BC-US--Business Features Digest, US
Europe is searching for something to get growth going again and pull the eurozone's heavily indebted countries out of their troubles â¿¿ but with little luck. Unemployment and manufacturing indicators suggest the 17 countries that use the euro are headed for an official recession. The absence of growth will be a leading concern for European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and the bank's governing council when they meet Wednesday to decide on the eurozone's benchmark refinancing rate. By Business Writer David McHugh.
Eds: Sent Tuesday for use any time.AP Photo. OLY-LONDON 2012-EXCLUSIVE HOTELS LONDON â¿¿ Most of London's most exclusive hotels have been booked for the Olympics, snapped up by Olympic officials or companies block-booking rooms for favored customers, but there are still amazing places to stay. That is, if you can afford the bill. By Meera Selva. Eds: Sent Monday for use any time. AP Photos. With: â¿¿ OLY-LONDON 2012-TOURISM NUMBERS COLUMNS: SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK NEW YORK â¿¿ Anyone expecting a small business lending boom is probably going to have to wait a while longer. Lenders are still uneasy about taking a chance on small businesses while the economy looks uncertain. And many company owners are hesitant to take on debt. When banks do grant loans, the terms are more generous than in the past, but it can still be hard to get approval. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. Eds: Sent Wednesday for use any time. AP photo. ON THE MONEY-SPORTS TICKET DEALS LOS ANGELES â¿¿ Whether baseball is Americans' favorite sport may be up for debate, but one thing is not: Baseball remains the best ticket value, compared to professional football, basketball and hockey. Even though ticket prices for MLB games have increased modestly the past two years, discounts can be found on a bevy of ticket websites. That goes to show that the teams themselves are not necessarily the best game in town when it comes to getting the best deal. By Alex Veiga.
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