Tiffany 2Q results miss Street, stung by strong dollar

NEW YORK (AP) — The strong dollar pressured Tiffany's fiscal second-quarter sales, and its performance missed analysts' expectations. The luxury jeweler also lowered its full-year earnings forecast.

The stock...

Chinese, Asian stocks rally after days of seesawing

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Stocks across Asia rose broadly Thursday after days of plunges and intense volatility led by Chinese shares.

The Shanghai Composite was up 5.3 percent, the biggest single-day gain in a month....

Dollar General beats 2Q profit forecasts

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dollar General Corp. on Thursday reported a boost in second-quarter profit, topping Wall Street expectations on higher sales.

But its shares slipped in premarket trading as the...

Christmas in August: Wal-Mart's holiday layaway comes early

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is giving customers a head start on holiday shopping, launching its annual layaway program two weeks earlier than last year.

It's the latest sign of retailers getting more aggressive...

Applications for US unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to a very low 271,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for US unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to a very low 271,000.

US economy likely grew more in spring than first estimated

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy likely gained more momentum in the spring than the government previously estimated. The question now is whether shrunken global stock markets and a sharp slowdown in China will...

CenturyLink lays off 150 Colorado workers

By: The Associated Press

DENVER — CenturyLink has laid off about 150 workers in Colorado as part of a company-wide effort to manage expenses.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1fHmgKC ) that the Monroe, Louisiana-based telecom...

Greatbatch buying Lake Region Medical in $1.73B deal

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Medical components maker Greatbatch is buying Lake Region Medical in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.73 billion.

The companies say the transaction will create one of the biggest...