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Stakes high for Mexico in trade talks

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump's push to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement is putting Mexico in a tough spot, threatening the system that has helped turn the country into a top exporter through low wages, lax regulations and proximity to the United States. Continue reading...

Inflation markers remain steady

Consumer prices rise 0.1% in July

Subscriber onlyConsumer prices posted a slight gain in July, with higher costs for medical care and clothing offsetting declines for hotel stays and consumer cellphone plans. Continue reading...

J.C. Penney stock sinks to all-time low

Subscriber onlySales at established J.C. Penney stores faded again during its most recent quarter, capping a gloomy week for U.S. retailers. Continue reading...

Stocks end week on slight uptick

Subscriber onlyGains among technology companies helped snap a three-day losing streak for U.S. stocks Friday, though the market ended with its worst weekly loss since March. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

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Vintage hardware stores thrive

Mom-and-pop shops have own toolbox in big-box world

Subscriber onlyST. LOUIS -- Humble mom-and-pop hardware stores are competing with ever-expanding megastores by meeting modern-day demand and vintage rehab needs. Continue reading...

Uncertainty to drive health premiums up for '18, report finds

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Actions by President Donald Trump's administration are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many people, according to a nonpartisan study. Continue reading...

As prices rise, lenders lower the bar for buying a house

Subscriber onlyLOS ANGELES -- House prices are rising across the country and mortgage rates, though still historically low, are up since the presidential election. Continue reading...

U.S. readies tax on Chinese foil

Aluminum subsidies cited; step comes as trade friction rises

Subscriber onlyThe United States has decided to levy an import tax of up to 81 percent on shipments of aluminum foil from China, penalizing the country for what U.S. trade officials say are unfair subsidies of its products. Continue reading...

SEC rebuts claim on post-crisis rules

Subscriber onlySecurities and Exchange Commission economists are throwing cold water on Wall Street's persistent complaints that post-financial crisis regulations have made markets more susceptible to shocks. Continue reading...

Hackers pursue factories' paralysis

Ransomware hits on rise for plants

Subscriber onlyThe malware entered the North Carolina transmission plant's computer network via email last August, just as the criminals wanted, spreading like a virus and threatening to lock up the production line until the company paid a ransom. Continue reading...

Worker output inches up in 2Q

Modest increase of 0.9% seen as worrisome for expansion

Subscriber onlyThe productivity of American workers rose just modestly in the spring, extending a worrisome issue that has persisted throughout this expansion. Continue reading...

Uber era threatens car-rental industry

Subscriber onlyAt the dawn of America's automobile age, a Nebraskan by the name of Joe Saunders came up with a wild idea: He'd rent his Ford Model T to traveling salesmen. Continue reading...

Google firing is justified, experts say

Subscriber onlyThe Google engineer who blamed biological differences for the paucity of women in tech had every right to express his views. And Google likely had every right to fire him, workplace experts and lawyers say. Continue reading...

Foxconn's fruits said to be far off

Subscriber onlyThe deal to lure electronic manufacturing giant Foxconn to Wisconsin, which President Donald Trump called "incredible" and Gov. Scott Walker hailed as a "once-in-a-century" opportunity, wouldn't generate profits for the state until 2042, a state analysis projects. Continue reading...