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More Resignations Than Layoffs In February

WASHINGTON (UPI) — There’s a new sign of confidence in the U.S. economy — in February more people quit than were laid off for the first time in several years. The U.S. Labor Department reported in its Jobs Turnover and Labor Survey that 51 percent of those who left jobs resigned, CNBC reported. That’s up […]

Doctors: No More McDonald’s In Hospitals

BOSTON, Md. (UPI) — A group of doctors has called on the administrators of 22 hospitals in the United States to remove McDonald’s restaurants from their facilities. The nation’s top pediatricians, cardiologists and child psychologists have joined Corporate Accountability International to pressure hospital administrators to end contracts with the fast-food restaurant, the Boston-based organization said […]

7 Percent Admit To Cheating On Taxes

CHICAGO (UPI) — Even though many U.S. taxpayers complain about taxes, a U.S. survey indicates only 7 percent admit to cheating on their taxes. A DDB Life Style Study survey uncovered that demographically, the biggest difference between tax cheats and non-cheats this year was still gender. Of admitted cheats, 72 percent were men. Fifty-five percent […]

Sales Outpace Inventories In February

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Manufacturing and trade business inventories rose 0.6 percent in February but sales rose 0.7 percent, the U.S. Commerce Department said Monday. Inventories rose to $1.57 trillion, a 7.6 percent increase from a year earlier. Trade sales and manufacturers’ shipments rose 0.7 percent, reaching $1.23 trillion. From February 2011, sales and shipments jumped […]

Retail Sales Up 0.8 Percent In March

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Retail sales rose 0.8 percent in March over February, with motor vehicle sales up 0.9 percent, the U.S. Census Bureau said Monday. With the figures almost in line, the sales gain excluding automobile sales remained consistent at 0.8 percent, the bureau said. Retail sales, including food service sales, adjusted for seasonal variations […]

State Tax Revenues Up Almost 9 Percent

WASHINGTON (UPI) — State tax revenues in the United States rose 8.9 percent in fiscal year 2011, the Census Bureau reported Thursday. Overall, taxes collected for states rose by $62.1 billion to $763.7 billion. Corporate net tax revenue rose 9.4 percent to $40.2 billion, but individual income tax rose even faster, climbing 9.8 percent to […]

DOT Proposes ‘Brake-Throttle Override’

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Transportation Thursday said it was time to equip vehicles with brake-throttle override systems to prevent runaway acceleration. The department proposed systems be installed “to ensure drivers can better stop a vehicle in the event both the brake and accelerator pedals are depressed at the same time.” The issue […]

Amazon Adds CDs To Trade-In Credit Program

SEATTLE (UPI) — Amazon says it has added CDs to its trade-in program that will allow owners of old copies of music CDs to turn them in for Amazon gift cards. Amazon’s trade-in offer currently accepts old electronics, textbooks, DVDs, and video games in return for a gift card. “Amazon is constantly updating the Trade-In […]

Apple Denies Price Fixing With Publishers

CUPERTINO, Calif. (UPI) — Apple Inc. on Friday denied colluding with U.S. publishers to fix the prices of electronic books. “The Department of Justice’s accusation of collusion against Apple is simply not true. The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon’s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry,” company spokesman Tom […]

Foreclosure Figures Look Good At A Glance

IRVINE, Calif., (UPI) — U.S. foreclosure numbers look positive on the surface, but not when looking a little deeper, market researchers said Thursday. First-quarter foreclosures filings on U.S. properties declined to the lowest quarterly total since before the recession, said RealtyTrac, an online marketplace for foreclosed homes. The firm said there were 572,928 foreclosure filings […]


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