At Starbucks, CEO Transition Plan Includes Vow Not to Hover

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CEO Howard Schultz’s plan to turn over leadership of coffee retailer Starbucks to President Kevin Johnson while staying on to run a major project is unusual, but he insists he will step back from day-to-day decision making.

Not Just for Christmas: Retailers Use Smaller Toys to Woo Shoppers Year-Round

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Tiny collectibles including Shopkins, Num Noms and Tsum Tsum are helping toy retailers solve an age-old problem: how to get people into their stores year round, not just at Christmas.

U.S. Consumers' Credit Balances Expand at Slower Pace in October

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U.S. consumers’ credit balances increased in October, extending a long streak of gains led by the category that includes student and auto loans.

What Quitters Tell Us About the Economy

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More workers are willing to quit their jobs, but in the goods-sector leaving is still hard.

Strong Dollar Has Companies Counting the Cost---And Opportunities

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The dollar is on a tear, and that is shaping corporate strategy on both sides of the Atlantic. U.S. exporters are bracing for tough times. For European exporters, by contrast, the dollar’s strength has created opportunity.

Pfizer Fined $107 Million for Overcharging U.K. for Epilepsy Drug

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Pfizer has become the latest drugmaker taken to task for high prices after U.K. authorities hit the company with a record $107 million fine over the price of an anti-epilepsy drug.

Amazon Wants to Help Publishers Make More Money From Ads

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Amazon is rolling out two new services designed to help publishers make more money from ads using its proprietary data and technology.

SpaceX Postpones Launch to Early January

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After repeatedly telling customers and journalists it was confident of resuming rocket launches in 2016, Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has pushed that timetable to January.

Xerox's Next CEO Expects More Layoffs After Split

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Jeff Jacobson declined to say how many jobs would be cut after the service segment is spun off, but he did predict sales declines would ease over the next three years.

Who Would Gain From More Defense Spending?

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The Pentagon spends hundreds of billions of dollars every year with thousands of companies, but five companies get 25% of Defense Department funds.

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