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NPR Topics: Economy

Smartphones Tame Black Friday Shopping Frenzy

Phones are becoming more shopping-friendly and more consumers are willing to wait for online deals. This year's online sales boost signals an era of mobile shopping as retailers race to keep up.<...

Food Banks' Pickle: Getting Food To The Right Place At The Right Time

On any day, a food bank could end up with heaps of pasta sauce, but no pasta. To solve the problem, a network of food banks created a currency of fake money and embraced trade.

Holiday Shoppers Get A Head Start On Thanksgiving

After opening earlier and earlier on the holiday, most of the more than dozen major retailers like Macy's, Target and Kohl's opened around the same time they did last year — about 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.

As Britain's Coal Industry Loses Its Glow, Miners Feel Betrayed

The last deep pit coal mine in northern England closes next month, marking the death of an industry that has fueled area towns for decades. Miners are angry the government didn't do more to help them.

Retail Shoppers Want Theatrical Experiences That Delight And Excite

Linda Wertheimer talks to analyst Liz Dunn of Talmage Associates about retail trends. She says consumers aren't necessarily buying stuff, they want to buy experiences: travel, restaurants or shows.

Critics Wonder Whether Pennies Make Sense Anymore

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the government is reviewing a proposal to stop making the penny. It actually costs nearly 2 cents to make a penny, so the government loses money.

Plunging Oil Prices Force Producers To Lay Off Skilled Workers

Gasoline prices have been plunging this fall, which is great for consumers. But it has been very hard on oil producers, who have been laying off legions of skilled workers. To hang on to their key ...

Once Prone To Danger On The High Seas, New System Protects Alaska Fishermen

When regulations were imposed to protect Alaska's fisheries it led to a dangerous race to catch fish as fast as possible. A new system to manage sustainable fishing is making the job safer.

Ecuador's Oil Bust Draws Parallels To 1990s Financial Crisis

Ecuador's economy is faltering thanks to a year of record low oil prices and fears of a "godzilla" El Niño forming in the Pacific Ocean. The situation is drawing bizarre parallels to the last majo...

Local Charities Capitalize On Holiday Rush With Day Of Giving

There's Black Friday and Cyber Monday and, in some places, a single day dedicated to getting people to give to local nonprofits. In Lancaster County, Penn., they call it the Extraordinary Give — ...