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Starbucks opens first store in Colombia, land of coffee

People walk past the first Starbucks to open in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The three-floor coffee house in Bogota is the first of 50 that the Seattle-based company plans to open here in the next five years. AP

US chain Starbucks Wednesday opened its first cafe in Colombia — a world famous coffee exporter — apparently unafraid it will be like selling sand at the beach.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Brazil takes vacation time to new level for World Cup

Soccer fans from Belgium pose for a photo with a replica of a World Cup trophy on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. AP

Brazilian authorities have augmented the country’s long list of public holidays during the World Cup to let the football-loving country enjoy the tournament and also cut down on traffic problems.

Posted: June 15th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Battle of the Christmas decorations for Hong Kong malls

Christmas decorations are displayed to celebrate the holiday season at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.  AP

In the race to extract cash from Christmas shoppers, Hong Kong’s myriad shopping malls have taken to heart the maxim that you must spend money to make money when it comes to decorations this festive season.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

More Americans spend less on Black Friday sales

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More Americans took advantage of early holiday season sales than last year, but they spent less – and online sales fared better than brick-and-mortar stores, a survey showed Sunday.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Americans not willing to spend without deals

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This holiday season, Americans may not spend their green unless they see more red.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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