CNN Money: Top business headlines for Oct. 11

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    NEW YORK (CNN) -- CNN Money's Stacey Delikat has your top business and financial news on this Friday, October 11.

    Macs down, PCs up
    Here's something unexpected: Of the five major PC makers in the United States, Apple was the only one whose shipments fell last quarter. Overall U.S. PC shipments grew by 3.5% in the third quarter, according to tech consultancy Gartner. While Hewlett-Packard (HPQ, Fortune 500), Dell (DELL, Fortune 500), Lenovo and Toshiba all grew their shipments over last year, Apple's fell by 2.3%. It might be even worse than that. If you ask Gartner's rival consultancy IDC, Macintosh shipments fell by more than 11%.

    Just what the government shutdown needs: Drunk dialing
    Want more alcohol in your politics? DrunkDialCongress.org is a new site that forwards calls from users to a random U.S. representative's office, at which point they can complain about the government shutdown, or whatever else is on their mind.
    The site, which was put up Wednesday night, is produced by Revolution Messaging, a Washington-based mobile strategy company that works for left-left leaning politicians and causes. DrunkDialCongress, however, will forward calls to Democrats and Republicans in the House.

    Starbucks petition seeks end to D.C. spat
    Would you like some bipartisanship with that latte? Starbucks called Thursday for leaders in Washington to resolve the ongoing fiscal crisis, announcing plans to offer a petition on the subject to customers at its thousands of locations across the U.S.  In a letter posted on the Starbucks (SBUX, Fortune 500) website, CEO Howard Schultz said Americans "have no platform with which to voice their frustration with Washington and the current stalemate that threatens our nation." The petition calls for lawmakers to "reopen our government to serve the people," "pay our debts on time to avoid another financial crisis" and "pass a bipartisan and comprehensive long-term budget deal by the end of the year."

    Hershey's debuts first new brand in 30 years
    Lancaster Soft Crèmes bring U.S. caramel lovers a sweet new experience. Today, The Hershey Co. announced it is launching a new confectionery brand in the U.S. called Lancaster. The new brand will feature a line of caramel soft crèmes that will roll out nationwide in January 2014. The introduction of the Lancaster brand marks a significant milestone for The Hershey Co., as it's the first time the company has launched a new brand that is not a brand extension or acquisition in the past 30 years. The new brand is rooted in Hershey's heritage and is inspired by Milton Hershey's original confection company, The Lancaster Caramel Co.



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