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    Dec 11 2008

    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced that prices for Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Select and other parcel services will increase about 5% on January 18, 2009. The annual adjustment reflects higher operating costs. The USPS has adopted a once-a-year increase, generally tied to inflation, in order to provide predictability and price protection. 

    Price changes for first-class mailing services, including stamps, will be announced in February and will go into effect in May 2009.

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    Dec 11 2008

    SEMA-member companies have posted several new listings for job opportunities at www.sema.org/classifieds. Working for a SEMA-member company has many advantages. In addition to working for a company that supports and contributes to the success of the overall industry, being employed by a SEMA-member company enables employees to participate in webinars, access free market research, join SEMA committees and more. The newest classified listings posted under Positions Available include:

  • Posted on:
    Dec 11 2008


    Ford drastically reduced the ordering combinations available on its best-selling F-150 pickup, according to a report in Automotive News, and other manufacturers have moved to reduce the scope and types of options that they would provide at the dealership in order to save on overhead costs. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

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    Dec 11 2008

    NEWS NUGGETS

    SCHUMACHER NAMED DRIVER OF THE YEAR: NHRA POWERade Series Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher has been named the 2008 Driver of the Year. Schumacher had a dominating season behind the wheel of his U.S. Army dragster and becomes only the third NHRA driver to win the 42-year-old award, presented annually by the Driver of the Year Foundation.

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    Dec 04 2008

    One of the world’s smallest cars, the smart fortwo, had an imposing presence at the 2008 SEMA Show.

    It was not the first time the diminutive coupe featured at the Show, but it was the premier exhibition as a model for sale in the United States. Since going on-sale less than a year ago, the commuter car has had trouble meeting demand. There has been a steady wait for longer than the model has been on the market. In fact, the newcomer has been the only brand reporting positive sales figures for all of 2008.

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    Dec 04 2008

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has set the standard business-mileage deduction at 55 cents for 2009. This is below the 58.5 cents allowed during the second half of 2008, but above the 50.5 cents permitted during the first half. Widely fluctuating gasoline prices triggered two different rates for 2008.