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Auto glut?

All those 1999 incentives that helped sell a record 16.9-million cars and trucks attracted some buyers who otherwise would have shopped this year. J.D. Power & Associates predicts Americans will buy 1-million fewer cars this year.

Watching insurers:

Consumers in Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee and Utah get the least adequate supervision of insurance companies for their tax dollars, a survey by the Consumer Federation of America says. Florida is one of seven states with the best-funded insurance departments.

$448.20:

Average amount of their own money teachers spent on classroom supplies last year, according to a trade group for makers and sellers of school goods.

Withdraw, then spend:

Sure, advertising via ATMs is not new. But look for ATMs to churn out customized ads and coupons, in addition to cash and receipts, based on a profile of the specific customer.

Internet love-fest:

According to a new Pew Internet & American Life Project survey, 42-million Americans have Internet access at work. Among full-time workers with online access, 72 percent say the Internet has improved the way they work.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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