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Self-Checkout Could Soon Be Checking Out

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:19:46 -0400

Those self-checkout machines in the supermarkets and other stores have remained pretty much unchanged since the 1990s. They still don't work very well. Why can't they get better? We take a shopping trip with the inventor who describes the issue as a cognitive problem and a shoplifting problem.

Three Bits of Business News You'll Be Glad To Know

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0400

Politics dominated the news this week. But the business world also had some interesting stories. Here are just three, involving Black Friday shopping, sham bank accounts and dining out.

Winter Heating Costs Likely To Increase

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:04:00 -0400

The federal government says higher fuel prices and colder weather will add up to a steeper bill than last year for consumers heating their homes this winter.

Wells Fargo, Samsung And Volkswagen: Can A Good Name Be Restored?

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400

Wells Fargo's CEO, John Stumpf, stepped down Wednesday as his company tries to rebuild its reputation. Wells Fargo, Samsung and Volkswagen have all seen their names hurt by poorly handled scandals.

Samsung's Recall Causes Profit Woes

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:36:00 -0400

Samsung Electronics says it's adjusting its earning and cutting its operating profit by $2.3 billion. That's after Samsung ended production of the fire-plagued Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

New Clinton Child Tax Credit Could Help Low-Income Parents, But Cost Is $200 Billion

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:00:00 -0400

The Democrat wants to double the credit for parents of children 4 and under. It would be paid for by a tax on Wall Street, the wealthy, corporations. Trump's tax plan would most benefit the wealthy.

Federal Court Rules Consumer Watchdog's Structure Is Unconstitutional

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:46:00 -0400

An independent federal agency should not be run by a single person, the court found. It decided to remedy the situation by giving the president the authority to fire the agency head at will.

Race, School Ratings And Real Estate: A 'Legal Gray Area'

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400

When school test scores are published on real estate web sites, is that an objective data point, or a subtle form of racial steering? Experts say it's complicated.

Episode 728: The Wells Fargo Hustle

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 21:55:02 -0400

We take you inside the headquarters of Wells Fargo bank. It's a place where a bunch of young, stressed-out workers were rewarded for doing some very bad things.

Detailed Data May Not Be Enough To Close Gender Pay Gap

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 16:34:00 -0400

Many companies are auditing their payroll to find if the pay men and women differently for doing the same work. But, analyzing the information and handling the results can be tricky.

New Rules On Prepaid Electronic Payment Cards

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:39:00 -0400

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is imposing some of the same requirements on prepaid debit and credit card providers as on companies that market standard cards.

Corporate Profits Take Permanent Vacation In Caymans And Bermuda

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 20:41:00 -0400

According to a study, 367 of the companies on the Fortune 500 have at least one subsidiary in a tax haven country. The study found companies are holding $2.5 trillion in profits offshore.

Higher Wages And Easy Credit Likely To Spur Holiday Sales, Retailers Say

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:21:00 -0400

The National Retail Federation's economist and many other analysts say shoppers are in good shape to spend more this holiday season. Sales are expected to jump 3.6 percent.

September Figures Show Plateau In U.S. Car Sales

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 18:07:00 -0400

After six years of growth, car sales are beginning to show signs they may have peaked. That could mean consumers will get good deals, but it could also be bad for autoworkers.

Hanging On: The Struggles Of The Financially Invisible

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 08:34:00 -0400

What do you do if you don't have a credit score, bank account, or credit card? José Quiñonez tells NPR's Rachel Martin about his organization that helps people become "financially visible."