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Japanese consumers are on a spending spree ahead of a sales tax hike, and companies are increasing production to meet growing demand.
Just when you thought that credit machines were the pinnacle of monetary transactions. Mobile credit card processing is a new and successful way of paying for goods and services by using ones cellphone or other mobile devices.
Suddenly, notes Al Lewis, some retailers are singing a new song.

South African paper maker Mondi posted higher 2013 full-year earnings on Friday, helped by benefits from acquisitions in its packaging business. Mondi, which is also listed in London, said diluted headline earnings per share for the year to end-December totalled 91.1 euro cents from 62.7 euro cents a year earlier. Headline EPS is the key measure of profitability in South Africa and strips out certain one-off and non-trading items. "The packaging paper business was the stand-out performer, benefiting from higher average pricing in all key grades and good volume growth," the company

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Actor Ryan Reynolds has sold his home high above the Sunset Strip for $1,405,000 – a loss of $310,000.
Muddled by inconsistent earnings and stock performances, one sector appears tougher and tougher to predict, CNBC's Jim Cramer says.
Official figures confirm that the UK economy grew by 0.7% in the final three months of 2013, helped by rising business investment.
Gov. Gary Herbert said he wanted to reject a full Medicaid expansion to enroll more people in the government program and instead seek federal dollars to cover the poor in private plans.    
The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau urged credit card companies to give customers free copies of their credit scores.    

The Japanese yen rallied against the US dollar yesterday and continue to gain today as the political turmoil in Ukraine feeds the risk-negative mood on financial markets. The currency also rallied against the euro and the Great Britain pound.(...)Read the rest of Yen Rallies vs. Dollar as Tensions in Ukraine Escalate (90 words) Posted on Forex News.

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