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November 1, 1989 | From Reuters
Labor costs for U.S. employers rose 1.6% in the third quarter, the Labor Department said Tuesday, the steepest increase this year and a sign of rising inflationary pressures. The department also said wages have jumped at their highest rate in the past 12 months since September, 1985. The department reported that gross pay, after deducting benefits, rose 4.6% in the year ended Sept. 30, against a 5.0% gain for the September, 1985, year. The 1.
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BUSINESS
May 31, 1990 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When negotiators for the networks and Hollywood studios filed into the executive dinning room at Warner Bros. on Wednesday morning for the latest round of talks in the so-called financial interest and syndication rules, the hostility between the two sides was as oppressive as the smog over the Burbank lot. The negotiators are coming down to the wire in their talks over whether to allow the networks a piece of the lucrative profits from television reruns.
BUSINESS
May 15, 1991
High costs and a lack of political support are the major factors leading aerospace firms to move out of California, according to a study released Tuesday by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The study, conducted for the chamber by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., estimated that as many as 150,000 aerospace jobs--and up to 250,000 jobs overall--could be lost in the state over the next five years if the state does not improve its business climate.
NEWS
March 5, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
NASA's planned space station will be even smaller and more modest because of budget cuts and newly discovered design flaws, a newspaper reported. Until last year, the plan called for a 508-foot-long, 300-ton orbiting outpost housing up to eight astronauts. The station was to be placed in space piecemeal by the space shuttle would have cost $37 billion, not including operating expenses.
BUSINESS
September 29, 1990 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thanks to the 7-year-old compact disc format, the record industry--whose sales plummeted during the oil shocks of the mid-1970s and early 1980s--is singing a more optimistic tune in the face of today's rising oil prices and looming economic downturn.
BUSINESS
May 2, 1995 | CLAUDIA ELLER
There's a hell of a lot of money riding on this summer's movies. While Universal Pictures executives are shivering over whether audiences will flock to the studio's $175-million futuristic action movie "Waterworld," rival companies also have a bad case of the jitters over the kind of dollars being spent to produce and market their major big-screen offerings this summer.
BUSINESS
April 10, 1990 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
NBC News is planning to make a $3.5-million budget cut throughout the news division, according to sources at the network. The budgets of both NBC News bureaus and individual programs such as "Today" and "NBC Nightly News" are being reduced. NBC News has an annual budget of about $250 million. No layoffs are planned at this point.
NEWS
June 25, 1999 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Amanda America," a Civil War-era television movie set in the Deep South, is being shot in Toronto in the Great White North. A TV movie about New York Yankee Manager Joe Torre was also filmed in Toronto. The recent feature film "A Walk on the Moon," set against the 1969 Woodstock music festival, was shot in Montreal rather than Upstate New York where the event actually took place.
BUSINESS
May 4, 1993 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Atlantic Richfield Co. has lowered by as much as $200 million the estimated cost of improving its Los Angeles refinery to meet stricter clean air standards. Arco and other refiners face substantial costs to modify their Southern California facilities to produce cleaner-burning reformulated gasolines to meet a California-mandated deadline of March, 1996.
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