• Weak Barbie sales cost Mattel over the holiday season

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Slumping sales of Barbie did little to bring a happy holiday to her maker, Mattel Inc. Mattel's fourth-quarter earnings release Friday gave the first details on what contributed to a weak performance that led to the resignation of its chairman and CEO....

  • On Super Bowl Sunday, veggies are most popular food

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — While the gladiators of the NFL are clashing in Phoenix at the Super Bowl, the titans of food will be fighting for supremacy at spreads across the country. Many parties will have chicken wings and pizza. But NPD Group, an independent market research firm that tracks...

  • Markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's just a forecast, and for only one of 10 industry groups in the stock market. Yet it has almost singlehandedly turned what had been a promising earnings season into a grim one. Profits for companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index are expected to grow at one of...

  • Smart Spending: Why investors are applauding Amazon earnings

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings roundly beat analyst expectations, sending the Seattle e-commerce giant's stock soaring 11 percent in premarket trading Friday. Here's a closer look at what investors applauded and hope continues. SMART SPENDING Operating...

  • Altria misses 4Q profit forecasts

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Altria Group (MO) on Friday reported fourth-quarter profit of $1.24 billion. On a per-share basis, the Richmond, Virginia-based company said it had profit of 63 cents. Earnings, adjusted to extinguish debt and for non-recurring costs, came to 66 cents per share....

  • Lilly beats Street 4Q forecasts

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eli Lilly and Co. (LLY) on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $428.5 million. On a per-share basis, the Indianapolis-based company said it had profit of 40 cents. Earnings, adjusted for asset impairment costs and costs related to mergers and acquisitions,...

  • Businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name

    Updated: 18 min ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — It is the game that must not be named — at least not without permission. For most people, the game Sunday between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks is the Super Bowl. But for many business owners, it's simply the "big game" or "game day." Radio hosts are...

  • Scott Walker ramping up a national political operation

    Updated: 20 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the crowded Republican presidential field. On Friday, Walker addresses a Washington audience for the first time this year. It's his only speaking engagement in a day...

  • Key Romney donors and longtime staffer moving toward Bush

    Updated: 20 min ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As Mitt Romney closes in on a decision about whether to again run for president, he does so without several major donors who supported him in the past and a veteran Iowa staffer — defections all to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The donors, in interviews with...

  • Some doctors won't see patients with anti-vaccine views

    Updated: 23 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated. "Parents who choose not to give measles shots, they're not...

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