*French debt yields more than Germany's, rated higher than Italy's. TOKYO, July 14- Japanese investors have been buying most of France's government debt recently in a record surge spurred by expectations that Europe faces the kind of deflation and growth that Japan suffered for decades.» Read More
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- AutoZone Inc. said Thursday that it elected PepsiCo executive Enderson Guimaraes to its board. In addition, AutoZone said two of its current board members, William Crowley and Robert Grusky, will not stand for re-election at the company's annual shareholder meeting in December. AutoZone's stock rose $2.08 to $371.55 in midday trading.
That's a sign layoffs are increasing, but the Labor Department said that there were technical reasons behind rise, such as delayed figures from California. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says that manufacturing in the Philadelphia region expanded in October after five months of declines.
DALLAS-- Alliance Data Systems Corp., which manages loyalty and rewards programs for retailers and others, posted a 27 percent increase in third-quarter earnings, led by growth in its private label business. Alliance said Thursday it earned $119.5 million, or $1.84 per share, in the three months that ended Sept. 30.
PARIS-- Shoe hats, lobster dresses, and spiraling goggle glasses could easily be part of a closet inventory belonging to Lady Gaga. The house of the influential fashion designer, and hated rival of Coco Chanel, is being revived this fall, in one of the most highly anticipated fashion events of 2012 in Paris.
ATHENS, Greece-- Labor unions in recession-hobbled Greece are holding another general strike against a new harsh austerity program, as European leaders beset by a deep debt crisis and economic stagnation gather for a summit meeting in Brussels.
It's the latest snapshot of the growing burden of student debt and it's another discouraging one: Two-thirds of the national college class of 2011 finished school with loan debt, and those who borrowed walked off the graduation stage owing on average $26,600 _ up about 5 percent from the class before.
NEW YORK-- Macy's is firing its first salvo at the millennials. In March, Macy's restructured its merchandise team to focus on those shoppers and plans to make other major changes in the next three years to further rope them in.
BEIJING-- China's economic growth tumbled to the lowest in more than three years in the latest quarter but retail sales and other activity accelerated in a sign a recovery from the painful downturn is taking shape.
BANGKOK-- Asian stock markets rose Thursday after an unexpectedly strong U.S. housing report renewed confidence in the world's biggest economy and enabled investors to overlook slower growth in China. The U.S. Commerce Department said builders started construction on new single-family houses and apartments at the fastest pace in more than four years.
DENVER-- Denver police said they have no suspects in the killings of five people whose bodies were found at a neighborhood bar after it was set on fire early Wednesday, apparently to cover up the slayings. The Denver medical examiner said the victims included Young Fero of the Denver suburb of Aurora.
BEIJING-- China's economic growth tumbled to the lowest in more than three years in the latest quarter but retail sales and investment improved in a possible sign a painful slump might be stabilizing.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand-- Chinese home appliance giant Haier Group on Thursday announced it is poised to complete a takeover bid for the small but well-regarded New Zealand manufacturer Fisher& Paykel Appliances after sweetening an earlier offer. The move will allow Haier to gain a valued brand as well as technology pioneered by the New Zealand company.
EDMONTON, Alberta-- A subsidiary of a Brazilian-based company is taking over management of XL Foods, the Alberta plant at the heart of one of the largest beef recalls in Canada's history.
STILL GROWING: EBay Inc.' s net income grew 22 percent in the third quarter thanks to higher revenue at its PayPal payments service and the marketplaces business that includes eBay.com. 2012 OUTLOOK HIGHER: EBay raised its full-year guidance slightly and CEO John Donahoe expressed cautious optimism about the upcoming holiday shopping season.
THE RESULTS: American Express' net income rose 1 percent in the third quarter to $1.25 billion, or $1.09 per share. That compares with net income of $1.24 billion, or $1.03 per share, in the same quarter last year. BAD LOANS: American Express' delinquency rate was flat compared to the second quarter.
The ruling means that DC Comics and its owner Warner Bros. will retain all rights to continue using the character in books, films, television and other mediums, including a the film reboot planned for next year.
American Express Co. launched a digital payments platform last year aimed at competing with bank debit cards and other prepaid cards. The program, dubbed Serve, allows customers to open an online prepaid account that can be funded using a bank account, an American Express card or another credit card.
NEW YORK-- Align Technology Inc., which makes the Invisalign clear braces system, slumped Wednesday after the company gave disappointing estimates for its third-quarter results and offered a weak fourth-quarter forecast. Align Technology shares skidded $7.05, or 20 percent, to $28.36 in aftermarket trading following the announcement.
NEW YORK-- An opera-loving philanthropist convicted in New York of a multimillion-dollar fraud has been freed on bail to await the outcome of his appeal. Alberto Vilar was freed Wednesday on $10 million bail from a federal lockup in Fort Dix, N.J. He'll be required to wear an electronic bracelet, as he was before his November 2008 conviction.