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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November 08, 2018 - 2:01 pm
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Croatian court has ruled that the founder of a deeply indebted food and retail company will remain in jail a day after the fugitive tycoon was extradited from Britain. Ivica Todoric's lawyers said after a court hearing Thursday that they asked for bail but judges ruled...
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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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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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October 28, 2018 - 11:59 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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This Oct. 23, 2018 photo shows Regina Ferrell, a fourth grade teacher in Panama City, standing in front of her damaged condo building in Panama City, Fla. Since Hurricane Michael swept through the area, many teachers like Ferrell are sleeping in half-destroyed homes, living in cars or staying in their classrooms. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)
October 26, 2018 - 10:47 am
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Regina Ferrell, a fourth-grade teacher in Bay County, stood before the local school board this week and pleaded: Please be flexible with teachers returning to classrooms after Hurricane Michael. The board wants to reopen the county's schools — the ones that weren't...
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FILE- In this Oct. 16, 2018, file photo a sign for a Sears appliance outlet store is displayed in Kansas City, Mo. Since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Sears Holdings Corp. has been trying to convince suppliers to keep shipping it merchandise by touting the $300 million in financing it has secured so that its business can continue operating through the holidays. But a growing number of manufacturers who themselves got hurt or watched others get burned by Toys R Us’ quick demise are still nervous. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
October 25, 2018 - 1:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Sears Holdings Corp. has been trying to convince suppliers to keep shipping it merchandise by touting the $300 million in financing it has secured so that its business can continue operating through the holidays. But a growing number of...
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