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At factories, orders grow 0.4% in July

posted: 09/03/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Orders to U.S. factories posted a modest gain in July, helped by the biggest rise in motor-vehicle orders in a year and a solid gain in a category that tracks business investment plans.

Attaches tour rice, poultry, wine sites

posted: 09/03/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Vangile Titi-Msumza, a South African agricultural attache based in Washington, D.C., liked what she saw at a poultry farm in Farmington. Her counterpart from New Zealand was excited to see rice and cotton production for the first time.

11 of 12 Fed districts note growth

posted: 09/03/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. economy expanded across most regions and industries in July and August, a Federal Reserve report showed, as tighter labor markets led to higher wages for some workers.

Banks' earnings up 7.3% in spring

posted: 09/03/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

U.S. banks' earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenue increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to the lowest level since before the financial crisis.

Comcast exec an evolve-or-die advocate

posted: 09/03/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Mike Cavanagh, one of the nation's top banking executives at JPMorgan Chase and now Comcast Corp.'s new chief financial officer, says the Philadelphia company's biggest "enemy" is complacency, hoping that consumer trends won't change and that Comcast remains the big cable company.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/03/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Iowa pipe plant to idle as work falls off CAMANCHE, Iowa -- Officials for a Houston-based company said it will cease production and cut jobs this month at an eastern Iowa plant.

News in brief

posted: 09/03/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Canada firm bought by NOWDiagnostics NOWDiagnostics, a Springdale-based diagnostic testing company, has acquired Canadian biomedical company ZBx Corp. to speed expansion efforts.

Fears of stall in China zap U.S. stocks again

posted: 09/02/2015 4:13 a.m. Discuss

Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China stoked fears that the world's second-largest economy is continuing to slow.

As U.S. auto sales rise, China's slump

posted: 09/02/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

As China's auto market recoils, the U.S. remains a bright spot as it rolls on toward its best performance in more than a decade.

Deal called near for MM Cohn site

posted: 09/02/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Owners of the former MM Cohn Co. department store building at 510 Main St. are close to striking a deal to sell the historic property to the Little Rock-based Chi Hotel Group, which is developing an Aloft hotel next door.

Factory output slows to '13 pace

posted: 09/02/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

A strong dollar and China's economic slowdown dragged growth at U.S. factories in August to the lowest level since May 2013.

Two Chinese factory indexes ebb

posted: 09/02/2015 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Chinese manufacturing showed further signs of weakness in August, adding to evidence of a slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy.

No OPEC pullback likely, oil-price fall curbs 3-day upturn

posted: 09/02/2015 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Oil prices fell the most in two months Tuesday, paring the biggest three-day rally in 25 years as speculation faded that OPEC might curb supply.

Construction spending hits 7-year high as building soars

posted: 09/02/2015 2:28 a.m. Discuss

U.S. construction spending in July climbed to its highest level in more than seven years, fueled by an increase in the building of houses, factories and power plants.

Etsy's B Corp. status challenged

posted: 09/02/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

A tax-policy advocacy group called for online retailer Etsy Inc. to be stripped of a certification awarded to companies that adhere to strict standards for transparency and social accountability unless it dismantles its offshore tax-relief structure.

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