• AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:31 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:31 PM ET

    US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in second quarter after sharp contraction in winter Fed slows bond buying further but provides no clear signal on timing of first rate hike Seeking to prevent default, Argentina officials meet in NYC to negotiate as deadline nears Argentines shrug off risk of default, seeing no repeat of 2001 crisis Stock market ends flat after Federal Reserve delivers no surprises with latest stimulus cut Bank scandal blackens name of powerful Portuguese family, possibly ruins international empire Whole Foods to launch first national marketing campaign as sales growth slows Sanctions on Russian banks, oil technology seen causing real economic damage if left in place Investigators: Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated by government Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta talks about the future of room service, Wi-Fi and younger travelers

  • Whole Foods plans major marketing push Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Whole Foods is getting ready to launch its first national marketing campaign and expand home delivery as it looks to fend off bigger players muscling into the organic and natural foods category.

  • July 30- Diamond rings on display at Nordstrom's flagship Seattle store are not for sale. It is the first time the company has turned to brick and mortar in its 15- year history, showcasing products in two Nordstrom stores.

  • What's a group selfie? Usie (pronounced uss-ee) Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    "Usies are a growing trend that I think have far more social value than selfies," said Michal Ann Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing at Golden Gate University in San Francisco who studies consumer behavior. "

  • *Sales growth strong in Europe, but declines in Americas. *Europe business offers narrower range, sells more clogs. BERLIN, July 30- The success of Crocs Inc in Europe, where the U.S. shoemaker has focused on its trademark colorful foam clogs rather than branching into other products, proves the brand has a future despite difficulties at home, its European head said.

  • OKCupid, Facebook not alone in studying consumers Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Think you're in control? The New York- based Internet company's revelation follows news earlier this month that Facebook let researchers change news feeds to see how it would affect users' moods.

  • Jimmy Dean moves beyond breakfast for first time Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Jimmy Dean is coming to dinner— and lunch, too. Jimmy Dean, owned by Hillshire Brands, is rolling out 16 microwavable products that cost around $3 each and are designed to be eaten later in the day, including a pulled pork sandwich and grilled steak bowl.

  • Carlyle nears $5 billion deal for Acosta -source Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:37 PM ET

    NEW YORK, July 28- Carlyle Group LP is in advanced talks to acquire Acosta Sales and Marketing, in a deal that could value the consumer goods marketing agency at close to $5 billion including debt, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.

  • *Novo expects to launch in first EU markets in H1 2015. *Shares in Novo rise 1.6 percent. Prospects for degludec- already on sale separately in Europe under the brand name Tresiba- and the new combination with Victoza are critical for Novo, which is the world's biggest insulin maker.

  • Thinkmodo disrupts with viral videos     Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    Thinkmodo co-founders James Percelay and Michael Krivicka, discuss disrupting digital advertising through the viral videos they create. They also showcase their "popinator" and "shaving helmet" creations.

  • Thinkmodo: Zombies, drones & devil babies     Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    Thinkmodo co-founders James Percelay and Michael Krivicka, discuss making money from viral videos.

  • EXCLUSIVE-Allegations of GSK corruption spread to Syria Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    LONDON, July 24- GlaxoSmithKline faces new allegations of corruption, this time in Syria, where the drugmaker and its distributor have been accused of paying bribes to secure business, according to a whistleblower's email reviewed by Reuters.

  • Ford names Galhotra as Lincoln's new president Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    DEARBORN, Mich.— Ford's luxury Lincoln division is getting a new president. Kumar Galhotra, Ford's vice president of engineering, will become president of Lincoln on Sept. 1. Ford's global marketing chief, Jim Farley, led Lincoln for the last 18 months.

  • Target debuts an image-recognition shopping app Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 3:45 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology.

  • July 22- Netflix Inc's planned expansion in Europe will set the video streaming company up for growth, but will increase content and marketing expenses in the near term, analysts said.

  • Netflix's Europe expansion seen eating into profits Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 9:23 AM ET

    July 22- Netflix Inc's planned expansion in Europe would set the video streaming company up for growth, but would increase content and marketing expenses in the near term, analysts said.

  • Healthy snacks take on corny junk marketing Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    Bolthouse Farms will be setting up 'healthy snack stations' in stores with marketing ploys borrowed from junk food. USA Today reports.

  • 5 things Atlantic City is doing to reverse slide Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Even before a slew of casino closings hit Atlantic City, gambling operators, government officials and regulators had been working to improve the resort's prospects.

  • JOHANNESBURG, July 18- South African pension manager Alexander Forbes priced its stock market listing in the middle of its marketed range on Friday, raising 3.7 billion rand in Africa's second-largest initial public offering this year. The pricing points to fairly strong demand when the company lists on the Johannesburg bourse next Thursday, a trader said.

  • Sir Martin Sorrell likes rejected TW-Fox merger Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:12 PM ET

    Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, says a Time Warner-Fox merger would be "really interesting" for advertisers due to easy access and distribution.