GOOD DAY FOR: A name change, after California’s 99 Cents Only retail chain is planning to raise prices above 99 cents for the first time in 26 years. The store is one of the few “dollar” stores left where everything is still 99 cents or less. But the chain just had two consecutive quarterly losses, as higher food, fuel, and labor costs hit the pricing structure. (Los Angeles Times)
BAD DAY FOR: A stiff drink, after British pub chain JD Wetherspoon credited a turnaround in its lager sales to the introduction of Coors Light at its 694 pubs. Coors Light is now its third most popular lager. Wetherspoon and fellow British pub chains Punch Taverns and Greene King all reported poor results, which they blame on the U.K.’s economic slump, rising prices, and a new country-wide smoking ban. (MarketWatch)
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The U.S. Marines are developing laser weapons. Here's why.
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Ban PowerPoint!
- Why the Supreme Court is allowing Texas to hold an unconstitutional election
- How 1,000-year lifespans could remake the economy
- Gamergate has backfired spectacularly on its nincompoop perpetrators
- Rise of the machines
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
Subscribe to the Week