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The Conference Board's forecast of economic activity rose 1 percent in September, the sixth straight gain. Economists expect the economy grew about 3 percent in the third quarter after falling for a record four straight quarters. The gauge's 5.7 percent growth in the six months through September was the best since 1983.

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PepsiCo, about a week after it was criticized for stereotyping, has removed the iPhone application that promised to help men "score" with different types of women. The application, "Amp up before you score," was used to promote its Amp energy drink. Criticism swirled on blogs and on Twitter about a week after its launch but PepsiCo did not remove the application at that time.

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The fight between Monster and Vermonster has been settled. Rock Art, a small Vermont brewery that makes a beer called Vermonster, and Hansen Beverage, the maker of Monster energy drinks, settled a trademark dispute that prompted some stores to pull the energy drinks in protest. Rock Art can continue to market the brew nationwide. In return, Rock Art agreed not to sell energy drinks.

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"By mid 2010, fiscal stimulus will likely be contributing little to further growth."

Christina Romer, head of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, saying remaining stimulus spending will be to keep the economy from slipping, not for growth

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Weekly fee Long Island's Newsday will start charging for access to its Web site starting Wednesday for nonsubscribers to the newspaper and its parent company, Cablevision Systems

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tHE BOTTOM LINE: Hyundai may extend through next year its popular Hyundai Assurance program ... Atlanta's SunTrust Banks lost $377 million in third-quarter ... McDonald's earned $1.26 billion in third quarter, up 6 percent

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