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1. Yearlong Party -

It’s perhaps fitting that the Germantown Performing Arts Center celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with Paul Chandler as its executive director, a job he’s had for almost two years now.

2. Wal-Mart Faces Big Hurdles -

The world's largest retailer faces new challenges at a time when low prices and one-stop shopping can be a few clicks away on a tablet computer or mobile phone.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. built its reputation on everyday low prices and convenient supercenters that allow customers to do all their shopping in one place.

3. Wal-Mart to Expand Online Savings Tool Nationwide -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on price matching.

The world's largest retailer said Wednesday that it's expanding its online tool that compares prices on thousands of products with those of some of its competitors to cities nationwide in the next few months.

4. AP Sources: Wolves Get Permission to Talk to Joerger -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – With the Memphis Grizzlies front office in turmoil, the Minnesota Timberwolves are considering trying to lure coach Dave Joerger away to coach the team in his home state.

5. What Does Wal-Mart Not Sell? -

NEW YORK (AP) – The news that Wal-Mart is getting into the car insurance business begs the question: is there anything that the world's largest retailer doesn't hawk?

Surprisingly, the answer is plenty.

6. Wal-Mart and Wild Oats Unveil Cheaper Organic Line -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers.

7. Richmond Honan Buys Quince Centre for $10 Million -

6555 Quince Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $10.4 million
Sale Date: March 7, 2014

8. Cordova Staples Sells For $3.3 Million -

The 18,200-square-foot Staples store at 2321 N. Germantown Parkway has sold for $3.3 million.

9. MorGreen Shifts to Meet Changing Customer Demands -

When Mike Omar opened MorGreen in Collierville in 1987, it was as a traditional outdoor landscaping business, a garden center focused on selling items like fertilizer, mulch and sod and offering some landscaping work.

10. Staples to Close 225 Stores as Sales Move Online -

Staples has become the second major chain to announce the mass closing of stores this week, providing the latest evidence of how the retail landscape is being remade by shifts in American shopping habits.

11. Governments Mining Google for More Personal Data -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is rebuffing governments more frequently as authorities in the U.S. and other countries get more aggressive about mining the Internet for information about people's online activities.

12. Events -

Business Over Coffee International will continue its Weave Your Own Web social media training series on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the group’s headquarters, 5865 Ridgeway Road, suite 300. Cost is free for members and first-time guests, and $10 for returning guests. Visit businessovercoffee.biz or call 820-4469.

13. Events -

Theatre Memphis will present “Young Frankenstein” Friday, Oct. 11, through Nov. 3 on the theater’s Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Road Extended. Buy tickets at theatrememphis.org.

14. Time for a Rally Gut Check -

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the lack of unanimity in the emerging markets sell-off. While the emerging markets index suggested distress within the class, a closer look revealed that only a few countries were truly under fire.

15. Change of Scenery -

After spending years or decades in their current form, longtime staples of the local real estate scene are about to disappear or undergo major changes that will forever alter the city’s built landscape.

16. Safe Can Sometimes Become Risky -

When is safe unsafe? Ever since the Federal Reserve began its zero interest rate policies, investors have searched for higher yielding assets. This makes sense. If you need income to run your household or make your pension distributions, you must locate investments that provide yield. If Treasury bonds will not, what will?

17. Grizzlies Flip Script on Clippers Series -

A quick rewind, back to those desperate days after the first two games of the Grizzlies-Clippers series in Los Angeles. You remember those days, right? Grizzlies in a 0-2 hole and, in the first game, looking totally outclassed.

18. I Know a Place -

I’LL TAKE YOU THERE. “Oh, mmm, I know a place… When Mavis Staples sang those words, everybody in the audience was moved to move. The kind of primal itch you got to scratch, the kind of muscle over mind that makes toes tap, fingers snap, and hands clap.

19. Clippers’ Bench Spells Trouble for Grizzlies -

The Los Angeles Clippers may or may not prove to be serious Western Conference title contenders. Count TNT analyst Charles Barkley as their No. 1 doubter, having called them “fool’s gold” and compared them to a pretty girl that steals your heart only for you to discover she is “dumb as a box of rocks.”

20. Grizzlies Shift Gears Into Playoff Mode -

Center Marc Gasol is never happy after a loss. Sometimes, he is not in a good mood after a victory because, like a coach, he sees the potential for future failure if the Grizzlies don’t play hard, focused and together.

21. International Paper Takes on Forest Protection -

International Paper Co. and a forest conservation group announced a plan Wednesday to protect endangered forests in key paper-producing areas of the South.

22. International Paper Takes on Forest Protection -

International Paper Co. and a forest conservation group announced a plan Wednesday to protect endangered forests in key paper-producing areas of the South.

23. White House Celebrates the Sounds of Memphis Soul -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A White House celebration Tuesday night of Memphis soul music is an affirmation of the decades of hard work that went into making it a classic American music sound, said some of the artists tapped to perform.

24. Memphis in May Touts 68-Act Music Fest Lineup -

The 37th edition of the Memphis In May International Festival’s Beale Street Music Festival features a 68-act lineup from Alice in Chains to ZZ Top.

The lineup of musical performers playing over three days from May 3 to May 5 was formally announced Thursday, Feb. 28, although much of the lineup had already been confirmed.

25. Office Depot Agrees to Buy OfficeMax in Stock Deal -

NEW YORK (AP) – Office Depot and OfficeMax are being collated.

The retailers said Wednesday they have agreed to combine in an all-stock deal worth about $1.2 billion that would transform the office-supply retail sector by helping the No. 2 and No. 3 chains compete against industry behemoth Staples.

26. For Love of Money -

The staples of a great Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart – flowers, candy and delicious food – equal big business for local establishments specializing in romantic fare.

Annual Valentine’s Day spending in the U.S. totals more than $13 billion, according to numbers from the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association and statisticsbrain.com. The average consumer spends $120 wooing that special someone on Valentine’s Day.

27. Ardent Film Department Wins Mid-South Emmy -

Jonathan Pekar, director of Ardent Studios film department, won the 27th Mid-South Emmy award for Best Commercial Spot for creating the animated Memphis Music Foundation commercial.

The project also showcases the talents of painter Lamar Sorrento and singer/songwriter Keia Johnson.

28. Ardent Film Department Wins Mid-South Emmy Award -

Jonathan Pekar, director of Ardent Studios film department, won the 27th Mid-South Emmy award for Best Commercial Spot for creating the animated Memphis Music Foundation commercial.

The project also showcases the talents of painter Lamar Sorrento and singer/songwriter Keia Johnson.

29. More Holiday Givebacks -

Last week we shared some easy holiday givebacks with The Exchange Club Family Center, SRVS, Shield Inc. and Youth Villages. Keeping the spirit alive, this week let us share more ways you can celebrate the holidays while giving back, at the same time.

30. Opening Game Not Necessarily Preview Of Grizz Season -

So on the first day of their new NBA season, the Grizzlies picked up where they left off – losing an intense, physical game in Los Angeles on Halloween night to the Clippers. It was a game that, quite honestly, did not look or feel like a regular-season game.

31. Memphis Botanic Garden to Unveil Photography Garden -

Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road, will unveil its Nature Photography Garden, a fusion of art and ecology that encompasses about one acre of land, Thursday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m.

32. VESTA Home Show Needs Volunteers -

The 2012 Fall VESTA Home show, set for Oct. 6 through Oct. 28, is seeking volunteers to assist in ticket taking and parking.

On Oct, 3, there will be an orientation from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. (includes orientation, free dinner and home tours). Volunteers will also receive a T-shirt to wear during their shift.

33. New Coupons Aim to Keep People Off Generic Drugs -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – If brand-name prescription medicines cost you as little as generic pills, which would you choose? A few drugmakers are betting Americans will stick with the name they know.

34. Grizz Get Back To Formula That Worked All Year -

Tony Allen has a way of getting to the heart of things. “We went through our All-Star Marc Gasol,” Allen said after the Grizzlies won Game 5 of their playoff series with the Los Angeles Clippers, 92-80, at FedExForum, Gasol scoring 23 points. “He was big for us.”

35. Box Scores Reveal Grizzlies’ Strengths -

Two box scores. In one, right there in black and white, is the proof that the Memphis Grizzlies hit 11-of-16 three-point shots (68.8 percent). In the other is the evidence of an 0-for-6 night from three-point range, which even a math-challenged sports writer can figure out is 00.0 percent.

36. Cadence Bank, Cintas Promote Shred Days -

Cadence Bank and Cintas Document Managing are sponsoring the sixth annual Community Shred Days to help Memphis residents and businesses destroy old and unwanted documents free of charge.

37. Catholic Charities Hosts Refugee Food Distribution -

Catholic Charities of West Tennessee will host its second annual Holy Thursday Rice Distribution for Refugee Families Thursday, April 5, at 10 a.m. in the common area of the Woodcrest Apartments, 170 N. Hollywood.

38. Examining the Latest Market Trends -

Last week provided another powerful advance in both equity and fixed income markets. On the equity side, the three major domestic stock indices accomplished impressive feats. After briefly falling back below 13,000 at the end of February, the DJIA (Dow Jones Industrial Average) crept above that level at Tuesday’s close.

39. Believe Memphis? Not if Lakers in Town -

The evening started with such a great vibe. FedExForum public address announcer Rick Trotter just mentioned the visiting Los Angeles Lakers and sweet boos rained down onto the court.

40. Believe Memphis? Not if Lakers in Town -

The evening started with such a great vibe. FedExForum public address announcer Rick Trotter just mentioned the visiting Los Angeles Lakers and sweet boos rained down onto the court.

41. Downtown Mixed-Use Bldg. Sells for $1.5M in Foreclosure -

92-96 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $1.5 million

Sale Date: Feb. 10, 2012

42. Staples Site Sells for $3.3 Million -

An affiliate of Dallas-based Capview Management LLC has bought a 1.7-acre Staples office supply store site in the Galleria of Memphis Planned Development in Cordova for $3.3 million.

43. In the Bag -

Last September Kroger Co. purchased nine Memphis-area Schnucks grocery stores.

Eight of the stores reopened as Kroger and the ninth remained vacant.

44. A Taste of Memphis -

On Lance Silkes’ Twitter bio, the Memphis transplant describes himself as, “I haven’t met a food I haven’t liked.”

The owner of Tastin’ ‘Round Town culinary tours relocated to the Bluff City about three years ago and has since created a name for himself with his personalized restaurant tour business, based on his passion for food and appreciation for Memphis.

45. Quality Check Of 2012 Rally -

Rally Quality Check So far, 2012 has struck a bullish tone. However, we should look beyond the pop indices and examine the supporting evidence to determine the quality of the current rally. This column should make you more qualified to translate the “Market Data” page of the WSJ’s Money and Investing section. Let’s take a quick tour and highlight the quality indicators with context. Once you have completed this, you will have earned your rally inspector merit badge.

46. Lakers Beat Grizzlies for 6th Straight Home Win -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kobe Bryant says the Los Angeles Lakers' early-season schedule has been every bit as brutal as they expected, forcing them to learn coach Mike Brown's system on the job rather than in practice.

47. Prolonged Recession -

In the words of Phil Woodard, an owner of multiple residential and commercial properties in Downtown Memphis, breaking even is the new profit.

Or as national real estate expert Jonathan Miller said earlier this month at the Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate Outlook for the Mid-South, “We cannot expect to make money the way we did a few years ago.”

48. Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet Starts Shipping Wed -

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook Tablet electronic device began arriving in stores and homes on Wednesday, one day ahead of schedule.

49. Staples Celebrates Opening of First 2 Memphis Stores -

Staples Inc., the world’s largest office products company, will celebrate the opening of its first two stores in Memphis on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. by making a $10,000 grant to Facing History and Ourselves.

50. Barnes & Noble Unveils $249 Nook Tablet -

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble unveiled a $249 Nook Tablet Monday just ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season as the book retailer fights for a larger share of the lucrative e-book market.

51. Costco's Q4 Profit Up, Will Hike Fees -

Costco Wholesale Corp. is raising its membership fees 10 percent as the wholesale club operator tries to keep its prices on products low to keep drawing value-focused shoppers.

52. Target Will Sell Barnes & Noble's Nook -

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble Inc. on Monday said Target will be the latest retailer to sell its Nook electronic book reader.

53. Retailers Bank on Kindle Fire for Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon's Kindle Fire is a Catch-22 for retailers: The $199 tablet computer could both help Christmas traffic and hurt future sales.

Retailers hope the Kindle Fire's low price tag – which is less than half that of Apple's cheapest iPad tablet – will attract shoppers to stores during the busy holiday season. But the device, which offers free shipping and other incentives for customers to shop at Amazon, ultimately could drive sales to their online nemesis.

54. Barnes & Noble to Sell Nook at RadioShack -

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble Inc. said Wednesday that it will add RadioShack Corp. to the list of retailers that sell its electronic reader, the Nook.

55. Grocery Shakeup -

Despite facing stiff competition in Memphis from discount chains and department stores that have wedged rows and rows of cheap grocery offerings into their inventories, The Kroger Co. is feeling good about its position here.

56. Stodgy Consumer Staples Appeal in Down Markets -

When the stock market gets dicey, focus on companies that make basic everyday products like toothpaste, toilet paper, razor blades and baby food. Consumers buy them no matter what the economy's doing.

57. Plans Move Ahead For Cordova Staples -

1.7 acres in
Galleria of Memphis
Sale Amount: $850,000

Sale Date: July 26, 2011

Buyer: TN Cordova Germantown LLC

58. Plans Move Forward for Cordova Staples -

Plans for a Staples office-supply store in Cordova are moving forward.

Greenville, S.C.-based TN Cordova Germantown LLC has bought a 1.7-acre parcel in The Galleria of Memphis Planned Development, phase IV, from Kohl’s Department Stores Inc. for $850,000. The site is part of an 11.5-acre site at the northwest corner of North Germantown Parkway and Market Place that currently houses an 88,840-square-foot Kohl’s department store.

59. Endpapers -

As the market for brick-and-mortar bookstores lessens, the space that once housed big-box retailers could very well be snatched up faster than a paperback at a liquidation sale.

It was 40 years ago that the first Borders opened its doors in Ann Arbor, Mich., as one of the originators of the big-box bookseller concept. But much to local bookworms’ dismay, Borders will now be known as yet another bookseller to be defeated by the ever-increasing eReader revolution.

60. Target Raises Quarterly Dividend Ahead of Meeting -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target Corp. raised its quarterly dividend by 5 cents to 30 cents, a 20 percent increase, as it sought to placate investors after a 22 percent decline in its stock price this year.

61. Restaurants, Retail Enter Memphis Market -

It’s perhaps the most cliché phrase in the real estate business: location, location, location.

So far in 2011, Memphis has seen a plethora of household names enter the market – Chipotle, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Urban Outfitters and Staples Inc., among others. And by the close of the year, the perfect location is a critical contingency that even more nationally recognized brands are hoping to have settled.

62. Ridgeway Trace’s Success Fills ‘Huge Void’ -

A dramatic change to the retail landscape in East Memphis began in February of 2005 with one phone call.

Danny Buring, managing partner of The Shopping Center Group, made that call to the owner of the Ridgeway Trace Apartments, located on the southeast corner of Poplar Avenue and Interstate 240.

63. Cadence Bank, Cintas Sponsor Shred Day -

Cadence Bank and Cintas Document Management continue their fifth annual Community Shred Day this week, providing an opportunity for Memphis residents and businesses to bring documents to a Cadence Bank location where they will be destroyed for free.

64. Land Use Control Board Approves Cordova Staples -

The Memphis-Shelby County Land Use Control Board has granted site plan approval for a new Staples Inc. store in the Galleria of Memphis, on the north side of Market Plaza, adjacent to Kohl’s in the 130-acre retail development at Interstate 40 and North Germantown Parkway.

65. Land Use Board to Consider Cordova Space for Staples -

Among the items on the agenda for Thursday’s Memphis-Shelby County Land Use Control Board meeting is site plan approval for a new Staples Inc. store on the north side of Market Plaza, adjacent to Kohl’s in the 130-acre retail development at Interstate 40 and North Germantown Parkway.

66. Brand Strategy -

It was two years ago at a Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchisee conference when license rights to Memphis were up for grabs.

Mark Moseley, director of franchising for the Lorton, Va.-based burger chain and friend of FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith, approached Alabama franchisee Seth Hargett about putting together a package and asked him if he wanted Memphis.

67. Grill Brings Taste Of Tokyo to Memphis -

The owner of Tokyo Grill, a new eatery in the heart of East Memphis, is on a mission to serve up tasty Japanese fare to hungry Memphians fast and at an affordable price.

Aaron Liu claims his establishment is the Bluff City’s first Japanese take-out restaurant.

68. Why Inflation Hurts More Than It Did 30 Years Ago -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Inflation spooked the nation in the early 1980s. It surged and kept rising until it topped 13 percent.

These days, inflation is much lower. Yet to many Americans, it feels worse now. And for a good reason: Their income has been even flatter than inflation.

69. Gus’s Chicken Empire will Expand to E. Memphis -

One of Memphis’ most celebrated fried chicken eateries is in the pipeline for a long-time vacant East Memphis parcel.

Construction is under way for a new custom-designed Gus’s “World Famous Fried Chicken” at 730 S. Mendenhall Road, at the “Y” where Mendenhall and Mount Moriah split just south of Poplar Avenue.

70. Gus’s to Expand Fried Chicken Empire to East Memphis -

One of Memphis’ most celebrated fried chicken eateries is in the pipeline for a long-time vacant East Memphis parcel.

Construction is under way for a new custom-designed Gus’s “World Famous Fried Chicken” at 730 S. Mendenhall Road, at the “Y” where Mendenhall and Mount Moriah split just south of Poplar Avenue.

71. Gus's to Expand Fried Chicken Empire to East Memphis -

One of the Memphis region’s most celebrated fried chicken eateries is in the pipeline for a long-time vacant East Memphis parcel.

Construction is under way for a new custom-designed Gus’s “World Famous Fried Chicken” at 730 S. Mendenhall Road, at the “Y” on Mendenhall just south of Poplar Avenue. It is between The Half Shell and Gibson's Donuts.

72. Staples to Build First Memphis Location -

The world’s largest office products company will soon enter the Memphis market.

Framingham, Mass.-based Staples Inc. has signed a 17,945-square-foot lease at Ridgeway Trace, the shopping center at Poplar Avenue and Interstate 240 developed by Houston-based Weingarten Realty Investors.

73. 2011’s ‘Feast Or Famine’ Environment -

Below the Waterline
Last year, nearly every asset class advanced as loose monetary and fiscal policies penalized cash and rewarded risk. Gold rallied 30 percent, emerging markets 19, oil 15, U.S. stocks 15, and even bonds rallied 7 percent.

74. Target Corp. to Expand its Grocery Offerings -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minneapolis-based Target Corp. plans to remodel about 400 of its general merchandise stores across the nation in 2011, building upon the discounter's latest strategy to bulk up its grocery offerings.

75. Deck the Halls -

From scenic Shelby Farms Park to the storefronts of South Main Street, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as Memphis landmarks deck the halls.

76. 'Eat and Enjoy' -

It’s only a matter of days before Downtowners can start bringing their grocery lists to the corner of Main Street and Union Avenue.

City Market, a boutique grocery that will offer freshly prepared cuisine as well as staples like milk and eggs, is expected to open its doors Nov. 30.

77. The Tsunami Comes Ashore -

Rick Santelli of CNBC initiated a political tsunami by uttering the words “tea party” in his famous rant from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Feb. 19, 2009.

As the storm strengthened, it produced stunning political upsets in the governors’ races in Virginia and New Jersey, along with a Senate seat in Massachusetts. No seat was safe this summer, as many Washington staples from both parties were shown the door even before the general election. Some fell in the primaries while others decided they did not want to face the wrath of voters and retired altogether. The wave will crest on Election Day, as a recent Rasmussen poll found 65 percent of likely U.S. voters would vote to get rid of the entire Congress and start over if they had the option.

78. Office Depot Chairman and CEO Odland Resigning -

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) – Office Depot Inc.'s Chairman and CEO Steve Odland is stepping down as the office supplier struggles to turn its business around in the face of tough competition.

79. Obama Signs Technology Access Bill for Disabled -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Blind and deaf people soon will be able to more easily use smart phones, the Internet and other technologies that have become staples of life and the workplace.

A bill President Barack Obama signed into law Friday has been a priority of advocates for the millions of Americans who cannot see or hear.

80. It Must Be Easy -

Going through IBM sales school 101, emphasis was on being able to demonstrate products were easy to use. It was near the top of reasons why buyers bought. This is true now more than ever. It is safe to say that anything about your business process that is not easy is costing you business and profits. Anything you try to sell that is complicated or difficult will make it complicated and difficult to make a sale.

81. Irish Soul Man Promotes Memphis Music Tourism -

Chris Maher is one of Memphis soul music’s greatest ambassadors.

The 35-year-old disc jockey hosts a radio show called The Soul Train, he’s the founding CEO of a major soul music festival and he’s the creator of a charity – inspired by the Stax Music Academy – aimed at providing music education for urban children.

82. BBB Offers Onsite Document Shredding -

The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South is hosting a “Secure Your ID” Day on Saturday.

From 9 a.m. until noon, documents will be shredded in the University of Memphis parking lot on Poplar Avenue at Conlee Street. People and small-business owners who participate will also receive identity theft prevention tips.

83. The Biggest Spenders -

David Simon, chairman and CEO of the nation’s largest public real estate firm, told analysts a few weeks ago during Simon Property Group’s fourth quarter earnings conference call that 2009 was a challenging year. And he doesn’t think 2010 will be much better for the company, which owns two malls in Memphis.

84. Starts With Food -

The arrival of Winchester Farmer’s Market at 6616 Winchester Road a number of years ago all but removed the memory of Seessel’s, the grocery stalwart that once occupied the space.

85. Downtown Corner Ripe for Business -

For at least a year, empty storefronts ripe for redevelopment have greeted passersby at a key Downtown intersection.

Developers are now reshaping that high-profile juncture of Main Street and Union Avenue, where all four corners have defiantly sat vacant at least a year as revitalization unfolds around them.

86. Mr. Ching's Opus -

Songs of farewell are staples of operatic repertoire, but supporters of Opera Memphis soon will be singing a new lament.

Earlier this month, artistic and general director Michael Ching, whose leadership of the company spans nearly two decades, announced his resignation.

87. Downtown’s City Market Closer to Reality -

The store’s motto is “e-squared – eat and enjoy.”

Its look and feel will be that of an Old World market offering customers freshly prepared food with a local and international flair, as well as grocery staples such as milk and eggs.

88. Pfizer Posts Big Jump in Q4 Sales, Profit -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Drugmaker Pfizer Inc., well into integrating its new Wyeth unit, posted a 34 percent jump in revenue Wednesday, but $3.2 billion in acquisition and restructuring charges and higher costs across the board weighed down profit.

89. Gallery Survives Despite Economic Onslaught -

When Hannah Davis opened her art gallery on Huling Row in the summer of 2008, the Great Recession was preparing to send the economy into cardiac arrest.

A little more than a year later, the economy has a pulse again, and the recession has ebbed. And that means the Hannah Davis Art Gallery at 408 South Front St. has outlasted what economists agree has been one of the worst and most panic-inducing business cycles in generations.

90. Sanofi Buys Merck's Half of Animal Health Business -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis SA has completed its $4 billion purchase of Merck & Co.'s half-interest in their veterinary medicine business, Merial Ltd., the companies said Friday.

91. Kroger Cuts Guidance as Q2 Profit Falls 8 Pct -

CINCINNATI (AP) - The nation's largest grocery store operator says worried shoppers are still cautiously stretching their dollars by coming in more often while buying only what they need right away and at the lowest prices.

92. Grocery Aisle Relief as Food Prices Fall -

Grocery shoppers are finally seeing some reprieve from last year's steep price increases.

Food prices are dropping on some key items as retailers slash prices to better compete and food makers do more promotions and pass along savings from lower ingredient and gasoline costs.

93. Wyeth Shareholders Vote to be Acquired by Pfizer -

Shareholders of drugmaker Wyeth on Monday voted overwhelmingly to be bought by industry giant Pfizer Inc., pushing aside one of the deal’s final hurdles.

94. Weak Retail Sales Raise Worries -

Rain and escalating job worries dampened shoppers’ appetites for summer staples such as shorts and dresses more than expected in June, increasing concerns about the back-to-school shopping season.

Retailers in all sectors reported weak same-store sales Thursday, but mall-based clothing stores suffered most in June compared to a year earlier, while some discounters scraped by.

95. Jackson Lived Like King But Died Awash in Debt -

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson the singer was also Michael Jackson the billion-dollar business.

Yet after selling more than 61 million albums in the U.S. and having a decade-long attraction open at Disney theme parks, the "King of Pop" died Thursday at age 50 reportedly awash in about $400 million in debt, on the cusp of a final comeback after well over a decade of scandal.

96. Paper Trace Manages Documents, Records for Clients -

Patrick McGrail started Paper Trace LLC with $35,000 in personal savings five years ago and since has grown it into an operation with $1.4 million in annual revenue.

97. Fourth Down: A Brutal End to '08 for S&P Companies -

NEW YORK (AP) - The companies that make up the Standard & Poor's 500 are on track to post a collective quarterly loss for the first time – a sign corporate America was battered even harder than expected by the economy.

98. Office Depot Closing 112 Stores, Cutting 2,200 Jobs -

CHICAGO (AP) - Office Depot Inc. will close about 9 percent of its North American stores and cut 2,200 jobs over the next three months while planning to open fewer locations next year in an effort to cut costs.

99. Stax Owner Given Ahmet Ertegun Award -

Al Bell, the former Stax Records owner and current Memphis Music Foundation Board member, has been awarded the Ahmet Ertegun Leadership Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation at its annual Pioneer Awards presentation in Philadelphia.

100. Retailers Amp Up Promotions for Back-to-School -

NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers preparing for a difficult back-to-school season are getting creative in their attempts to entice shoppers into the stores - aggressively introducing new products, slashing prices and amping up marketing in the battle for parents' bucks.