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Campbells To Purchase Bolthouse Farms

CAMDEN, N.J. (UPI) — U.S. canned food giant Campbell Soup Co., says it has agreed to buy natural foods producer Bolthouse Farms for $1.55 billion in cash. Bolthouse has leading market positions in fresh carrots and super-premium beverages in the United States, along with a growing presence in refrigerated salad dressings, New Jersey-based Campbell said […]

Small Business Optimism Declines

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Small business optimism declined last month after months of slow but positive growth, the National Federation of Independent Businesses said Tuesday. June’s Index of Small Business Optimism dropped three points, falling to 91.4 and relinquishing gains achieved earlier this year. Labor market indicators and spending plans for capital equipment and inventories accounted […]

NBCUniversal To Sell Stake In A&E

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — NBCUniversal is planning to bow out of its A&E Networks partnership, sources told The Hollywood Reporter. NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast, owns 15 percent of A&E and is planning to sell that to A&E stakeholders Disney and Hearst Corp. The deal would give both Disney and Hearst 50 percent of […]

A Proposal To Clip Pet Groomers A Bit

SACRAMENTO (UPI) — A California state senator said it was time for a law to force pet groomers to initiate a volunteer certification program to keep pets safe. “The pets are really the silent victims. They can’t tell you what happens,” said Sen. Juan Vargas, a Democrat from San Diego who has proposed the law […]

U.S. Restaurants Add 116,000 Jobs In 2012

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. restaurants added a net 116,000 positions in the first half of 2012, indicating people are eating out or buying more take-out, a trade group says. An analysis by the National Restaurant Association in Washington said in the 12 months ending June 2012, eating and drinking place employment jumped 2.7 percent — […]

Employment Trends Index Down In June

NEW YORK (UPI) — An index of eight labor-market indicators shows a drop in employment trends last month, the Conference Board said Monday. The Employment Trends Index dipped to 107.47 in June, down from the revised figure of 108.23 in May. The June figure is 5.6 percent higher than a year ago. “The Employment Trends […]

Retailers See Online As Sink Or Swim

NEW YORK (UPI) — Major U.S. retail chains say they have no choice but to compete with purely online stores, and they are figuring out how to do it. “We are living in the age of the customer, and you can either fight these trends that are happening — show-rooming is one — or you […]

Romney Snorts At 8.2 Percent Unemployment

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney seized on a stagnant economy Friday, after the Labor Department said the unemployment rate was stuck at 8.2 percent. While vacationing in Wolfeboro, N.H., Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, said 8.2 percent was “unacceptably high and one that’s been in place now for over 41 […]

Best Buy Lays Off 2,400 Employees

RICHFIELD, Minn. (UPI) — Electronics chain Best Buy, based in Richfield, Minn., announced Friday it was laying off 2,400 employees companywide as part of its restructuring plan. Layoffs affect 1,800 store employees and 600 members of its Geek Squad customer service division, The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. “These changes were previously announced as part […]

June Adds 176,000 Private Jobs

‎ROSELAND, N.J. (UPI) — Payroll firm Automatic Data Processing Inc. said the U.S. economy added 176,000 private sector jobs in June, which exceeded expectations. Economists had forecast an additional 105,000 jobs would be created in the month. ADP also said 136,000 private sector jobs were added to the economy in May, a slightly higher revision […]


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