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Malaysian Air at fork in the sky

posted: 07/23/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Malaysian Airline System Bhd., reeling from its second disaster in four months, is nearing the end of its days as a publicly traded company.

U.S. craft brewers setting up in Europe

posted: 07/22/2014 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States' largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs.

Murphy Malaysia suitors reported

posted: 07/22/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

The sale of a portion of Murphy Oil Corp.'s oil and gas assets in Malaysia would extend the reserve life of the company's resources, industry analysts said Monday.

China expired-meat probe cites U.S. firms

posted: 07/22/2014 2:11 a.m. Discuss

McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/22/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

3 at UA to lead at animal-science group Three academics at the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville have been appointed to positions with the American Society of Animal Science.

U.S.-EU trade talks hit stumbling blocks

posted: 07/19/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Processed meats and the prospect of genetically modified foods on dinner tables across the European Union are proving serious impediments to the signing of a free trade agreement between the United States and the 28-country bloc.

Flag raised on deals to duck taxes

posted: 07/17/2014 4:52 a.m. Discuss

The Obama administration is calling for immediate congressional action to stop U.S. companies from using cross-border mergers to escape the country's tax system, the latest trend in corporate deal-making.

Stimulus efforts boost China's growth

posted: 07/17/2014 2:37 a.m. Discuss

China's economic growth edged up in the latest quarter, and more than 7 million new jobs were created in the first half of the year, the government said Wednesday, easing pressure on communist leaders as they try to prevent a precipitous slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.

U.S. plant looks to Russians for coal

posted: 07/17/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

When New Hampshire's largest utility needed to rebuild coal supplies after the past frigid winter, it turned to Russia rather than Appalachia in the U.S. Northeast or Wyoming's Powder River Basin.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/17/2014 2:28 a.m. Discuss

Won't rule out broker aid, Yellen says Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen said Wednesday that she wouldn't rule out expanding access to the central bank's discount window to broker-dealers and other nonbanks under certain circumstances during a financial crisis.

Business news in brief

posted: 07/16/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Arkansan to lead USA Rice Federation Lonoke County rice producer Dow Brantley has been elected to a two-year term as chairman of the USA Rice Federation and will succeed Texas rice miller Mark Denman in the post on Aug. 1.

China charges 2 in drugmaker's probe of whistle-blowers

posted: 07/15/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

BEIJING -- China said Monday that a couple who have been detained for a year after working as investigators for the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline will be tried on charges of illegally acquiring private personal information.

Swiss firms get break in Chinese trade pact

posted: 07/13/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

ZURICH -- Swiss companies got a jump on their European and U.S. rivals earlier this month when a trade pact with China took effect, slashing import duties on most industrial goods.

Reynolds, Lorillard talk merger

posted: 07/12/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

The makers of Camel and Newport cigarettes said Friday that they are in talks to combine two of the nation's oldest and biggest tobacco companies.

In Cuba, car sales creeping along

posted: 07/12/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Steps from the Florida Straits, dozens of vehicles sit covered in grime and baking in the Caribbean sun. An elderly security guard slumps in a sleepy waiting area, and customers are nowhere to be seen.

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