Yahoo Finance Originals: Business

  • Why the PC just won't die

    The PC is not dead, at least not yet, despite the rising popularity of tablets, “phablets” and smartphones - large and small. According to a July report from Gartner, the personal computing market will experience a “relative revival” this year.

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  • What could put the brake on U.S. auto sales

    U.S. auto sales figures for July are being released Friday, and ahead of them, automotive industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive predicted they would be the strongest for the month since 2006, rising 9 percent from last year. Auto sales have been a strong point of the economic recovery.…

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  • Greek tragedy shows signs of happier turn, in pictures

    Rewind a few years and Greece was drawing daily headlines for its debt crisis, riots, austerity measures and bailouts, with worries about a disorderly default and eurozone exit abounding. Though Greece has receded from international headlines, it's had to continue to move forward after losing 25%…

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  • What it takes to get a good manufacturing job now

    The biggest requirements are surprisingly simple--yet many don't qualify.

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  • Private, disappearing chats aren't just for teens anymore

    After years of social networks, websites and search engines trying to collect every scrap of private information about us, a new wave of apps is coming to help us get our privacy back.

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  • Moving overseas is a last resort for U.S. companies

    Corporate inversions are a hot topic in the business world. Walgreen Co. (WAG) AbbVie (ABBV) and Medtronic (MDT) are the latest U.S. companies to take their headquarters abroad in an effort to increase competitiveness and decrease tax bills.

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  • The bad news buried in the 4.0% GDP growth in Q2

    The U.S. economy grew 4.0% in the second quarter of 2014, showing that the economy has recovered from quarter one and grown at its fastest pace since Fall 2013. Quarter one GDP was also revised to a contraction of 2.1% from a previously reported contraction of 2.9%.

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  • Fast-food workers win small battle against McDonald’s

    Fast-food workers and labor groups agitating on their behalf may have just won a minor battle in the war for higher wages. A ruling came from the general council of the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday that McDonald's could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations by its…

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  • This Congress poised to be least productive in history

    This session of Congress, the 113th, is currently the least productive congress ever. With only 125 public laws enacted since this congress began nearly two years ago, and an August recess coming up leading straight into midterm elections—it seems like the record for least done is all but won.

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  • Blue Hill’s Dan Barber: The farm-to-table movement has failed

    Award-winning chef and author Dan Barber tells Yahoo Finance how he's trying to radically change the way we eat and why the farm-to-table movement has failed in its mission.

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  • The economy is headed downhill from here: Peter Schiff

    The government reported Wednesday that the economy grew at an annual rate of 4% last quarter. Euro Pacific Capital's Peter Schiff says that quarter will be the strongest quarter this year.

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  • Why falling homeownership rates could be good for the economy

    Fewer people are committed to a major long-term purchase--and more free to pursue opportunity, wherever it is.

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  • 22M young adults live at home: New survey says parents don’t mind

    Why so many young adults are choosing to live at home with mom and dad.

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  • Yoga pants made from car seats? ‘Athleisure’ innovates to stay relevant

    Athleisure, the fashion trend that swept the nation and hurt jeans retailers nationwide (just ask the CEO of Levi Strauss), is still chugging along. The fad, where teens wear active wear as everyday clothing, now comprises 14.4% of their purchases.

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  • El Pollo Loco has risks, but you'd never know it

    El Pollo Loco shares were finally taking a break after a smashing two-day surge, but that early advance made it clear Wall Street views this company as a potential standout in the increasingly crowded American restaurant scene.

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  • Here’s how Twitter could fix its growth problem

    Can micro-blogging site Twitter get back in investors’ good graces? It’s no easy task for a money-losing company already valued at $22 billion,

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  • Why Washington will do nothing to keep companies from avoiding taxes

    Former George W. Bush economic advisor and director of the CBO Douglas Holtz-Eakin offers his take on the growing controversy about corporate inversions.

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  • One-third of Americans are delinquent on their debt

    More than one-third of Americans had debt in collections in 2013, according to a new study by the Urban Institute.

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  • Family Dollar takeover hints that dollar stores' best days are ending

    The proposed $8.5 billion purchase of Family Dollar by Dollar Tree is a logical, if expensive, bid at consolidating the fast-maturing dollar-store business. There is arguably a glut of dollar stores just as Walmart, drugstore chains and convenience-shop operators target their customers.

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  • Meet HitchBOT: the robot hitchhiking across Canada

    Robot hitchhiker sounds like the name of an old horror movie but today, it’s actually a friendly reality. Two professors at McMaster and Ryerson University have created “HitchBOT,” a robot programmed to hitchhike across Canada, and they’re putting it to the test this summer.

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