Peter Robison

is an investigative journalist for Bloomberg and Bloomberg Businessweek. He is a recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award, the Malcolm Forbes Award and four “Best in Business” awards from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, with an honors degree in history from Stanford University, he lives in Seattle with his wife and two sons.

One hard-to-rattle economy

Shockwaves at the gas pump never sparked an inflation inferno. Companies absorbed higher energy costs; consumers gritted their teeth and spent anyway.