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  • Hershey takes wraps off new corporate logo

    HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey Company is rolling out a new corporate logo that features a freshly stylized version of one of its most famous chocolate products. The candy maker on Friday announced the new design, which adds a new version of the Kisses chocolate at the end of the company's name. It's part of what the company calls a...

  • Stock market edges higher in midday trading

    U.S. stock indexes are slightly higher in quiet trading. Chip maker Avago Technologies jumped 9 percent after reporting earnings that beat analysts' estimates. The latest reports on the U.S. economy were mixed. Consumer sentiment improved in August, while spending fell and income growth slowed in July. The Dow Jones industrial average rose...

  • As stocks rise, so does anxiety: Time to get out?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Is it time to cash out of stocks? The market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 2,000 for the first time on Tuesday. With each record, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee. Plenty of experts think stocks are about to drop. But many others offer...

  • US consumer sentiment improves a bit in August

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment ticked up in August, driven by greater optimism about jobs, rising incomes, and increasing wealth. Yet the increase largely occurred among higher-income groups. The University of Michigan said Friday its index of consumer sentiment rose to 82.5 from 81.8 in July. The August level is only slightly...

  • As stocks rise, so does anxiety: Time to get out?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Is it time to cash out of stocks? The market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and with each record close, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee. If only you had done that in the crashes that began in 2000 and 2008, you might be a lot richer. Plenty of experts think stocks are about to drop. But...

  • US stocks edge higher in early trading

    The U.S. stock market is opening slightly higher as a series of reports on the U.S. economy rolls out. Consumer spending had its first decline since January, dipping 0.1 percent in July, as auto buying and income growth slowed. Other economic reports due Friday include a gauge of consumer sentiment. European and Asian markets were mixed after...

  • US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness. Income growth also slowed. Consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent last month after a 0.4 percent increase in June, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the first decline in spending since January. Income growth...

  • US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent in July, first decline since January; income weak

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent in July, first decline since January; income weak.

  • US stocks edge higher in early trading

    The U.S. stock market is opening slightly higher as a series of reports on the U.S. economy rolls out. Consumer spending had its first decline since January, dipping 0.1 percent in July, as auto buying and income growth slowed. Other economic reports due Friday include a gauge of consumer sentiment. European and Asian markets were mixed after...

  • Feds reviewing Reynolds' deal to buy Lorillard

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators are putting Reynolds American Inc.'s planned $25 billion takeover of rival cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. under the microscope. The nation's second-biggest tobacco company said Friday that the Federal Trade Commission has asked for additional information as part of an antitrust review of the deal. In...

  • Seasonal Halloween stores already scaring up business in Colorado Springs

    It happens every year about this time. Football? Lower temperatures? Aspen leaves getting ready to change? Nah. We're talking about the arrival of seasonal Halloween stores scaring up business in late August, even before the calendar turns to Labor Day. Two of the most widely recognized national chains, Spirit Halloween and Halloween...

  • Signs point to new Sprouts location in Colorado Springs

    Sprouts Farmers Market, the Arizona-based natural foods grocer, plans a 28,000-square-foot store in northern Colorado Springs. The store would be built southeast of Voyager Parkway and North Gate Boulevard in the Northgate Plaza shopping center, which is part of the Copper Ridge retail complex, according to documents submitted to the city's...

  • Thai worker settlements with Hawaii farms at risk

    HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge in Hawaii says she won't consider approving $2.4 million in settlements for hundreds of Thai farm workers until the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holds a news conference clarifying that the agreements are still subject to court approval. U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi is ordering the agency...

  • Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon.com Inc., which also is experimenting with self-flying...

  • Dollar General still wants to buy Family Dollar

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar General Corp. said it still wants to buy rival Family Dollar, even though its nearly $9 billion offer was rejected by the discount retailer last week. "We remain firmly committed to the acquisition," Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling said in a statement on Thursday. Last week, Family Dollar rejected Dollar General's...

  • Shell files revised Arctic offshore drilling plan

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC has filed a revised Arctic offshore drilling plan with federal regulators but says the company hasn't decided whether to return to waters off the coast of northwest Alaska in 2015. The revised exploration plan submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in Anchorage calls for two drilling...

  • Abercrombie name to shrink from clothing

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded. Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. fell Thursday after the retailer reported weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere. The company is trying to stock trendier clothing — and it turns out that means stripping off the once-prized Abercrombie logo. It is a major...

  • Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday. The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in...

  • Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It's a great idea — but it doesn't quite work. Though many companies are trying to make "visual search" a reality, this seemingly simple...

  • US bank earnings up 5.2 percent in 2Q

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks' earnings rose 5.2 percent in the April-June quarter from a year earlier, as banks reduced their expenses and lending marked its fastest pace since 2007. The data issued Thursday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed a robust picture as the banking industry continues to recover from the financial crisis...

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