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  • *Core CPI data points to firming inflation trends. *Crude falls 4 pct; energy, materials lead losses. Feb 19- The Dow and S&P 500 slipped on Friday morning as a renewed slide in oil prices weighed on energy and materials stocks and prospects of a rate hike this year were rekindled by data pointing to firmer inflation trends.

  • *Nordstrom, VFC Corp down after results. Feb 19- U.S. stock indexes were lower on Friday morning, led by energy shares as a rally in oil prices fizzled out, and as CPI data indicating firmer inflation trends rekindled prospects of a rate hike this year. "Seeing a little bit of a pause from the extremes that we've been put through over the past several weeks," said Eric...

  • Feb 10- Government tests show some types of laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators Holdings LLC can cause irritation and breathing problems but the risk of cancer from exposure is low, a federal agency said on Wednesday. Lumber Liquidators' sales and shares were hammered after the CBS program "60 Minutes" reported in March last year that the laminates from...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- Government tests show some specific types of laminate flooring made by Lumber Liquidators Holdings LLC could cause irritation and breathing problems, a federal report released on Wednesday showed. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is investigating the issue and made the report public, asked the federal Centers for...

  • CALAFAT, Romania, Feb 9- O utside a clothing factory in Calafat in southern Romanian early one morning, hundreds of workers crowd around makeshift stalls to stock up on snacks and drinks for their shift. But even inside the European Union- in Romania and Bulgaria particularly- workers can endure poverty-level wages, long hours and arduous conditions to make...

  • Local market leader Hanssem Co Ltd, with sales of more than $1 billion in 2014, saw a 31 percent increase in revenue for the first nine months of 2015 and a doubling in its share price for the year as it opened 27 of its larger stores in 2014 and 2015. Shinsegae Co Ltd's Jaju chain opened 10 stores in 2015, bringing its total to 149.. Swedish giant IKEA, whose single...

  • The world's largest maker of home appliances said net earnings rose to $180 million, or $2.28 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $81 million, or $1.02 per share, a year earlier. Whirlpool said ongoing business earnings rose to $4.10 per share from $3.52. Net sales fell 7.4 percent to $5.56 billion.

  • Golfer

    More than 40,000 golf professionals and fans are gathered in Orlando, Florida, for the annual PGA Merchandise Show.

  • *Sees demand growing in 2016 in Europe and N.America. STOCKHOLM, Jan 28- A failed attempt to buy General Electric's white goods business pushed Sweden's Electrolux into the red in the fourth quarter of 2015 and left the home appliances maker casting around for an alternative strategy. Electrolux will seek to regroup under new Chief Executive Jonas Samuelson,...

  • *Q4 op loss SEK 202 mln vs forecast 300 mln loss. *Sees demand growth in 2016 in Europe and N America. STOCKHOLM, Jan 28- Sweden's Electrolux skidded to a loss in the fourth quarter, suffering a hangover from the collapsed purchase of General Electric's white goods business that has left the home appliances maker needing a strategy reboot.

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 21- German lighting group Osram is convinced large shareholders will warm to its new strategy of expanding in the general LED lighting market, it said on Thursday. Osram, the only global company left that focuses solely on lighting, saw its shares plunge in November after it announced a surprise 1 billion-euro investment in a new LED semiconductor...

  • Retail execs talk shop: Is the consumer spending?

    Present and former retail CEOs discuss the state of the US consumer.

  • Jan 19- Department store operator J.C. The chain will sell kitchen and laundry appliances in a range of price points from GE, Hotpoint, LG Electronics Inc and Samsung Electronics in 22 pilot stores starting Feb. 1. "The introduction of major appliances will help us continue to significantly improve sales and gross profit per square foot in our home department,"...

  • *Value of Brazil's M&A deals slumped 30 pct last year. SAO PAULO, Jan 15- Banco Bradesco BBI SA, which ended last year as the top-ranked advisor for mergers and acquisitions in Brazil for the first time in nearly two decades, expects a worsening recession and weakening currency to fuel takeover activity in coming months. The investment banking unit of Banco...

  • Jan 15- General Electric Co said it would sell its appliance business to China's Haier Group for $5.4 billion in cash, another step in its push to sell its non-core assets and project itself as a technology company. The deal comes weeks after GE walked away from a deal to sell the business to Sweden's Electrolux for $3.3 billion, following months of opposition from...

  • A Sears customer shops near General Electric appliances in Schaumburg, Illinois, September 8, 2014.

    Chinese appliance maker Haier is buying General Electric's appliance unit for $5.4 billion to expand its global presence.

  • Lululemon clothing on display in Pasadena, Calif.

    Flared track pants and tracksuits will be trendsetters next season outside the gym as 'athleisure' gains momentum.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- Whirlpool Corp filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday against what it said were cheap imports of washing machines from China, which could end in duties on goods made by companies including Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. In 2012, the United States slapped duties on washers from South Korea and...

  • STOCKHOLM, Dec 7- Shares in Sweden's Electrolux slumped more than 10 percent on Monday after a $3.3 billion deal to buy General Electric's appliance business fell through. But the U.S. Department of Justice said the deal would reduce competition and drive up prices, and asked a federal court in July to stop it from going ahead. "It is a major disappointment for...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- AB Electrolux's deal to buy General Electric Co's appliance business will tie together two companies facing stiff competition from Asian competitors and be good for consumers, Home Depot Inc executive Bob Baird testified in U.S. federal court on Wednesday. The Justice Department is asking a judge to stop Sweden's Electrolux, which makes...