WASHINGTON (AP) - Superstorm Sandy packed a bigger economic punch than most people had thought.
PLEASANTON (AP) - Ross Stores Inc. said Thursday that its revenue at stores open at least a year rose 2 percent in November, missing Wall Street expectations.
NEW YORK (AP) - Optimism that a budget deal will be reached in Washington sent stocks modestly higher Thursday. A pair of economic reports also brightened the mood.
NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday was no match for Superstorm Sandy. Major retailers from Target to Macy's reported weak November sales as the strong start to the holiday shopping season - including a good showing on the day after Thanksgiving - wasn't enough to fully offset the damage caused by Sandy earlier in the month. The storm stunted enthusiasm among shoppers during the first couple of weeks of November just as stores were preparing ...
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• Drought threatens to close Mississippi to barges: ST. LOUIS (AP) - After months of drought, companies that ship grain and other goods down the Mississippi River are being haunted by a potential nightmare: If water levels fall too low, the nation's main inland waterway could become impassable to barges just as the harvest heads to market.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A pickup in consumer spending and steady home sales helped lift economic growth from October through early November in most parts of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The one exception was the Northeast, which was slowed by Superstorm Sandy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration put a stop to new federal contracts with BP on Wednesday, admonishing the British oil company for a "lack of business integrity" and also disqualifying it indefinitely from winning new leases to drill on taxpayer-owned lands.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Baltimore Orioles all-star Doug DeCinces and three others were indicted Wednesday on insider trading charges involving the use of information prior to the takeover of a medical device company in California, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Striking workers shut down the largest terminal at the Port of Los Angeles for a second day Wednesday, and the job action later widened to close three terminals at the Port of Long Beach, threatening to paralyze the nation's busiest port complex.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft believes the latest version of its Windows operating system is off to a great start, but it's going to take more than that to prove the revamped software will win over enough people to revive the slumping personal computer market.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A New York man claiming part ownership of Facebook indicated Tuesday that his lawyer wants off the case because he's received threats, but he opposed the lawyer's motion to withdraw.
NEW YORK (AP) - ConAgra Foods is set to become the nation's biggest maker of store-brand foods, with a $5 billion purchase of Ralcorp that expands its stake in the growing market for cereals, crackers and other packaged foods sold under private labels.
TORONTO (AP) - BlackBerry is publishing an open letter in major publications around the world in a bid to reassure customers that they can count on the distressed smartphone company.
NEW YORK (AP) - Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, after all. We have the technology.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Harvest is in full swing across the country, and farmers in many states are surprised at the abundance of corn they're getting from their fields.
PLEASANTON (AP) - Safeway said Thursday its third-quarter net income fell 58 percent, hurt by a software impairment charge, higher theft and lower property gains. Results beat expectations however and shares rose 6 percent in aftermarket trading. The grocery chain, which operates 1,406 stores in the U.S., also says it's exiting the Chicago market by early 2014 to focus on more profitable business. It operates 72 Dominick's stores in Chicago that have been losing money. ...
MEXICO CITY (AP) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's name has been drawn into the debate over a proposed 8-cent (1 peso) per liter tax on soft drinks to fund weight-control efforts in Mexico, which now has higher obesity rates than the United States.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A temporary increase in food stamps expires Oct. 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help put food on the table won't stretch as far as they have for the past four years.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard is upbeat about 2014, saying it will be a year of "recovery and expansion." The technology bellwether on Wednesday projected earnings for the fiscal year starting in November that exceeded analysts' forecasts and predicted "stabilizing revenue declines." HP's stock rose 8.9 percent to close at $22.60. The shares have gained about 59 percent this year. HP has been trying to ease the pain of a declining PC market by cutting ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Fidelity Investments, the nation's largest money market mutual fund manager, has sold all of its short-term U.S. government debt - the latest sign that investors are increasingly nervous about the possibility of a government default.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Agriculture Department is threatening to shut down three California poultry processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 278 people across the country.