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Apologies, Promises From UPS And FedEx About Delivery Delays

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 6:45am

A last-minute crush of online orders and some bad weather kept the companies from getting some packages delivered before Christmas, they say. Both have called in extra workers and are renting extra trucks to make deliveries on Thursday.

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Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shellfish Imports

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

Earlier this month, China imposed a ban on shellfish imports from most of the U.S. West Coast after finding two bad clams. The move is hitting Washington state particularly hard. State agencies estimate businesses there are losing as much as $600,000 a week.

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The Secret Protectionism Buried Inside NAFTA

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

This next story about NAFTA charts the manufacturing route of male underwear. Our Planet Money team reports the trade agreement hinged on where American underwear was made.

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Wave Of Illegal Immigrants Gains Speed After NAFTA

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

The North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, turns 20 next week. Hailed as a boon for regional trade, it had some undesirable effects. It hastened a trend away from small farmers, and speeded illegal immigration to the U.S.

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The Last Word In Business

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

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Frustrated Documentary Maker Opens Cafe In West Bank

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

Small businesses make up the vast majority of companies in the West Bank. Before opening a cafe, Palestinian Tariq el-Ayyan worked on documentary films. Two months in, the cafe seems to be succeeding, with two paid employees and steady traffic.

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Business News

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

David Greene has business news.

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Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shelfish Imports

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

Earlier this month, China imposed a ban on shellfish imports from most of the U.S. West Coast after finding two bad clams. The move is hitting Washington State particularly hard. State agencies estimate businesses there are losing as much as $600,000 each week.

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Drug Stores Rx For Profits: Offer More Than Prescriptions

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:02am

Earnings are skyrocketing at drug stores — Walgreens alone saw its earnings grow nearly 70 percent in the last quarter. Drug stores no longer handle just prescriptions and selected sundries. Big chains now compete with grocery stores and sandwich shops. Consumers are also shopping there for holiday gifts.

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More People Have More To Eat, But It's Not All Good News

Thu, 12/26/2013 - 2:18am

In 1965, a majority of the world survived on less than 2,000 calories a day per person. Now, 61 percent of people worldwide have access to 2,500 or more calories each day.

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