- US retail sales rise as consumers shrug off stock price drop
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices.
- US stocks higher midday as oil rebounds, banks rise
A strong rebound in oil prices and a government report indicating that retail sales improved last month helped lift U.S. stocks sharply higher in midday trading Friday. Financial and energy companies were among the biggest gainers as the stock market looked for its first gain in a week. Investors also had their eyes on the latest batch of company earnings news.
- US business stockpiles rise in December, but sales fall
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles slightly in December, as sales dropped sharply. This combination has stoked anxieties about weakening economic growth, as sales over the entire year dropped for the first time since the Great Recession.
- Those Valentine's Day flowers might just be from Kenya
NYAHURURU, Kenya (AP) — This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya.
- Court: Facebook can be sued in France in nude painting case
PARIS (AP) — Facebook lost a crucial legal battle Friday as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting.
- APNewsBreak: EU is poised to restrict passport-free travel
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries are poised to restrict passport-free travel by invoking an emergency rule to keep some border controls for two more years because of the migration crisis and Greece's troubles in controlling its border, according to EU documents seen by The Associated Press.
- In southern Europe, an astute negotiator unpicks austerity
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — He doesn't boast about being an expert deal-maker like Donald Trump, but new Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa is quietly building a reputation as a canny negotiator and a government leader to watch in southern Europe by doing what many people thought was impossible.
- Eurozone economy ends 2015 with whimper as dark clouds grow
LONDON (AP) — The 19-country eurozone is in its longest stretch of economic expansion since the global financial crisis in 2008 but growth remains paltry despite a series of tail winds and is susceptible to a reverse if the worst fears in financial markets come to fruition.
- Delaware court upholds dismissal of GM shareholder suit
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by General Motors shareholders over faulty ignition switches.
- Mediator: More progress in talks to resolve Argentina's debt
NEW YORK (AP) — A court-appointed mediator in New York is reporting more progress in efforts by Argentina to resolve a dispute with bondholders claiming they are owed billions of dollars.
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