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Thai junta to sell stockpiled rice

posted: 01/28/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

In a government building outside Bangkok, along the murky Chao Phraya River, Thailand's ruling junta is preparing to unload a mountain of rice on an already oversupplied world. And there's more on the way.

Business news in brief

posted: 01/28/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

IPhone sales power 30% boost for Apple SAN FRANCISCO -- The popularity of plus-sized iPhones helped Apple Inc. smash Christmas season sales records.

Business news in brief

posted: 01/27/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Feinberg ties 50 deaths to GM ignition

U.S.-Cuba thaw brightens outlook for port

posted: 01/26/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

MARIEL, Cuba -- The deepwater port of Mariel, once the site of an exodus of refugees to the United States, stands to be a stage for a new chapter in Cuba's history, one that flirts with global trade and free markets.

Japan looks for strategy to boost stagnant wages

posted: 01/25/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Restoring Japan's industrial competitiveness is the key to fueling wage gains that the Abe government and the central bank are counting on to ensure inflation takes hold, according to Labor Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki.

VW set to pass sales champ Toyota

posted: 01/22/2015 2:28 a.m. Discuss

Toyota Motor Corp., which fended off Volkswagen AG to remain the world's top automaker in 2014, is on pace to lose the sales crown as early as this year as it falls behind in China, the world's biggest auto market.

European bank chief to pitch $1.3 trillion in bond buying

posted: 01/22/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Mario Draghi will call today on the European Central Bank to make its biggest push yet to fend off deflation and revive the economy by unleashing a debt-buying spree of $1.3 trillion.

Business news in brief

posted: 01/22/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Simmons bank to release 2014 earnings Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff is scheduled to release its fourth-quarter and 2014 earnings report today.

China's economic growth slides

posted: 01/21/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

China's economic growth slowed to 7.4 percent in 2014 and is forecast to slip further over the next two years.

U.S. attracts more global investors

posted: 01/21/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

The United States has overtaken China as the No. 1 investment destination among chief executives around the world, a survey found Tuesday.

IMF cuts growth outlook on lulls in Europe, Asia

posted: 01/21/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

The International Monetary Fund lowered its forecasts for global growth over the next two years, warning Tuesday that weakness in most major economies will trump gains from lower oil prices. The IMF's report was released as China reported its slowest growth in 24 years.

Market report: Tech-stock surge soothes rocky trading

posted: 01/21/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

A late rise in technology stocks helped the U.S. stock market stagger to a tiny gain after a choppy day of trading Tuesday.

Business news in brief

posted: 01/21/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

2 take executive positions at Windstream Kevin Halpin has been named senior vice president of process development and improvement for Windstream Holdings Inc., the Little Rock company said Tuesday.

Traders look to cash in on storage of crude oil

posted: 01/18/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

GENEVA — With oil prices dropping 60 percent since June, analysts are saying one of the keys to surviving and thriving amid the carnage in global markets is having a place to store the stuff.

Commodities rout pulls in copper

posted: 01/18/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

TORONTO -- Copper's plunge is leaving the world's largest mining companies with nowhere left to hide from the commodities slump and is increasing pressure on them to cut spending and dividends.

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