Grocery retailers are dealing with big price declines in products like eggs, meat and dairy. Lower prices can mean lower sales. Costco, which sells a lot of groceries, isn't immune. But it's got a not-so-secret weapon: its membership fee, which starts at $55 a year.
In the late 90s, many farmers went all in on biotech crops, whose genetics have been tweaked to do things like repel insects or resist herbicides. Today, about 90 percent of the corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified.
As driverless cars go from sci-fi to reality, Americans are watching the birth of a revolutionary new industry - and the government wants to play more of a role in shaping it. The Obama Administration has released guidelines to get makers of self-driving cars to share more information about their safety systems proactively, instead of having them hash everything out on their own.
ITT Educational Services is ceasing operations Friday, leaving more than 8,000 employees out of work. The for-profit education firm is shuttering more than 130 campuses nationwide after the Department of Education cut off access to federal financial aid for new students. For-profit colleges have been floundering as regulators scrutinize their recruiting tactics, costs and job placement rates.
Bayer AG and Monsanto are the latest agribusiness giants hoping that a merger will help them better weather a downturn in the agricultural economy. Monsanto is the world's largest supplier of genetically modified seeds and the maker of the weed killer Round-up. Bayer is better known for its pharmaceuticals.
About 18 months ago, Rex Stults at Napa Valley Vintners learned something he found worrisome. "It was brought to our attention that a winemaker, far from the state of California, somewhere in the South, was importing grapes from here and putting Napa Valley on the label of those wines," said Stults, the trade group's government affairs director.
The total outstanding debt for new and used auto loans, as well as leases, climbed to a record high of $1.027 trillion in the second quarter, the credit bureau Experian said. The share of subprime and deep subprime loans, aimed at borrowers with poor credit, increased within that broad pool of outstanding debt.
Poultry producers were hit hard by the avian flu last year. It cost them about 40 million birds. At the time, egg prices shot up. That pushed demand down. Urner Barry egg market analyst Brian Moscogiuri said flocks then rebounded faster than expected. But demand didn't. Exports are still down.
Toymaker Mattel is taking some of its pricey American Girl dolls down market, opening boutiques in about 100 Toys R Us locations. It's the first time the dolls will be available at a brick-and-mortar retail location other than American Girl's 20 proprietary stores.
Wal-Mart announces second-quarter results Thursday. In its last earnings report, the discount retailing giant had turned in higher-than-expected sales at stores open more than a year, a key retailing metric. But Wal-Mart has been struggling to bolster its online sales, and its planned acquisition of the fast-growing e-commerce company Jet.com will take a while to bear fruit.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".