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Monday: 2/17/2014

More people are making the switch from cars to SUVs. Analysts predict in four years, one in five vehicles sold around the world will be a sport utility vehicle or crossover. Some automakers, like Ford, say they’re ahead of the trend.  Sales of Ford’s SUVs and crossovers surged 37 percent last year, compared to an industry average of 17 percent.

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Monday: 2/10/2014   

Boeing is turning its focus toward fast-growing markets in Asia and the Pacific Rim. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports Boeing expects that region will need nearly 13 thousand new planes over the next 20 years. That equals out to about 1.9 trillion dollars of business. Most of those planes will be single aisle aircrafts, like the 737 model.

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Beer consumption is falling flat among young adults. Experts say beer drinking is down 30 percent from 20 years ago. And twenty-somethings aren’t the only ones turning away from the suds, beer sales are down among all age groups. Researchers say Baby Boomers are drinking less and younger drinkers prefer cocktails and wine, with liquor and wine sales on the rise during the past twenty years. One bright spot for the beer business; craft beers, like many found here in the Northwest, are gaining popularity.

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Tuesday: 1/28/2014
The Super Bowl means big money for retailers. The National Retail Federation says 181 million Americans watched the big game, and everyone of them spent an average of 68 dollars and 27 cents on food, team gear, decorations and televisions. Nearly 8-million people said they planned to buy a new TV for the game. Total spending looks to end up around 12.3 billion dollars, which is a slight decline from last year.