business and finance

Mortgage lending rules may be on way

WASHINGTON – The federal government proposed new rules Tuesday that will give homeowners more ways to avoid foreclosure and get an accurate accounting of their monthly mortgage payments.Congress...

DATE: April 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Apple’s market value hits $600B

NEW YORK – Apple, already the world’s most valuable company, hit the $600 billion level for the first time Tuesday.Only one other company has been worth $600 billion – Apple’s old sparring partner...

DATE: April 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Tax deadline day can be deadly on roads

CHICAGO –The two certainties in life – death and taxes – may be more intertwined than Ben Franklin ever imagined: A study found that deadly auto accidents increase on Tax Day.Drivers recklessly...

DATE: April 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

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Embroidery business under new ownership Kathy Sipley has announced that Paul Stuart has purchased Needle Art Embroidery & Promotional Products.Stuart has extensive experience in various fields,...

DATE: April 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Stocks down on worst day of year

NEW YORK – The stock market sustained its worst loss of the year Tuesday because of uncertainty about coming corporate earnings reports and concerns that Spain’s borrowing costs are creeping close...

DATE: April 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Getting Googly eyed

NEW YORK If you think texting while walking is dangerous, just wait until everyone starts wearing Google’s futuristic, Internet-connected glasses.While wearing a pair, you can see directions to...

DATE: April 7, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

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Deadline is Thursday for local white pages People who want to be added to the Directory Plus 2012-13 edition of the white pages phone book, or who want to make changes to their listing, must do so...

DATE: April 7, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Economic pendulum swinging to West?

LINCOLNTON, N.C. – When Bruce Cochrane’s family furniture company became an empty factory, he wouldn’t drive by the building, even though it was just a short ride from home. There were just too...

DATE: April 7, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Tourism summit emphasizes cooperation

The key word at last week’s inaugural Southwest Tourism Summit was “collaboration.” More than 200 participants from statewide, regional and local tourism-related organizations learned how to work...

DATE: April 7, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Early sun, early fun

The mid-March burst of warm weather had local businesses that cater to summer crowds revving up their operations earlier than expected. For the tourism industry especially, it was time to change...

DATE: April 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Buyers prefer new car smell; sales increase 34 percent

DETROIT – Appealing small cars, low-interest rates, truck deals and unseasonably warm weather helped the auto industry achieve its best monthly performance in almost four years in March.General...

DATE: April 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Student loans the new debt ‘bomb’?

WASHINGTON – The federal student-loan program seemed like a great idea back in 1965: Borrow to go to college now, pay it back later when you have a job.But many borrowers these days are close to...

DATE: April 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business