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Agriculture Department plans non-traditional media approach

For residents who insist on South Carolina-grown foods, soon there will be a name for you: "Palmetto Vore." A twist on carnivore or herbivore, the phrase is derived from a term born in San Francisco: "locavore," which means someone who seeks out food grown within a certain radius of his home.

Dearth of unions give South's auto industry upper hand

Labor flexibility has emerged as a key advantage during the industry downturn, allowing foreign-owned plants to rapidly downshift in ways their unionized U.S. competitors cannot. Looser work rules are allowing BMW AG to lay off up to 733 employees at its Greer plant by the end of the year. And Toyota Motor Corp said Wednesday it plans to let go at least 250 people at a Georgetown, Ky., factory in the first quarter of 2009

Retailers step up 'Black Friday' tactics

Amid as deteriorating economy, stores from luxury retailers to consumer electronics chains have pressed the panic button â€" slashing prices up to 60 percent on even new merchandise. After reporting the worst October sales in at least 39 years, stores are seeing more weak sales in November.

The ins and outs of filing for personal bankruptcy

The American Bankruptcy Institute expects worsening economic conditions to drive up the number of consumer filings this year to their highest level since stricter rules went into effect in 2005. Here's a primer on the process.

Jaguar, fellow premium brands head customer satisfaction list

Luxury cars, both import and domestic, top a survey by a noted researcher on motorists’ overall happiness or displeasure in buying a car or truck. J.D. Power and Associates released the results of its 2008 Sales Satisfaction Index this week. British carmaker Jaguar placed first, followed by Hummer, Lexus, Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz. All of the brands are sold in the Charleston area.

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