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Business Unemployment rates fall in 21 states last month Unemployment rates fall in 21 states last month
More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.
Business Venture investments highest since 2001 Venture investments highest since 2001
Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.
Business Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery' Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery'
Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser. So say Democratic strategists in a blunt declaration that such talk skips over "how much trouble people are in."
Business Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer
Serving local geuze, triples and pils beers for generations, the pub has embodied what the drink means to Belgians. Now, the tables are often empty, a sign of the hard times many pubs have fallen upon as Belgians have stopped drinking beer like they used to.
Business China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted
Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals.
Business Wal-Mart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudly Wal-Mart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudly
The world's largest retailer introduced a new money transfer service Thursday that it says will cut fees by up to 50 percent compared with similar services elsewhere.
Business Applications for U.S. jobless aid edge up to 304,000 Applications for U.S. jobless aid edge up to 304,000
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.
Business U.S. home building up in March after frigid winter U.S. home building up in March after frigid winter
U.S home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction.
Business U.S. factory output extended solid gains in March U.S. factory output extended solid gains in March
U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products.
Business China's growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1st quarter China's growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1st quarter
China's economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses.
Business Homebuilder confidence edges up in April Homebuilder confidence edges up in April
U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market rose modestly in April but remained at low levels for the third straight month, constrained by tight credit for home buyers and a shortage of workers and available land.
Business Coca-Cola sells more drinks but soda dips Coca-Cola sells more drinks but soda dips
The world's biggest beverage maker said Tuesday that its global volume for soda fell for first time in at least a decade. The drop was offset by stronger sales of noncarbonated drinks such as juice, and overall volume rose 2 percent.
Business Citigroup's earnings edge higher in first quarter Citigroup's earnings edge higher in first quarter
Citigroup's its first-quarter earnings rose as the bank got a boost from declines in expenses and provisions for bad loans. The earnings improved even as revenue from mortgage refinancing and bond trading fell.
Business Uber meets local lookalikes in Asia taxi-app wars Uber meets local lookalikes in Asia taxi-app wars
Riding on its startup success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. There's a twist, though: Instead of being the game-changing phenomena it was in the U.S., Uber faces a slew of competitors using similar technology.
Business A guide through the complexities of 401(k) fees
Most fees -more than 80 percent of them - are covered by a plan's "expense ratio." The expense ratio includes recurring fees you're charged when you invest in a fund. The ratio is disclosed in a document - form 404(a)(5) - sent annually to participants in 401(k) plans.
Business Finance officials express hopes for growth
The world's top finance officials say the global economy is recovering, and they're hopeful that well-run economic programs will avoid the risks that threaten that rebound.