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Confident consumers give US retail sales a lift

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans spent more money at retailers in September - a buying surge that reflected growing consumer confidence and the launch of the latest iPhone.

October 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Amphibious vehicle to go on sale soon in US

DETROIT (AP) - Amphibious vehicles could soon be zooming out of James Bond's garage - or pond - and into yours.

October 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Social Security reform that must take place

No matter who is picked as president in the upcoming election, in today's column, I will tell you what he will do about Social Security reform. But before I get to that, I must once again go over the reason why reform is needed.

October 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


NJ asks Supreme Court to hear gift card case

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that could help the government claim at least $15 million a year in unspent gift card revenue from retailers to help balance the state budget.

October 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


United States runs fourth straight $1 trillion-plus budget deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States has now spent $1 trillion more than it's taken in for four straight years.

October 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Reports: Smaller iPad to be revealed Oct. 23

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple Inc. is set to reveal a smaller, cheaper version of the iPad at an event on Oct. 23, according to several reports published Friday.

October 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


NYC sued over crackdown on sugary drinks

NEW YORK (AP) - Soda makers, restaurateurs and other businesses sued Friday to try to block the city's unprecedented move to restrict sales of super-sized, sugary drinks, an effort the city called a coup for public health but the businesses view as wrong-minded meddling.

October 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


S. California home prices rise in September

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California home prices posted a sixth straight annual increase in September as buying shifted to more expensive houses along the coast and the supply of heavily discounted foreclosed properties dwindled, a research firm reported Friday.

October 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Best Buy to match some rivals' online pricing as competition starts to heat up

NEW YORK (AP) - Best Buy said Friday that it has authorized its store staffers to match online prices of competitors in some cases, as it ramps up for the all-important holiday season.

October 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


More retailers object to credit card settlement

NEW YORK (AP) - A group of retailers and trade groups has launched a last-ditch effort to stop a settlement worth at least $6 billion that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

October 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Profits soar at 2 largest mortgage lending banks

NEW YORK (AP) - Is the mortgage market really back?

October 12, 2012 | | Nationwide


Mailing a letter to cost a penny more next year upping price to 46 cents

WASHINGTON (AP) - It'll cost another penny to mail a letter next year.

October 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fewer layoffs no longer suggest strong hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) - Declining applications for unemployment benefits have typically pointed to stronger hiring.

October 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Safeway bets loyalty program will pay off

PLESANTON (AP) - Safeway Inc. is betting that its investment in a new customer loyalty program will eventually pay off, as the supermarket operator looks to fend off big-box retailers and other competitors that are expanding their grocery aisles.

October 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Is Penney breaking its 'no coupon' promise?

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October 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Thinner iPads, sharper iMacs in Apple’s lineup

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.

October 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google’s 3Q earnings fall as expenses climb 30%

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google's third-quarter earnings slipped as the Internet search leader hired nearly 3,000 more employees while pouring more money into its zest for innovation and quest for new markets.

October 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple Pay is bigger bet than gadgets

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple showed off thinner iPads and a new iMac with a high-resolution display on Thursday. Sleek and stunning, yes, but not likely to spark the next iRevolution. The tech giant's bigger strategic bet is that mobile pay service Apple Pay, debuting Monday, will be the next thing you didn't know you needed - but now can't live without.

October 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


iPhone glass maker to cut 727 jobs at Arizona plant

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A manufacturer of sapphire glass that Apple Inc. uses in iPhones plans to eliminate 727 jobs at an Arizona plant.

October 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google tries to upstage Apple

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is coming out with bigger, more expensive versions of its Nexus phone and tablet to attract more of the affluent consumers who faithfully buy each new generation of Apple's iPhone and iPad. It's also releasing a new streaming video and music device, Nexus Player, to compete with Apple TV and Roku, among others.

October 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Netflix’s stock plunges, subscriber growth slips

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This is a sequel that Netflix shareholders never wanted to see: The world's largest Internet video service has once again turned off potential viewers with a price increase that is punishing the company's stock price.

October 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


HBO Go-ing away from cable, will stand on its own

NEW YORK (AP) - Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. So, is this the end of pay-TV as we know it?

October 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart cuts sales outlook due to economy

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its revenue outlook for its current fiscal year as it announced it is scaling back its expansion plans for its supercenters next year and stepping up investments in its online operations.

October 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


HP resumes buyback of stock

PALO ALTO (AP) - PC maker Hewlett-Packard said Wednesday it is resuming buybacks and reaffirmed its guidance for 2014 and 2015.

October 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Twitter to be used for payments at French stores

PARIS (AP) - Did someone spot you money for lunch two weeks ago? In France, Twitter users can now publicly repay debts, donate to charity or chip in for a gift with a new payment service backed by the country's second-largest banking service.

October 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Can dentists legally bar teeth-whitening competition?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Teeth-bleaching isn't brain surgery, although the Supreme Court seemed to find a link between the two in an antitrust case argued Tuesday.

October 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Education group snuffs out tobacco ties

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - In a quick about-face, the National School Boards Association is cutting ties with the nation's second-biggest cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

October 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Macy’s to open even earlier on Thanksgiving

NEW YORK (AP) - Macy's Inc. is opening its stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than last year, to lure holiday shoppers.

October 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


FDA: little evidence to drop Chantix boxed suicide warning

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators say Pfizer has provided low-quality evidence to support its request to remove a bold-letter warning from its anti-smoking drug Chantix about suicidal behavior.

October 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Yelp battles extortion claims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - First the chefs of a small Italian restaurant got mad at online review site Yelp. Instead of trying to get better reviews, they decided to take a different approach: get terrible ones.

October 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


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