December 31, 2002 Consumers see prices fall as the airline and telecommunication industries deregulate. But growing competition also brings new hassles, such as poor customer service and increased telemarketing. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
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December 30, 2002 Homeland security warriors at the Pentagon and the CIA say the next terrorist attack may be prevented by investing in data-mining -- the science of finding patterns in colossal amounts of information. Companies are lining up to supply the government with the equipment to process the raw data. NPR's Larry Abramson reports.
December 30, 2002 Traditional retailers see ho-hum sales during the 2002 holiday season, but online merchants report record numbers. Yet there are also signs that the growth of Internet commerce may be peaking. NPR's Michele Norris talks with Carrie Johnson, an analyst with Forrester Research.
December 30, 2002 Early retail sales figures for November and December are the worst since 1970. That's bad news for an economy struggling to break out of its slump. NPR's Renee Montagne speaks with analyst Kurt Barnard of Barnard's Retail Consulting Group.
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December 29, 2002 Venezuela's petroleum exports have dropped by 90 percent in the last month due to a strike. All Things Considered host Steve Inskeep speaks with Fareed Mohamedi, chief economist for PFC Energy, about the importance of Venezuelan petroleum to the United States.
December 28, 2002 Rising unemployment and a sagging economy have sent consumer debt well over $700 billion. Debt-collection agencies are playing a bigger role than ever as individuals fail to meet their obligations. NPR's Steve Inskeep reports.
December 27, 2002 Major retailers are lowering their December sales estimates. The glum development prompts some analysts to predict final totals will show the weakest holiday sales gains since 1970. That's bad news for an economy struggling to break out of its slump. NPR's Chris Arnold reports.
December 27, 2002 A congressional deadline for the airline industry to screen all luggage is fast approaching, but the industry doesn't have enough machinery to automate the process. Hand searches will be necessary, and are likely to cause new travel delays. NPR's Bob Edwards talks with David Field of Airline Business magazine.
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December 26, 2002 The bankrupt United Airlines says it plans to file a motion Friday to start the process of voiding labor contracts. The airline says its labor expenses are the highest in the industry, and it's under a mid-February deadline to cut costs. Listen to NPR News.
December 26, 2002 Delta Air Lines, the nation's third-largest carrier, is making a change to retirement benefits that would affect thousands of employees and could spark a move to unionize. Delta is the least unionized of all the major airlines, but like its rivals is facing financial times. Joshua Levs reports.
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December 26, 2002 Barring a last-minute deal, United Airlines is expected to ask a bankruptcy court judge in Chicago to begin the process of terminating labor contracts with its unions. The move could save the airline more than $1 billion. NPR'S David Schaper reports.
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December 26, 2002 A tax watchdog group seeks to change a tax law that gives small business owners a tax break on the purchase of SUVs and light trucks. The vehicles can be depreciated more quickly than cars for tax purposes. NPR's Bob Edwards talks with Aileen Roder of Taxpayers for Common Sense.
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December 26, 2002 Taking advantage of low interest rates and service costs, there was a sharp upswing of mortgage refinancing among U.S. homeowners in 2002. Many took cash out of their properties to pay off credit card debt, remodel their homes or put money in the bank. NPR's Jack Speer reports on whether the trend has run its course.
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December 25, 2002 In a dispiriting economic year, many Americans are struggling to recover from the loss of a job. Four individual stories offer a glimpse of the big picture. Hear reports from NPR's Wade Goodwyn, NPR's Kathy Schalch, NPR's Jim Zarroli and Kerry Seed.
December 24, 2002 Citing the cost of settling probes into tainted stock research, Citigroup announces a $1.5 billion charge against earnings. Last week, Citigroup agreed to pay $400 million in penalties to settle conflict-of-interest charges. NPR's Chris Arnold reports that Citigroup still faces lawsuits from individual investors.
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