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Business Headlines: Zipcar’s Big Move; Holiday Travel Up

By Lisa van der Pool, Boston Business Journal
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BOSTON (CBS) – Cambridge based Zipcar has just exercised an option to buy a majority stake in Avancar, a car sharing service based in Barcelona, Spain.

That’s a big step to moving into Europe.

Zipcar already has a hold in the United Kingdom, but no Zipcars are yet operating on the continent itself.

The deal is expected to go through early next year and could be a step in that direction.

HOLIDAY TRAVEL

Closer to home, you might have a lot of company on the roads this season.

AAA is estimating 91.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holidays.

That’s up 1.4-percent from last year and they say most people will drive to their destinations.

Only 6-percent plan to fly.

AAA says this is a positive sign that the economy is coming back to life.

Watch Lisa’s report:

Lisa van der Pool of the Boston Business Journal can be seen weekdays at 6 a.m. on WBZ-TV.

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