Financial news on May 14th, 2011

Business and Financial news
A Jobs Recovery Is Happening Faster for Some Countries Than Others

While much of Europe has been struggling to bounce back from the financial crisis, German unemployment has declined to a level lower than it was in September 2008. Read more..

By FLOYD NORRIS - The New York Times

A Tumble for Shares in Technology and Finance

The major indexes fell Friday after some disappointing earnings reports and concerns about Europe’s debt crisis. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

Facebook, Foe of Anonymity, Is Forced to Explain a Secret

The social networking site tried to hide the fact that it was behind a campaign to coax reporters and technology experts to write critical stories about Google’s Social Circle. Read more..

By MIGUEL HELFT - The New York Times

Former S.E.C. Official Said to Be Subject of Criminal Inquiry

Federal criminal authorities are investigating whether a former securities regulator inappropriately represented Allen Stanford, the indicted Texas financier, after leaving the S.E.C. Read more..

By EDWARD WYATT - The New York Times

In Shift, Ads Try to Entice Over-55 Set

After 40 years of catering to younger consumers, advertisers are broadening their focus to older people for demographic and economic reasons. Read more..

By BILL CARTER and TANZINA VEGA - The New York Times

Lawrence Johnson, Who Helped Ease Boats Into Water, Dies at 97

Mr. Johnson, the founder of a boat trailer company, created a trailer that allowed a single person to unload a boat into shallow water. Read more..

By DANIEL E. SLOTNIK - The New York Times

Rising Gas and Food Prices Push U.S. Inflation Higher

Higher prices for gas and food pushed up a widely used index of inflation to the fastest 12-month pace in more than two years. Read more..

By CHRISTINE HAUSER - The New York Times

U.S. Fast-Food Giant Yum Bids for Chinese Chain

The company behind KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut is planning to buy most of the shares of Little Sheep, which operates hundreds of colorful hot pot restaurants in China. Read more..

By BETTINA WASSENER - The New York Times

Wealthy Hesitate to Take a Break on Estate Taxes

With a two-year window that makes it cheaper to transfer wealth to offspring, the richest Americans are struggling with how much money to give. Read more..

By PAUL SULLIVAN - The New York Times

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