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.
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.
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.
Q. I'm thinking of borrowing from my 401(k). I know you'll say it's a bad idea, but it's my only option to keep ?my family going. I already have credit card debt, and I'm trying to make my mortgage payments. Do you have a better idea, or anything else I should know?
SAN JOSE (AP) - Worldwide shipments of PCs fell sharply in the third quarter, as some consumers spent their electronics dollars on smartphones and tablets and others held off for a new version of Windows.