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Staples closing up to 225 stores

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Staples Inc (SPLS.O), the largest U.S. office supplies retailer, forecast another quarter of sales decline as it loses customers to mass market chains and e-retailers, and the company said it would close up to 225 stores in North America by 2015.

Staples' shares fell as much as 13 percent in early trading, after the company also forecast current-quarter profit below analysts' estimates and posted weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter results.

The closures represent up to 12 percent of the company's 1,846 stores in the United States and Canada.

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Radio Shack to close 1,100 stores

Rado ShackAfter reporting dismal fourth-quarter earnings, Radio Shack said Tuesday that it would close about 1,100 poorly performing stores, roughly 20% of the electronic retailer's locations.

The store closings will leave about 4,000 locations in the U.S. The company has been struggling to revamp its stores for the past year.

Total net sales and operating revenues were $935.4 million in the fourth quarter, vs. $1,171.4 million last year, a 20% decline. Comparable store sales were down 19%, which the company blames on poor performance in its mobile phone business.

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The shocking numbers behind corporate welfare

boeingState and local governments have awarded at least $110 billion in taxpayer subsidies to business, with 3 of every 4 dollars going to fewer than 1,000 big corporations, the most thorough analysis to date of corporate welfare revealed today.

Boeing ranks first, with 137 subsidies totaling $13.2 billion, followed by Alcoa at $5.6 billion, Intel at $3.9 billion, General Motors at $3.5 billion and Ford Motor at $2.5 billion, the new report by the nonprofit research organization Good Jobs First shows.

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Citigroup reports nearly $400m fraud in Mexico unit

Citigroup reports fraudCitigroup Inc (C.N) said on Friday that it has discovered at least $400 million in fraudulent loans in its Mexico subsidiary and said employees may have been in on the crime.

The bank wrote down bogus loans to a company whose assets Mexican law enforcement officials have now seized. Citigroup's 2013 profit fell by $235 million to $13.67 billion after the write-down. Citigroup Chief Executive Officer Michael Corbat called the incident a "despicable crime" and said the bank believes it was an isolated episode.

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Report: JPMorgan Chase to eliminate 8,000 jobs

JP Morgan chaseThe financial world took a jolt early Tuesday morning when the nation's biggest bank, JPMorgan Chase, announced plans to eliminate roughly 8,000 jobs as demand for refinancings drop, Bloomberg reports.

JPMorgan said in a presentation Tuesday that the jobs to be eliminated are in the bank's consumer and mortgage banking units, the report said.

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Fed releases transcripts of unfolding 2008 crisis

BernakeFive years after the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the Federal Reserve is providing an inside glimpse of how it kept financial markets from collapsing, averting the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

The Federal Reserve on Friday released transcripts of more than a dozen policy meetings beginning in January 2008, when then Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke and other Fed officials candidly expressed fears that the economy was continuing to slide, investment banks remained at risk of failing and the financial fallout was spreading from financial sector stocks to global markets and economies.

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Boeing Paid No Federal Income Tax Last Year

BoeingOne of the largest recipients of federal government contracts paid nothing in taxes last year, according to an analysis from the Center for Effective Government, a left-leaning think tank.

Boeing reported an $82 million tax refund last year, but made $5.9 billion in U.S. pre-tax profits during the same period, the analysis of the company’s recent government filings found. That means Boeing paid a federal tax rate of -1.4 percent. At the same time, the company won 4.4 percent of all federal contracts last year, according to the report.

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