Business & Economy

Road rage

Business | Today's typical RV owner is 49 years old with an annual household income of $56,000
by Dan Perkins
Posted 1/29/05, 12:00 am

Venture to guess what the most sought-after search term was on eBay last year? It wasn't iPod, flat-screen televisions, or used bubble gum. It was RV.

And the RV, or recreational vehicle, isn't just a hot item among online bargain hunters. Despite increasing gasoline prices across much of the country last year, consumers purchased RVs at a record pace. In the third quarter alone, the industry reported its highest sales in 26 years, shipping 93,300 units.

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Asian invasion

Business | Toyota, Honda, and Nissan all posted record numbers last year, while DaimlerChrysler was the only Detroit automaker to show an increase
by Dan Perkins
Posted 1/22/05, 12:00 am

General Motors, Ford, and DaimlerChrysler are watching their spot atop the U.S. automobile industry in sales here at home slipping slowly away. Toyota, Honda, and Nissan all posted record numbers last year, while DaimlerChrysler was the only Detroit automaker to show an increase. But in the end, DaimlerChrysler sold just 146,000 more vehicles than Toyota in 2004.

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Corporate tsunami aid

Business | Within a week of the tsunami disaster more than $2 billion in relief aid had been accumulated worldwide with millions of it coming from contributions by individual U.S.
by Dan Perkins
Posted 1/15/05, 12:00 am

Large corporations are pitching in to help tsunami victims. Within a week of the disaster more than $2 billion in relief aid had been accumulated worldwide with millions of it coming from contributions by individual U.S. corporations capitalizing on the opportunity to donate their products-or some of their profits-to the disaster-stricken region.

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