Business and Economy

StateImpact
5:08 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Will Northern Pass Create Jobs? It Depends On Which Study You Believe

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 5:08 pm

One of the main questions that lingers over Northern Pass is: Will it create jobs, especially in the struggling North Country?

And, befitting the layers of controversy surrounding the project, the simplest answer won out.

It depends on who you ask.

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Books News & Features
8:36 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Publishers And Booksellers See A 'Predatory' Amazon

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 11:00 am

Booksellers and publishers are worried that Amazon is going to devour their industry. The giant online retailer seems to have its hands in all aspects of the business, from publishing books to selling them — and that has some in the book world wondering if there is any end to Amazon's influence.

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December home sales
3:56 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Wanted: A Clear Trend in Home Sales

Home sales in New Hampshire remained about even with last year. About 200 more homes changed hands in 2011 than in 2010. Prices continued to slide. The median sales price was about $201,000, or about 6 percent less than the year before. The latest numbers from the New Hampshire Association of Realtors leave it unclear where the market is headed. There are some signs of improvement. Between November and December, prices held steady and at least from one month to the next, the number of homes sold rose by about 8 percent.

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Business and Economy
4:51 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

3 Companies Selected for Stimulus-funded Green Launching Pad

Governor John Lynch announced Wednesday that three manufacturing companies will participate in the latest round of the Green Launching Pad.

The stimulus-funded Green Launching Pad is a partnership between UNH and the state designed to develop businesses, bring new products to market, and create jobs.

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StateImpact
10:12 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Best Of StateImpact: Why The NH Lottery's Revenues Are Down--And Why It Matters

Originally published on Mon January 16, 2012 10:12 am

One of our most popular on-going series has been "Losing The Lotto," our continued look at the facts, figures, and people behind the New Hampshire Lottery.

Losing The Lotto: What The New Hampshire Lottery Pays For: Our first installment of the series tackles the basics of what you need to know about how the state lotto works and maps its steady revenue decline over the years.

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Around the Nation
8:44 am
Sat January 14, 2012

The Income Gap: Unfair, Or Are We Just Jealous?

Occupy Wall Street members stage a protest march near Wall Street in New York in October. Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center says the movement has "crystallized" the idea of economic disparity.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 14, 2012 9:56 pm

The widening gulf between the rich and everyone else is a growing source of tension in America.

A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds the income gap is now seen as a bigger source of conflict in the U.S. than race, age or national origin. That's why some believe the issue could matter in the presidential campaign, and others worry it could warp the national debate.

Two out of three Americans now perceive strong social conflicts over the income gap — up sharply from two years ago. Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center has an idea what's behind the increase.

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StateImpact New Hampshire
5:34 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Q&A: Outgoing Stonyfield CEO on the Organic Business Model, His Political Future and Agent Orange

Gary Hirshberg has spent half his life at the helm of Londonderry-based Stonyfield, growing the brand from a small dairy farm to the world's top organic yogurt manufacturer, employing 470 people.*

Now, after 28 years, Hirshberg's stepping down from his position as CEO (or "CE-Yo," as the position's been dubbed at Stonyfield).

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Business and Economy
5:30 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Veteran Unemployment Remains High

The last of the U-S troops are now returning from Iraq.

Once home they’re likely to end up joining thousands of other veterans looking for work in a bleak job market.

Despite government incentives to get companies to hire vets, unemployment among vets is still higher than civilians.

The youngest veterans struggle the most.

Twenty-two year old Courtney Selig went into the military to better herself.

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Business
10:04 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Luxury Tractor Makes Debut At Detroit Auto Show

Craftsman's CTX tractor series is the first to be featured at the Detroit Auto Show. The newly unveiled line is equipped with many automobile-inspired features, including cup holders.
Mercedes Mejia

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 12:01 am

At the 2012 North American International Auto Show, it's clear that the industry's love affair with alpha-numeric designations hasn't waned. There's the ATS, the 700C, the MKZ. Now comes the CTX, a new line of Craftsman riding lawn mowers. They are fast, powerful and loaded with amenities.

"Everybody knows that Detroit's the national stage for cars — Motor City is where autos come from. So this show made perfect sense to come here and launch the tractor," says Onney Crawley, Craftsman's director of brand management for lawn and garden.

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The Two-Way
10:50 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Hostess, Maker Of Twinkies, Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

A Twinkie shows off its creamy filling in this file photo from 2005. A snack-cake sales slump is one reason Hostess Brands is seeking protection from its creditors.
Tim Boyle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 9:10 am

Twinkies maker Hostess Brands Inc., is again seeking protection from its creditors, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as the company tries to cope with high debt and rising costs of labor and raw materials.

Hostess, which also makes Ho Hos, Sno Balls, and Wonder Bread, is a privately held company based in Irving, Tex. It owes millions to suppliers and labor unions. The company has reportedly found some financing to keep it running during bankruptcy proceedings.

For our Newscast desk, Larry Abramson reports:

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StateImpact
10:30 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Why Candidates Are Spending Less On The NH Primary This Cycle--And What It Could Mean For The Future

There's been a collective notion swirling among New Hampshire politicos and pundits that this year's Republican primary just doesn't stack up to past events. Candidates aren't as anxious to go to town hall meetings and shake hands at nondescript diners. By and large, they're not throwing astronomical sums of cash into unending TV ads. Yes, they're here, touting the importance of the early New England vote.

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Tue January 10, 2012

News From CES: Some Ford Vehicles Will Give Drivers Voice Control Of NPR's App

A Ford dashboard as it would look when connected to the NPR News app.
Ford Motor Company

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 8:00 pm

Amid a flurry of connected-auto news, NPR announced today that its mobile news application will now connect with Ford's SYNC AppLink.

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StateImpact
10:30 am
Fri December 30, 2011

This Year's Essential StateImpact: The 10 Posts That Caught Your Eye (And Your Clicks)

It's hard for us to believe, but StateImpact New Hampshire launched just five short months ago. During that time, we've worked to bring you data-driven reports and analysis focused how business and the economy in New Hampshire work. Our goal is to bring you original journalism, to dig deeper into the big stories of the day, and to bring you the stories you didn't even know were there. And, we've tried to do it in as interesting and as accessible a way as possible.

We're going to do more of the same in the New Year.

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StateImpact
4:27 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Five Essential Trends That Shaped NH's Economy In 2011

With Christmas and Hanukkah wrapped-up, we've officially reached the pre-New Year's lull. This brief respite from the regularly scheduled holiday cheer is when many people take the opportunity to consider their accomplishments and failures over the past year, and resolve to do better in the future. Other people just go to work for a few days and get really, really bored at their desks as they countdown to their next party.

Either way, it's a bit of a restless period, isn't it?

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Business and Economy
5:08 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Expansion Could Give Nashua Airport Economic Boost

Nashua Airport
Photo: Sheryl Rich-Kern

Some sectors of the New Hampshire economy are taking longer to rebound from the recession.

Particularly industries that rely on discretionary income, like many of the 20 small airports in the state.

Nashua’s Municipal Airport is one of the state’s oldest and busiest.

But it’s been years since this airport operated to its capacity.

Now a new $16 million construction project may give the airport the economic lift it needs.

It’s a cold, but sunny December morning at the Nashua Municipal Airport, also known as Boire Field.

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