our footing, there’s actually one group of people having a harder time doing so than everyone else.

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Is Warmer Winter Weather a Boon for the Economy? — Dollars and Sense

People can argue about climate change, but they can’t argue with this: so far, 2012 has had some bizarrely warm weather.

And while that may be bad for snow-reliant ski resorts, it’s actually been good for a variety of other industries.

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Givers Are Now the Needy as America’s ‘New Poor’ Head to Food Banks [VIDEO]

Along with lost jobs and the housing market crash, America’s economic woes have taken another toll: one in six people — 49 million in all — are having trouble keeping food on the table, especially in Forsyth County. Although this Atlanta suburb’s average household income reaches $88,000, one of the highest in the US, their food banks have never been busier feeding the needy.

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One Good Thing About the Recession, People Are Smarter Shoppers — Survey of the Day

The recession may have left unemployment rates a mess and killed the housing market, but if you’re looking for a silver lining, here it is: we’re all better shoppers now because of it.

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Still Living With Your Parents as an Adult? Well, You’re Hurting the Economy

While many college grads are only too happy to fly their parents’ nest and get a place of their own, the dip in the economy has meant some can’t — or won’t — until they feel more financially able to do so comfortably. What does this mean for the economy? Unfortunately, nothing good.

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Economic Woes Lead to More Men Becoming ‘Mannies’

While child care-givers such as babysitters and nannies have traditionally been women, the recent dip in the economy lead some men into the profession as well.

Dubbed “mannies,” the guys are often unemployed teachers, daycare workers or fathers.

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