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  • Deals only a click away for back-to-school season Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 12:56 PM ET

    NEW YORK— It's mid-August, and parents are scrambling to outfit their kids with backpacks, gadgets and jeans as the clock winds down toward the first day of school. "It's a lot easier to find a deal," said Michael Londrigan, dean of academic affairs at LIM College, a fashion college in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- Global equity markets edged higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 hitting an all-time high, as U.S. and German data drove confidence on economic growth and helped extend a stock rally.

  • *Family Dollar rejects Dollar General buyout offer. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks inched higher on Thursday and the S&P notched a record high as a flurry of data pointed to steady improvement in the economy and investors awaited the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • Housing inventory: Bright spot in Minneapolis Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    Minneapolis is finally showing signs that home sellers are back in the game. Inventory in the market was up 6.1 percent in May.

  • Hormel Foods 3Q results beat Street's view Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    The maker of Spam, Dinty Moore stew and other products earned $138 million, or 51 cents per share, for the period ended July 27. Revenue for the Austin, Minnesota company rose 6 percent to $2.28 billion from $2.16 billion.

  • Study shows Twin Metals mine economically feasible Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Duluth Metals Ltd. CEO Kelly Osborne said the "pre-feasibility" study validates the potential of the proposed mine southeast of Ely.

  • Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 3:55 PM ET

    The audit by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration says the IRS needs to do a better job policing the tax.

  • Aug 19- Medtronic Inc Chief Executive Omar Ishrak defended his company's plan to acquire Dublin- based Covidien Plc in a so-called inversion deal, saying the medical device maker will be able to create more U.S. jobs while still paying substantial taxes once the transaction closes.

  • Defense grills plant manager in salmonella trial Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    He was indicted along with his former boss, Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, and two others. It also charges Stewart Parnell and the plant's quality assurance manager, Mary Wilkerson, with obstructing justice.

  • Medtronic 1Q profit drops almost 9 percent Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Medtronic Inc. on Tuesday reported net income that declined by nearly 9 percent in its fiscal first quarter, and beat analysts' expectations. The Minneapolis- based company said earnings decreased to $871 million, or 87 cents per share, from $953 million, or 93 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • Aug 19- Medtronic Inc reported the strongest quarterly U.S. sales growth for its medical devices in five years and said it was committed to completing the acquisition of Irish-domiciled Covidien Plc by the end of the year or early 2015.. Minneapolis- based Medtronic also confirmed its full-year profit and revenue outlook on Tuesday.

  • Analysis: Congress can still do deals when it must Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Washington may be a sea of dysfunction, but the current Congress is offering a few reminders about how a bill becomes a law: compromise. However, when it came to improving veterans' health care, overhauling job training programs, authorizing water projects and "unlocking" cellphones for use in other networks, Congress managed to get the job done.

  • Supervalu becomes latest to suffer data breach Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 6:45 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A data breach at Supervalu may have impacted as many as 200 of its grocery and liquor stores and potentially affected retail chains recently sold by the company in two dozen states.

  • TORONTO, Aug 15- More than eight months after an extreme winter began snarling North American rail traffic, a Reuters analysis of industry data shows delays lingering, raising the risk of a second winter of chaos on the rails.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 14- A research study has shown for the first time that livestock feed can carry a virus that has killed about 13 percent of the U.S. hog herd, the study's lead author said, confirming suspicions among farmers and veterinarians battling outbreaks.

  • Ex-peanut plant head says he lied about salmonella Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 1:07 PM ET

    ALBANY, Ga.— A former manager of a south Georgia peanut processing plant blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak lied to federal investigators to protect the company he worked for but decided to come clean after realizing how many people had been sickened, he testified Thursday.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Aug 28 Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    SYDNEY- RBA Payments Policy Department senior manager Jenny Hancock will participate in a panel discussion at the Risk Australia Conference, Sydney.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 13- The millions of Americans that use propane to heat their homes, dry crops or keep livestock warm expect another tough winter this year as a fragmented supply network of pipelines, trains and trucks struggles to keep pace with spiking demand.

  • *Safe-haven bids persist on tension in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine U.S. retail sales flat in July, miss forecast of modest growth. NEW YORK, Aug 13- U.S. You see bonds rallying a bit, "said Craig Dismuke, chief economic strategist at Vining Sparks in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • Minnesota to produce 1.34 billion bushels of corn Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 9:59 AM ET

    WORTHINGTON, Minn.— The federal government predicts Minnesota farmers will produce 1.34 billion bushels of corn this year, up 40 million bushels from last year, yet bad weather early in the season and low prices will put the squeeze on profits for the state's producers.