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Fed's attempts to lift rates falter as firms waver

Many companies still think they can't push through price increases, even after eight years of economic expansion

Amazon, which is acquiring Whole Foods Market (above), is expected to cut headcount and change inventory to reduce prices as it steps up competition with Walmart and other big-box retailers.


IT'S like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

That's how McKinsey & Co consultant Walter Baker describes the plight of corporate salespeople doing battle with purchasing managers in the US today.

The vendors want to charge more for the in-demand products they're...

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