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Samsung takes aim at Apple with tablet computers

Samsung takes aim at Apple

Samsung Electronics has a new goal after overtaking Apple in smartphone sales. It also wants to be world’s best in tablet computers. Research group IDC estimates that Samsung sold 16.6 million tablets in 2012, lagging far behind Apple, which sold 65.7 million iPads. A Samsung executive said the Korean company’s tablet sales will exceed 40 million units in 2013. He didn’t give a time frame for when Samsung could beat Apple.

Amazon lures bookstores

Amazon is offering an enticement to independent bookstores: Sell the Kindle and get a 10 percent cut of the price of the digital books that people buy for it for two years. said the program, called “Amazon Source,” will also give booksellers a discount when they buy Kindles for resale. Retailers that don’t classify themselves booksellers get a larger discount on the Kindles, but not the 10 percent cut of the books sold on the devices.

Prices were too good to be true

Treadmills for $33? Computer monitors for $9? The deals are too good to be true — even at Wal-Mart. It turns out they’re not. Wal-Mart said a “technical error” caused certain products to be priced absurdly low or high on its website Wednesday.

Ready for mail

The post office says it will deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 420 million packages during the holiday season. The U.S. Postal Service said it expects letters to decline slightly while package deliveries between Thanksgiving and Dec. 31 will rise 12 percent from last year. The post office expects the busiest mailing day to be Dec. 16, and the busiest packages day to be Dec. 19.

Beef labeling

Cargill said it will start labeling beef products that contain “finely textured beef” following last year’s public outcry over the use of “pink slime.” The Minneapolis-based meat company said the new packages will appear before next year’s grilling season and is in response to consumer demand. It said packages will note when a product “Contains Finely Textured Beef.”

Top rental car brands

Enterprise Holdings’ three rental car brands — National, Enterprise and Alamo — swept the top three spots for satisfaction among airport customers, a survey released by J.D. Power found. It’s the second consecutive year that the Enterprise nameplate has finished at the top. National, which was No. 2 last year, ranks No. 1 this year. Enterprise, which was atop the list last year, now is No. 2.