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Princeton, Williams Top Annual List of Colleges and Universities

|Published September 22, 2017|

By Thursday Review editors

Newsmagazine U.S. News released its annual list of the best U.S. colleges and universities, and at the top of that much-followed ranking is...(click to read more)


Sears & Kmart to Close 20 Additional Stores This Year

| Published June 24, 2017 |

By Thursday Review
staff writers

Troubled retail chain Sears Roebuck, which had earlier this year announced the closer of scores of stores in the U.S., announced this week that it will...(click to read more)

Red Solo cup

New Year’s Weekend Sees Passing of Inventor of Solo Cup

| Published January 1, 2016 |

By Thursday Review editors

As the song goes, Red Solo cup, I fill you up, let’s have a party, proceed to party. Words of wisdom for millions, but now, on New Year’s weekend, there is mourning for...(click to read more)

Sears, Kmart to
Close 68 Stores

| Published April 24, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

The troubles facing Sears and Kmart are numerous and deep, and the roots of those problems can be famously traced back decades. That Sears is...[ Read more ]

Boeing jet

Boeing May Cut Up to 8,000 Airplane Jobs

| Published March 31, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

The giant Chicago-headquartered Boeing, an aerospace, aviation and technology company, says it plans to slash up to 8,000 jobs during 2016, a...[ Read more ]

DuPont building

DuPont Dow Merger May Ultimately Produce Three Companies

| Published December 11, 2015 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

It may be easily and accurately described as the biggest merger of all time, except that it could be only temporary...[ Read more ]

McDonald's store

Federal Judge Orders McDonald’s to Produce Emails
| Published October 31, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

McDonald’s says that thousands of emails which were sent back and forth between employees and franchise owners and franchise managers are not relevant to...[ Read more ]

Wal-mart store

Wal-Mart’s Tough Times
| Published October 19, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Wal-Mart is warning investors and Wall Street that it is going to facing tough times in the months ahead. Last week it said a...[ Read more ]

Shell gas station logo

Shell Suspends Operations in Alaskan Waters
| Published September 28, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Despite spending billions of dollars on initial work in the icy cold waters north of Alaska, Shell (full name: Royal Dutch Shell) has announced it will...[ Read more ]

Skyscrapers in Shanghai

Chinese Stocks Slump Across the Board
| Published July 27, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Market watchers and business analysts had hoped that China’s recent deep slump in stocks would have reached the bottom of the...[ Read more ]

UCLA Cyber Attack

Cyber Attack Targets UCLA Hospital System
| Published July 18, 2015 |

By Keith H. Roberts
Thursday Review contributor

The records and personal information of at least 4.5 million patients may have been exposed to hackers during a sustained...[ Read more ]

Blue Bell ice creamAEtna + Humana

Aetna Offers $37 Billion for Humana
| Published July 3, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Two of the largest health and medical insurance providers in the United States plan to complete a merger agreement this year, according to announcements by...[ Read more ]

Blue Bell ice cream

Recall Forces Blue Bell to Lay Off Thousands
| Published May 16, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Recalls can cost U.S. business tens of millions—even hundreds of millions of dollars—each year, and cause millions of Americans who own cars or computers to return...[ Read more ]

McDonald's store front

McDonald’s Posts Another Decline
| Published April 23, 2015 |

By Thursday Review
staff writers

McDonald’s has had six straight declines in six quarters, and their most recent 90 days may have been the...[ Read more ]

Yemen oil battle

Yemen's Collapse: Will it Impact Oil Prices?
| Published March 27, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Oil prices are continuing to fall worldwide despite the threat of some disruptions on the Arabian Peninsula, as Yemen descends into...[ Read more ]

side of Target store

Target Withdraws From Canada
| Published January 31, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Target’s new Chairman and CEO, Brian Cornell, says the company will spend at least $600 million to complete an orderly and total pullout from Canada, starting...[ Read more ]


Apple’s iPhone Scores Big in Asian Markets
| Published January 21, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Apple has reached a milestone in the business of selling products in Asia. The U.S.-based technology giant—maker of smart phones and computers, among other things—has now...[ Read more ]

economic chart rising

U.S. Consumer Confidence Rising
| Published December 30, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

Spurred on toward optimism by some of the lowest oil and energy prices in years, American consumers expressed greater confidence in the U.S. economy in December, according to...[ Read more ]

Putin Press Conference

Oil Price Drop Hurts Russia
| Published December 18, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Saudi Arabia may be flooding the world oil markets with cheap crude drilled from its abundant supply on the peninsula, and its intended target may in fact be...(click to read more)

cell phone and graph

Up Your Sales
By Brien Sorne
Thursday Review contributor

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails. —John Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Some years ago, my sons and I set off with a group of other dads and their sons for a wilderness adventure. The idea was to travel to a remote area, rent some canoes and spend the next three days in the wilderness of the West Florida panhandle, camping and canoeing our way down...[read more]

hand holding a cartoon condo

Bulk Buyers Threaten Condo Owners
| Published Sept. 17, 2014 |

By Earl Perkins
Thursday Review
features editor

Greedy people with too much money and lots of good lawyers are staying up nights trying to take everything you own. Just ask Florida Rep...[ Read more ]

Shellshock virus

Shellshock: Shock & Awe
| Published Sept. 28, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

In a year marked by data breaches and computer vulnerabilities, each new arrival seems worse than the last. Last December, weeks after the peak of holiday shopping, we learned that...[ Read more ]

Trump Plaza Atlantic City

Trump Entertainment in Bankruptcy
| Published Sept. 10, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Atlantic City’s economic meltdown may be accelerating this week with the announcement that...[ Read more ]

McDonald's store front

Tarnish on the Golden Arches

| Published August 26, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

Hamburgers have been back in the news lately, and the news has not been entirely good.  Burger King announced a proposed deal wherein it would...[ Read more ]

Madison WI capitol with Skype and Snapchat logos

States Lose Revenue to Skype & Snapchat
| Published July 22, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

So what happens when land line telephone use not merely declines, but plummets over a ten-year period, and, simultaneous...[ Read more ]

Allsop Bridge in Jacksonville Florida

Paying for Roads, Bridges, Overpasses
| Published July 13, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

The majority of the major highways and interstates in the United States were built during an infrastructure...[ Read more ]

Keurig & Kcup

Keurig Green Mountain: Peaks of Profits
  | Published July 3, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

Regular followers of Thursday Review business news probably grow tired of reading about it, but once again we’d like to point out that Polar Vortex had a wide reach into the economy...[Read more]

NFL's Roger Goodell

Will Big Bucks Sway the NFL?
| Published September 20, 2014 |

By Earl Perkins
Thursday Review contributor

Social media, a changing journalism environment, and numerous extremely vociferous detractors could hurt the National Football League's bottom line, as...[ Read more ]

BYD Electric Bus

Mass Transit, Green Transit
| Published July 5, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Sometime near the end of 2015 Tesla Motors hopes to have built enough charging stations along U.S. interstate highways and other...[ Read more ]

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Whole Foods Westlake

Amazon to Buy Whole Foods

| Published June 18, 2017 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review
staff writers

In a deal exceeding $13.5 billion, online retailer Amazon has agreed to buy grocery chain Whole Foods, a move most Wall Street and business analysts say is Amazon’s latest...(click to read more)

JC Penney storefront

JC Penney to Close 140 Stores in 2017

| Published February 25, 2017 |

By Thursday Review
staff writers

Despite stronger-than-expected earnings in the fourth quarter of 2016 and missing expectations on some factors by only a tiny percentage, struggling retail giant JC Penney plans to...(click to read more)

Microsoft building

Microsoft May Announce Layoffs of 700

| Published January 22, 2017 |

By Thursday Review business editors

The software and tech giant Microsoft—facing possible criticism of lower-than-expected earnings numbers this week—may layoff between 650 and 700 employees, according to company insiders and...(click to read more)

Saudi Arabia Aramco

OPEC Agrees to Production Cuts

| Published December 2, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

OPEC agreed to cut production of oil and gas production this week, breaking an eight-year stalemate in which member nations were unable to reach an agreement to more tightly...(click to read more)

Twitter Headquarters

Twitter Announces Possible Layoffs, Kills Vine

| Published November 1, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

Adding to the list of tech companies letting some employees go, social media giant Twitter announced last week that it plans to lay off nearly 10 percent of its...(click to read more)

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo’s Expanding Scandals

| Published October 1, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

The problems facing U.S. banking giant Wells Fargo do not appear to be going away anytime soon. Top executives for the largest bank still face a storm of...(click to read more)

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Ex-Employees: Fired for Shunning Fake Account Scheme

| Published September 25, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review staff

Wells Fargo, one of the largest banks in the U.S., remains in hot water with banking regulators and Congress for an unfolding scandal still reverberating through...(click to read more)

Cisco Headquarters

Cisco Systems to Cut Up to 5,500 Jobs

| Published August 19, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff

Tech giant Cisco Systems says that falling revenue and financial shortfalls are forcing it to cut as many as 5,500 workers, or roughly 7% of its total...(click to read more)

Delta Airline on runway

Delta Outage Forces Hundreds of Flight Cancellations

| Published August 8, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff

A massive computer crash impacted one of the world’s largest airlines, grounding departing flights worldwide on Monday while engineers and computer technicians worked to restore the...(click to read more)

Donald Trump in Ohio

Federal Judge:

Trump University Case Will Go to Trial

| Published August 5, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

A Federal judge has denied an attempt by Donald Trump to dismiss the pending court case against Trump University, the business school created to...(click to read more)

composite of flags

British Exit:

Impact Spreads to Markets,
Labour Party

| Published June 26, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

The ramifications of the British vote to leave the European Union continue to reverberate across the continent and around the world, with markets...(click to read more)

bottle of Bayer Low Dpse Aspirin

Bayer Buyout of Monsanto Gives Investors Headaches

| Published June 6, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts, Thursday Review contributor

Bayer AG has offered so much money in its bid to buy Monsanto that investors on all sides of the matter are deeply concerned, after all Bayer’s proposal of...(click to read more)

Old Navy store front

Gap, Old Navy:

Profits Drop, Again

| Published May 10, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff

Gap stores—and the parent company’s related brands, such as Old Navy and Banana Republic—have had one their worst quarters in a decade. Falling sales have prompted the retailer to...(click to read more)

house with a

Florida Cities Top Home-Flipping List

| Published April 8, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff

For better or worse, for richer or poorer, the economic trend is back, and it will have an especially large impact on you and your family if...(click to read more)

Google's driverless car

The Joys & Perils of the Driverless Car

| Published March 16, 2016 |

By Earl Perkins, Thursday Review features writer

Scent of a Woman wouldn't have been such an exciting movie if Al Pacino were tooling around in a self-driving car with Chris O’Donnell as the...(click to read more)

Jos Banks storefront

Jos. A. Bank and Men’s Wearhouse to Shutter 250 Stores

| Published March 10, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff

The company which owns and manages the Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank line of retail stores says it is in the early stages of...(click to read more)

Walmart grocery storefront

Walmart Closing 269 Stores, Will Cut 16,000 Jobs

| Published January 17, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff

This giant retailer’s move could be more of a sign of certain economic troubles ahead than the record-shattering two week...(click to read more)

Macy's storefront

Macy’s to Layoff Thousands, Close 36 Stores

| Published January 7, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff writers

Like many retailers, Macy’s has had a bad year, and its problems persisted even through the...(click to read more)

Shoppers in line at Best Buy on Thanksgiving Day

A Grey Area:
Black Friday’s Pricing Truths

| Published November 28, 2015 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review staff

It’s no secret that Black Friday has crept its way into everything—from clothing stores to appliances, from books and music, to car sales and even...(click to read more)

Budweiser Beer

Anheuser-Busch to Merge With SAB Miller

| Published October 13, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

It would be one of the largest international mergers in history, and the biggest for beer drinkers worldwide.

After months of speculation, rumors, bids, counter-bids, and...(click to read more)

VW Sedan

Volkswagen’s Long Road Ahead

| Published September 24, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

The so-called "Dieselgate" emissions scandal that rocked automaker Volkswagen this week has left millions of car owners and thousands of dealerships wondering...(click to read more)

Bertha tunnel in Seattle Washington

Big Dig:
Bertha is Still Stuck, For Now

| Published September 9, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

One of the biggest tunneling projects in the world is stuck, sort of literally. Seattle’s massive tunnel project—which has as its main attraction a giant...(click to read more)

Shanghai River

China Triggers Global Market Bloodbath
| Published August 24, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Yet another calamitous day on the troubled Shanghai market has triggered a big round of selloffs around the world. China’s stock market opened early on Monday to a massive slide—down 8.5 percent in one day of hectic trading, and yet setting the tone for another horrible...(click to read more)

Shanghai business district

China Devalues its Currency
| Published August 12, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

International markets saw stocks slide across the board in the wake of Beijing’s decision to again devalue the yuan, the Chinese currency. China’s decision to lower its currency was meant to attract buyers of government bonds, but the Chinese stock market slump is triggering... (click to read more)

A&P storefront

A&P Files for Bankruptcy Protection
| Published July 22, 2015 |

Thursday Review staff

The iconic grocery store chain A&P—also known as the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company—has again filed for bankruptcy. A&P completed its Chapter 11 filings in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York. In its documents and papers, the company said that it was in... (click to read more)

Greek Finance and Prime Ministers

Greek Default Could Have Wide Impact
| Published June 30, 2015 |

Thursday Review staff

Greece will not make its $1.9 billion debt payment to the International Monetary Fund, according to Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. Greece becomes the first developed nation to...(click to read more)

Greek flag & Euro coin

Greek Debt Crisis Spurs ATM Panic and Bank Closures
| Published June 29, 2015 |

By Keith H. Roberts
Thursday Review contributor

The failure of negotiations between Greece and its numerous creditors has triggered panic and fear in Greece, as pensioners and investors overrun banks, shoppers swarm into stores in search of milk, bottled water and food and supplies, and as average...(click to read more)

Takata Lobby

Takata Agrees to Mass Airbag Recall
| Published May 20, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

By almost all official and unofficial estimates it is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, and it will affect more than 34 million vehicles in the United States—or roughly one fifth of all passenger cars and SUVs on the road.

After more than a year of wrangling with regulators, investigators and safety officials—at the state and local levels—and after at least 18 months of growing legal action by attorneys and plaintiffs seeking...(click to read more)

Tesla Motors Supercharger Hero 2x

Will Low Oil Prices Delay Electric’s Rollout?
| Published May 6, 2015 |

By Keith H. Roberts
Thursday Review contributor

The tipping point may have arrived in the delicate market balance between traditional gas-sucking cars and trucks, and those high tech hybrids and electric cars now entering so many U.S. cities and towns.

But with oil and gas prices at a low not seen in more than five years, will consumers begin to make the full-scale migration to alternative fuel vehicles?

That question hangs in the balance, as some of the major players begin to push their efficient hybrids, smart cars, electric and battery powered cars, and even...(click to read more)

Greek flag

Greek Default Threatens European Economy
| Published April 18, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Greece’s fiscal crisis is troubling U.S. markets and investors, and Wall Street analysts say that last week’s stock prices drops are linked directly to worries that Greece will default on its substantial debt and dissolve its relationship with the European Union.

The Greek problem spilled into almost every part of U.S. investment: the Dow Jones industrial average fell roughly 1.3 percent last week; the Standard & Poor’s index lost 21 points; and the NASDAQ lost about 70 points, or 1.4 percent.

Within Greece, there is little political consensus for a...(click to read more)

pumping gas in car

Oil Prices May Continue to Decline
| Published April 14, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff writers

It may yet prove to be a valuable stimulus to the U.S. economy, as well as the economies of scores of other countries, though businesses and nations engaged in oil and gas are displeased.

Oil prices are certain to drop even further this year, driven downward by a variety of factors certain to keep the price of U.S. gasoline at low levels, and possibly...(click to read more)

Kraft & Heinz products

Heinz & Kraft Merger Will Form Food Behemoth
| Published April 4, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Get ready for some serious realignment in the food industry, with the possibility of price increase at the grocery stores.

No, we are not referring to the California drought—now in its third year—which will eventually drive up the cost of more than one hundred staples of U.S. grocery stores and markets. The sustained drought, the worst in California history, has already...(click to read more)

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Which is the Busiest Airport?
| Published March 29, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

The old joke used to be that when you die, your soul still has to pass through Atlanta to get to heaven or to hell. Whether that is true remains for all of us to see at some later point.

For now, however, the debate still rages over how to define the busiest airport in the United States—by the total number of people and passengers who pass through its halls and terminals, or by the...(click to read more)

Apple watches

Is the Smart Watch the Next Big Thing?
| Published March 12, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

After more than a year of discussion and speculation, Apple released its smart watch this week during a live presentation by Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Technologists and investors have had their eye on wearables for several years now, but it has been Apple’s long-awaited roll out which has intrigued technology writers and Apple enthusiasts the most.

Starting at the low end, the cheapest Apple wrist product will sell for about...(click to read more)


Expedia Will Buy Orbitz
| Published February 13, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

As is often the case as new technologies and buying preferences reshape our world, sometimes in disruptive and dramatic ways, there is irony. Radio Shack’s collapse and bankruptcy is in part because of its inability to cope with the rapid advance of cell phone and smart phone technologies, an arena in which it was once a prominent retailer and a primary account vendor; it now plans to sell more than half its retail storefronts to Sprint, and perhaps 15% of those locations to Amazon.

So it is with the online travel booking and hospitality websites. Once numerous, the...(click to read more)

keyboard with hacker typing

China May be Behind Anthem Cyber Attack
| Published February 6, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

It may turn out to be the largest cyber-attack of an insurance provider in U.S. history. Last week, hackers broke into the computer network at Anthem Incorporated, and hauled off with the personal information of more than 80 million customers and employees. Among the data stolen: full names, Social Security numbers, home addresses, landline phone numbers, cell numbers, and email...(click to read more)

dollar bills in decreasing sizes

Good Deflation, Bad Deflation
| Published January 28, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

If we told you that prices are going down across the board—and never mind the fact that six months ago we warned you that all prices were going up, up, up, thanks to Polar Vortex and drought—you would almost automatically assume that falling prices are a good thing. It’s an intuitive reaction.
But the fact is, there’s good deflation and bad deflation. No, we are not referring to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots—the accusation that the Pats may have...(click to read more)

Radio Shack store front

Radio Shack’s Hard Times
| Published January 19, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Radio Shack’s slow business demise has been both predictable and—some would argue—probably inevitable. Though its coming meltdown was not as obvious as the business model collapses of, say Blockbuster or My Space, it has nevertheless suffered from a remarkable lack of flexibility and adaptability over the last two decades.  Its very name has a musty, dusty, garage-like scent to it: “radio” and “shack,” terms which were in fact already a...(click to read more)

oil barge

Oil Prices & Saudi Arabia's Endgame
| Published January 8, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

There are a lot of reasons why gasoline prices are falling dramatically in the United States and Canada. Many of those causes are of no particular or immediate worry to the average American. Most U.S. households are expected to save an average of $1100 (roughly $550 per vehicle) in the 12 month period beginning late last summer, when prices first began their slide down. That windfall will surely create additional disposable income for the majority of consumers—cash which economists believe will be used to make purchases...(click to read more)

oil barge

Energy Uncertainty Sparks New Year's Dow Plunge
| Published January 6, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Oil prices continue to drop worldwide, and that—coupled with a striking drop of the cost of gas at the pump for Americans—should bring all good news.  But, as is the case with anything economic, there is a downside. On Monday, January 5, 2015, the first full trading day of the New Year, the Dow plunged 312 points—a massive selloff in direct response, analysts...(click to read more)

grocery cart

Oil Prices May Drop, But Food & Coffee Will Cost More in 2015
| Published December 28, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

Americans and Canadians may be paying a lot less for oil and gas this year, at least for the next several months. Oil analysts expect prices to drop more, and then stay low through at least until the end of March. Some economists, as well as the U.S. Department of Commerce, estimate that the typical U.S. household will save about $1100 over the course of one year if those...(click to read more)

low gas price marquee

Oil Prices May Continue to Drop
| Published December 23, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

Right now, in several U.S. states and municipalities, gasoline at the pump is as low as $2 per gallon. Thursday Review readers in South Carolina and Oklahoma have sent pictures, or told us about, buying gas for $1.92 and $1.89. Gas prices are rapidly approaching their lowest mark in more than seven years, and some experts think the price could edge even lower by New Years.  A gift from Santa, right? And right on time to save everyone a few bucks at the peak of holiday...(click to read more)

Hong Kong

Will Hong Kong's Protest Movement Falter?
| Published November 26, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Police and security teams in Hong Kong have begun a street-level campaign to disperse throngs of demonstrators and remove or demolish barricades and other protest structures in some downtown neighborhoods, including Mong Kok. As police slowly clear the streets—some of which have been blocked or disrupted for months—they are also making arrests. Among thosel...(click to read more)


Tesla: A Case of Supply Versus Demand
| Published November 7, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

Billionaires can afford to lose some money, and sometimes it makes perfect sense—especially if what they seek is a game-changing result for all that toil and investment.  Elon Musk’s automotive division, Tesla Motors, just closed another unprofitable quarter, reporting to investors a loss of about $74.6 million for the third quarter of 2014. This is about twice Tesla’s loss when compared to the same quarter in 2013. But that’s...(click to read more)

Aerial view of Hong Kong

Hong Kong's Economy May Suffer From Political Chaos
| Published September 18, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

They call themselves Occupy Central, and their goal is to establish an “era of civil disobedience” in Hong Kong, the once British colonial outpost which reconnected with the People’s Republic of China in 1997.  Occupy Central intends to raise the stakes in a variety of non-violent...(click to read more)

Uber versus Taxis

Taxis, Drivers & Digital Disruptors
| Published June 23, 2014 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

There are hardly any venues in which the term “digital disruption” applies more than in the worlds of cab drivers and delivery folk. Digital disruption, in case you’ve been asleep during recent years, are words to describe how technology shatters conventional business models and up-ends time-honored processes.  For example, Amazon has... (click to read more)

Equifax Data Breach May Be Most Serious in U.S. History

|Published September 14, 2017|

By R. Alan Clanton,
Thursday Review editor

So long to your most sacred personal information—or so say the experts in the wake of a data breach at the Atlanta-based...(click to read more)

Gamestop Hits
Sales Stop

| Published March 28, 2017 |

By Thursday Review
staff writers

Electronics and entertainment retailer GameStop posted its worst financial results in years, releasing its fourth quarter 2016 earnings report and announcing that...(click to read more)

Bill O’Reilly Taking Hiatus From Fox News

| Published April 14, 2017 |

By Thursday Review editors

Amidst a growing storm of accusations from women charging him with sexual harassment and misconduct, Fox News commentator and host Bill O’Reilly will take...(click to read more)

Chevy Malibu

Chevy, Ford & Toyota Biggest Drivers of Broadcast Spending

| Published February 5, 2017 |

By Thursday Review editors

According to a variety of industry reports and an analysis by the media technology firm 4C, automakers were the biggest spenders in primetime on broadcast television in the...(click to read more)


Weak Holiday Numbers Force Layoffs for Macy's, Sears, Kmart

| Published January 6, 2017 |

By Thursday Review
staff writers

Three major U.S. retailers are feeling the pinch from a slower-than-expected holiday season, their slumps the direct result—industry experts suggest—of a still larger share of American buying...(click to read more)

Wells Fargo

Stumpf Parachutes Out of Wells Fargo Amid Scandals

| Published October 15, 2016 |

By R. Alan Clanton and
Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review editors

After more than a month of intense fallout from a banking scandal now consuming the massive financial institution over which he presided, Wells Fargo CEO John Gerard Stumpf has...(click to read more)

Ralph Lauren to Lay Off 1000 and Shut Some Stores
| Published June 12, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff

Amidst plummeting sales figures and rapidly falling profits, American luxury designer-retailer Ralph Lauren says it will be soon forced to cut up to 1000 jobs and close...(click to read more)

Wendy's Restaurant

Wendy’s Will Roll-Out Ordering Kiosks This Year
| Published May 15, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff

Get ready for more robots, kiosks, and automated, customer-driven processes in your...(click to read more)

Publix store front

Wegmans, Publix Top List of Favorite Grocery Stores
| Published April 14, 2016 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

According to extensive research surveys and an opinion poll conducted by Market Force Information, the most popular grocery store chain in the United States is...(click to read more)

Alaska airlines

Alaska Air Will Buy Virgin America
| Published April 4, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff

Alaska Air Group, Inc., seeking to solidify its role as a major player for the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada, announced this week that it...(click to read more)

Kohl's storefront

Kohl’s to Lay-Off 1,500 Employees; Close Some Stores
| Published March 22, 2016 |

By Keith H. Robrts,
Thursday Review contributor

The department store chain Kohl’s, facing a sharp drop in profits after several consecutive periods of profit loss, announced this week that it will...(click to read more)

Comcast sign

Comcast Outage Impacts Millions on President’s Day
| Published February 16, 2016 |

By Thursday Review staff

A massive outage by the nation’s largest provider of internet, television and phone left millions of cable subscribers without service for hours on Monday in what was eventually determined...(click to read more)

loose coins

A Dime’s Worth of Difference
| Published January 10, 2015 |

By Earl Perkins,
Thursday Review
features editor

Millions of parents have told their children not to waste time or money saving, or buying, coins. They used every excuse in the book. No! They'll never be...(click to read more)

Martin Shkreli

Shkreli Replaced as CEO of Turing Pharma
| Published December 18, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Some have said it is a case of Instant Karma, and some have even applauded his recent misfortunes. Call it...(click to read more)

Screen shot of Target Cyber Monday website

Target Website Crashes During Cyber Monday
| Published November 30, 2015 |

By Keith H. Roberts,
Thursday Review contributor

If you need any further evidence that Americans are shifting their shopping preferences to the internet, look no further than...(click to read more)

Amazon stores

A 1936 Book Explains Why Wal-Mart Will Have a Bad Year
| Published October 28, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

Thursday Review writer and features editor Earl Perkins is a hoarder. He admits as much, and because he is in the process of...(click to read more)

Dell laptop

Dell to Buy Data & Cloud Firm EMC
| Published October 12, 2015 |

by Thursday Review staff

Computer giant Dell announced on Monday that it is purchasing data storage and cloud computing firm EMC Corporation in a massive...(click to read more)

Google Headquarters

Google is Now Alphabet
| Published October 5, 2015 |

by Thursday Review staff

Google has officially renamed its technology and entrepreneurial division Alphabet in an apparent attempt to give identity latitude to...(click to read more)

Dr. Ben Carson with Vanita Boulware Sansom (left) and others at a campaign event in Montgomery, AL

Dr. Ben Carson’s Minimum Wage Proposal
| Published September 18, 2015 |

Thursday Review staff

All things considered, it was a remarkably un-Republican comment to make, especially when it was tossed right into the middle of a major...(click to read more)

Anthem Headquarters

Anthem to Buy Cigna in $54 Billion Deal
| Published July 24, 2015 |

Thursday Review staff

Anthem Incorporated, already one of the largest providers of health insurance in North America, has announced that it will...(click to read more)

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Cash-Strapped Greece Given New Deadline
| Published July 8, 2015 |

Thursday Review staff

For economically-troubled Greece, the clock is ticking…again.

Members of the European community called the Euro Zone have told Greek officials the...(click to read more)

self-serve gas pump

Why Oil Prices Will Continue to Fall
| Published July 3, 2015 |

By Keith H. Roberts
Thursday Review staff

The month of May saw a slight uptick in gasoline prices in the United States and dozens of other countries. But only a slight...(click to read more)

Charter lobby

Liberty/Charter to Offer $55 Billion for
Time Warner

| Published May 25, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

The ink was barely dry on the paperwork making Comcast’s bid to buy Time Warner null and void when the rumors began circulating that other...(click to read more)

verizon and aol merger art composite

AOL: You’ve Got Mail Merger
| Published May 14, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Laugh it up trendsetters, gadget hipsters and acolytes of the absolute latest in cutting edge tech. AOL has the last...(click to read more)

Texaco gas station

Oil Surplus May Drive Gas Prices Lower
| Published April 29, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Six consecutive weeks of upticks and a recent price jump of about 15 cents at the pump in the United States has triggered a general belief that oil prices are again...(click to read more)

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Oil Prices Stumble on Low Storage Capacity | Published March 17, 2015 |

By Thursday Review
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Oil prices declined on Monday, with crude oil dropping nearly 3% as storage capacity all over the world continues to run low.

Crude prices fell to $43.57 in early Asian trading on...(click to read more)


Can Popeyes Stay Ahead of the Fast Food Decline? | Published March 10, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

If you have wandered into any Popeyes location in any city or state in the last year or so you probably noticed the makeover. Most of the Sandy Springs, Georgia-based company’s 1,870 locations have been...(click to read more)

Caterpillar bulldozer

Caterpillar: Suffering From Falling Oil Prices?
| Published February 2, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Though it may mean little to the average watchers of Wall Street, nor to those who measure the health of the economy by the...(click to read more)

Apple Retail Store

The Really BIG Apple
| Published January 28, 2015 |

By R. Alan Clanton
Thursday Review editor

If you think Comcast will be big once its merger with Time Warner is completed sometime this year, you haven’t seen big. Comcast—which already owns NBC Universal—will become the...(click to read more)

Oil, Debt, and Venezuela on the Brink
| Published January 9, 2015 |

By Thursday Review staff

Drivers in the United States and Canada may have a lot to celebrate because of those falling gas prices. If the trend continues through late spring and early summer, the typical American household will have...(click to read more)

Russian Ruble collage

Can Russian Economy Avert Recession?
| Published December 30, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

A worldwide drop in oil prices may be a wonderful benefit for families in the United States and Canada, but that astound-ing price decline is having a devastating effect on the...(click to read more)

Gas prices dropping

Price at the Pump: How Low Will We Go?
| Published December 3, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

Remember those dark days of 2008 and 2009 when gas prices kept climbing? For Americans, it was the single biggest downward draw on what...(click to read more)

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Panasonic's Big Bet: Greener Cars, Smarter Cars
| Published October 30, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

There was a day in the not-too-distant past when the Japanese manufacturing giant Panasonic was in nearly every American’s home—and most likely in...(click to read more)

Sony cellphone

Sony Sales Slump
| Published September 18, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

The technology and enter-tainment giant Sony has been a fixture for savvy investors for decades—many decades. In...(click to read more)

Dollar Store store front

Dollar Vs Dollar
| Published September 10, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

In the deep discount, low-brow shopping business, things can get rough. Those retail stores may sell products at rock...(click to read more)

Tel Aviv skyline

Uber Arrives in Israel
| Published August 26, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

Despite the threat of rockets, Uber is moving to Israel, though there have been delays in launching the service...[ Read more ]

Killer Whale

Can Sea World Stay Afloat?
| Published September 1, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

Sea World is facing a tsunami of problems. Not only has the company endured nearly 12 months of bad press and searing negative publicity...[ Read more ]

Killer whale at Sea World

Stormy Waters: Sea World's Blues
| Published August 14, 2014 |

By Thursday Review staff

Despite Global Warming and a belief by many climate change gurus that the world’s water temps are rising (and not....(click to read more)