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2013 travel trends include increased fees, better WiFi, higher ethics

2013 travel trends include increased fees, better WiFi, higher ethics

CHICAGO, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. travelers in 2013 can expect better WiFi at cruising altitude, less time at the baggage carousel and the opportunity to travel with a clear social conscience, travel industry experts say.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Flirting with gifts

Flirting with gifts

CHICAGO, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- There is no shortage of holiday shoppers in U.S. stores but retailers say many consumers are just flirting with the merchandise under the glow of the holiday lights with no intention of taking it home.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Green Christmas

Green Christmas

CHICAGO, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. retailers are raking in the cash this holiday season with the help of the collective shopping fervor stimulated by the marketing behind "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" deals.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Jolly holiday for retail

Jolly holiday for retail

CHICAGO, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Retailers are anticipating a jolly holiday as shoppers get off to a fast and early start to the holiday season.
MICHELLE GROENKE, United Press International
Consumers say 'Show me the bargains'

Consumers say 'Show me the bargains'

CHICAGO, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. consumers say the deals had better be good if retailers want them to spend their money this weekend.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Thanksgiving is coming and Butterball is ready to help

Thanksgiving is coming and Butterball is ready to help

CHICAGO, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- It's 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving and the turkey still is in the freezer. Is the holiday ruined? Will this mean pizza for dinner? What's a novice cook to do?
MARCELLA S. KREITER
Fear of reality drives Halloween spending

Fear of reality drives Halloween spending

CHICAGO, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Grim economic figures and the fear of unemployment are doing little to put a damper on Halloween celebrations this year, with a record 170 million people planning to spend as much as $8 billion to celebrate the ghoulish holiday, retailers say.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Oil prices, global demand push food higher

Oil prices, global demand push food higher

CHICAGO, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Food prices are up, but the global economy -- rather than a lack of rain in the U.S. Corn Belt -- are likely to blame, a U.S. food marketing expert says.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Reframing what it means have balance

Reframing what it means have balance

CHICAGO, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Job satisfaction ranks higher than benefits and pay as the reason U.S. workers stay with their current employers, a survey by the American Psychological Association suggests.
MICHELLE GROENKE
School lunches getting a colorful makeover

School lunches getting a colorful makeover

CHICAGO, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- School cafeterias are taking on a colorful new look this fall as students across the country sit down to lunches that feature red sweet peppers, yellow squash and purple cabbage.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Despite economy, Americans still optimistic

Despite economy, Americans still optimistic

CHICAGO, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- In 1992, Bill Clinton made "It's the economy, stupid" his successful presidential campaign's mantra. Twenty years later, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney would do well to take a page from Clinton's playbook.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Time running out for states to control their insurance exchanges

Time running out for states to control their insurance exchanges

No matter how loudly Republicans maintain they're going to repeal healthcare reform, with the U.S. Supreme Court decision on its constitutionality behind us, it's time for states to begin implementing one of the law's signature provisions: setting up insurance exchanges for those who have to buy health insurance on their own.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Dog days of summer becoming back-to-school shopping daze instead

Dog days of summer becoming back-to-school shopping daze instead

The dog days of summer used to be for lazing about at the beach or swimming hole.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Organics gain clout in export markets

Organics gain clout in export markets

CHICAGO, July 15 (UPI) -- Organics have moved well beyond the niche of farmers markets and health food stores to become an important sector in the U.S. economy and the next big commodity class to watch, the Organic Trade Association said.
MICHELLE GROENKE
Preserving the perfect summer tomato

Preserving the perfect summer tomato

CHICAGO, July 1 (UPI) -- Juicy, red tomatoes right off the vine and sweet strawberries that melt on the tongue -- fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden or a nearby farm are one of the joys of summer that disappear all too quickly.
MICHELLE GROENKE
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