If you feel your Valentine's Day chocolates are not such a sweet deal this year, you're not alone. Regulators are investigating price fixing among candy makers in at least three different countries.
A Canadian investigation sparked several American lawsuits accusing the world's biggest chocolate companies of violating antitrust laws.
The retailers and consumers who filed suit allege the companies needed to fix prices because sales of chocolate in the U.S. have remained relatively flat. Chocolate manufacturer sales grew by 2.9 percent in 2007 to $16.3 billion, according to the National Confectioners Association.
need a date?
When it comes to playing Cupid in the office, men appear to be edging out women.
An online survey conducted in January found that one in four men said they had fixed up a colleague, compared with one in five women -- a finding at odds with customary expectations.
The survey, admittedly unscientific, got responses from 1,117 men and 1,898 women. It was conducted by Richmond, Va.-based SnagAJob.com, a job site for hourly workers.
NEED A DIVORCE?
A Charleston, W.Va. radio station is observing Valentine's Day with a reminder that Cupid sometimes misses his mark. WKLC-FM is giving away a free divorce.
Valentine's Day isn't all hearts and flowers, says WKLC Program Director Jay Nunley. There is a darker side, he said.
"Sure we can give away concert tickets, and we do," Mr. Nunley said. "That's going to make you happy for a little while. This is the chance to make someone happy for the rest of their life."
Through 4 p.m., applications for the free divorce will be accepted online at www.wklc.com. The winner will be drawn at 5 p.m.
-- Edited from wire reports