2011's Most Shocking Business News

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U.S. Slips to Fifth Place!

The story: The United States slipped from No. 1 (2008) to No. 5 (2011), according to the World Economic Forum's annual study of the earth's most competitive economies.

Why it was shocking: Considering our dysfunctional Congress, we still made No. 5! ("We're No. 5! We're No. 5!")