| Jul 17, 2012
| 9:35 AM
The cost of living actually declined 0.9 percent in June in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, thanks to big drops in energy prices, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.
Just two months previously, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban...
| Dec 10, 2011
| 3:49 PM
Kirk-Habicht Co. in Essex doesn't do much business in Europe, but problems on the continent are buffeting the manufacturer all the same.
Its employees rely on a heavy wire to make springs tough enough for trucks, and the only plant they know of that...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 11:27 AM
European leaders are working feverishly to create what German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling a "fiscal union" to restore private investor confidence in Europe and rekindle growth. Unfortunately, what she advocates will thrust Europe into a deeper...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 3:29 PM
Q. At a time of near-record food prices, Pope Benedict XVI has denounced speculation in commodities markets as “immoral” and called food and water “a basic human right.” According to the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization,...
| Jan 31, 2012
| 5:05 PM
HARTFORD — Marquis Smith of New Haven takes home less than $300 a week from his minimum wage job at a mall gift shop.
The 26-year-old Iraq War veteran is single and doesn't have kids, "but even with that being the case,'' he said, "it's still...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 12:07 AM
"Gas prices are outrageous."
Catherine Bell, a 66-year-old Social Security Administration retiree, was not happy Tuesday as she filled up her Chrysler at a Howard Street BP Amoco gas station in Baltimore. "You'll see when you get to retirement and you're...
| Feb 28, 2012
| 8:12 AM
Rising gasoline prices may finally kill the milkman, as an article in The Times notes. As gas prices continue to climb – 26 cents in the last week in California, 57 cents in the last year – they may also fundamentally change the way we live....
| Mar 11, 2012
Energy affects consumer choices large and small, from a replacement light bulb to the kind of car we drive.
It influences investments businesses make in new equipment and technology. And it creates opportunities for companies that either provide energy...
| Mar 11, 2012
Allentown's Tom Schweyer doesn't worry much about oil prices.
His daily commute to work from Midway Manor to his job as an auditor in downtown Allentown is just six miles round trip. He walks to lunch.
But as a numbers cruncher, he knows the rising...
| Oct 16, 2011
Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's impossible prime minister, has committed almost every sin that modern politics affords. He entertains barely-of-age girls as overnight guests and brags about it. He appoints business cronies and television starlets to government...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 11:26 AM
It's tempting to read a silver lining into the otherwise dreary news that food prices are skyrocketing and appear on pace to post their largest annual increase since 1980.
Record high oil prices sent bicycle sales up 24 percent and gas-guzzling SUV sales...