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Dell Computer vs. Hewlett-Packard and Apple; Sedans with the worst gas mileage; 938,000 U.S. homes are in foreclosure; Crest toothpaste's alternative flavors; Hong Kong real estate at record high

Dell Computer vs. Hewlett-Packard and AppleIn 2005, Dell Computer had a market value of $100 billion, more than Hewlett-Packard and Apple combined. Today, the market values Dell at $30 billion, less than a third of the value of HP or Apple.BusinessWeek

Sedans with the worst gas mileageThe luxury sedans with the worst gas mileage are the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz S-class, which both get 11 mpg in the city and 17 on the highway. The most gas-guzzling nonluxury sedans are the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. Each gets 13 mpg in the city and 19 on the open road.Forbes

938,000 U.S. homes are in foreclosureThe number of U.S. homes in foreclosure rose to 938,000 in the July–September quarter, a 5 percent increase from the prior three months. With employment at a 26-year high, foreclosure filings are on pace to hit 3.5 million this year.Associated Press

Crest toothpaste's alternative flavorsTo appeal to local tastes, Procter & Gamble produces Crest toothpaste for the Chinese market in a variety of flavors, including strawberry, lemon, tea, salt, and honey.The Economist Hong Kong real estate at record highWhat real estate crash? Hong Kong apartment prices are at a record high, with an apartment changing hands last week for $9,197 per square foot. Real estate experts say that’s the highest price ever paid in the world’s priciest real estate market.Marketwatch.com

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