Buffett's health on minds of Berkshire investors
2012-05-05 16:49:24 UTC
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — While 81-year-old Warren Buffett's health has been on investors' minds, many shareholders at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting said Saturday that they aren't that worried about Buffett's prostate cancer diagnosis.
More than 30,000 people are expected to fill Omaha's downto...
Yahoo CEO faces calls for ouster after inaccuracy
2012-05-05 07:57:57 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scott Thompson's reign as Yahoo's CEO is in jeopardy after just four months on the job because he allowed an inaccuracy about his academic credentials to recur for years.
A major Yahoo shareholder who exposed the fabrication is now leading the charge to oust Thompson for u...
Presidential rivals fight over France's economy
2012-05-04 18:27:46 UTC
PARIS (AP) — When he came to power in 2007, President Nicolas Sarkozy seemed just the man to shake up France's sclerotic economy with his promises of a break from the past. However, any optimism surrounding his victory five years ago has been replaced by cynicism and recrimination.
Asia stocks slip on weakness in US retail sales
2012-05-04 06:30:49 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Friday after disappointing U.S. retail sales stirred concerns about the robustness of the recovery in the world's No. 1 economy.
Major retailers such as Costco and Macy's reported that April revenue rose less that 1 percent — the worst perfo...
April retail sales worst since 2009
2012-05-03 18:22:23 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans' spending — much like the economy — continues to yo-yo.
Major retailers such as Costco and Macy's reported on Thursday that April revenue rose less that 1 percent in the worst performance since 2009 when the U.S. economy was just coming out of a bad recession.
Eurozone unemployment hits record high
2012-05-02 19:24:02 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Pressure is growing on Europe's leaders to focus less on austerity and more on stimulating growth as the 17 countries that use the euro face record high unemployment and a recession that is spreading across the region.
Eurozone unemployment rose by 169,000 in March, official figu...
Oil near $102 on Egypt protests, US demand outlook
2013-07-03 07:09:49 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil neared $102 a barrel Wednesday for the first time since May last year as Egypt's political crisis intensified, raising the risk of fuel supply disruptions.
Benchmark crude for August delivery was up $2.07 to $101.65 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic ...
UK lawmakers: Rupert Murdoch unfit to lead company
2012-05-01 15:57:24 UTC
LONDON (AP) — News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch must take responsibility for serious failings that caused Britain's tabloid phone hacking scandal, lawmakers said Tuesday in a scathing report — as a narrow majority also insisted the tycoon was unfit to lead his global media empire.
In a report on...
US consumer spending slowed in March, income rose
2012-04-30 20:11:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending more slowly in March, suggesting some are worried that their paychecks aren't growing fast enough.
The Commerce Department said Monday that consumer spending increased just 0.3 percent last month after a 0.9 percent gain in February.
Tech exec gets 22 years prison for $30M fraud
2012-04-30 19:02:22 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former high-tech executive convicted of defrauding investors of at least $30 million on Monday was given one of the harshest sentences meted out in a white-collar criminal case.
A federal judge in San Francisco sentenced Samuel "Mouli" Cohen to 22 years in prison. Judge ...
Asia stocks rise on hopes of new Fed stimulus move
2012-04-30 05:13:57 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Monday in holiday-thinned trade as sluggish U.S. growth figures boosted hopes for more measures from the Federal Reserve to help the world's No. 1 economy.
South Korea's Kospi added 0.2 percent to 1,980.27 amid improving business sentiment among manufact...
UK's Cameron: No pact with Murdoch over takeover
2012-04-29 18:43:37 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged Sunday that he wooed Rupert Murdoch as he attempted to win power in Britain, but insisted he never struck a tit-for-tat deal to support the media mogul's business dealings in return for favorable coverage.
Ties between Cameron's governmen...
US raises hope of sale of new fighters to Taiwan
2012-04-28 04:33:50 UTC
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The administration of President Barack Obama is raising the possibility that it could sell new jet fighter aircraft to Taiwan to help redress the island's air power deficit with China.
If the move goes through, it would infuriate Beijing, which claims the democratic islan...
A weaker first quarter doesn't mean a weak year
2012-04-27 19:39:44 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew more slowly in the first three months of this year. Governments spent less, and businesses cut back on investment. But consumers spent at the fastest pace in more than a year.
The result suggests that the economy will continue to expand, slowly but stead...
Daimler Q1 net rises 20 percent, Mercedes slips
2012-04-27 06:13:47 UTC
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Daimler AG says net profit rose 20 percent to €1.42 billion ($1.88 billion) in the first quarter despite a slip in earnings at its key Mercedes luxury car business.
Revenues rose 9 percent to €27.01 billion.
Divisional earnings slipped 3 percent at the Me...
Chrysler posts best quarterly profit in 13 years
2012-04-26 20:42:48 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler had its best quarterly profit in 13 years. Not bad for a company that almost died three years ago.
The company earned $473 million in the first quarter, mainly from strong U.S. sales, which rose 39 percent from January through March. Customers snapped up Ram pickups, Je...
Gasoline prices continue to creep lower
2012-04-26 20:16:08 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Retail gasoline prices continued their surprising spring slide Thursday, dropping a penny to $3.83 per gallon.
It's the 10th straight day of declines for the national average retail price. Pump prices are 4 cents lower than they were last year at this time.
Retail gasoline p...
Murdoch: Hacking scandal changed my entire company
2012-04-26 20:20:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Rupert Murdoch used his testimony before a U.K. inquiry on Thursday to portray himself as the victim, not perpetrator, of a cover-up over phone hacking — a bold claim unlikely to be accepted by those suing his company for invading their privacy.
The 81-year-old media magnate apol...
Fed: Economy growing moderately; no policy changes
2012-04-25 17:24:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the economy is growing moderately while cautioning that risks from Europe remain. It's holding off on taking any further steps to boost the recovery.
In a statement after a two-day meeting, the Fed said Wednesday that the job market has improved sligh...
Sales of handset arm lifts Sweden's Ericsson in QI
2012-04-25 07:47:09 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — LM Ericsson, the world-leading wireless equipment maker in terms of market share, saw its first quarter profits more than double, largely on the back of proceeds made from the sale of its stake in handset maker Sony Ericsson.
The Stockholm-headquartered group posted Wednesday ...
Germany's Merkel defends budget discipline drive
2012-04-24 15:55:21 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Germany defended its pro-austerity stance on Tuesday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel and two ministers pressing for Europe to stick with a policy of fiscal discipline in spite of the latest bout of political uncertainty.
Financial markets in the 17 countries that use the euro were...
China's dream of electric car leadership elusive
2012-04-24 07:37:35 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China's leaders are finding it's a lot tougher to create a world-beating electric car industry than they hoped.
In 2009, they announced bold plans to cash in on demand for clean vehicles by making China a global power in electric car manufacturing. They pledged billions of dolla...
Poor economy worsens Social Security's finances
2012-04-23 18:42:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — High energy prices and an economy that has been slow to rebound are worsening Social Security's finances, shortening the life of the trust funds that support program by three years, the government said Monday.
Those trust funds will now run dry in 2033, according to a report ...
US stocks slide on economic tremors from Europe
2012-04-23 14:09:55 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening sharply lower with new worries about Europe's health.
Reports out of Europe Monday showed government debt continues to pile up despite severe budget cuts that have led to unrest across the continent.
The Dow Jones industrial average is down 126 points to 1...
Asian stocks fall as European problems simmer
2012-04-23 05:12:04 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stocks fell Monday after budget talks in the Netherlands collapsed over the weekend and a Socialist who wants to put France's austerity plans in reverse won the first round of the country's presidential election.
Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.3 percent to 9,533.48, as a ...