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  • *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.

  • PARIS, May 26- L'Oreal is not interested in buying Procter& Gamble Co's Wella haircare business, the head of the French cosmetics group's luxury division told German daily Handelsblatt in an interview. Sources close to the matter said last month that personal care and cosmetics companies Henkel& Co, Revlon and Coty were preparing bids for parts of Procter&...

  • 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...

  • NEW YORK— Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St down as homebuilder confidence slips Monday, 18 May 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    *Altera up on report of possible deal with Intel. *Ann rises after Ascena Retail takeover offer. "Right now with the way things are going, especially with the yield curve getting steeper, it's going to be less and less likely the Fed will raise rates in September," John Burke, CEO of Burke Financial Strategies in New York.

  • Value investor: Buy this food stock Friday, 15 May 2015 | 2:54 PM ET
    Sysco tractor-trailers sit parked outside the company's distribution center in Louisville, Ky.

    Jason Subotky of Yacktman Asset Management sold shares of a technology-dinosaur stock in favor of a food play.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 19 Blippar Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
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    Using image recognition technology, this app lets consumers point their smartphone at a product and gain a wealth of additional information.

  • Networks fret as ad dollars flow to digital media Monday, 11 May 2015 | 11:45 AM ET
    Television screens

    Television viewing has plummeted 9 percent so far this season compared with the previous season, the NYT reports.

  • Mom, daughters build big biz—and lots of confidence Saturday, 9 May 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Melanie and Lily Sandler

    After reading about the lack of female CEOs at Fortune 500 companies, Renee Sandler inspired her daughters to think up business ideas. The result is now a multimillion-dollar business.

  • Stocks close higher ahead of jobs report; yields eyed Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks closed higher on Thursday as investors awaited the key April jobs report and eyed easing in oil prices and bond yields.

  • Early movers: BABA, PCLN, PG, COST, ANN & more Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 7:51 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • Layoffs hit 3-year high in April, energy cuts surge Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 7:30 AM ET
    Job seekers wait for the opening of a job fair sponsored by Job News in partnership with USOilWorker.com and The Texas Veterans Commission in San Antonio, TX.

    U.S.-based employers announced the highest workforce reductions last month since May 2012.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

    U.S. stocks closed lower, reversing a positive open, as investors weighed higher yields and energy prices ahead of Friday's important jobs report.

  • Dividend ETFs lose ground. Time to buy? Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 2:10 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Why are dividend ETFs getting knocked as company after company raise their payouts?

  • 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...

  • OMAHA, Neb., May 1- The sign for the Nebraska Furniture Mart on Dodge Road in Omaha contains a cartoon of Warren Buffett and a big number "50," a number looming large for Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders this weekend as they celebrate the investing legend's half a century running the conglomerate. SELECTED COMPANIES OWNED BY BERKSHIRE Benjamin Moore, Berkshire...

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- The U.S. manufacturing expansion held steady at near a two-year low in April, but a jump in consumer sentiment and stronger-than-expected vehicle sales suggested the economy was pulling out of a first-quarter soft patch. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity was at 51.5 in April, matching the March...