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April 12, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
After a superheated rise, China's economy is starting to slow. Luckily, according to the World Bank, the Asian superpower is headed for a “soft landing” instead of a crash that could overwhelm the multitude of countries with which China now does business. The bank, in its quarterly report on the country , forecasts 8.2% GDP growth for China this year and 8.6% expansion in 2013. The numbers signal a more “gradual slowdown” than the nation's recent tumble from 10.4% growth in 2010 to 9.2% last year.
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April 12, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
After a superheated rise, China's economy is starting to slow. Luckily, according to the World Bank, the Asian superpower is headed for a “soft landing” instead of a crash that could overwhelm the multitude of countries with which China now does business. The bank, in its quarterly report on the country , forecasts 8.2% GDP growth for China this year and 8.6% expansion in 2013. The numbers signal a more “gradual slowdown” than the nation's recent tumble from 10.4% growth in 2010 to 9.2% last year.
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HOME & GARDEN
July 9, 2011 | By Barbara Thornburg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At a time when weathered woods, vintage treasures and timeworn flea market finds are enjoying a renaissance in the decorating world, it is more than a bit ironic that Rachel Ashwell, the queen of Shabby Chic, finds herself rebuilding her empire. Just two years ago, Ashwell was forced to closed the doors on 15 of her Shabby Chic stores and file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a casualty in the housing market meltdown and ensuing recession. Her beloved mum, the muse to whom she dedicated her last book, had just passed away.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2011 | Susan King and Rene Lynch
There's something about "Mildred Pierce. " The period melodrama about a self-made woman with a spoiled, backstabbing daughter earned Joan Crawford her first and only Oscar for the 1945 film version of the James M. Cain novel. And on Thursday, HBO's lavish remake earned the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards' highest number of nominations -- 21 -- including those for miniseries or movie, lead actress for Kate Winslet and director for Todd Haynes. That capped a morning in which HBO earned a stunning 104 nods.
BUSINESS
May 22, 1988
On Page 1 of the Times Business section on April 30, it was reported that Ralphs will lay off 105 workers. On Page 2, it was reported that Howard Goldfeder, chairman and chief executive of Federated Department Stores (owner of Ralphs), will open his golden parachute and receive $3.06 million when he resigns from Federated in about a month. Those 105 ex-workers will certainly have a warm spot in their hearts for Goldfeder when they scratch for food and shelter for their families.
BUSINESS
July 21, 2006 | David Streitfeld, Times Staff Writer
Leslie Appleton-Young is at a loss for words. The chief economist of the California Assn. of Realtors has stopped using the term "soft landing" to describe the state's real estate market, saying she no longer feels comfortable with that mild label. "Maybe we need something new. That's all I'm prepared to say," Appleton-Young said Thursday. The shift in language comes as debate over the real estate market is intensifying.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2001
Coldwell Banker Commercial American Spectrum will present a commercial real estate seminar titled "How to Create a Soft Landing for You and Your Clients" from 7:30 to 10 a.m. June 8 at the First American Title Building, 2 First American Way, Santa Ana. Speakers will include specialists from a variety of companies providing services to the commercial real estate industry. The event is free. For information, call Brad White at (949) 585-7665.
HOME & GARDEN
November 6, 2003 | Doug Smith, Times Staff Writer
When I was young, I associated kneepads with a kind of stoop labor that didn't catch my fancy. I related to cowboys then, and cowboys didn't wear kneepads. My conversion occurred a few years ago when I had some brickwork done. For several days I watched a 69-year-old Louisianan report to work at 7:30, get down on his knees and stay in that position just about continuously until 3:30, with an hour break for lunch. When I asked how he maintained his rigorous work habit, he pointed to the kneepads.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2000 | TOM PETRUNO
The Federal Reserve may not yet be convinced that an economic "soft landing" is underway, but Wall Street seems to believe it's chiseled in granite. In fact, some investors appear to be confidently assuming that the Fed, which now is in a cautious holding pattern with interest rates, will soon be cutting rates to keep the economy from slowing too sharply. That's an assumption that is far too gleeful, some analysts contend.
BUSINESS
September 12, 1995 | From Associated Press
The economy has reached the long-discussed "soft landing" and there's no recession in sight, top analysts say. The consensus in the latest surveys by the National Assn. of Business Economists and the newsletter Blue Chip Economic Indicators is that the economy will grow 2.9% this year and 2.4% in 1996. "Out of 49 respondents, only one anticipates that a recession will begin this year," the business economists said in releasing their survey results Monday.
HOME & GARDEN
July 9, 2011 | By Barbara Thornburg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At a time when weathered woods, vintage treasures and timeworn flea market finds are enjoying a renaissance in the decorating world, it is more than a bit ironic that Rachel Ashwell, the queen of Shabby Chic, finds herself rebuilding her empire. Just two years ago, Ashwell was forced to closed the doors on 15 of her Shabby Chic stores and file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a casualty in the housing market meltdown and ensuing recession. Her beloved mum, the muse to whom she dedicated her last book, had just passed away.
HEALTH
May 4, 2009 | Mindy Greenstein
Our king-size bed used to be such a symbol of fun for me, and not just for the reason you might think. My husband of 18 years and I would randomly hide silly objects -- tissue boxes, books, even alarm clocks -- on each other's side of the bed, smoothing pillows and blankets to hide the bulge from the intended victim. There was no greater thrill than hearing a surprised yelp followed by, "Nice one!"
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2009 | SCOTT COLLINS
When the producers of "American Idol" announced the addition of a fourth judge as well as various other tweaks this season, the Fox network cautioned that it didn't expect the moves to reverse the ratings declines for TV's No. 1 show. And they haven't. Through five weeks, Season 8 of "Idol" has slipped 8% compared with last season to 26.8 million total viewers and is down 14% in the advertiser-friendly demographic adults ages 18 to 49, according to data from Nielsen Media Research.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2008 | Todd Martens
Midway through "The Wrestler," Marisa Tomei's Cassidy sums up the general feeling the film's characters have toward pop music. Enjoying an afternoon beer at a dive bar with some metal on the jukebox, she dismisses everything released from 1991 to the present with a swipe at Nirvana's Kurt Cobain: "And then that Cobain . . . had to come and ruin it all." One can only wonder how she'd rate the movie's delicate, atmospheric score from Clint Mansell. In a film loaded with '80s metal -- Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child o' Mine" and Quiet Riot's "Bang Your Head" are prominently featured -- Mansell is the one who has to bring everyone back to the film's stark reality.
BUSINESS
February 18, 2007 | Tom Petruno, Times Staff Writer
On Wall Street, an optimistic Federal Reserve chief trumps just about everything else -- including mortgage-market debacles and jitters over possible hedge fund meltdowns. That was evident last week as investors weighed Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's upbeat words on the economy in his semiannual testimony to Congress.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke told Congress on Wednesday that he was generally pleased with the slow-growing economy and sees inflation pressures easing, reinforcing the widespread view that the central bank won't raise interest rates soon. Analysts feared a dour forecast, based on the housing slowdown and inflation lingering at a 2.5% rate last month, half a point above the upper limit of the Fed's comfort zone.
BUSINESS
May 26, 1995 | TOM PETRUNO
With each new economic report, it's clear that U.S. business activity is slowing much faster than most people expected. Which raises a very painful question for Wall Street: How can corporate earnings stay high enough to support record stock prices if demand for goods and services is plummeting? The market may have been reacting partly to those worries on Thursday as shares of industrial firms most sensitive to the economy's swings led the Dow average down 25.93 points to 4,412.23.
BUSINESS
May 2, 1995 | JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was an extraordinary gamble by any standard: hiking interest rates to ward off a threat of inflation that remained invisible to most Americans. The risk was nothing less than wrecking the long-awaited national recovery. Conducted improperly, the actions of the Federal Reserve Board and its chairman, Alan Greenspan, could have ushered in a new recession or at least derailed the fledgling upturn in California and other hard-hit regions.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2007 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
If Qualcomm Inc. Chairman Irwin Jacobs were to be fired from the San Diego technology company tomorrow, he still would reap $354 million from company-granted stock and stock options. Oracle Corp. co-founder Larry Ellison also wouldn't have to pinch pennies if he were let go -- he has rights to buy stock valued at $493 million. But the California executive best prepared for a forced departure is Apple Inc.'
BUSINESS
December 30, 2006 | Tom Petruno and Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writers
The U.S. stock market on Friday closed out its best year since 2003 as Wall Street showed increasing faith that the slowing economy was on track for the hoped-for "soft landing." The Dow Jones industrial average gained 1,745 points, or 16.3%, for the year -- a sharp turnaround after the blue-chip index lost 0.6% in 2005. The Dow eased 38.37 points, or 0.3%, to 12,463.15 on Friday amid a modest bout of selling on the year's final trading day. The index had reached a record closing high of 12,510.
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