And now, let's turn to today's business bottom line. As more people buy smartphones and other devices that run on rechargeable batteries - this will come as no surprise - sales of single-use, disposable batteries are dropping; and that is not without consequences. Energizer announced this month that the company will close three plants because of decreased demand. That is a 10 percent cut of its global workforce. Vermont Public Radio's Kirk Carapezza reports on one community that is feeling the pain.
U.S. households owe a bit less than they did at the peak of the bubble. But they still owe a lot: $11.4 trillion, give or take a few billion. Mortgage and home-equity debt is still by far the biggest chunk of that debt. Total U.S.
A local organization trying to build successful companies in St. Louis is now accepting applications for round two of its startup competition. During the first round, Arch Grants awarded fifteen lucky startups $50,000.
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Twenty-six-year-old Sergi Turabelidze started his company,Iveria, out of necessity. He’s from Georgia (the country), and when family came to visit, they just couldn’t find anything to watch on TV.
Within approximately the last twenty years, Missouri ranks among the worst states in which the gap between rich and middle-income households has widened. That’s according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute.
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we also take note of the report’s finding in which the gap between the very richest and the poor is even larger with the top 5 percent of Missouri households having an average income 11.7 times that of the bottom fifth.
A bankruptcy judge in New York has ordered Hostess Brands Incorporated back into mediation with its second-largest union, meaning for the time being the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread will not shut down.
The company had begun the process of liquidating its assets following a Nov. 9 strike by its bakers' union. The Hostess plant in St. Louis employed 360 people before it was closed last week.
Dave Douglas has worked for the company for 28 years and says he can’t afford to give up any more in wage and benefits to keep the job.
Grocery stores across Missouri are running out of Twinkies and other Hostess products, following today’s announcement that the company is going out of business.
Shoppers had already been snapping up Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other Hostess-made snacks prior to the announcement that the company was closing. Lori Willis is spokeswoman for the St. Louis-based Schnucks grocery chain. She says they expect to completely run out of Hostess snack products by Saturday.
“As a retailer, this is the very last thing you want to hear, that you’re not going to be able to meet the needs of your customers, so we’re working very hard with a lot of other suppliers to make sure that we can fill in where we can," Willis said.