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  • NEW YORK— Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. It comes after activists have reported animal abuse at farms supplying Wal-Mart and other major companies. Kathleen McLaughlin, senior vice president of Wal-Mart's sustainability...

  • 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...

  • *GRAPHIC: UK retail sales http://link.reuters.com/raz24v. LONDON, May 21- British retail sales surged in April as consumers took advantage of falling prices and unusually warm weather encouraged shoppers to buy new clothes. Retail sales volumes rose by a stronger-than-expected 1.2 percent from March, the biggest monthly increase since November, the Office...

  • NEW YORK, May 21- Small U.S. food manufacturers once toiled for decades to develop a critical mass of fans for their products. More mass-market retailers want niche brands that shoppers view as healthier to drive traffic in stores, particularly as they face rising competition from natural food and specialty chains like Whole Foods Market Inc..

  • CHICAGO, May 20- Thousands of McDonald's workers seeking a minimum wage of $15 per hour swarmed the fast-food giant's headquarters for the first of two days of protests to coincide with the fast-food chain's annual meeting on Thursday. Companies such as McDonald's Corp and Wal-Mart Stores Inc are raising starting pay and cities like Seattle and Chicago are...

  • May 20- A unit of ConAgra Foods Inc pleaded guilty to a criminal misdemeanor and will pay $11.2 million to end a federal probe into a 2007 recall of peanut butter, including the Peter Pan brand, linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds. The plea agreement also calls for the unit to pay an $8.01 million criminal fine, a record in a U.S. food safety case, and...

  • WASHINGTON— If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. At $2.71 a gallon, the average price of gas nationwide is nearly $1 lower than it was a year ago. Consider what Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said in December: Lower gas prices, Yellen declared, are "certainly good for...

  • Target beating Wal-Mart in race for turnaround Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 8:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Target is beating Wal-Mart in the race to beef up sales. That's in contrast with rival Wal-Mart, which missed Wall Street estimates with its earnings report a day earlier. Both saw their third straight quarters of increases for a key sales measurement, but Target's pace was roughly double that of Wal-Mart.

  • Wal-Mart announces expansion of veteran hiring Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 3:01 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Nate Waits wakes up before 3 a.m. four days a week to get to his job at a Bentonville distribution center for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where the former Marine is among more than 92,000 veterans the company has hired in the past two years. Chris Sultemeier, executive vice president for logistics at Wal-Mart, said the company has been pleased with the...

  • May 19- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said that it would take a different approach to online growth than Amazon.com Inc by using its large network of stores as distribution points. Wal-Mart's sluggish quarterly results that were released on Tuesday highlighted the importance of growing its online business. But as Wal-Mart prepares to test a free shipping program...

  • *Euro falls back below $1.12. NEW YORK, May 19- U.S. and European equities rose to trade near record highs on Tuesday, and the euro tumbled on signals the European Central Bank may accelerate its 1 trillion euro bond-buying program over the next two months. Wall Street's Dow Industrials index closed at an all-time high, though other major U.S. stock indexes mostly...

  • Los Angeles raises minimum wage to $15 an hour Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 5:00 PM ET
    Fast food workers, healthcare workers and their supporters march to demand an increase of the minimum wage to $15 per hour, in Los Angeles on December 4, 2014.

    Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage by 2020, as workers in the U.S. rally for higher wages, The New York Times reports.

  • Wal-Mart and Red-Robin are big market movers Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 4:40 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., down $3.49 to $76.43. Dick's Sporting Goods Inc., down $2.86 to $53.43.

  • *Housing starts jump to 7.5- yr high. May 19- U.S. stocks ended mixed on Tuesday, with the Dow rising marginally to a second straight record high, as Wall Street digested housing data that some saw as hopeful for an economy struggling to grow. "There really is a lot of fear about the threat of higher interest rates," said Jake Dollarhide, chief executive officer of Longbow...

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks closed mixed on Tuesday as investors eyed renewed gains in yields and the dollar ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting minutes

  • May 19- Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Tuesday joined the list of U.S. retailers reporting disappointing quarterly results, saying consumers' pocketing tax refunds and savings from cheaper gasoline had dented its sales growth. The results illustrate the obstacles facing Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon, who took the job 15 months ago. Wal-Mart said sales at...

  • May 19- The S&P 500 wavered on Tuesday afternoon as Wall Street digested U.S. housing data that some saw as hopeful for an economy struggling to grow. "It continues to be this Goldilocks scenario of slow modest growth and low inflation," said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer of Solaris Group in Bedford Hills, New York. At 2:44 p.m., the Dow Jones industrial...

  • Wal-Mart's woes: 5 ways it's trying to fix them Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 2:16 PM ET
    Customers shop at a Walmart Neighborhood Market store on August 15, 2013 in Chicago.

    The world's largest retailer on Tuesday disappointed on both the top and bottom lines, but it wasn't all bad news.

  • Sellers of staples are at an unfortunate crossroads Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    A shopper in a Walmart store in Broomfield, Colorado.

    Companies such as Wal-Mart and Costco are at the intersection between lower food and gas prices, and consumers' reticence to spend more.

  • *First-quarter sales not counting fuel down 3.9 pct. LONDON, May 19- Asda, the British arm of U.S. retailer Wal-Mart, reported its worst quarterly sales fall in more than five years on Tuesday, but insisted its long-term strategy was the right one. "Despite signs of a real and sustainable economic recovery, 2015 is setting itself up to be the most challenging year yet...