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More travelers are expected to hit the road over Memorial Day weekend than in any year since 2007, according to AAA's forecast. But they'll be keeping a tight grip on their wallets because of higher gas prices. The typical family plans to spend $692, a decrease of 14 percent from last year's $809. AAA projects 34.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home - a slight increase of 100,000 travelers from last year and the highest number in four years.

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Amazon.com said Thursday that, after less than four years of selling electronic books, it's now selling more of them than printed books. The online retailer said that since April 1, it has sold 105 e-books for every 100 printed hardcover and paperback books, including ones for which there is no electronic edition. The comparison excludes free e-books, which would tip the scales further if they were included. Amazon said in July that e-book sales had outstripped hardcover sales. It's now selling three times as many e-books as it did a year ago.

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A Ford joint venture in China will spend $350 million to build the company's first transmission plant in the world's largest auto market. The company said Thursday that the factory in Chongqing in southwest China will be able to build 400,000 six-speed automatic transmissions. It will make them for Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Limited, the Chinese joint venture. The company said construction will start in July and production will begin in late 2013.

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"They no longer have to store 57 years - 682 issues - of Playboy under their mattress."

Jimmy Jellinek, chief content officer for Playboy, which launched a Web-based subscription service Thursday called i.Playboy.com that allows viewers to see every page of every issue of the magazine

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3.7%

Rate of Japan'seconomic contraction in the first quarter, veering back into recession as factory production and consumer spending wilted in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Chrysler to repay debts to U.S. and Canada after raising $7.5 billion in refinancing plan ... Sears lost $170 million in first quarter after earning $16 million a year earlier ... Delta, European joint venture partners to cut capacity on trans-Atlantic flights 7 to 9 percent this fall

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