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How a Debit Card Fee Cut Backfired on Merchants

Washington's efforts at financial reform keep having strange and unintended consequences. In response to a law that was meant to lower excessive debit card transaction fees on merchants, Visa and Mastercard found a way to raise the fees on a host of small businesses.

A Starbucks, Peet's Coffee Tie-Up Could Be a Win-Win

The longtime coffee rivals may be discussing a merger. It could be a win for both brewers. Starbucks could provide the smaller player with a boost in the single-cup market. And Peet's, which has longstanding deals with grocery chains, could steer Starbucks to a smoother grocery distribution strategy.

Consumers Are Finding Cash for 'Small Luxuries'

As the economy improves, Americans have begun splurging again. But they're limiting their indulgences to haircuts, casual dining and coffee, while continuing to forego many bigger expenditures, like vacations and dining at expensive restaurants.

Starbucks for a buck

Starbucks is trying out a new "short" cup of coffee for $1 in an effort to better compete with fast food chains. Specifically, they're trying this...