Shippers Prepare for Holiday Season Spike, Automakers Report Strong Sales in October

Shipping companies are expecting to have to deliver more packages this holiday season than last year as online sales increase. U.P.S. is predicting to ship 585 million packages in December, for example, up 11 percent from December 2013.

Some automakers experienced strong sales in October. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, for instance, had sales increase 22 percent last month compared to the same month in 2013.

Small businesses are spending thousands to protect against cyber attacks. According to experts, a small business with about 50 employees will spend $57,600 annually for cyber protection.

Publicis Groupe, the French advertising firm, will pay $3.7 billion in cash for Boston-based marketing and consulting company Sapient.

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