May 6, 1997 |
Fast-growing California companies drove the market for initial public offerings last year, and their stocks' initial gains were well above the national average. In California in 1996, a record 184 companies went public, raising a total of $7.3 billion. Computer, telecommunications and biotech firms led the way.
January 9, 1997 |
Corporate job cut announcements declined in the second half of 1996 in the United States and were down 32% in December, and the slowdown in downsizing could continue this year, a consulting firm said Wednesday. However, for all of last year, job cut announcements rose 8.5% to 477,147, said Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., which tracks layoff trends. The company reported that in December, the number of announced job cuts totaled 37,402, down 32% from the same month of 1995 but up 26.
December 29, 1996
Oh, how we partied. But as the year comes to a close once again, your Social Climes writers hang up our tuxes and leopard print mini-dresses. We contemplate what we have seen much too much of in recent months: the bodyguards, the martinis, the peekaboo belly buttons. We swear off herb-crusted roast beef and horseradish mashed potatoes catered by pricey restaurants and served in tents with chandeliers. We become lost in reminiscence.
April 12, 2000 |
Calling all taxpayers. If you didn't file a tax return in the recent past, perhaps because you earned so little that you were not required to file, you might want to reconsider--in a hurry. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that U.S. taxpayers will lose $2 billion this year because they failed to claim federal tax refunds they were due from the 1996 tax year.
December 29, 1996
1. Only 15% of TV viewers thought Ellen DeGeneres' character on "Ellen" was gay, 41% thought she was straight and 36% said they didn't know or thought she was asexual. (Entertainment Weekly, Oct. 2) 2. More than 40% of readers thought Tori Spelling had worse hair than Marge Simpson. (TV Guide, Aug. 12) 3. Seventy percent of Americans said they change channels or turn the volume down during commercials. (Harris, March 18) 4.
January 3, 1997 |
If 1996 taught anything in the video business, it was not to count out the videocassette. Last January, pundits were writing VHS off in favor of emerging technologies such as a format shaped like an audio CD expected to revolutionize the industry--and the fast-growing satellite dish business.