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Ben Popken

Ben Popken is a senior business reporter for NBC News.

Ben Popken is a senior business reporter for NBC News.

Latest from Ben Popken

5h ago

Just in time for July 4, America's latest shortage is ... fireworks

Americans hoping to buy fireworks for the Fourth of July this year are going to find a limited selection and higher prices — or empty shelves.
16h ago

Welcome to your new commute: Higher prices, safety fears and reduced transit schedules

Workers called back to their office are facing a new hurdle — the daily commute.

More people are flying — so why are airlines slashing flights and hiking prices?

A shortage of pilots and a faster-than-expected takeoff in passenger demand is forcing some airlines to cut back flights and retool schedules.
5d ago

How American highway construction built a legacy of inequality

The federal highway program barreled through Black and Latino neighborhoods in the 1950s. But will new solutions repeat past mistakes?

'Be back by Labor Day' — Morgan Stanley CEO issues sternest warning yet for employees delaying a return to work

“If you can go to a restaurant in New York City, you can come in to the office,” James Gorman said.

Beverage makers mocked after soccer stars Ronaldo and Pogba snub drinks

Ronaldo, a health-conscious athlete, held up a bottle of water and said, "Agua."
12d ago

Unemployed in one of these four states? You lose your federal benefits this weekend.

The Republican governors of Alaska, Iowa, Missouri and Mississippi are all shutting off federal pandemic unemployment benefits three months early.
13d ago

Consumer prices surged 5 percent in May, fastest pace since 2008

Spiking demand and limited supply in the reopening economy drove higher price increases for the second straight month.

Graphic: Track grocery price trends

As inflation rises, NBC NEWS is tracking grocery price changes to monitor the impact on consumers’ food bills.
19d ago

United Airlines orders 15 supersonic jets to cut travel time in half — some day

Don't rush out to book a fare just yet. These flights won't be operational before 2029 at the earliest.
25d ago

Meatless is having a moment, as pandemic fuels change in consumer appetites

“We’re not anti-animal meat. We’re just saying there are protein options you need to look at," said one plant-based foods manufacturer.