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Loose change

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 6, 2002

MAKING MORE THAN MUSIC: The Rolling Stones don't make just music; Fortune magazine says the band is a business juggernaut that makes big bucks. "This group has tendrils deep in American business, cutting sponsorship and rights deals with stalwarts like Anheuser-Busch, Microsoft and Sprint," Fortune says. The Stones' revenue since 1989: $1.5-billion.

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DIMINISHING RETURNS: More workers are stuck in the same jobs at the same pay in what Business Week calls "the sideways labor market." The magazine says stalled pay and reduced benefits leave many workers feeling as if they're not getting ahead or are falling behind. Workers are being hit hardest by health care costs, which may increase an average 15 percent next year.

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MOVING UP: Women account for 49 percent of managers and professionals in the workplace while making up just 47 percent of the total labor force. That's a significant gain since 1970, when women held 29 percent of management and professional jobs. And a projection of workplace data shows women are on track to hold more of those positions than men within three decades.

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INTERVIEW DONT'S: While it's helpful to have the support of loved ones during a job hunt, executives surveyed by staffing service OfficeTeam had some applicants go to extremes. One person got up to leave a few minutes into an interview, saying he left his dog in the car and needed to check on it. Another answered the first few questions, then picked up his cell phone and called his parents to tell them the interview was going well.

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BURNING BRIGHT: Candles have become a hot seller in the past few years. Candle sales totaled $2.3-billion in 2000, up from about $1-billion just four years earlier. Candlemakers now want to expand their audience to men; 96 percent of all candles are bought by women.

-- Compiled by Cathy Keim from Times wires.

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