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December 24, 2012
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  • Caterpillar posts weaker sales gain
    Caterpillar reported a 5% increase in global machine sales for the three months through November. That compared with an 8% gain in the three months through October. The company cited slower growth in North America for the drop. Bloomberg (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. consumer mood darkens
    U.S. consumer sentiment this month is at its lowest since summer, colored in part by the unresolved budget situation, according to a University of Michigan-Thomson Reuters survey. "Confidence is lost much more easily than it can be regained, and the pessimism created by not reaching a resolution before year-end will be difficult to reverse even if a settlement is reached soon after the start of 2013," said Richard Curtin, the survey's chief economist. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to innovate like Daniel Libeskind
    Modern architect Daniel Libeskind has come up with some of the era's most creative designs -- and corporate innovators can harness the techniques he uses, writes Scott Bowden. Libeskind's ability to flip existing paradigms on their heads, blend substance and style, and spot big trends and apply them to his designs are all themes that innovators in any field can use, Bowden writes. InnovationExcellence.com (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, OPEI SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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