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Microsoft’s (MSFT) Surface tablet, the company’s premiere Windows hardware offering, has seemingly not been well-received by the public. See more tech stories on the Business Technology homepage. BGR saw a great deal of potential in the Surface when we reviewed it in October, but consumers have not been swayed by the slate’s sleek hardware and unique interface. Microsoft has reportedly cut its fourth-quarter orders with manufacturing partners in half, and one firm estimates that the company will sell fewer than 1 million Surface tablets in 2012. Now, a new report suggests Surface sales may be even slower than we thought. [...]

INVENTORIES GROW: Business inventories edged up a slight 0.1 percent in June, the Commerce Department reported. That followed a 0.3 percent gain in May. SALES FALL: Sales at the retail, wholesale and manufacturing levels fell 1.1 percent, the sharpest decline since March 2009. However, retail sales rose 0.8 percent in July following three straight monthly declines, a hopeful sign the economy may be emerging from its spring slump. IMPACT: Weaker inventory growth could act as a drag on overall economic growth. When businesses place fewer orders, factory production slows. INVENTORIES GROW: Business inventories

Today, LV Moms editor Cheryl Lock shares her personal experience selling Mary Kay, and explains why, in the end, it just wasn’t the money-making scheme she was led to believe it would be. Virginia Sole-Smith argues in her Harper’s story, “The Pink Pyramid Scheme” that Mary Kay, a nearly 50-year-old institution with a sales force of 2 million women worldwide, is a huge scam. While I can’t speak for every woman who has ever sold Mary Kay, I can tell you my own personal story about working with the Pink Ladies. (I’m calling them that, though I doubt it’s something [...]

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