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P&G Lobbying Costs Shoot Up

P&G Lobbying Costs Shoot Up
News from Yahoo Finance:

Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG – News) reported that it has spent $ 996,497 during the third quarter 2011 on issues related to international trade, foreign relations, consumer safety, tax code and other issues. Lobbying charges increased 30% from the previous quarter of $ 765,000, while it shrunk 3% from the $ 1.03 million incurred in third quarter of 2010.

According to the filing with the House clerk’s office on October 20, P&G lobbied the Congress, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Environmental Protection Agencies and several other agencies.

In addition, the company lobbied the Patent and Trademark Office and opposed on trade barrier issues as the company is looking for expansion opportunities globally.

In another news flow, P&G inked a deal with the fast-food chain owners Panda Express, to open 200 franchised dry clean…………… continues on Yahoo Finance

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FARGO – When real estate agent Jenny Schuster shows a house for sale to her clients, she says it’s a 50/50 chance whether the bed will be made.

She’s stepped on clothes and tripped over shoes while walking people through homes. She sometimes has to pick things up ahead of her clients to get them out of the way.

Schuster also understands. Everyone has their own dirty little secrets, so to speak.

“People are so busy now, and their priorities have changed,” says Schuster, with Park Company Realtors. “Keeping things looking fantastic is the last thing on their list.”

The same is true in her home. “If my bed’s not made, I don’t have a problem with it,” Schuster says. “If I’m going to do dishes or sit down and read to my kids, I’m going to read to my kids.”

When she walks into an immaculate home, she’s actually a bit shocked. “I wonder how they find the time,” she says.

The way we keep our homes has changed, says Carolyn Forte, director of…………… continues on INFORUM

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