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HotelTonight booking app sets deals with 10 hotel brands including Hyatt, Best Western

<Super Salep>HotelTonight, a mobile-phone app for booking same-day hotel rooms at a discount, reached an agreement with 10 hotel brands and received a new investment from a prominent real-estate owner.

The startup said its new customers include Hyatt Hotels Corp., InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, Best Western International Inc., and FRHI Hotels & Resorts, which features the high-end Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel brands.

At the same...

Friday, January 31, 2014
Posted by Karon

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For a long time, Home Depot has been extremely great in carrying to clients the vastest determination of items as far as home change. This item retailer has been in the business since 1978 and is persistently developing through its other significant accomplishments, green systems and sponsorships. It was likewise in 2005 when the organization wandered into online home outfitting, which came about to home depot coupons and discounts on family unit things.

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Home change and outfitting these are the exact mantra of the business since 1978. In light of this thought, its online stores make it a focus to give their clients the best service and quality in family things. Clients will find their site easy to understand as items are legitimately ordered and named. Particular headings are additionally used to characterize the different items and determination of things. Cutlery with deals, cookware and utensils are considered some piece of the Kitchen Heading, subsequently permitting customers to specifically address their kitchen needs. Sheets, divider abstractions, trimmings and wallpapers, are likewise legitimately considered Home Furnishings. Space and association things are similarly incorporated as a component of the space frameworks record on top of wardrobes, shower and clothing.

Apparatuses like radiators, vacuum cleaners and ventilation systems are likewise offered plus coolers and coolers. For client's lightning essentials, they in like manner have an exhibit of inside and outside lights. Shopping is generally simple if done on the web, since items are composed and fittingly distinguished.

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Home depot coupons are additionally set up for clients to make utilization of and apply. With these coupons as motivators, users can now get the greatly required things and profit of tremendous rebates. People can now buy work lights, furniture, barbecue sets and home adornments at a more sensible cost. With coupons being given through different connections and sites, purchasers can unquestionably spruce up their living territory or porch while never reconsidering.

They likewise give customers a 10% markdown on chosen things. Representatives additionally have a decent amount of these benefits as the organization gives its specialists 20% rebate coupons throughout occasions and with Home Depot Deals and Discounts. Clients, who are a piece of the organization's mailing record, additionally accept coupons via mail. These coupons regularly represent to the extent that ten to twenty-five dollars off for each finished buy. An alternate incredible impetus for clients is the stamped things throughout blowout deals. There are likewise cases wherein leeway things are denoted numerous times that shoppers can essentially hold up for costs to reduction.

Online Coupons
At whatever point shoppers searching for coupons on-line users might regularly uncover oneself inside a situation where people have to reveal the most valuable coupons. When it descends to this everything hinges on upon what they will require and what could be looking for. This can eliminate people visits to the retailer and additionally eliminate the general expense. Various retailers in any case twofold or triple coupons on particular days. A few accumulates do this up to a certain dollar amount. It's in any case a fabulous system to amplify funds.

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Home Depot offers an extensive variety of items, for example, padding, kitchen machines, windows, inner parts, house ware, yard furniture and even the force instruments that are vital for home change. Various retail archives offering home change items have sprung up in the business sector and there is an intense rivalry around these ambitious people to enhance their deals. Therefore they are putting forth energizing arrangements on an extensive variety of their items to draw the clients shop at their stores. In any case, the clients may as well shop just at those stores offering brilliant items. Homedepot famous for offering amazing home items is putting forth predetermined number of home station coupons printable on constrained items to give it a chance to clients buy quality items at low cost.

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Home Depot offers exceptional coupons and offers for its clients who join the arrangement club and the star club. When joined the home stop improvers club then it won't just benefit those unique coupons yet can likewise own movie exercises showing home change tips. All these club parts can even appropriate message alarms about the later coupons, offers, promo codes and item discharges.

For the comfort of its clients, homedepot offers a mixture of coupons. The printable home depot coupons could be found free of expense at the official site of homedepot. Users can even find home terminal coupons at different destinations. Here is a rundown of few homedepot coupons. When visitors wish to utilize the coupons make a point to enter the right promo code throughout checkout. Home station coupons printable might be found at authority home stop site free of expense.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Posted by Karon

TCA: 'Peter Pan' to fly at NBC as live musical event in December

NBC hit a ratings gold mine last month with a live version of "The sound of music cast of Music" featuring a singing heroine who twirls and dances.

The network is hoping to strike gold again with an ageless boy who can fly.

A new production of the classic musical "Peter Pan" will air as a live telecast Dec. 4. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron -- who produced "The Sound of Music Live!" -- will executive produce the production. The cast will be announced at a later date.

"We're very pleased to be underway on 'Peter Pan' as our next live holiday musical for the whole family," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said at the Television Critics Assn. press tour.

As to who could play Peter, Greenblatt jokingly suggested Miley Cyrus.

The original Broadway production of "Peter Pan" starred Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Richard as Captain Hook; both won Tony Awards for their performances. (Martin also starred in the original Broadway production of "The Sound of Music.")

"Peter Pan" closed on Broadway in 1955, making way for a live broadcast that year on NBC, which attracted 65 million viewers, then highest rating for a single night. NBC also broadcast the show live in 1956 and 1960, both to huge ratings.

"The Sound of Music Live!" starring Carrie Underwood drew 22 million viewers in its initial Dec. 5 airing.

Monday, January 20, 2014
Posted by Karon

Bitcoin May Have Future for Payments

<chinese chinese lunar new year cardsp> New York - While a Texas Senate candidate is accepting Bitcoin campaign donations, and Overstock.com customers can use the technology to buy engagement rings, Wall Street sees its future more as a payment system than a currency.

Either way, it's been a profitable investment. Created in 2008, Bitcoin's value took off last year, leaping about 60-fold in the past 12 months to $936.51 Wednesday, with prices ranging from $16 to more than $1,200, according to bitcoincharts.com. Gold plunged 26 percent in the same period, while the second best-performing major currency, the 18-nation euro, climbed 7.3 percent versus a basket of its major peers.

While its supporters have embraced Bitcoin as an alternative to currencies vulnerable to sovereign debasement, China's central bank has banned lenders from handling the virtual money and Finland's authorities said it lacks the characteristics of a real currency. Citigroup, the second- largest foreign-exchange trader, said Bitcoin could benefit society if it eases transactions, even though about 1 percent of owners hold some 80 percent of the digital money.

"Bitcoin, in essence, is just an evolution of a payment system," Sebastien Galy, a New York-based senior foreign- exchange strategist at Societe Generale, said by phone. "The ultimate concept of transaction, the innovation, is certainly progress in the means of transaction."

Bitcoin was introduced by Satoshi Nakamoto, which may be a pseudonym for one or more programmers. The anonymous network is protected by cryptographic codes and works outside the banking system, allowing users to transact with one another directly. It doesn't exist in physical form and has no coins or bills.

"The original Bitcoin was designed to operate outside the financial system," Steven Englander, the head of currency trading for major industrialized nations at Citigroup in New York, said by email. "There is nothing to stop existing payments processors from adopting generic Bitcoin payments technology."

Bitcoin's market value has expanded to about $10.6 billion. The supply will be capped at 21 million, with about half of that already in circulation, according to Bitcoin.org, a repository for information on the system. The price of an individual Bitcoin jumped from $100 in July, to $200 in October and more than $1,000 this month.

For Offit Capital Advisors, this volatility could be its fatal flaw.

"Saying that a currency is a store of value implies that it is a relatively stable value," the New York-based private wealth-management firm wrote last month in a report. "Without that stability, the costs of normal commerce far outstrip any credit-card or bank transaction fees. Bitcoin fails miserably on this important measure."

Bitcoin is less a currency than a virtual commodity, Sheng Songcheng, the head of the People's Bank of China's statistics department, told reporters at a briefing this week in Beijing. The Bank of Finland said on its website Wednesday that the virtual money doesn't fulfill official definitions of a currency.

The Internal Revenue Service hasn't offered guidance on Bitcoin beyond saying it's working on the issue and that it has been monitoring digital currencies and transactions since 2007. The IRS should give taxpayers clear rules on how it will handle transactions involving digital currencies, Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate, said Jan. 9.

Bitcoin is gaining traction in the face of the official criticism. The virtual money is being accepted for donations by Texas Senate candidate Steve Stockman. Online retailer Overstock.com's Chief Executive Office Patrick Byrne said in a Jan. 9 statement that he finds the virtual currency appealing to him because "no government mandarin can will it into existence."

The value of the world's reserve currencies has been called into question since the 2008 financial crisis, spurring demand for everything from gold and art to digital money. The response of central banks of flooding the financial system with unprecedented amounts of cheap funding debased their currencies, helping send the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index tumbling 20 percent from March 2009 to August 2011.

"There is definitely a temptation to find assets that are in limited supply," Eswar Prasad, a professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and former International Monetary Fund economist, said Jan. 14 in a phone interview. Investors have sought Bitcoin "on the belief that assets in limited supply are likely to maintain their value more than assets that can be produced at the whim of a central authority."

The Federal Reserve's balance sheet has quadrupled to more than $4 trillion since 2008 as it sought to drive down interest rates and prop up asset prices. Japan is doubling its money supply to ward off 15 years of deflation. The European Central Bank holds 2.2 trillion euros ($3 trillion) of assets, down from a peak of 3.1 trillion euros in June 2012.

As recently as 2012, ECB President Mario Draghi was forced to battle speculation that the currency union would unravel. He warned markets that July that he'd do "whatever it takes" to protect the euro, which survived to welcome Latvia as its 18th member on Jan. 1.

Some companies that accept Bitcoin for payment have avoided price volatility by using a third party. Consumers can buy a $58.49 Beautyrest mattress topper from Overstock.com using the digital payment system. The payment is processed by Coinbase, which eliminates foreign-exchange risk for the retailer and provides local currency to Overstock.

"Most businesses that accept Bitcoin do not hold it," Citigroup's Englander said. "So they're now using it simply for transactions and not as an asset."

Bitcoin the currency can't be separated from Bitcoin the payment system, Barry Silbert, the founder and head of SecondMarket Inc., a New York brokerage that runs a virtual currency fund, said Jan. 14 in a phone interview. Without having the virtual currency as an asset, the system would be reliant on trust in a third-party, he said. His fund invests in Bitcoin.

"There is very little debate, I think now in Wall Street, and certainly as it relates to Silicon Valley and venture capital, that Bitcoin technology, Bitcoin the protocol, has the potential to radically disrupt and transform the financial- services space," Silbert said.

Trust in traditional currencies hasn't evaporated yet, if their performance since the height of the financial crisis is anything to go by.

"The crisis has paradoxically shown that it's those assets that can be produced in very large quantities in a short period that are the ones that continue to retain the trust of the broad majority of investors," Cornell's Prasad said.

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Posted by Karon

Volvo Car Corp. returns to profit largely due to sales in China

<Deal Nowp>DETROIT-Volvo Car Corp. said Monday it made it back into the black last year as surging demand in China contributed to an unexpectedly strong second-half performance.

Volvo won't see the same performance in China this year as in 2013 when sales rose 46% to 61,146 vehicles and the auto maker cut costs, said Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo's chief executive. But the car maker should still outperform the market that is expected to grow by...

Monday, January 13, 2014
Posted by Karon

Buying Discount Baby Formula? Another Win for Perrigo!

<Discountp>Swapping out branded products for store brands is a trend that's picked up steam since the Great Recession. However, eager-to-please parents have been less willing to make the shift to generic baby formula -- until now.

In yet another win for private-label giant Perrigo Company ( ) , high-profile recalls for well-known brands including Abbott Laboratories' ( ) Similac and Mead Johnson Nutrition Company's ( ) Enfamil have shifted more and more parents to store brands.

Recalling the past
Abbott and Johnson haven't done their marketing teams any favors in the past few years. Following the death of an infant in 2011, the media circled around Mead Johnson as retailers including Wal-Mart voluntarily pulled Enfamil from shelves. The media frenzy surrounding that story was one reason Mead saw its North American sales fall 12% year over year in the first quarter of 2012.

Abbott took a similar hit when it voluntarily recalled Similac in 2010. That caused Abbott's U.S. pediatric nutritionals business to sag 7% in 2010.

Couple those two high-profile fumbles with tightening post-recession purse strings, and the share of private-label formula is climbing steadily, improving from 11.2% to 12% over the past year.

Profiting from private labels
Of course, Perrigo is no stranger to taking market share from branded counterparts. The company has a long history of winning retail shelf space by offering cheaper versions of over-the-counter, or OTC, drugs such as cough syrup and painkillers.

Industrywide sales of private-label OTCs have grown to represent 35% of all OTC sales being collected across retail, and that share growth has increased Perrigo's revenue from those store-branded alternatives to $933 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2014. That was 21% higher than the same period a year ago.

And Perrigo believes there's plenty of running room left for growth, given that it launched 60 products in fiscal 2013 worth $130 million in annual sales and plans to launch 75 products in fiscal 2014 worth $190 million in annual sales.

Perrigo also thinks there's $10 billion in branded sales that could move to OTC over the next five years, and potentially a larger opportunity if drugs currently sold behind the counter, such as statins for lowering cholesterol, move out front.

Bulking up on formula
Sales of private-label baby formula fall under Perrigo's nutritional segment sales, and that business has been growing nicely.

Perrigo generated sales of just $171 million from the segment back in 2008. But the company racked up sales of more than $500 million in 2013.

The broader infant-formula category grew 2.7% in the year ending in September. Meanwhile, sales of private-label formula grew 7.7%. That helped lift Perrigo's nutritional segment sales 25% year over year to $129 million in the fiscal first quarter. The segment's operating margin also improved, increasing by nearly 1% to 11.7% in the quarter from the year prior.

Perrigo thinks it can grow that business even more thanks to larger, bulk containers and packaging that more closely resembles the branded version. Perrigo is also looking to increase sales by boosting its presence in overseas markets, such as China.

Going global
The push into overseas markets isn't limited to baby formula. The company just completed its merger with Ireland-based Elan in December.

As part of that deal, Perrigo lands a nice recurring royalty stream from the blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri, which Elan co-marketed with NASDAQ: Biogen ( BIIB ) . Sales of Tysabri have grown by a compounded 19% over the past four years.

Biogen bought out the remaining rights it didn't own from Elan back in February 2013 for $3.2 billion. But Biogen remains on the hook for royalties that will hit 18% of Tysabri sales up to $2 billion and 25% of sales above $2 billion. Tysabri had sales of $1.6 billion in 2012 and $401 million in the third quarter, and a phase 3 trial for expanding the drug to include secondary progressive MS remains under way.

That deal not only gives Perrigo the Tysabri royalty stream,but also provides shareholder-friendly tax relief.

Perrigo forecasts the shift of its corporate tax structure out of the U.S. to Ireland will drop its tax rate from the mid 30% range to the high teens. Combined with operational overlap, the merger is expected to save the company $150 million a year.

Fool-worthy final thoughts
Across Perrigo's many businesses, the company expects fiscal 2014 sales to climb 12% to16% in fiscal 2014. It's also forecasting 23% to 25% operating margin and 13% to 18% EPS growth. Sales of nutritionals, including infant formula, will grow 8% to 12% this year. If that plays out as hoped, the company will generate $6.35 to $6.60 per share in earnings. That projection has analysts modeling for $8.01 in earnings per share in fiscal 2015, suggesting Perrigo will have plenty of profits to reward shareholders going forward.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014
Posted by Karon

Buying Discount Baby Formula? Another Win for Perrigo!

<Discountp>Swapping out branded products for store brands is a trend that's picked up steam since the Great Recession. However, eager-to-please parents have been less willing to make the shift to generic baby formula -- until now.

In yet another win for private-label giant Perrigo Company , high-profile recalls for well-known brands including Abbott Laboratories' Similac and Mead Johnson Nutrition Company's Enfamil have shifted more and more parents to store brands.

Recalling the past
Abbott and Johnson haven't done their marketing teams any favors in the past few years. Following the death of an infant in 2011, the media circled around Mead Johnson as retailers including Wal-Mart voluntarily pulled Enfamil from shelves. The media frenzy surrounding that story was one reason Mead saw its North American sales fall 12% year over year in the first quarter of 2012.


Abbott took a similar hit when it voluntarily recalled Similac in 2010. That caused Abbott's U.S. pediatric nutritionals business to sag 7% in 2010.

Couple those two high-profile fumbles with tightening post-recession purse strings, and the share of private-label formula is climbing steadily, improving from 11.2% to 12% over the past year.

Profiting from private labels
Of course, Perrigo is no stranger to taking market share from branded counterparts. The company has a long history of winning retail shelf space by offering cheaper versions of over-the-counter, or OTC, drugs such as cough syrup and painkillers.

Industrywide sales of private-label OTCs have grown to represent 35% of all OTC sales being collected across retail, and that share growth has increased Perrigo's revenue from those store-branded alternatives to $933 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2014. That was 21% higher than the same period a year ago.

And Perrigo believes there's plenty of running room left for growth, given that it launched 60 products in fiscal 2013 worth $130 million in annual sales and plans to launch 75 products in fiscal 2014 worth $190 million in annual sales.

Perrigo also thinks there's $10 billion in branded sales that could move to OTC over the next five years, and potentially a larger opportunity if drugs currently sold behind the counter, such as statins for lowering cholesterol, move out front.

Bulking up on formula
Sales of private-label baby formula fall under Perrigo's nutritional segment sales, and that business has been growing nicely.

Perrigo generated sales of just $171 million from the segment back in 2008. But the company racked up sales of more than $500 million in 2013.

The broader infant-formula category grew 2.7% in the year ending in September. Meanwhile, sales of private-label formula grew 7.7%. That helped lift Perrigo's nutritional segment sales 25% year over year to $129 million in the fiscal first quarter. The segment's operating margin also improved, increasing by nearly 1% to 11.7% in the quarter from the year prior.

Perrigo thinks it can grow that business even more thanks to larger, bulk containers and packaging that more closely resembles the branded version. Perrigo is also looking to increase sales by boosting its presence in overseas markets, such as China.

Going global
The push into overseas markets isn't limited to baby formula. The company just completed its merger with Ireland-based Elan in December.

As part of that deal, Perrigo lands a nice recurring royalty stream from the blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri, which Elan co-marketed with Biogen . Sales of Tysabri have grown by a compounded 19% over the past four years.

Biogen bought out the remaining rights it didn't own from Elan back in February 2013 for $3.2 billion. But Biogen remains on the hook for royalties that will hit 18% of Tysabri sales up to $2 billion and 25% of sales above $2 billion. Tysabri had sales of $1.6 billion in 2012 and $401 million in the third quarter, and a phase 3 trial for expanding the drug to include secondary progressive MS remains under way.

That deal not only gives Perrigo the Tysabri royalty stream,but also provides shareholder-friendly tax relief.

Perrigo forecasts the shift of its corporate tax structure out of the U.S. to Ireland will drop its tax rate from the mid 30% range to the high teens. Combined with operational overlap, the merger is expected to save the company $150 million a year.

Fool-worthy final thoughts
Across Perrigo's many businesses, the company expects fiscal 2014 sales to climb 12% to16% in fiscal 2014. It's also forecasting 23% to 25% operating margin and 13% to 18% EPS growth. Sales of nutritionals, including infant formula, will grow 8% to 12% this year. If that plays out as hoped, the company will generate $6.35 to $6.60 per share in earnings. That projection has analysts modeling for $8.01 in earnings per share in fiscal 2015, suggesting Perrigo will have plenty of profits to reward shareholders going forward.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Posted by Karon

January's Best Finance, Cash Back and Lease Deals

It's a new year and if you have an old, unreliable car, a new car might be on your resolution list for 2014. We found some great car deals that will help save you money this January. Shoppers looking for the Online Deals lease deals will find some lease offers that don't require a down payment, but most January car lease deals feature low monthly payments when you put a few thousand dollars down. If you plan on financing your new car, truck or SUV, many automakers are offering interest rates as low as zero percent, as well as low interest rates of about 4 percent or less this January. Cash back is also available on many models right now.

A number of affordable compact SUV lease deals are available with low monthly payments this month. The new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is $259 a month for three years with $2,999 due at signing. The 2014 Honda CR-V has two lease offers this month: $239 a month for three years with $1,999 down, or $290 a month for three years with $0 down and no first month's payment. The 2014 Mazda CX-5 can be leased this January for $239 a month for three years with $1,999 due at signing in many areas of the country. The redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue has an optional third-row seat and a three-year lease deal of $239 a month with $2,599 down.

Car shoppers will find plenty of good lease offers this month on 2014 models like the Volkswagen Jetta and Passat, the Chevrolet Volt, Impala and Camaro, the Hyundai Accent, Elantra, Sonata, Genesis and Equus and the Kia Forte, Optima and Cadenza.

January Purchase Deals

If you're looking for the best purchase deals, look for zero percent financing, which can save you a lot of money. 2014 vehicles that are available with interest-free financing this January include the Chevrolet Volt, Traverse, Tahoe and Suburban, the Buick Enclave, the GMC Yukon, the Hyundai Sonata, the Kia Forte, Optima, Sedona and Sorento, the Mazda Mazda2 and CX-9 and the Subaru Outback. Many other 2014 models are being offered with low interest rate financing this month, and if you're OK with purchasing an outgoing 2013 model, you'll find lots of zero percent and cash back deals right now.

In the market for a new car? Check out the U.S. News rankings of this year's best cars. Then, look for a great deal on a new vehicle by checking out this month's best car deals. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, January 10, 2014
Posted by Karon

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