Thursday, June 16, 2011
On the Business Beat our focus is on weekend airfare deals and shoplifting as a big business.
Shoplifting has now become a billion dollar business.
The latest numbers show its adding up to a staggering $32-billion.
The National Retail Federation says much of the theft comes from organized crime looking to sell sought after merchandise on the Internet. In a down economy the Federation says consumers are looking for deals no matter where they have to go to find them and organized crime knows that.
Topping the list of stolen goods---Levi Jeans, Sony Play Station 3 Consoles and medications like Advil and Benadryl.
Why the significant increase in theft?
The retailers say thieves using sophisticated technology; are grouped in gangs and dealing with stores with fewer staff security officers.
A chance for a quick weekend getaway from Atlanta on Delta this weekend.
Check out the weekend specials---you can leave on Saturday and come back Monday or Tuesday. Fares start at $69.
And the newest Hewlett Packard Tablet going up against the iPad and Samsung Galaxy.
The new HP features Wi-Fi and is the first Tablet powered by the same operating system as the Palm--which HP purchased last year.
Pre-orders for the newest on the market start June 19 and will sell for between $500 and $700, depending on memory.