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Rising fuel costs help drive inflation to highest rate in six years

July 12, 2018 |

Consumer prices rose in June at the fastest pace in more than six years, lifted by more expensive gas, car insurance and higher rent.

The Labor Department said Thursday that inflation jumped 2.9% from a year earlier, the largest annual gain since February 2012. Core prices, which exclude the volatile…


L.A. Times – Business

This Is the Highest Spot on Planet for Amazon Deliveries

July 2, 2018 |

A writer for the Atlantic tried delivering packages for Amazon for a single day in San Francisco and came to regret it . The same isn’t true for Eshay Rangdol. The New York Times takes a fascinating look at the lengths—or, rather, heights—Amazon is going to in order to…
Newser

GOP tax overhaul prompts drugmakers to buy back shares at highest rate in at least a decade

May 28, 2018 |

Drugmakers, whose industry pricing faced renewed scorn this month from President Trump, have been taking advantage of the GOP tax overhaul he signed last year to buy back shares of their own underperforming stocks.

Large-cap biopharmaceutical companies took advantage of repatriation of overseas…


L.A. Times – Business

Gas prices at highest level since 2015 amid fears of another oil shock

April 15, 2018 |

Southern California drivers are paying the highest pump prices for gasoline in 2 1/2 years amid fears that prices could jump even further if the United States takes military action against Syria.

The upswing in prices reflects not only rising crude-oil prices but also a higher state gasoline tax,…


L.A. Times – Business

10 States Where Chance of Dying Young Is Highest

April 11, 2018 |

“Some of our states are falling behind other, less developed countries” when it comes to premature death, says University of Washington epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, whose new study in JAMA shows a major disparity in the death rates of people aged 20 to 55 in California and those in West Virginia….
Newser

Trump Sees Highest Approval Ratings in Nearly a Year

March 27, 2018 |

Forty-two percent of constituents approve of the way President Trump is doing his job—the highest share since day 100 of his presidency, which was 11 months ago, CNN reports. Though all other modern-era presidents have had higher approval ratings at this stage of presidency, Trump is only behind Ronald…
Newser

The 11 States With the Highest Property Taxes

February 28, 2018 |

The average American household pays $ 2,197 in property taxes each year for their homes—but residents of some states are hit much harder than others. Red states, for example, have lower property taxes for real estate than blue states. WalletHub analyzed multiple factors to rank the 50 states plus…
Newser

U.S. trade deficit rises to highest level since 2008, fanning criticism of Trump

February 6, 2018 |

Despite President Trump’s vow to reduce the United States’ large trade deficit, the nation’s long-standing imbalance with the rest of the world widened substantially during his first year in office, to the highest level in almost a decade.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the U.S. trade…


L.A. Times – Business

CNN

Mexico reports highest murder rate on record

January 23, 2018 |

Soaring levels of drug-related violence made 2017 Mexico’s most murderous year on record, according to government statistics released Sunday.
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Airlines with good passenger experiences have highest stock returns, study finds

July 30, 2017 |

Treating airline passengers well pays off.

That’s the conclusion, which may sound painfully obvious, reached in a study released this week by Watermark Consulting, a Connecticut firm that works with companies to improve customer experiences.

However, the study noted, some U.S. airlines do well…


L.A. Times – Business