WEST HARTFORD, Conn./ CHICAGO, Nov 28- Mall crowds were relatively thin on Black Friday in a sign of what has become the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping: the mad rush is happening the night of Thanksgiving and more consumers are picking up deals online. Across the United States, shoppers were greeted by protesters at hundreds of stores- some calling for higher wages...» Read More
NEW YORK-- Shares of Total System Services Inc. fell nearly 4 percent Wednesday as analysts said third-quarter results for the electronic payments processor appeared to be in line with expectations but noted some potential negative factors.
WASHINGTON-- Two weeks before a U.S. election focused on the economy, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday that its help is still needed to increase growth and lower unemployment. The Fed took no action after a two-day policy meeting. It wants time to assess whether the aggressive steps it launched in September will help the economy.
LORDSTOWN, Ohio-- President Barack Obama's decision to help America's automakers could end up being what helps drive him back into the White House.
LONDON, Oct 24- Gold rose on Wednesday along with stock markets, helped by well received data from China and an upbeat earnings report from Boeing, while dealers awaited a Federal Reserve policy statement later in the day. Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,709.60 an ounce at 1309 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up 60 cents an ounce at $1,710.
LONDON, Oct 24- Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday he was unhappy with the level of tax avoidance by big corporations working in Britain and urged authorities to make sure all companies paid their fair share of tax.
HARTFORD, Conn.-- Federal regulators say a pilot study of cancer risks posed to residents near seven nuclear power sites in the United States will update 22- year-old data, but an industry group says the study won't come up with anything new.
NEW YORK, Oct 24- A monthly reading of U.S. private sector employment has been revamped to put it more in line with the closely watched government nonfarm payrolls report. Automatic Data Processing said on Wednesday it had made the changes to its private job market report as part of a new partnership with Moody's Analytics.
NEW YORK, Oct 24- The euro edged lower against the dollar and yen on Wednesday after unexpectedly weak German data stoked concern the euro zone's largest economy may be headed for recession.
STAMFORD, Conn.-- Silgan's third-quarter net income was nearly flat as the packaging products supplier dealt with some charges and tough economic conditions. For the period ended Sept. 30, Silgan Holdings Inc. earned $78.7 million, or $1.13 per share. Wall Street forecast $1.15 billion.
BATESVILLE, Ark.-- Peco Foods says it will add 300 jobs in eastern Arkansas by expanding a feed mill in Newark and a processing plant in Batesville. Peco Foods announced the expansion Wednesday alongside local leaders and Gov. Peco Foods is the eighth-largest poultry processor in the United States.
DUBAI, Oct 24- Private equity firms in the Middle East are preparing to exit a range of investments, a sign that asset markets in the region are recovering from the twin blows of Arab Spring uprisings and the global financial crisis.
CAIRO, Oct 24- Business has flourished for Cairo's store owners and itinerant street traders since a popular uprising ushered in 20 months of light-touch law enforcement, but the boom-time may soon be over. Some Cairo store workers welcome the prospect of a shorter working day.
WASHINGTON, Oct 24- New U.S. single-family home sales surged in September to their highest level in nearly 2-1/ 2 years, further evidence the housing market recovery is gaining steam.
*City seen as bastion of loyalty to Assad before uprising. *Businessmen hit by attacks, kidnapping, extortion. AMMAN, Oct 24- Top Syrian businessman Fares Shehabi says he lives in constant fear of being kidnapped by rebels fighting loyalist forces for control of his home city Aleppo.
Boeing is cranking out planes faster, and it's paying off. Boeing has been speeding up production, aiming to get some of its newest planes out the door faster. Boeing's revenue from commercial planes jumped 28 percent to $12.19 billion in the most recent quarter.
*Q3 adjusted EPS 71 cents vs Wall St view 66 cents. Oct 24- Media veteran Barry Diller's IAC/InteractiveCorp breezed past quarterly expectations on the strength of its search businesses such as Ask.com.
PHILADELPHIA-- A man who drove an SUV onto an airport runway, forcing a passenger jet to abort its landing, was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months in prison and must pay $92,000 in restitution. Kenneth Mazik, 25, of Chadds Ford, crashed through a gate on March 1 and led police on a runway chase at speeds topping 100 mph.
PLANO, Texas-- Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc.' s net income climbed 16 percent in the third quarter as the company continued to raise prices. The company, which makes 7 Up, Sunkist, Mott's and other drinks, earned $179 million, or 84 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. That's up from $154 million, or 71 cents per share, a year ago.
Oct 24- General Motors Co said the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette that goes on sale next year will get a new 450- horsepower V8 engine. The engine, designated LT1, displaces 6.2 liters and is the fifth generation of GM's ``small block'' V8 engine family.
Oct 24- Kennametal Inc's quarterly profit missed Wall Street estimates by a wide margin on Wednesday and the industrial toolmaker cut its sales and earnings outlook for the full year, citing slowing economies.