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  1. recession
    Restaurant Industry’s Sales Somehow Got Even Worse in DecemberIt could be the only time in 2016 that the entire industry posted negative sales growth.
  2. the chain gang
    Shake Shack to Rest of the Restaurant Industry: Uh, What Recession?The chain’s third-quarter profits crushed last year’s by 150 percent.
  3. Will the Next President Have to Deal With a Recession?It will all be fun and games in the White House until the economy goes south.
  4. the chain gang
    Olive Garden Says It’d Sure Be ‘Helpful’ If More Chains Went BankruptIndustry struggles have gotten so real that companies are now rooting against one another.
  5. bad news
    Analysts Warn Restaurant Industry Is Headed Toward a Bad RecessionIt’s been an awful quarter.
  6. The World Economy Is Stagnating Like It’s 1937Economists at Morgan Stanley warn that policymakers are repeating the mistakes of the late-’30s, when a tightening of fiscal and monetary policy produced a double-dip recession.
  7. We Could Be In for Another Recession, and We’re Not Ready for ItThe government may be unable or unwilling to use the tactics that got us through the last one.
  8. Rio de Janeiro Governor Calls State Finances ‘Tragic’Rio is suffering one of the worst recessions in decades.
  9. Video Feed
    Stephen Starr on the Fiscal Cliff: Keep Calm and Continue Eating and DrinkingStarr’s plans for 2013 are to keep going about his business.
  10. the aisle
    Do the Rich Get More Recession Divorces?When the housing bubble burst, so did our domestic lives.
  11. Were We Inevitably Screwed?How could we have avoided economic disaster? Perhaps through the Keynesian stylings of President John McCain.
  12. Can Obama Be a Nerd Populist?Obama is attempting to exploit a cleavage between intellectual elites and financial elites.
  13. The Stock Market Is Crazier Than Ever, But No One Really Knows WhyThe problem could be cyclical.
  14. Mediavore
    Mayor of Pat’s Steaks Shakes Her Fist at the Grim Reaper; Obesity CostsPlus: Whole Foods tests out Wellness Clubs; and Centre Hall newlyweds honeymoon in jail, all in our morning news roundup.
  15. Panicking About the Markets Is for Poor PeopleNew status symbol: waiting out the stock plunge.
  16. Stocks Plummet Yet Again, and This Time It’s France’s FaultNearly erasing Tuesday’s gains.
  17. This Isn’t 2008 All Over Again, ExactlyEven if it looks a whole lot like it.
  18. Stocks Dip Sharply South, AgainBut man, gold is killin’ it.
  19. The Stock Market Is Looking Really Bad: Four Theories on Why [Updated]Silver lining: Gold’s up.
  20. stuck in the mittle
    Mitt Romney Has Decided That President Obama Made the Recession Worse After AllThis is wrong, but it’s good for Romney anyway.
  21. Remember Those 4,100 Teachers Who Were Going to Be Laid Off?As expected, they won’t be.
  22. Breaking: Rich Are Rich Again, Poor Still PoorThe “new normal,” it turns out, is pretty much the same as the old normal.
  23. Mediavore
    Paula Deen Hams It Up For Philabundance; Momofuku’s Crack Pie Is Really AlmostPlus the recession in Europe is giving brasseries, gastropubs and takeout joints some comeuppance, and Thomas Keller’s $835, 11-course dinners in Hong Kong are happening this week, all in our morning news roundup.
  24. cha-ching!
    Monday Was the Biggest Online-Spending Day in History!Shoppers spent an average of $114.24 per person.
  25. cha-ching!
    Consumer Confidence Is at Its Highest Rate in MonthsPeople aren’t just shopping, they’re ‘optimistic’ about shopping.
  26. Peter Kraus Finally Loses Some MoneyRecession finally catches up to man who made $25 million in three months at Merrill Lynch.
  27. The United States Added 151,000 Jobs in OctoberThis is the first time since May that overall payrolls increased.
  28. Unbelievable News: The Recession Is Over!Unbelievable, as in it’s hard to believe it.
  29. Sign o’ the Times: One in Seven Americans Lives in PovertyThe overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent, the highest since 1994.
  30. American Birth Rate Hits Record LowBabies, like the housing market, peaked in 2007.
  31. Lehman Brothers Auctions Off Souvenirs From the RecessionHow many tea caddies do you have to sell to get to $613 billion?
  32. That Terrifying Jobs Chart Isn’t Getting Any Less TerrifyingWe have a loooong way to go.
  33. Closings
    Are Area Restaurants Closing at a Faster Rate?Is it lack of funding or lack of patience?
  34. The Waiting List on Hermès Birkin Bags Is No MoreSo if you have $10,000 or so to spare, you can have one!
  35. Adoption Rate Up, Kill Rate Down at City Animal SheltersIt’s because of the recession, of course.
  36. Hooray! Rich Folks Are Buying ThingsYachts, jewelry, and planes are pretty much flying off the shelves.
  37. Recession Inspires Art, HoardingRecession-bound dad makes castle out of free Jell-O.
  38. Wall Street Bonuses Up 17 PercentThe big guys might have cut back this year, but overall, bonuses were up.
  39. Now Hiring
    Vongerichten Stocks ABC KitchenAmid widespread industry job loss, JGV, at least, is hiring for his new project.
  40. Financial Woes
    Restaurant Sales Will Improve in 2010, But Not by MuchJust how much will the restaurant industry rake in this year?
  41. outings
    Layoffs Hit Karl LagerfeldThe director of global marketing and public relations is leaving this week.
  42. soaps
    Real Daytime Drama: On the Set of All My Children’s Last Day in New YorkWith the soap-opera biz mortally wounded, the L.A.-bound cast is lucky to still have a show. Their NYC crew, not so much.
  43. the ugly truth
    116 Saks Fifth Avenue Cosmetics Staffers Face Layoffs in JanuaryManagement wants each beauty brand to hire its own employees.
  44. the greatest depression
    Larry Summers Says the Recession is OverApparently “everyone agrees.”
  45. the greatest depression
    Frank Rich Really Liked Up in the AirThe George Clooney Oscar vehicle is gonna heal America!
  46. Mediavore
    Rubio’s Rejects Buyout Offer; Former Execs Sue Ralph’sFormer Ralph’s execs are suing over being scapegoated while Rubio’s doesn’t accept an offered $80 million buyout.
  47. Financial Woes
    No, Really: It’s the Perfect Time to Open a RestaurantRegina Schrambling tells why.
  48. Beef
    Are Todd English’s Troubles Good for Business?The latest on the celeb chef’s busted engagement.
  49. Foodievents
    City Harvest Benefit Brings Lavish Spending But Modest DishesEric Ripert has raised $72,000 for charity by donating a buck per customer.
  50. Financial Woes
    Recession Cuts Into Cheese BusinessRevenue is down at Artisanal Cheese Center.
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