BUSINESS September 13, 2011 | 3:53 PM
Google Inc. has purchased world-renowned dining review expert Zagat Survey in a bid to offer more local content. The acquisition will let people find local reviews and discounts for restaurants, hotels and nightclubs, using Google’s well-known online maps and mobile search engine.
Details of the deal were not released; however it is rumored that Google paid $100 million to $200 million for Zagat Survey. In a blog post, Marissa Mayer, Google vice president for local, maps and location services, said: “Zagat will be a cornerstone of our local offering, delighting people with its impressive array of reviews, ratings and insights. With Zagat, we gain a world-class team that has more experience in consumer based-surveys, recommendations and reviews than anyone else in the industry.”Read more »
BUSINESS September 13, 2011 | 1:56 PM
McGraw-Hill is to divide into two separate companies, with McGraw-Hill Markets centered on capital and commodities markets, and McGraw-Hill Education focused on digital learning and education services.
The divide is to be carried out by the end of 2012 as the first part of a new growth and value plan being implemented by the company to boost shareholder benefits through a threefold approach. The second and third parts of the plan are to cut costs to afford strong operating structures for the new companies and to push share repurchases to $1 billion in 2011. So far in 2011 the company’s share buyback has been in excess of $540 million.Read more »
ECONOMY September 12, 2011 | 5:11 PM
US President Obama is proposing a new $450 billion job creation package that includes tax cuts and project funding. The purpose of the American Jobs Act is to employ those who are jobless, while giving those who are working more money.
With lower taxes for employers and employees, Obama hopes people will spend more, thus boosting business for those seeking to employ new talent. US unemployment has remained at over 9% for more than two years. If enacted, the plan is expected to produce 1.9 million jobs and reduce unemployment by over 1%.Read more »
BUSINESS September 12, 2011 | 11:50 AM
Air France-KLM plans to cut costs by between €700 million and €800 million in an effort to better compete with other airlines such as Lufthansa and British Airways.
Still feeling the effects of the financial crisis and weighed down by debt, Europe's biggest airline Air France-KLM is lagging behind its competitors. The airline has directed managers to apply additional savings measures between now and the end of 2011.Read more »
WORLD September 9, 2011 | 11:51 AM
The US economy is still feeling the fiscal impact of September 11 as New York readies itself for the ten-year anniversary of the attacks that claimed almost 3,000 lives.
A report compiled by New York comptroller William C. Thompson estimates the cost of the attacks, combining immediate and continuing loss, to be in the region of $83 billion to $95 billion. The immediate loss of wealth to New York City was thought to account for more than $30 billion, including the repair and reconstruction of New York’s buildings and infrastructure.Read more »
BUSINESS September 9, 2011 | 8:52 AM
GM Canada President Kevin Williams officiated a ceremony to mark the release of GM’s Chevrolet Volt, a hybrid-electric car, to Canadian consumers in Oshawa, Ontario, on September 1.
While the first retail shipment went to GM’s Oshawa location, the smart cars will soon be available at dealerships in Quebec City, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa-Gatineau and Quebec for upwards of around CDN $41,550.Read more »
BUSINESS September 8, 2011 | 6:15 PM
Swedish automaker Saab has filed for bankruptcy protection as it attempts to secure funding to recommence its operations.
Production was halted several months ago when the company could no longer keep up with payments for its suppliers, with workers also having their salaries deferred. In its appeal for court protection, Saab said it would present a restructuring plan to creditors in three weeks’ time.Read more »
ECONOMY September 8, 2011 | 6:09 PM
The United States has fallen to fifth place on the list of the most competitive economies in the world, according to a survey conducted by the World Economic Forum. Switzerland topped the list for the third year in a row, with Singapore jumping ahead of Sweden to take the second spot. Finland moved up to fourth ahead of the United States.
The World Economic Forum’s survey assesses global economies based on 12 “pillars of competitiveness” such as infrastructure, innovation and macroeconomic environment.Read more »
BUSINESS September 7, 2011 | 4:20 PM
Auto sales in the US jumped 7.5% in August, fuelled by double-digit sales for Chrysler, General Motors and Nissan. Sales for Chrysler are up over 30%, with GM and Nissan securing significant gains of 18% and 19% respectively, says the New York Post.
Nissan’s Altima ranked second for sales of sedans in August. Ford sales rose more than 11% and Hyundai is up over 9%, reports cars.com.Read more »
ECONOMY September 7, 2011 | 3:32 PM
Retail sales figures in the United Kingdom declined in the month of August with consumers keeping a keen eye on their finances and jobs, according to a report by the British Retail Consortium.
Consumer confidence dropped for the third straight month while inflation continued to rise, driving spending down at the quickest rate in about four decades, reported Bloomberg. Retail figures were 0.6% lower than August 2010 in a like-to-like comparison of sales, which discounts sales from newly opened stores.Read more »
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