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U.S. consumer spending up moderate 0.3 percent in July

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers increased their spending moderately in July, as wages and salaries made their biggest jump in eight months. Continue reading...

Suit over 10-year Gulf oil spill settled

Environmental groups and a New Orleans energy company have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit stemming from the company's failed efforts to stop a decade-old oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Continue reading...

Week's bids for jobless aid fall

Firms seen less apt to shed staff

Subscriber onlyFewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that employers remain confident in the economy and are laying off few workers. Continue reading...

Stocks sustain rally for 2nd day

3 big indexes up more than 2%; 2Q growth revised to 3.7%

Subscriber onlyInvestors were in a buying mood again on Thursday, driving U.S. stocks higher for the second straight day as they took advantage of this month's selloff. Continue reading...

Macy's steps into outlets territory

First Backstage in N.Y. offers ‘different vibe,’ exec says

Subscriber onlyMacy's has an answer to T.J. Maxx and other stores that sell deeply discounted designer brands. Continue reading...

Pending home sales rise modestly after June dip

Subscriber onlySlightly more Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, as pending sales edged up after dipping in June. Continue reading...

Filing: Ex-archivist crept in, took items

Subscriber onlyMichael McAfee, the receiver in several lawsuits involving former photo archivist John Rogers of North Little Rock, filed a motion Thursday for Rogers to be held in contempt of court. Continue reading...

Shops ill-prepared for smart cards

Oct. 1 is deadline for accepting chip-enabled credit cards

Subscriber onlyPITTSBURGH -- Liz Moore has lots to worry about as she juggles the many duties necessary to keep her popular downtown lunch counter, Bluebird Kitchen, running at a perfect simmer. Continue reading...

Apple schedules new-product event

Subscriber onlyApple has announced plans for a new product event Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets. Continue reading...

30-year mortgage rate drops to 3.84%

Subscriber onlyAverage long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China. Continue reading...

Stocks pull out of dive; Dow up 619

S&P; 500, Nasdaq join surge to end six-day market rout

Subscriber onlyAn afternoon surge Wednesday gave the U.S. stock market its best day in nearly four years, as stocks rebounded from a six-day slump. Continue reading...

AR-15-style rifles out at Wal-Mart

Subscriber onlyWal-Mart Stores Inc. will no longer sell "modern sporting rifles" in its stores, citing limited customer demand as the reason for pulling the product from its shelves. Continue reading...

Court reverses 2 Tyson verdicts

Don-and-doffing payouts rejected

Subscriber onlyTyson Foods does not have to pay nearly $24 million to workers and for the time spent putting on and taking off safety gear, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. Continue reading...

Eagle-eyed fliers land airfare deals

Small-scale price war drops ticket prices at select times

Subscriber onlyAirline passengers should not expect widespread sales or cheap flights home for Thanksgiving, but a number of cities are seeing low prices at off-peak hours -- prices the industry has spent years trying to eliminate. Continue reading...

Durable-goods orders rise 2% in July

Subscriber onlyOrders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose for a second month in July, and demand in a key category that tracks business investment plans jumped by the largest amount in 13 months. Continue reading...

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