While major retailers like Home Depot are watching profits decline, Wal-Mart continues to successfully grow. At its current rate of expansion, some analysts say the company may hold such dominance over the retail industry that it could eventually face antitrust litigation.
The Washington state Senate has approved more than $16 million in tax breaks, including $12 million in tax credits to persuade technology companies to remain in the state. Critics say the credits are inappropriate given budget shortcomings in other areas.
In pursuing its goal of having 25,000 global stores, Starbucks is aggressively pursuing international expansion plans. Other cultures, however, often see expansion plans as imperialistic, leading to boycotts and protests at international locations.