U.S. heating costs forecast to be higher this winter

(Reuters) - Most U.S. households can expect higher heating expenditures this winter than in the previous two years, according to the government's Winter Fuels Outlook released on Wednesday. The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) said in a report that the higher expected heating expenditures between October and March are the result of more demand for heating because of colder weather and, to a lesser extent, higher fuel prices. EIA said it based its heating demand projections on the most recent… Read this article

Quick Service Restaurants

The fast food industry is projected to grow only about 2 percent annually over the next five years, according to IBIS World. A major challenge is presenting menu offerings for price-sensitive diners who want healthy options. Price competition was evident in the fast food world last year, with promotions that offered consumers menu items at $1 each if bought in combinations of, say, two for $2. “It’s price wars,” says Warren Solochek, head of NPD Group’s food service practice. “If… Read this article