Business of Agriculture: Money Grows on Christmas Trees — Slowly
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Business of Agriculture: Money Grows on Christmas Trees — Slowly

If there’s one piece of New Hampshire and Vermont agriculture that stands out for stability and profitability in recent years it’s the Christmas tree sector, and this year the mojo continues with solid demand on the wholesale side and expectations for continued strong consumer interest on the retail “choose and cut” side of the trade. But if there’s any worry that a lot of new production suddenly will appear to capture what seems like...

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December Editor’s Note: Clock Management

It’s still a few days before Thanksgiving as I write this and here we are assembling the December edition of Enterprise, with its references to Santa and Christmas trees, and laying the groundwork for the January edition, which may well include a resolution or two. All this before I’ve had a first helping of turkey and stuffing, to say nothing of seconds. Such is the nature of publishing: It monkeys with one’s sense of time. It also...

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Consumer Confidential: Columbia House — 12 Albums for a Penny! — Files for Bankruptcy

Before there was iTunes, before there was Spotify — heck, even before Al Gore rolled up his sleeves and invented the Internet — there was Columbia House. The company defined mail-order music for generations of shoppers and pioneered some of the most obnoxious, misleading and hard-to-remedy marketing tactics ever inflicted on consumers. And now Columbia House, bless its evil little heart, is bankrupt. The owner of the company, Filmed...

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