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Whole Foods' new format: See, not pricey here, really

Subscriber onlyWhole Foods Market Inc., stung for years by snarky comments about its prices, is about to find out whether it can dispel the notion that its name should really be "Whole Paycheck." Continue reading...

Midwest leads way in U.S. home resales

Rise 1.7% in April; shortage noted

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Midwestern homebuyers helped spark a national increase in real estate sales during April, a sign that demand for housing remains steady despite rising prices and tight inventories. Continue reading...

N.M. seeks mine-waste spill fixes

In letters, AG raps EPA, Colorado for slow response

Subscriber onlyALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The federal government and Colorado have made little progress in remedying damage from the release of millions of gallons of wastewater from a southern Colorado mine last year, New Mexico's top prosecutor said in a pair of letters sent to officials this week. Continue reading...

GM to offer debit cards, warranties in mileage flub

Subscriber onlyDETROIT -- People who bought or leased 2016 General Motors SUVs with overstated gas mileage on the window sticker will be compensated, the automaker said Friday. Continue reading...

Former Trump casino getting new life

Subscriber onlyATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The name on the front still reads "Trump," but a different billionaire wants to make the Taj Mahal casino great again. Continue reading...

Monsanto buyer also gets image

Bayer AG would get genetically modified food’s critics

Subscriber onlyIt's been characterized variously as sinister, evil and a corporate bully. Surveys rank it among the most hated companies in America. And now Bayer AG wants to buy it. Continue reading...

Wal-Mart profit down, U.S. sales up

Subscriber onlyWal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a net-income decline of 7.8 percent during the first quarter of its fiscal year, but earnings and revenue figures beat investor expectations and boosted the company's stock during a challenging period for retailers. Continue reading...

Jobless-aid sign-ups fall by 16,000

Week’s drop-off turns around increase, eases layoff fears

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking U.S. jobless aid fell sharply last week, partially reversing two weeks of big gains that had raised concerns about rising layoffs. Continue reading...

Target shares drop after earnings report shows sales slowing

Subscriber onlyTarget Corp. shares tumbled Wednesday after quarterly sales missed analysts' estimates and the chain delivered a gloomy forecast, adding to evidence that the biggest U.S. retailers are suffering from a slump. Continue reading...

Google going at rivals head-on

Versions of smart-speaker, virtual-reality headset planned

Subscriber onlyFrom virtual reality to a new smart-home speaker, Google is showing off just how pervasive it has become even as it's squeezed by its biggest competitors -- Facebook, Apple and Amazon. Continue reading...

Fed minutes: June rate rise talked up

Subscriber onlyFederal Reserve policymakers indicated that a June interest-rate increase was likely if the economy continued to improve, boosting market expectations they will act next month. Continue reading...

Vegas sports-book operator accused of chiseling

Subscriber onlyNevada gambling regulators have accused one of the state's largest sports-book operators of a series of violations, including underpaying winners, accepting bets after a match and knowingly withholding information even after authorities warned them two years ago after a record $5.5 million settlement involving a separate case of illegal sports betting. Continue reading...

Fed news leaves stocks mostly flat

Subscriber onlyNew signs that interest rates may be heading higher sent stocks flitting between gains and losses Wednesday, but two major indexes ended up closing pretty much where they started. Continue reading...

Business news in brief

Subscriber onlySuzuki denies cheating in fuel testing Suzuki Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it had used improper methods to determine the fuel economy of 16 vehicles it sells in Japan, adding to the list of automakers that have come under scrutiny for how they perform in government tests. Continue reading...

Target reports declining revenue in first quarter

NEW YORK — Target easily beat first-quarter profit expectations, but slowing sales at the Minneapolis retailer and across much of the retail sector is creating a lot of unease. Continue reading...