LONDON, July 25- Vodafone received no relief from tough market conditions in the first quarter, with a slowdown in Spain and South Africa resulting in another heavy drop in its key revenue measure. Chief Executive Vittorio Colao said the year had started in line with the company's expectations and its performance had improved in markets such as Germany.» Read More
NEW YORK-- The price of oil rose slightly Wednesday on another encouraging sign for the U.S. economy. Benchmark crude gained 42 cents to $92.81 per barrel at midday in New York. The price of oil rose more than 3 percent Tuesday on concerns about supplies from the Middle East and the North Sea.
Retail price: $10.32 per thousand cubic feet. Retail price: 11.4 cents per kilowatt-hour. Retail price: $3.80 per gallon.
STOCKPILES HIGHER: U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles 0.5 percent in August from July. SALES REBOUND: Sales at the wholesale level jumped 0.9 percent in August, ending three months of declines. The sales increase was the biggest one-month gain since February.
HELENA, Mont.-- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Montana's campaign donation limits, telling the federal judge who overturned it to outline his full reasoning so the panel can review the case.
BOSTON-- Even as stock prices rose again in September, investors withdrew money from stock mutual funds at the fastest pace of the year, marking the seventh straight month that withdrawals have exceeded deposits.
SAN JOSE, Calif.-- Shares of OCZ Technology Group Inc. tumbled Wednesday after the flash memory maker delayed filing its earnings report for its second quarter and said its revenue had fallen short of its previous guidance.
DALLAS-- United Airlines is raising prices on most flights within the U.S. by up to $10 per round trip. Baker said the fate of United's increase would depend largely on whether Southwest matches it.
PLYMOUTH, Mass.-- Plymouth nuclear power plant owner Entergy Corp. says it will thoroughly review allegations by activists who announced their intent to sue the plant for polluting Cape Cod Bay. Entergy says many of the allegations were unsuccessfully raised before the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was re-licensed earlier this year.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A technology executive for the Boston Globe and New York Times Co. has been named Rhode Island's first chief digital officer. Lincoln Chafee on Wednesday announced that Thom Guertin will start Oct. 22.
NEW YORK-- Shares of OraSure jumped nearly 5 percent Wednesday after the company launched sales of the first home HIV test of its kind to be approved by federal regulators.
ISLAND ISOLATION: Jamaica's port authority and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. pitched the port of Falmouth as a place where passengers would dive into the historic city for "a wraparound experience not unlike Colonial Williamsburg." But their dollars have been kept at a distance.
NEW YORK-- Robert Caro, Junot Diaz and the late Anthony Shadid were among the finalists announced Wednesday for the National Book Awards. Other nominees included the novelists Dave Eggers and Louise Erdrich and nonfiction writers Anne Applebaum and Katherine Boo.
Europe is gripped by a debt crisis and stalled growth. A budget standoff in the United States is set to trigger tax increases and spending cuts and perhaps a recession. And it's warning that even its dimmer outlook might prove too optimistic if Europe and the United States fail to resolve their crises.
There were large blocks of empty seats at some stadiums at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and this year's European Championship in Poland and Ukraine. At the Leaders in Football conference on Wednesday, FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil said sponsors would have to name the people using tickets two or three days before matches in Brazil.
White is the most popular color for the second year in a row after overtaking silver in 2011. The annual rankings are compiled by automotive paint supplier PPG Industries Inc., a Pittsburgh- based company that provides paints to General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., BMW AG and others. By comparison, 19 percent of midsize cars made in North America are white.
John Mica, R- Fla., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has accused Amtrak of "Soviet-style" inefficiency and held several hearings devoted to criticism of the railroad.