German deep discounters go big in America

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German deep discounters go big in America
Rummage sale AMERICA’S economy is enjoying its third-longest period of uninterrupted expansion since the 1850s. So it is at first glance puzzling that Lidl, a German deep-discount chain whose sales soar when times are hard, is entering the market now. On June 15th Lidl opened nine stores in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Up […]
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Worries mount about car finance in America and Britain

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Worries mount about car finance in America and Britain
THOUSANDS of second-hand cars, ranging from dented clunkers to Bentleys, glisten under the evening floodlights at Major World, a car dealership in Queens, a borough of New York. “Business has been good,” says a crisply-dressed salesman, scurrying between prospective customers. Almost everyone who wants to buy a car at Major World can get approved for […]
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Another debate about net neutrality in America

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Another debate about net neutrality in America
THE details around network neutrality, the principle that internet-service providers (ISPs) must treat all sorts of web traffic equally, can be mind-numbingly abstruse. But they fuel passion, nonetheless. After Tom Wheeler, a former chairman of America’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC), proposed unpopular net-neutrality rules in late 2014, for instance, protesters blocked his driveway, forcing him […]
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Emirates cuts services to America as Donald Trump’s actions bite

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Emirates cuts services to America as Donald Trump’s actions bite
WHEN American officials announced last month that laptops and tablets would be banned from aeroplane cabins on flights from certain Muslim countries, many questioned the administration’s motive. Was it a proportionate response to specific intelligence about a terrorist threat? Or had the government taken the opportunity to clobber swanky foreign operators that compete with the country’s […]
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Should America break up Washington?

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Should America break up Washington?
CONCERNS about regional inequality and frustration with elites are contributing to interest in an intriguing idea: reining in the economic and political power of Washington by dispersing government agencies more widely. Tyler Cowen muses on the subject here. Matthew Yglesias makes the case for such a policy here. Ross Douthat makes a somewhat different but […]
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International visitors are already turning their back on Trump-era America

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International visitors are already turning their back on Trump-era America
WHEN President Donald Trump announced his travel ban last month, affecting people from seven majority-Muslim countries, this blog wondered what effect it would have on tourism and business travel to America. “The direct impact to tourism of a travel ban from these countries will be small,” a fellow Gulliver noted, since “each sends a piddling […]
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Should America want a strong dollar? It’s complicated

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Should America want a strong dollar? It’s complicated
IN AN experience we have all had, Donald Trump, unable to sleep, reportedly rang his National Security Advisor at 3:00 in the morning to ask whether America should want a strong dollar or a weak one. Look, there are no stupid questions. This one is actually more interesting than you might think. There are a […]
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