Consumer products and services

September 14, 2018 - 3:56 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese factory output and retail sales held up in August but investment weakened, government data showed Friday, adding to challenges for communist leaders as they fight a tariff battle with Washington. The data showed little impact yet from government efforts to shore up flagging...
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In this Sept. 12, 2018, file photo, a Fonterra milk tanker drives into the Darfield factory near Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand's largest company, which sells dairy products, said Thursday, Sept. 13, it will completely review its business investments after a disastrous financial year saw it post its first-ever loss.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)
September 12, 2018 - 9:51 pm
WELLNGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's largest company, which sells dairy products, said Thursday it will completely review its business investments after a disastrous financial year saw it post its first-ever loss. Fonterra lost hundreds of millions of dollars on its investments in China and...
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FILE- In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, file photo a man walks out of the boarded up Robert's Grocery in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., in preparation for Hurricane Florence. Though it’s far from clear how much economic havoc Hurricane Florence will inflict on the southeastern coast, from South Carolina through Virginia, the damage won’t be easily or quickly overcome. In those states, critically important industries like tourism and agriculture are sure to suffer. “These storms can be very disruptive to regional economies, and it takes time for them to recover,” said Ryan Sweet, an economist at Moody’s Analytics. (Matt Born/The Star-News via AP, File)
September 12, 2018 - 4:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ports are closing. Farmers are moving hogs to high ground. Dealers are moving cars into service bays for refuge. And up to 3 million energy customers in North and South Carolina could lose power for weeks. Across the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia, businesses are bracing for the...
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Copies of Bob Woodward's "Fear" are seen for sale at Costco, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2018 in Arlington, Va. It's not clear whether President Donald Trump has much to fear from "Fear" itself. But the book of that name has set off a yes-no war between author Bob Woodward and the president, using all the assets they can muster. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
September 12, 2018 - 3:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Woodward's "Fear" is spreading quickly. Woodward's account of a dysfunctional Trump White House has already sold more than 750,000 copies, Simon & Schuster announced Wednesday, the day after the book arrived in stores. "Fear" is virtually assured of joining Michael Wolff's "...
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FILE - This Dec. 4, 2013 file photo shows vials of flavored liquid at a store selling electronic cigarettes and related items in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, U.S. health officials said teenage use of e-cigarette has reached “epidemic” levels in the U.S. and are calling on the industry to address the problem or risk having their flavored products pulled off the market. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
September 12, 2018 - 2:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are sounding the alarm about teenage use of e-cigarettes, calling the problem an "epidemic" and ordering manufacturers to reverse the trend or risk having their flavored vaping products pulled from the market. The warning from the Food and Drug Administration...
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FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2017, file photo, customers buy the iPhone X at the Apple Store on New York's Fifth Avenue. Apple is expected to unveil its biggest and most expensive iPhone on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as part of a lineup of three new models aimed at widening the product’s appeal amid slowing sales growth. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
September 12, 2018 - 8:14 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expected to showcase three new iPhones on Wednesday, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the product's appeal amid slowing sales growth. Most of the buzz is swirling around a rumored iPhone with a screen that is bigger and...
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FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, windows are broken at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas, the room from where Stephen Craig Paddock fired on a nearby music festival, killing 58 and injuring hundreds on Oct. 1. An unprecedented legal move by MGM Resorts International to sue surviving victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting took another unusual turn Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, when the casino-operator offered to make $500 charitable donations in the name of each person who waives or has their lawyer accept legal notice of the lawsuits. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
September 11, 2018 - 11:23 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — MGM Resorts International drew criticism Tuesday for saying hundreds of survivors of the Las Vegas mass shooting, who are being sued by the casino operator, could opt to have the money that will be used to serve them a lawsuit instead donated to a charity. The company in July sued...
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Attorney Todd Bice, left, representing drug manufacturer, Alvogen, cross-examines James Dzurenda, director of the Nevada Department of Corrections, at the Regional Justice Center on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Las Vegas. The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Monday that the name of the physician picked to attend a state inmate's execution can remain secret, even from drug makers suing to ban use of their products in the twice-postponed lethal injection. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
September 11, 2018 - 11:17 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's prisons chief testified Tuesday that after more than 200 drug companies refused to supply drugs for use in an execution, a supplier's mistake on a buyers' list gave the state an opening to obtain a sedative that officials want to use in a twice-postponed lethal injection...
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FILE- In this Sept. 6 2018, file photo trader Gregory Rowe works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 11. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
September 11, 2018 - 12:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising Tuesday as technology companies and retailers rebound from their recent losses. Insurance companies are mixed as Hurricane Florence moves toward the East Coast, but home improvement retailers are rising. Energy companies are climbing along with oil prices...
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September 11, 2018 - 7:12 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese auto sales fell for a second month in August, adding to signs of economic malaise amid a worsening tariff battle with Washington. An industry group, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, said Tuesday sales of SUVs, sedans and minivans in the biggest global auto...
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