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Service without a smile: why airlines aren't nice

...or the global reach of airlines like Delta or United," says Henry Harteveldt, of travel advisory firm Atmosphere Research Group.Virgin America's first flights, in August 2007, came at the onset of the Great Recession. Fuel prices spiked...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-08/service-without-smile-why-
Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 298,000

...jobs and hiring helped boost consumer confidence to nearly a seven-year high in August, the Conference Board, a research group, said earlier this week.The percentage of respondents who said jobs were "plentiful" rose to 18.2 from 15...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-28/applications-us-unemployme
Students look for ways around high book prices

...said. "This semester, I got kind of lucky."According to a 2014 survey released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group's Education Fund, college textbook costs have increased by 82 percent in the last decade and have caused 65 percent...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-08-18/students-lo
Protect yourself against identity theft

...better, but your own money is not at risk with a credit card," says Ed Mierzwinski, of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.3. Free monitoringConcerned consumers can pay an organization for credit monitoring, but the government offers three...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/2014-08-03/protect-yourself-against-identity-t
Bold colors, metallics, sporty styles well suited for shoppers

...at the knee.The financesRETURN OF THE ONE PIECE: Sales of one-piece swimsuits have gone up. Data from market research group NPD show one-piece sales increasing 15 percent from the April 2012 to March 2013 period to the April 2013 to March...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/2014-05-24/bold-colors-metallics-sporty-styles
States seek a spot in retirement plan landscape

...of living in retirement."We feel there is a retirement crisis," said Diane Oakley, executive director of the research group.Illinois, Indiana, Maine and Washington also considered legislation this year proposing state-sponsored individual...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-04/states-seek-spot-retiremen
Dress shopping might be precarious task for plus-size girls

...customers say.Sixteen percent of women's clothing sold in the U.S. is size 14 and up, according to the market research group NPD. But the plus-size women's business has "pretty much been ignored by the big stores," said Marshal...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/2014-04-19/dress-shopping-can-be-tricky-plus-s
Apple, Comcast in talks about TV service

...one-third of the nation's broadband market, and its network would reach almost 60 percent of U.S. homes, Buckingham Research Group analyst James Ratcliffe said Monday. He viewed a potential deal with Apple as "broadly positive for Comcast...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-03-24/apple-comcast-talks-about-
Lower gas prices lifting hopes for holiday sales

...gas prices in 50-cent increments, said Britt Beemer, the head of the consumer behavior consultant America's Research Group. Based on his firm's research, shoppers would spend more freely if gas settles below $3 or $2.50. They...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-11-27/lower-gas-prices-lifting-h
Twitter has power but lacks profits, investors concerned

...billion monthly users on Facebook, a big rival for social-media ad dollars.Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research Group, says investors shouldn't be put off by Facebook comparisons. He says Twitter is a "niche" business, but one...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-11-05/twitter-has-power-lacks-pr