SUKOHARJO/ JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb 15- Millions of dollars worth of subsidised fertilizers meant for small Indonesian farmers are being sold to big plantations, such as palm oil and rubber, at huge profits by state-backed retailers, a government report viewed by Reuters shows. A shortage of cheap fertilizers at a time when an El Nino weather event is threatening...» Read More
AUGUSTA, Maine-- The cost of heating oil has grown 5 cents in the latest survey in Maine. The governor's energy office said Monday that the average heating oil cost is $3.75 per gallon, which is 25 cents higher than it was this time last year.
Gold for December delivery fell $22.10 Monday to finish at $1,737.60 per ounce. China says its inflation rate fell in September. Analysts say that investors wonder if China will take action to help its economy.
The Commerce Department said Monday that retail sales rose 1.1 percent last month. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average each rose about 0.7 percent. Benchmark crude finished down a penny at $91.85 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
RICHMOND, Va.-- One of the companies vying to operate some of the Virginia's port terminals has dropped out of the competition. State Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that Carlyle Group has withdrawn its proposal.
TRENTON, N.J.-- New Jersey's Health Department says it's issuing its first license to allow a medical marijuana dispensary to open. Officials announced Monday that Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Montclair has cleared all the hurdles to open. Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd says she expects the dispensary will not be able to open immediately.
FUEL-FIRED: India's inflation rate accelerated to 7.8 percent in September after the government hiked subsidized fuel prices to rein in the budget deficit. RATE AND A HARD PLACE: The number is worse than expected and gives the central bank little room to cut its key interest rate to counter slowing economic growth when it meets later this month.
DEFLATING EARNINGS: India's Reliance Industries reported a 5.7 percent slide in September quarter profits from a year ago, as the company scales back investment in India's largest oil and gas fields.
Among the stock activity stories for Monday, Oct. 15, from AP Business News:. _ Shares of Internet radio company Pandora Media Inc. fell on worries about increasing competition after Microsoft Corp. announced that it would roll out a new music service.
SEATTLE-- A federal appeals court panel says Seattle's restrictions on distributing the yellow pages in the city violate the U.S. District judge in Seattle upheld the restrictions after finding the phone books constituted primarily commercial speech not entitled to the full protection of the First Amendment.
Martin O'Malley is crediting Maryland business owners for struggling to keep workers employed during the recession and its aftermath with enabling the state to lower the unemployment insurance tax by more than half for many employers.
WILMINGTON, Del.-- The failed solar power company Solyndra LLC is asking a Delaware bankruptcy judge to confirm its proposed reorganization plan over objections from government attorneys. Lawyers also addressed and rejected Internal Revenue Service and Department of Energy objections.
The company is selling off all its assets in separate auctions planned for Tuesday in Maryland and next week at the company's downtown Providence, R.I., headquarters, where Schilling's team was working on the "massively multiplayer online game" that was critical for 38 Studios' success.
In addition, Hasbro, which makes Scrabble board games and Transformers action figures, is facing some company specific issues, such as an overdependence on traditional board games and boys' toys, categories likely to shrink. Kelter downgraded Hasbro to "Sell" from "Neutral" and cut its 12- month price target by $2 to $32.
ECONOMICS PRIZE: Two American scholars won the Nobel economics prize Monday for work that has helped match young doctors with hospitals, students with New York City public schools and even men with women in marriage.
COLLAPSE: Slovenia was once a star among the eastern European states that joined the European Union after communism's fall. :Slovenia could become the sixth member of the eurozone, and the first among the bloc's former socialist countries, to need an emergency bailout to avoid bankruptcy.
MORE AUSTERITY: Portugal's government announced sharp tax increases for next year that risk worsening a recession and stoking public discontent. The budget for 2013 takes away the equivalent of a month's wages from many workers. More than a decade of meager growth compelled Portugal to ask for a $101 billion rescue last year to avert bankruptcy.
STOCKING UP: U.S. companies restocked their shelves at a solid pace in August while sales rose for a second straight month. The combination should help to boost economic growth. THE DETAILS: Business inventories grew 0.6 percent in August following a July gain of 0.8 percent that had been the strongest since January, the Commerce Department said Monday.
Recent data released by the Department of Education shows that students at for-profit schools have the highest default rates on student loans.
A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the IRS can subpoena banks for the records, despite the Miccosukee tribe's claims that it is protected by sovereign immunity.
BOSTON-- College savings plans offered through the states of Alaska, Maryland, Nevada and Utah earned top marks from Morningstar Inc. in the company's annual update to ratings of so-called 529 plans.