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Biz bits

By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 2, 2003


-- Looking for some yummy cheese? SmartMoney.com surveyed the dairy case to find something better than the common cheddar. But brace yourself for the prices. One pick was Vermont Shepherd by cheesemakers Cynthia and David Major, which fetches about $20 a pound. The price tag must be covering their airfares. The couple traveled throughout France's Basque region to learn the technique for creating their Pyrenees-style sheep's milk cheese.

-- Baby boomers have an estimated annual spending power of $2.1-trillion, according to a recent MetLife Mature Market Institute's study. More than half of boomers live in nine states, including Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

-- Money.CNN.com offers tips for 2003 car shoppers. Buyers are in the driver's seat, thanks to rebates and cheap financing deals. The Web site offers a look at the year's best models, plus runners-up, based on test drives and other research. One tip: Buy what you love, but use your head. Don't fall for the sports car if the family really needs a minivan.

-- Forget investing in stocks: A 1939 top-condition copy of a Batman comic book fetches $300,000. A 1941 Captain America comic book is worth $100,000, according to the March 3 Forbes magazine.

-- As more Americans spend time with their families, grocers may want to beef up their ready-to-eat meal sections. A new study of 21,500 heads of households by ACNielsen found that more than 62 percent of those ages 18 to 34 said they were too tired at the end of the day to spend much time or effort preparing meals. Younger and more affluent consumers are even more likely to be time pressed.

-- Compiled from Web sites and Times wires

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