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Investors eat up Dunkin' Brands IPO

A customer enters a Dunkin' Donuts store in midtown Manhattan on July 11. Dunkin' Brands, the US fast-food chain which owns Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, saw its shares surge nearly 40 percent in value as they debuted on the Nasdaq stock exchange on Wednesday.

Most (and least) gay-friendly brands in the world

In Canada alone, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community represents a $100-billion market according to recent reports. That's big money. And, as all marketers understand, perception matters. These are the 12 brands perceived to be friendliest to LGBTs, according to an influential consumer survey conducted by PlanetOut and LiveAccess.