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  • WASHINGTON, May 4- New orders for U.S. factory goods recorded their biggest increase in eight months in March, boosted by demand for transportation equipment, but the underlying trend remained weak against the backdrop of a strong dollar. The report on Monday from the Commerce Department was the latest indication that the rebound from the first quarter's...

  • *Factory orders rise 2.1 percent on transportation. WASHINGTON, May 4- New orders for U.S. factory goods recorded their biggest increase in eight months in March, boosted by demand for transportation equipment, but the underlying trend remained weak against the backdrop of a strong dollar. The report on Monday from the Commerce Department was the latest...

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- U.S. factory activity failed to gain steam in April after slowing for five straight months, but stronger-than-expected vehicle sales suggested the economy was finding some momentum after almost stalling in the first quarter. "The reacceleration in growth will not come fast enough for many, especially those looking for a liftoff by the Fed to...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- U.S. business investment spending plans fell for a seventh straight month in March, weighed down by a strong dollar and lower energy prices, suggesting the economy was struggling to rebound from a recent soft patch. The report from the Commerce Department on Friday came on the heels of lukewarm data on retail sales, employment and housing...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- U.S. business investment spending plans fell for a seventh straight month in March, likely weighed down by a strong dollar and lower energy prices, suggesting the economy could struggle to strongly rebound from the first quarter's soft patch. The dour report from the Commerce Department on Friday came on the heels of lukewarm data on retail...

  • AMMAN, April 23- Syrian rebels' seizure of the main frontier crossing with Jordan has dealt a heavy blow to the Damascus government's efforts to revive a once thriving export trade crippled by civil war, and is also hurting businesses across the region. Along with Syrian and Jordanian firms involved in the border trade, Lebanese exporters are also feeling the...

  • April 23- Procter& Gamble Co sales fell for the fifth straight quarter as a stronger dollar took its toll, with curreny fluctuations likely to hurt 2015 sales by 6-7 percent. The world's largest household products maker, which gets roughly two-thirds of sales from outside the United States, reported a steeper-than-expected 8.3 percent fall in quarterly sales...

  • April 20- Perfume maker Coty Inc said Elio Sceti, the chief executive of Europe's largest frozen foods company Iglo Foods Holdings Ltd, would join the company as CEO in July. Shares of Coty, which makes perfumes for fashion brands such as Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, rose as much as 3 percent to a record high of $25.72. "Sceti appears to be exactly the type of candidate...

  • BERLIN, April 20- German sportswear firm Adidas is teaming up with a group trying to clean up the world's oceans with a plan to develop materials made from marine plastic waste that can be used in its products. As the result of its partnership with the Parley for the Oceans initiative, Adidas also said on Monday it would phase out the use of plastic bags at its 2,900...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- U.S. consumer prices increased for a second straight month in March on rising gasoline and housing costs, a sign of inflation that should keep the Federal Reserve on course to start raising interest rates this year. "The data should allay the disinflation concerns that predominated earlier this year and, on the margin, increase the Fed's...

  • A ketchup bottle that never gets stuck Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 12:10 PM ET
    LiquiGlide solves the stickiest of ketchup problems...

    Those days of pounding the bottom of that ketchup bottle may be over if a new product succeeds in hitting the mainstream.

  • LONDON, April 16- Unilever chief financial officer narrowed the consumer goods giant's sales growth goal on Thursday after a strong start to the year, helped by an early Easter holiday and a better-than-expected performance in China. The maker of Dove soap and Ben& Jerry's ice cream said in January it expected full-year sales growth of about 2 to 4 percent.

  • WRAPUP 1-Mining, utilities sink U.S. industrial production Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 11:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 15- U.S. industrial output posted its biggest drop in more than 2-1/ 2 years in March in part as oil and gas well drilling plummeted, highlighting the negative impact of lower crude prices and a strong dollar on the economy. An unusually snowy winter weighed on activity early in 2015. Labor disruptions at normally busy West Coast ports, as well as...

  • Race to the bottom: Cotton vs polyester prices Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 6:15 AM ET

    By Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE, April 7- Bulging cotton inventories in China and slumping oil markets have triggered a race to the bottom between cotton and polyester prices. Futures prices in China, both the world's largest producer and importer, are also down a third. That significantly reduced U.S. exports to China, and added supply to a global cotton market...

  • *Volvo, Asos, SABMiller among firms pursuing natural hedges. Last month it announced plans to build a $500 million plant in the United States, looking past the dollar's current strength to build in a longer-term protection. "We're eliminating short-term currency fluctuations, which are never good for long-term commitment to customers in different regions, and...

  • *March job gains smallest since December 2013. WASHINGTON, April 3- U.S. employers added the fewest number of jobs in more than a year in March, the latest sign of weakness in the economy and one likely to further delay an anticipated interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve. Nonfarm payrolls rose 126,000 last month, less than half February's pace and the...

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- U.S. private employers added the smallest number of workers in more than a year in March and factory activity hit a near two-year low, fresh signs that economic growth slowed significantly in the first quarter. "The economy hit yet another rough spot in the first quarter... which is one of many factors that will make it difficult for the Fed to...

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- U.S. private employers added the smallest number of workers in more than a year in March and factory activity hit a near two-year low, fresh signs that economic growth slowed significantly in the first quarter. Activity braked in the first quarter, held back by bad weather, a strong dollar, weaker overseas demand and a now-settled labor dispute...

  • CHICAGO, March 30- Amazon.com Inc is launching a home services marketplace that will connect customers with electricians, plumbers and painters in a move to have its services tied to every product sold on its website. "Third party estimates show that customers spend four times more on services each year than they do on physical products," Peter Faricy,...

  • Hong Kong retail rents drop as Chinese shoppers stop Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 | 7:30 PM ET

    HONG KONG, March 30- A drop in Chinese tourist numbers is driving down shop rentals in Hong Kong, with vacancies increasing in the same prime areas that just three years ago pipped New York's Fifth Avenue to become the world's most expensive retail real estate. Spooked by months of cross-border tensions and pro-democracy protests, tour groups visiting Hong Kong...