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  • Fastenal 3Q profit up on sales growth, new stores Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:22 AM ET

    WINONA, Minn.-- Fastenal Co. said Thursday that its third-quarter net income rose 13 percent, boosted by double-digit sales increases in all three months of the period and the addition of new stores.

  • HUD secretary to speak at Del. housing conference Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:21 AM ET

    DOVER, Del.-- The Obama administration's secretary of housing and urban development is visiting Delaware to take part in a conference on affordable housing. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan will give the keynote speech Thursday at the 2012 Governor's Conference on Housing.

  • Safeway's sale of Genuardi's lifts 3Q profit Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Safeway Inc. says its net income rose 21 percent in the third quarter as it benefited from the sale of its Genuardi's stores. The Pleasanton, Calif.- based company, which also operates Vons, Dominick's and other grocery chains, says it earned $157 million, or 66 cents per share, in the period. That compares with $130.2 million, or 38 cents per share, a year ago.

  • CA judge: Rite Aid must pay $800,000 settlement Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:19 AM ET

    SAN DIEGO-- City officials say a San Diego judge ordered Rite Aid Corp. and its California subsidiary Thrifty PayLess Inc. to pay $800,000 to settle a complaint alleging false advertising.

  • Zep 4Q profit rises 79 pct despite sales drop Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:17 AM ET

    ATLANTA-- Zep Inc., which makes cleaners, pest and weed control products and disinfectants, said Thursday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income jumped 79 percent despite a drop in revenue. For the quarter ended Aug. 31, the Atlanta- based company earned $7.3 million, or 33 cents per share, up from $4.1 million, or 18 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

  • Kythera Biopharmaceuticals raises $70.4M in IPO Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:12 AM ET

    Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc. has raised about $70.4 million in its initial public offering of 4.4 million shares. The Calabasas, Calif., company, which is developing an injectable treatment for double chins, priced its IPO at $16 per share, or the top end of its estimated range.

  • Winnebago fiscal 4Q profit rises on tax boost Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:07 AM ET

    FOREST CITY, Iowa-- Winnebago Industries Inc. said Thursday its fiscal fourth-quarter net income soared, boosted by a hefty tax benefit and higher demand for its recreational vehicles. For the quarter ended Aug. 25, the Forrest City, Iowa- based company earned $40.9 million, or $1.41 per share, up from $3.5 million, or 12 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

  • Dubai property firm restructures $1.2B in debt Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:04 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- An indebted property division of Dubai World behind plans to dig a massive canal through the Dubai desert says it has completed a deal to rework the terms on $1.2 billion of loans.

  • Kan. gov. not ruling out sales tax plan next year Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    Sam Brownback hasn't ruled out having Kansas balance its budget by keeping its sales tax at the same rate rather than letting it drop next year as planned. Brownback acknowledged Wednesday that he's anticipating state revenues will dip temporarily because of massive income tax cuts he signed into law earlier this year.

  • Montana, coal railroad reach $2M easement deal Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:02 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.-- A long-stalled coal railroad in southeastern Montana could get an easement through the state's Miles City fish hatchery in exchange for a $2 million payment into a conservation fund and a $25 million insurance policy, under the terms of a tentative deal disclosed Wednesday.

  • TX-based co. drills exploratory well in NY shale Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:59 AM ET

    OWEGO, N.Y.-- A Texas company has begun drilling a vertical well to explore the potential of the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation, joining about a dozen others probing the potentially lucrative rock beneath New York's southern tier. Carizzo Oil& Gas of Houston recently started digging its first well north of the Tioga County village of Owego.

  • ND tribe to get control of land for oil refinery Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:58 AM ET

    NEW TOWN, N.D.-- North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes will be getting control of land for construction of a proposed new oil refinery, U.S. Salazar's decision, announced during a news conference at the tribe's headquarters in New Town, means the tribe may begin construction of the $400 million refinery next spring, tribal Chairman Tex Hall said.

  • Tax break meant to spur new refinery construction Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:51 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.-- A tax break for oil that's processed in North Dakota would help make new refineries profitable and would pay for itself though increased economic growth, a developer told state lawmakers Wednesday.

  • Blair upgrades Williams-Sonoma as shares hit highs Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Williams-Sonoma's potential for international expansion could position the company for solid sales growth in the near and long term, William Blair as it raised its rating on the upscale home goods company.

  • LMI Aerospace expanding in St. Charles, Mo. Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:49 AM ET

    ST. CHARLES, Mo.-- An aerospace manufacturer plans a $4.3 million expansion of its suburban St. Louis facilities that could add about 100 new jobs. Jay Nixon's administration said Wednesday that LMI Aerospace is adding nearly 49,000 square feet to its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in St. Charles. LMI Aerospace fabricates metal products for aircraft.

  • US jobless claims fall to 339K, fewest in 4 1/2 years Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:48 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted last week to seasonally adjusted 339,000, the lowest level in more than four years. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell by 30,000 to the fewest since February 2008.

  • Man gets 23 years over California-based scam Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:47 AM ET

    DALLAS-- A federal judge in Texas has sentenced a man to 23 years in prison and ordered him to pay $13 million in restitution over an investment scam he ran out of his home in California. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 37- year-old Bradley Stark, formerly of Riverside, Calif., was sentenced on seven counts of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud.

  • New arts commission criticized for not using funds Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.-- Some state lawmakers are criticizing the new Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission for not disbursing funds to local arts groups. Lawmakers authorized $700,000 for the commission, to replace arts funding that had been vetoed earlier by Gov.

  • Challenge to use of mortgage settlement rejected Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    PHOENIX-- A lawyer for housing advocates say they'll probably appeal a judge's rejection of a challenge to Arizona's use $50 million from a multistate foreclosure settlement to help balance the state budget.

  • Kansas home sales, values forecast higher in 2013 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:37 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.-- Kansas home sales rebounded this year and are forecast to rise another 6.3 percent in 2013 as the economy improves and pent-up demand brings buyers back into the housing market, economic researchers at Wichita State University said Thursday.