Consumer services

November 09, 2018 - 5:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's antitrust authority has cleared the planned merger of the country's two main department store chains, ruling that it doesn't threaten competition at a time when online retail is rising. The Federal Cartel Office said Friday that the two companies exceed a combined 25 percent...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 10, 2018, file photo, a high school principal displays vaping devices that were confiscated from students in such places as restrooms or hallways at the school in Massachusetts. The Food and Drug Administration is planning on requiring strict limits on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, including age verification controls for online sales, in an effort to curtail their use among children and teenagers. FDA officials tell The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Nov. 8, the actions are expected to be announced as early as the following week. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
November 08, 2018 - 11:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to require strict limits on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, including age verification controls for online sales, in an effort to curtail their use among children and teenagers. FDA officials told The Wall Street Journal on...
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A police van thought to be carrying Croatian tycoon Ivica Todoric arrives to Zagreb central prison, in Zagreb, Croatia, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. British authorities have extradited the founder of an indebted food and retail company who was Croatia's most-wanted fugitive. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
November 07, 2018 - 4:37 pm
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — British authorities on Wednesday extradited Ivica Todoric, the founder of a deeply indebted food and retail company, to Croatia in a case that has shaken the Balkans. A year after Todoric was detained in London on embezzlement charges, the 67-year-old landed in Zagreb on a...
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November 07, 2018 - 5:43 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany luxury automaker BMW said Wednesday that its net profit fell 24 percent in the third quarter as the company spent more on new technology and faced market disruptions due to other companies failing to get vehicles certified in time for new European Union emissions...
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FILE- In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo a customer removes her purchases from a CVS Pharmacy cart in Jackson, Miss. CVS Health Corp. reports earnings Tuesday, Nov. 6. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
November 06, 2018 - 10:59 am
More prescriptions and lower taxes pushed CVS Health past third-quarter expectations as the pharmacy giant closed in on a deal it will use to change how millions of people manage their health. CVS Health said Tuesday that it expects to complete its $69 billion acquisition of the nation's third-...
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In this Nov. 13, 2017, photo, visitors take a look at Toyota cars at the automaker's showroom in Tokyo. Toyota Motor Corp. has raised its earnings forecast after reporting that its profit surged 28 percent in the last quarter on growing sales and cost cuts. The top Japanese automaker said Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, that its July-September profit was 585.1 billion yen ($5.2 billion), up from 458.3 billion yen the year before (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
November 06, 2018 - 3:54 am
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 28 percent surge in its net profit in the last quarter, helped by growing sales in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and raised its earnings forecast for the full year. The top Japanese automaker said Tuesday that its July-September profit totaled 585.1...
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November 01, 2018 - 4:48 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A jump in U.S. sales helped Starbucks end its fiscal year on a high note. Starbucks Corp. said same-store sales — a critical measure for retailers — rose 4 percent in the U.S. in its fiscal fourth quarter. That helped global same-store sales rise 3 percent, ahead of analysts'...
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Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch, right, celebrates after scoring against Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson (41) during overtime of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
October 29, 2018 - 11:18 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL is following the NBA's lead by partnering with MGM Resorts International and providing the company with data for use in sports betting. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the agreement Monday. The Las Vegas-based casino giant is the league's first official sports betting...
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This frame grab from video provided by WPLG-TV shows FBI agents escorting Cesar Sayoc, in sleeveless shirt, in Miramar, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Sayoc is an amateur body builder and former male stripper, a loner with a long arrest record who showed little interest in politics until Donald Trump came along. On Friday, he was identified by authorities as the Florida man who put pipe bombs in small manila envelopes, affixed six stamps and sent them to some of Donald Trump's most prominent critics. (WPLG-TV via AP)
October 29, 2018 - 1:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the hours before his arrest, as federal authorities zeroed in and secretly accumulated evidence, Cesar Sayoc was in his element: spinning classic and Top 40 hits in a nightclub where he'd found work as a DJ. As he entertained patrons from a dimly lit booth overlooking a stage...
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An investor watches private stock trading boards at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
October 28, 2018 - 11:57 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock prices were mixed Monday after Wall Street extended its slide, fueling concern about the global market outlook. KEEPINGS SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.1 percent to 2,570.17 while Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 0.5 percent to 21,293.11. Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained...
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