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Consumers expect RFID to raise costs

FRAMINGHAM (02/13/2004) - According to research by EMarketer Inc., many consumers (41 percent) expect the use of RFID to raise the cost of goods. About one in five (18 percent) don't expect costs to change while 17 percent expect the cost of goods to shrink. One in four (25 percent) could not assess the impact of RFID on cost.

Capital region hosts most affluent Internet users

FRAMINGHAM (10/20/2003) - The Capital Region of the United States (Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.) has more affluent households with Internet access than any other region as 35.8 percent of households in this region have annual incomes greater than US$75,000. New England is the second-most affluent region as 35.1 percent of Internet households fitting the affluent category. The Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon) had the fewest number of households (20.4 percent) with an income of greater than $75,000.

Tech job losses slow

FRAMINGHAM (10/20/2003) - According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., technology-related job cuts totaled 47,988 in the third quarter of 2003, bringing the yearly total of lost jobs to 145,997. This year's figure is 56 percent lower than last year when 334,650 job cuts were made.