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U.S. consumer prices up 0.3%

1.5% jump in energy costs cited for index’s climb last month

Subscriber onlyU.S. consumer prices, driven up by rising energy costs, rose moderately in December, closing out a year in which consumer inflation rose at the fastest pace in five years. Continue reading...

Big companies’ jobs kept, created in U.S. echo Trump’s line

Subscriber onlyFrom Wal-Mart to General Motors to Amazon, a growing number of the world's largest companies appear to be trying to get in step with President-elect Donald Trump's demand that employers hire and keep jobs at home. Continue reading...

Traders' automated systems attuned to Trump's tweets

Subscriber onlyThe jaw-dropping speed at which certain stocks have moved in response to Donald Trump's tweets about corporate America makes it look as if Wall Street was waiting for the president-elect's words. Continue reading...

Economy edged up at end of '16, Fed finds

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy grew a bit faster at the end of last year, spurred by healthier sales for manufacturers and steady hiring that is slowly pushing up wages. Continue reading...

Stocks' holding pattern persists

Subscriber onlyStocks remained at a near standstill Wednesday, and the Standard & Poor's 500 moved by less than 0.4 percent for the ninth day in a row. That's the longest streak of listlessness for the S&P 500 since the summer of 2013. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlyHome BancShares today tells earnings Continue reading...

GM to add U.S. jobs, spend $1B

Plans for positions, factories long in works, automaker says

Subscriber only General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in U.S. factories and add thousands of new white-collar jobs, measures that have been in the works for years but were announced Tuesday after criticism from President-elect Donald Trump. Continue reading...

'Pot' growers push to cut costs

Ag tech firms offer solutions as cannabis prices tumble

Subscriber onlyThe increasing supply and plunging price of legal marijuana are turning into a major buzz kill for growers -- and an opportunity for companies that can help cut production costs. Continue reading...

Financial sector a drag on market

Subscriber onlyA bad day for bank stocks pulled the Dow Jones industrial average to its third-straight loss Tuesday as many of the patterns that have propelled markets since Election Day last year snapped into reverse. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlySaudis ready to bid solar, wind project Continue reading...

British tobacco firm to take over Reynolds

Subscriber onlyBritish American Tobacco Plc has agreed to fully take over Reynolds American Inc. in a deal to create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company. Continue reading...

Wage chief: Shoring up gig economy risky

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama's outgoing wage and hour enforcement chief says fellow Democrats who want to revamp labor laws to accommodate a market increasingly populated with short-term contract and freelance workers in the so-called the gig economy are making a big mistake. Continue reading...

Roush division making inroads with propane-powered vehicles

Subscriber onlyDETROIT -- Tucked away in an industrial part of suburban Detroit is Roush CleanTech, a division of Roush Enterprises that has been making propane buses, vans and heavy-duty pickups since 2010. Continue reading...

Walgreens testing FedEx-hub service

Subscriber onlyCHICAGO -- By the end of next year, most Walgreens customers will be able to pick up prescriptions and packages in a single stop. Continue reading...

Analyst: Sales not in the bag at Prada, others

Subscriber onlyHandbag-makers are busy battling waning demand and markdowns at stores, and that may have diverted their attention from what could make them successful in the long run: creativity. Continue reading...