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Business

  • Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1 billion
    GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – Dollar General upped its bid for the rival Family Dollar chain and addressed an earlier roadblock, saying it will more than double the number of stores it would shed to ease the antitrust concerns of its takeover target.
  • Crossovers help drive SUV revival
    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The SUV is dead. Long live the SUV. Not so long ago, the sport utility vehicle seemed on the road to extinction.
  • McDonald's tries to change image
    NEW YORK – At a dinner McDonald's hosted for reporters and bloggers, waiters served cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs using ingredients from the chain's menu.
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Week Ahead

Tuesday

•Commerce Department releases retail sales data for December

•Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for December

•Commerce Department reports on November business inventories

Wednesday

•Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for December

•Federal Reserve reports on industrial production for December

•National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for January

•Federal Reserve releases Beige Book

Thursday

•Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims

•Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates

•Commerce Department releases housing starts for December

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