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Archive for November, 2012

Nike Facing Stiff Competition from Adidas

By Oregon Small Business Association       When Nike’s shirt deal with the London club Arsenal expires in 2013-4, the German manufacturer Adidas is hoping to lure Arsenal away with a kit-supply bid that will at least double Arsenal’s $21 million annual profits. According to the Telegraph, Arsenal fans buy 800,000 shirts every year, which […]

Columbia River Crossing Bridge Knocked by Taxpayer Group

By Oregon Tax News The watchdog taxpayer group, Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS), has included the Columbia River Crossing Bridge in its list of what it terms “common sense cuts to avoid the fiscal cliff.” The cuts total $2.0 trillion, which is more than enough to avoid sequestration, the across-the-board budget cuts mandated by law that […]

PC Sales in Sharp Decline

By Oregon Small Business Association Analysts at IDC and Gartner Inc. said PC shipments in this year’s third quarter were down by 87.5 million, or 8% lower than a year ago. A report from IHS iSuppli projected that overall sales would decline this year for the first time in 11 years. “This is definitively a crossroads” […]

Reform needed over wood product certification

Reform needed over wood product certification  By Oregon Small Business Association Oregon’s federal lawmakers have taken a strong stand against China’s unfair and manipulative trade practices that have made its government-subsidized wood and paper products artificially cheap in the U.S. market. Chinese firms are also reaping huge profits from illegal logging. “American manufacturers can’t compete […]