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  • HAVANA— Travel experts and upscale magazines are urging travel to Cuba before it changes. Here are eight tips for visiting Havana. I forgot to bring my toothbrush to Havana.

  • *First-quarter GDP revised down to show contraction. *GDP shrinks at a 0.7 percent annual rate. WASHINGTON, May 29- The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter as it buckled under the weight of unusually heavy snowfalls, a resurgent dollar and disruptions at West Coast ports, but activity already has rebounded modestly.

  • *First-quarter GDP revised down to show contraction. *GDP shrinks at a 0.7 percent annual rate. WASHINGTON, May 29- The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter as it buckled under the weight of unusually heavy snowfalls and a resurgent dollar, but activity has rebounded modestly.

  • SHANGHAI, May 25- China will slash import tariffs on consumer goods including skincare products, Western-style clothes and diapers from June, potentially giving a fillip to global brands and bolstering domestic consumption amid faltering economic growth. China retail sales rose 10 percent last month, but eased from March as data showed that China's economy...

  • SHANGHAI, May 25- China will lower import taxes on some consumer goods including skincare products, Western-style clothing and diapers starting from June 1, to help bolster domestic consumption as authorities step up efforts to prop up a faltering economy. The decision follows a statement by China's State Council, the country's Cabinet, in April that it would...

  • SHANGHAI, May 22- Apple Inc is planting trees, Mars may move to' zero carbon' and Foxconn Technology Co Ltd is spending millions of dollars to give its factories a' green' makeover, as companies operating in China face tighter rules on pollution. "China's environmental law is becoming one of the strongest in the world," said Manuel Baigorri, senior director of...

  • Flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators' CEO resigns Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 8:38 AM ET

    May 21- Hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc said Chief Executive Robert Lynch had resigned unexpectedly, sending its shares down 17 percent in premarket trading on Thursday. The company named founder Thomas Sullivan as acting CEO. Lumber Liquidators is facing U.S. government investigations after CBS's "60 Minutes" show alleged that...

  • Ralph Lauren Corp suffers setback in U.S. trademark fight Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 4:43 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 13- Ralph Lauren Corp lost some ground on Wednesday in its long-running trademark fight with the United States Polo Association over the use of its logo depicting a horse-mounted polo player swinging a mallet. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that the Polo Association cannot be held in contempt for selling sunglasses with a...

  • May 7- Hardwood retailer Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc said it would suspend sales of all laminate flooring sourced from China, following allegations that the products contained excessive levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde. Lumber Liquidators' shares rose as much as 7.2 percent in early trading on Thursday. "Despite the initial positive air quality...

  • North Korea launches e-shopping despite no Internet Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 7:14 AM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles during a visit to the Chonji Lubricant Factory, in this undated photo.

    Online shopping has arrived in North Korea, even though citizens of the isolated country have no access to the Internet.

  • 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...