Consumer products and services

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2019, file photo, the company logo stands over a long row of unsold vehicles at a Ford dealership in Littleton, Colo. Ford Motor Co.'s profit in 2019 plunged by more than $3.6 billion, weighed down by slowing U.S. sales, the cost of a botched SUV launch and some big pension expenses. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
February 04, 2020 - 7:37 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s profit last year plunged by more than $3.6 billion, weighed down by slowing U.S. sales, the cost of a botched SUV launch and some big pension expenses. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker said Tuesday it made $47 million in 2019, down from a $3.68 billion profit a year...
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A volunteer stands in front of a Communist Party flag as he takes the temperature of a scooter driver at a roadside checkpoint in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. China sent medical workers and equipment to a newly built hospital, infused cash into financial markets and further restricted people's movement in sweeping new steps Monday to contain a rapidly spreading virus and its escalating impact. (Chinatopix via AP)
February 04, 2020 - 4:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hyundai Motors is suspending production in South Korea, a sign that the economic fallout from China's viral outbreak is spreading. For other companies bracing for losses from coronavirus, the damage has so far been delayed, thanks to a stroke of timing: The outbreak hit just when...
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Stock trader Frank Masiello works at the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street, following gains overseas. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
February 04, 2020 - 1:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies and banks led a broad rally for U.S. stocks in afternoon trading Tuesday following solid gains overseas as China took more steps to soften the financial impact of the virus outbreak. Apple and Microsoft were among the standouts. Like other major tech companies,...
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Dummies are displayed in a fashion shop at the Montenapoleone shopping district, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. China's virus outbreak is giving global business a chill. In Milan’s luxury Montenapoleone shopping district, dozens of luxury brands decked out their windows for Chinese New Year. But wealthy Chinese shoppers, who are responsible for about one-third of all luxury purchases globally, have failed to arrive in their usual numbers. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
February 04, 2020 - 12:38 pm
MILAN (AP) — Italian fashion officials on Tuesday forecast a nearly 2% drop in first-half revenues due to the virus emerging from China, which also is preventing three Chinese fashion houses from traveling to Milan Fashion Week later this month. Chinese consumers are the biggest luxury spenders in...
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In this June 22, 2019 file photo, a shopkeeper weighs California almonds for a customer at a shop in New Delhi, India. Almonds used to have about 170 calories per serving, then researchers said it was really more like 130. A little later, they said the nuts may have even less. The shifting numbers for almonds show how the figures stamped on nutrition labels may not be as precise as they seem. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
February 04, 2020 - 10:40 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Almonds used to have about 170 calories per serving. Then researchers said it was really more like 130. A little later, they said the nuts may have even less. Calorie counting can be a simple way to help maintain a healthy weight — don't eat and drink more than you burn. And the...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson launches the upcoming UK-hosted COP26 UN Climate Summit that will take place in autumn 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland, during an announcement in London Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020. Johnson is expected to announce a target to stop selling new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035, including hybrid vehicles for the first time. (Jeremy Selwyn/Pool via AP)
February 04, 2020 - 9:13 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain announced Tuesday that it plans to ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars by 2035 — five years earlier than its previous target — in a bid to speed up efforts to tackle climate change. The announcement was timed to coincide with the launch of Britain's plans for the United...
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In this Jan. 29, 2020 photo, a man makes a bet on the upcoming Super Bowl at Bally's casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Business was brisk at sports books around the country on Super Bowl Sunday, with customers risking money on everything from the coin toss at the start of the game, to the color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach, Kansas City's Andy Reid, at the end of it. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
February 03, 2020 - 8:39 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Business was brisk at sports books around the country on Super Bowl Sunday, with customers risking money on everything from the coin toss at the start of the game, to the color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach, Kansas City's Andy Reid, at the end of it. The...
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This undated image provided by Hyundai Motor America shows from left John Krasinski, Rachel Dratch and Chris Evans in a scene from the company's 2020 Super Bowl NFL football spot. The automaker pokes fun at Boston accents with a 60-second ad in the second quarter that uses Boston-affiliated celebrities including actor Chris Evans, John Krasinski, Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch and Boston Red Sox David Ortiz. (Hyundai Motor America via AP)
February 03, 2020 - 9:51 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston accents got poked. “Groundhog Day” got – surprise – resurrected, complete with Bill Murray. Google pulled out tears, and Cheetos and Doritos danced. All to the tune of $5.6 million for 30 seconds — to reach 100 million people with your product. During advertising’s biggest...
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo a store front is closed below an Express retail clothing store in Valley West Mall in West Des Moines, Iowa. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Conference Board reports on U.S. consumer confidence for January. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 03, 2020 - 9:33 am
A consortium of buyers, including mall owners Simon Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners, is bidding $81 million for Forever 21, the ubiquitous mall staple that filed for bankruptcy protection in September. Simon and Brookfield are Forever 21's biggest landlords. The other bidder is...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, speaks alongside Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister of Economics and Energy, left, and Julia Klöckner, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, at the beginning of a meeting of the Federal Government with representatives of the food industry in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Feb.3, 2020. In the dispute over food prices in supermarkets, representatives of the retail trade and the food industry will discuss solutions at a top-level meeting with Chancellor Merkel, Agriculture Minister Klöckner and Economics Minister Altmaier. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)
February 03, 2020 - 4:54 am
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel met food industry representatives on Monday to address concerns about the effect of rock-bottom supermarket prices on farmers and others. The meeting at the chancellery follows occasional protests over recent months by farmers who claim that planned new...
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