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  • DEARBORN, Mich.— Ford Motor Co. had a better-than-expected second quarter despite lower sales and upheaval in its executive ranks. Adjusted profits of 56 cents per share easily surpassed Wall Street expectations of 43 cents, according to analysts polled by FactSet. One-time items included a $248 million charge as the company shifted production of the Ford...

  • Strategist David Rosenberg named demographics the single most important factor for investors to monitor over the next decade.

  • July 24- The Roomba robotic vacuum has been whizzing across floors for years, but its future may lie more in collecting data than dirt. Smart home lighting, thermostats and security cameras are already on the market, but Colin Angle, chief executive of Roomba maker iRobot Corp, says they are still dumb when it comes to understanding their physical environment.

  • NEW YORK, July 20- Stocks ended little changed on Wall Street on Thursday as a deal between Sears and Amazon weighed on home improvement retailers while gains in Microsoft helped buoy the Nasdaq. Retailers and appliance makers fell after Sears said it would sell its Kenmore home appliances on Amazon and integrate the brand's smart gadgets with the online...

  • *Sears soars after Amazon deal to sell Kenmore appliances. *Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe's fall on Sears-Amazon deal. July 20- The S&P and the Dow traded little changed in early afternoon session on Thursday, weighed by a drop in retailers and tepid earnings from some big names, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq edged higher.

  • *Stock set for best day in about 4 months. July 20- Sears Holdings Corp's shares soared as much as 24 percent after the struggling retailer said it would sell its Kenmore home appliances on Amazon.com and integrate the brand's smart gadgets with the online giant's Alexa digital assistant. The deal to sell Alexa-activated devices could provide a modest boost to...

  • *Home Depot fall weighs on Dow, S&P. *Sears soars after Amazon deal to sell Kenmore appliances. July 20- U.S. stocks traded little changed in late morning session on Thursday, struggling to hold on to the record highs on the S&P and the Nasdaq, weighed by a drop in consumer discretionary stocks and disappointing earnings by some big names.

  • July 20- Sears Holdings Corp's shares soared 20 percent after the struggling retailer said it would sell its Kenmore home appliances on Amazon.com and integrate the brand's smart gadgets with the online giant's Alexa digital assistant. The deal will expand the distribution reach of Kenmore products, potentially giving a fillip to the company's sales, which...

  • HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.— Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa. The announcement Thursday sent shares of Sears soaring more than 13 percent in midday trading, after jumping 18 percent at the opening bell. Sears, which also owns Kmart, said that its Kenmore Smart...

  • July 20- Sears Holdings Corp said its Kenmore brand of home appliances would now be available on Amazon.com, sending the struggling retailer's shares up 7 percent in premarket trading on Thursday. The retailer also said it had integrated "smart" appliances from the Kenmore brand, such as connected room air conditioners, with Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant...

  • STOCKHOLM, July 19- Home appliance maker Electrolux reported its best quarterly operating margin in almost seven years boosted by strong progress in its biggest market, North America, sending its shares up 6 percent to a record high. The maker of white goods under brands such as Frigidaire, AEG and Zanussi as well as its own name has been squarely focused on...

  • LONDON, July 19- A slew of upbeat updates from European firms helped regional indexes rise in early deals on Wednesday and recoup some of the previous session's sharp losses. Falls among mining firms weighed on Britain's FTSE 100, which declined 0.1 percent, while mid caps were flat in percentage terms as utility Drax Group dropped 6 percent after reporting a...

  • HELSINKI— Strong demand from North America and Eastern Europe helped Swedish household appliance maker AB Electrolux post a big increase in second-quarter profits. Britain, the Middle East and Africa continue to be weak, however. Earlier this month Electrolux announced the acquisition of Best, a European maker of kitchen units, which Samuelson said would "...

  • BlackRock fell 3.1 percent after a disappointing second-quarter report. Gold and copper producer Freeport-McMoRan rose 3.3 percent. More stocks rose than fell on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • *Korea Inc says to invest $12.8 billion in U.S. in five years. But Moon, who will be accompanied by more than 50 South Korean business leaders, is also expected to face pressure to address his country's large trade surplus with the United States. Samsung's investment news was followed up by a statement from South Korea's biggest business lobby that 52 companies...

  • *Korea Inc says to invest $12.8 billion in U.S. in five years. But Moon, who will be accompanied by more than 50 South Korean business leaders, is also expected to face pressure to address his country's large trade surplus with the United States. Samsung's investment news was followed up by a statement from South Korea's biggest business lobby that 52 companies...

  • SEOUL, June 28- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has agreed to open a $380 million home appliance manufacturing plant in the United States, in South Carolina, it said on Wednesday. The South Korean firm had launched talks to build a factory in the United States as worries about protectionist policies under U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement on...

  • DETROIT, June 20- Whirlpool Corp, the world's largest maker of home appliances, said on Tuesday that Jeff Fettig will step down on Oct. 1 after 13 years as chief executive and will be replaced by the firm's current chief operating officer, Marc Bitzer. "Jeff has done an exceptional job over a long and successful career," said Robert Wetenhall, an analyst at RBC Capital...

  • DETROIT, June 20- Whirlpool Corp, the world's largest maker of home appliances, said on Tuesday that Jeff Fettig will step down as chief executive on Oct. 1 and will be replaced by the firm's chief operating officer, Marc Bitzer.

  • FRANKFURT, June 20- Growth in German sales of robotics and automation equipment, an engine of the country's export-driven economy, is expected to accelerate to 7 percent this year, lifted by demand from foreign manufacturers. Germany exported 57 percent of its robotics and automation equipment last year, with China accounting for 10 percent of sales, making it...