PRESS DIGEST - New York Times business news - Dec. 31
Dec 31 (Reuters) - The following were the top stories in the New York Times business pages on Wednesday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
* Starting Jan. 1, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry has agreed to a voluntary moratorium on the kind of branded goodies -- Viagra pens, Zoloft soap dispensers, Lipitor mugs -- that were meant to foster good will and, some would say, encourage doctors to prescribe more of the drugs.
* Offshore investment funds used as tax havens are being investigated as part of the Madoff fraud case.
* The day after an injection from the government, the financing affiliate of General Motors (GM.N: Cotización) said it would immediately ease the conditions for borrowers to have access to its loans.
* The midsize Fusion Hybrid is Ford Motor Co's (F.N: Cotización) strongest effort yet to break the dominance of Japanese automakers in hybrid passenger cars.
* After the financial markets collapsed, companies that were looking for space found accommodating deals.
* Home values in 20 large metropolitan areas across the country dropped at an 18 percent annual pace in October.
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