BMW is introducing car shopping from the couch. To cut costs on its expensive new line of plug-in cars next year, the German automaker will sell the vehicles directly from a virtual showroom.
In the midst of the economy's slowdown, housing is gradually picking up. Home prices and new construction are up. Existing home sales, while down, are expected to rebound.
US adds only 69,000 net jobs, the smallest gain in a year. Employers pull in their horns in the face of fears over the eurozone and worries about the US elections and the expiration of tax cuts.