Smithfield Foods, makers of ham products under a variety of brand names, is being purchased by Chinese food maker Shuanghui International, for $4.72 billion in cash.
May 29, 2013 The makers of Smithfield Ham, an icon on America's culinary scene for decades, are selling the company to Shuanghui International Holdings Limited, for nearly $5 billion in cash. The deal also includes an exchange of debt.
Models abound at this week's Shanghai auto show. This one, in a latex cat suit, was drawing attention to an SUV by Landwind, a Chinese company that sells about 10,000 vehicles a year.
April 27, 2013 China is the world's largest auto market. NPR's Frank Langfitt went to Shanghai's sprawling auto show this week, and compares it with the ones he used to cover in Detroit a few years back, when General Motors and Chrysler were on the ropes.
A Denver man runs in the snow near Washington Park after a winter storm moved through town in late January.
April 10, 2013 Penny-pinching CEOs are relocating businesses to places with fitter workers and lower health costs. Colorado, where adult obesity rates are low, is playing up its health advantage as it tries to lure companies to move.
April 7, 2013 Broadcasters will convene in Las Vegas this week to discuss the rapidly-growing demographic of people who don't subscribe to cable or satellite TV services. Instead, more people are watching shows and movies online.
October 5, 2012 China's national statistics office works hard, but the country is so big and changing so quickly that it's hard to keep track of what's going on.
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Customers of Dollar Shave Club say that the company's sense of humor — as seen in an absurdist video of CEO Michael Dubin in his warehouse — has helped win them over.
September 5, 2012 Subscription-based business models are nothing new. But right now, e-commerce subscriptions are exploding. And in some cases, companies that make a unique pitch about their product line can win customers away from large retailers like Amazon.
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July 9, 2012 Entrepreneurs are just one part of the organic machine that is Silicon Valley. Replicating the Valley's success isn't possible without bringing all of the pieces together in a symbiotic system.
Mitt Romney addresses the Latino Coalition's 2012 Small Business Summit in Washington earlier this month.
May 30, 2012 Republican Mitt Romney is running on the strength of his business background. He says he knows how to fix the economy in part because of his success at Bain Capital. But history is not necessarily on Romney's side. Very few businesspeople have made it to the White House.
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April 3, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the balance of power between retailer and consumer, and journalist Isabel Wilkerson explains the history of racial violence in Florida. In the second hour, media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case, and measuring home runs in baseball.
A holding pen for lambs at the Will-O-Wood Farm in southeastern Ohio.
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January 31, 2012 Lamb prices are at an all-time high, but American sheep farmers are worried. They say they need more farmers to raise sheep. And they want existing sheep farmers to increase the size of their flocks to meet growing demand.
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July 21, 2010 How must-have are those swanky sunglasses, really? Turns out, they (mostly) come from one place, so quality isn't the prime reason for the price tag.
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