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US stocks shrug off mediocre data

Tue, 28 Dec 2010 22:35:43 GMT

US stocks remain almost unchanged, despite new data showing worse-than-expected falls in house prices and consumer confidence.

Obama in plea for business bill

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 04:27:35 GMT

President Obama demands Republicans pass a bill aimed at helping small businesses, and hints at further stimulus spending.

US home sales drop to 10-year low

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:02:01 GMT

Sales of existing homes in the US plunged 27% in July to their lowest level in more than 10 years, figures suggest.

Cadbury boost for Kraft profits

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 09:28:22 GMT

Food giant Kraft reports healthy first quarter profit, helped by its purchase of UK confectionery maker Cadbury.

Hicks baseball team auctioned off

Mon, 09 Aug 2010 05:12:17 GMT

The Texas Rangers baseball franchise belonging to Liverpool football club co-owner Tom Hicks is auctioned off for $593m.

News Corp's quarterly profits up

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 21:05:19 GMT

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation reports fourth quarter net income of $875m, and full year profit of $2.5bn.

Barnes & Noble considering sale

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 15:04:57 GMT

Shares in Barnes & Noble jump 20% after the US bookstore chain said it was considering putting itself up for sale.

Intel settles antitrust lawsuit

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 03:40:59 GMT

US chipmaker Intel has settled an antitrust lawsuit filed against it by the US Federal Trade Commission.

Box office hits help Time Warner

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 13:39:38 GMT

Time Warner reports a 7% rise in second-quarter profit, helped by box office hits including Sex and the City 2.

Sales rise boosts Toyota profits

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 10:42:57 GMT

Toyota reports its biggest quarterly profit in two years, as the firm seeks to put the recall of millions of vehicles behind it.

Ailing Mexicana airline bankrupt

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 11:30:25 GMT

Mexico's biggest airline, Mexicana, files for bankruptcy after failing to reach a deal on cutting costs with trade unions.

Newsweek magazine is sold by Post

Mon, 02 Aug 2010 22:43:45 GMT

The Washington Post is selling Newsweek magazine to audio equipment magnate Sidney Harman.

US economic growth slows to 2.4%

Fri, 30 Jul 2010 19:49:39 GMT

US economic growth slowed between April and June, with GDP growing by an annualised rate of 2.4%, the US Commerce Department says.

Disney sells Miramax film studios

Fri, 30 Jul 2010 12:35:50 GMT

Walt Disney announces the sale of its Miramax film division for about $660m to a group of private equity investors.

US sees paper profit on bail-outs

Fri, 30 Jul 2010 11:14:45 GMT

Assets bought by the US to bail out AIG and Bear Stearns are showing a paper profit, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York says.

Citigroup agrees $75m fraud fine

Thu, 29 Jul 2010 20:59:05 GMT

Banking giant Citigroup agrees to pay $75m to settle civil charges that it misled investors over potential losses from subprime mortgages.

Jailed Enron boss requests bail

Thu, 29 Jul 2010 20:02:17 GMT

The former chief executive of Enron, Jeffrey Skilling, has applied for bail. His lawyer says his conviction for fraud will be overturned.

California in 'fiscal emergency'

Sun, 22 Aug 2010 16:39:19 GMT

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declares a fiscal state of emergency, putting pressure on lawmakers to pass a budget.

BP to emerge 'smaller and wiser'

Wed, 28 Jul 2010 01:24:48 GMT

BP says it will emerge from the oil spill crisis a smaller and wiser company, as it announces a record $17bn (£11bn) loss.

Boeing profits slump by a fifth

Wed, 28 Jul 2010 17:33:44 GMT

Aircraft giant Boeing reports a sharp drop in profits between April and June amid falling plane deliveries.

Windows 7 boosts Microsoft profit

Fri, 23 Jul 2010 07:08:42 GMT

Microsoft reports a sharp rise in quarterly profits to $4.52bn as sales of the Windows 7 operating system top 175 million.

US house sales decline 5% in June

Thu, 22 Jul 2010 16:10:40 GMT

Sales of existing homes in the US fell in June for the second month running, down a seasonally adjusted 5% from May.

Bernanke uncertain on US economy

Thu, 22 Jul 2010 20:11:48 GMT

Shares fall on Wall Street after the US Federal Reserve's Ben Bernanke says the US economic outlook is "unusually uncertain".

Morgan Stanley sees profit surge

Wed, 21 Jul 2010 22:40:53 GMT

Morgan Stanley sees a better than expected profit between April and June, despite weakness in the wider banking sector.

Coca-Cola reveals bubbly profits

Wed, 21 Jul 2010 14:55:47 GMT

Coca-Cola reports strong second-quarter profits, beating market expectations, thanks to rising international sales.

Apple profits ahead of forecasts

Wed, 21 Jul 2010 09:40:06 GMT

Profit figures from Apple soar past Wall Street forecasts, boosted by sales of Mac computers and iPads

Yahoo profit figures disappoint

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 21:58:10 GMT

Yahoo boosted profits by more than 50%, but the shares were down as net revenues fell short of analysts' estimates

BP agrees $7bn sale of oil assets

Wed, 21 Jul 2010 10:31:55 GMT

BP is to sell assets in the US, western Canada and Egypt, in order to part-fund the clean-up cost of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Goldman sees sharp fall in profit

Wed, 21 Jul 2010 07:32:10 GMT

Goldman Sachs reports a big fall in second quarter profit after being hit by a US regulator fine and poor trading revenues.

Black granted bail pending appeal

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 01:29:12 GMT

A US court grants bail to the jailed newspaper tycoon Conrad Black pending an appeal against a fraud conviction.

Halliburton profits defy BP spill

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 18:01:51 GMT

Oil and gas drilling company Halliburton has announced a big jump in profits despite its involvement in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

Delta profits from revenue jump

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 13:22:27 GMT

Delta Air Lines reports its best quarterly profit for a decade as the airline industry continues to recover.

Nokia buys up Motorola networks

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 15:23:46 GMT

Mobile phone network operator Nokia Siemens plans to take over some of its US rival Motorola's network operations in a $1.2bn deal.

EADS eyes US in A400M plane deals

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:28:49 GMT

The troubled A400M military plane is expected to land orders from the US military, says the boss of Airbus' parent firm EADS.

BP shares fall on new leak fears

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 17:00:03 GMT

Shares in BP are one of the heaviest fallers on the London stock market as US officials fear oil may be seeping again.

AIG agrees to $725m fraud payout

Sat, 17 Jul 2010 01:54:24 GMT

US insurance giant AIG agrees to pay $725m (£474m) to settle a long-running fraud case against it brought by pension funds.

US stocks down on recovery fears

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 07:21:01 GMT

Leading US stock markets tumble more than 2.5% as poor company results and fresh economic data hit investor confidence.

Row over Canada fighter jet order

Fri, 16 Jul 2010 19:19:51 GMT

Canada's government announces the purchase of 65 new fighter jets in a multi-billion dollar order, sparking a row with the opposition.

US prices fall for a third month

Fri, 16 Jul 2010 13:51:14 GMT

The US consumer prices index fell for the third consecutive month in June, raising fears of deflation.

US banks profit on loans recovery

Fri, 16 Jul 2010 16:21:59 GMT

Bank of America and Citigroup report profits boosted by better loan repayments, but sapped by poor revenues.

US judge overturns banana ruling

Fri, 16 Jul 2010 10:58:39 GMT

A US judge overturns a judgement that ordered food company Dole to pay compensation to six Nicaraguan men.

Apple fixes iPhone signal bar bug

Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:15:05 GMT

Apple issues a fix for the iPhone signal strength bug as users report more handset problems.

BP shares rise on oil leak news

Fri, 16 Jul 2010 16:48:48 GMT

BP shares see modest rise after the group confirms it has temporarily stopped oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Boeing reveals possible 787 delay

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 08:46:43 GMT

Boeing cautions that the delivery of its new 787 Dreamliner aircraft might be delayed until next year.

JP Morgan quarterly profits jump

Thu, 15 Jul 2010 18:01:33 GMT

US bank JP Morgan experiences strong growth in profits in the second quarter, thanks largely to falling loan losses.

BP facing 7-year US offshore ban

Wed, 18 Aug 2010 14:32:04 GMT

A US Congressional committee agrees measures that would ban BP from offshore exploration for seven years.

Stimulus 'made 3 million US jobs'

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 20:28:44 GMT

A new US government report shows the Recovery Act created around 3 million jobs, more than expected.

Credit Suisse offices are raided

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 14:17:10 GMT

German prosecutors have raided 13 branches of the Swiss bank Credit Suisse in connection with a probe into tax fraud.

US retail sales fall during June

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 16:08:30 GMT

US retail sales fell again in June, hit by a drop in sales of petrol, cars, and building materials.

EU gives backing to BA alliance

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 08:50:07 GMT

European regulators pave the way for British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines to work together more closely.

Senate to vote on Wall St reform

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 20:56:19 GMT

Four undecided senators will now support financial reform, giving Democrats enough votes to pass the bill.

Strong demand boosts Intel profit

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 08:48:13 GMT

US chipmaker Intel reports bumper profits for April to June in what it describes as its "best" quarterly results.

US trade deficit at 18-month high

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 14:46:21 GMT

The US trade deficit widens to its highest level in 18 months, driven by demand for imported cars, computers and clothing.

Borders agrees to sell Paperchase

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 15:36:27 GMT

US book retailer Borders agrees to sell UK-based stationery group Paperchase for $31m to help reduce its debt.

BP delays pressure test on well

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 13:04:08 GMT

BP delays a key test on a well cap designed to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, after officials call for more analysis.

Alcoa in profit amid sales surge

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 21:54:49 GMT

US aluminium-maker Alcoa reports a return to profit as sales surged in the three months to the end of June.

BP shares rise on asset sale talk

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 19:53:18 GMT

BP shares rise sharply on speculation it may have buyers for asset sales needed to fund the Gulf of Mexico clean-up.

Well failure knocks Falkland Oil

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 16:15:41 GMT

Huge fall in Falkland Oil and Gas shares after company says its search for oil has so far proved fruitless.

Boeing submits US air tanker bid

Fri, 09 Jul 2010 15:01:21 GMT

US firm Boeing tries again to win a key US contract as a row over illegal subsidies rages between it and arch-rival Airbus.