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For the first time, Consumer Reports has released an all-Spanish version of its popular Annual Buying Guide. The 334-page book, available at bookstores and magazine outlets for $10.99, provides consumers with cost-saving and purchasing information for automobiles, baby products, electronics and appliances. The book also offers comparisons of retailers and ratings information.

Target Corp. became the first major retailer to stop selling farm-raised salmon in all forms. The Minneapolis discount chain now will sell only wild-caught salmon from Alaska, one of the few salmon grounds not fished to the threshold of species extinction. The knock on farm-raised salmon is the pollution, the ill effect on habitat blamed on chemicals, and parasites that spread when nonnative salmon get loose and mix with native species, according to the Marine Stewardship Council.

Saab got a new life Tuesday as General Motors agreed to sell the Swedish car brand to the small Dutch luxury carmaker Spyker Cars NV. Under the deal, GM will get $74 million in cash plus $326 million worth of preferred shares in Saab, John Smith, GM vice president of global planning and alliances, told reporters. GM will get "other consideration" that Smith would not specify.

EBay hopes to lure more sellers by essentially doing away with "listing" fees for people who occasionally auction items on its site. Instead, it will take a cut of the final selling price. EBay told sellers Tuesday that starting March 30, they will be able to post up to 100 items for auction every 30 days without paying fees to list them. The items must have a starting bid of less than $1, and when they sell eBay will take 9 percent of the final price or $50, whichever is less.

QUOTE

"Clearly, we're starting to grow again, especially on the strength of our products."

Ford CEO Alan Mulally, as the automaker announced it will bring 1,200 new jobs to Illinois by shifting production of the new Explorer SUV to its Chicago assembly plant

BIG NUMBER

1,550

Number of dealers that GM and Chrysler want to close that filed appeals by Tuesday's midnight deadline, the American Arbitration Association said

BOTTOM LINE

-- Yahoo earns $153 million in fourth quarter after losing $303 million a year earlier

-- Delta Air Lines cuts fourth-quarter loss from $1.4 billion to $25

-- Johnson & Johnson's fourth-quarter revenue rises 9 percent to $16.55 billion, but profit drops 19 percent to $2.21 billion

-- Home Depot to lay off 1,000 staffers as it cuts three pilot programs and cuts some support positions



Target Corp. became the first major retailer to stop selling farm-raised salmon in all forms. It will sell only wild-caught salmon from Alaska, one of the few salmon grounds not fished to the threshold of species extinction. The knock on farm-raised salmon is the pollution, the ill effect on habitat blamed on chemicals, and parasites that spread when nonnative salmon get loose and mix with native species, according to the Marine Stewardship Council.

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01/26/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 10:56pm]

    

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