Content tagged “Sales”

A Day in the Life of a Top 100 Private Company

Photographer Don Kadair spent a day each with three of the firms on our list of Top 100 Private Companies to capture the essence of their success.

The Slumber Queen

Kim Brecheen's favorite color is red. Her favorite author is Danielle Steel, and her favorite food is chocolate. When you walk into her $2.4 million Central home, there is a large painting of a sexy red dress that hangs on the wall directly across the front door.

No money necessary

A Baton Rouge entity is showing the rest of the country how to make virtual currency work in the real world.

Spreading the message

As the longtime publisher of Tiger Bucks—a coupon booklet targeted to LSU students that offers discounts and deals at local restaurants, shops and service providers—Carol Thomas has a unique perspective on small businesses. Not only does she operate a small business herself, so do most of the clients who advertise in her publication.

U.S. trade deficit falls to lowest level in four years

The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to its lowest level in four years, an encouraging sign that economic growth in the final three months of the year was stronger than analysts had forecast. Gains in energy production and stronger sales of American-made airplanes, autos and machinery lifted exports to an all-time high. The trade gap dropped 12.9% in November to $34.3 billion, the Commerce Department reported this morning. That's the lowest monthly trade deficit since October 2009. Exports rose 0.9% to a record $194.9 billion. The gain was aided by a 5.6% rise in petroleum exports. Imports dropped 1.4% to $229.1 billion. A decrease in demand for foreign oil offset a record level of imported autos. A smaller trade deficit can boost economic growth. It typically shows that American companies are earning more from sales overseas, while U.S. consumers are buying fewer products from foreign companies. Economists raised their growth forecasts for the October-December quarter after...