Gun industry gathers amid slumping sales, rising tensions

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gun companies are gathering for their annual conference and trade show this week in Las Vegas at a pivotal moment for the industry amid slumping sales, a public increasingly agitating...

Best Buy says it is reviewing allegations made against CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy said it is investigating CEO Corie Barry after receiving an anonymous letter making allegations against her. Best Buy declined to reveal the allegations but...

China’s 2019 economic growth weakens amid trade war

China's economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in 2019 as Beijing fought a tariff war with Washington, but forecasters said a U.S.-Chinese trade truce might help to revive consumer and bus...

Gap dumps plans to spin off Old Navy as a separate entity

NEW YORK (AP) — Gap Inc. says it no longer intends to spin off Old Navy as a separate entity. The company said Thursday that its board scuttled the move after determining it would be...

Stocks open broadly higher on Wall Street, adding to gains

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are off to a bullish start on Wall Street as traders welcome some good company earnings reports and a solid increase in retail sales last month. Morgan Stanley jumped 7.2% in ea...

Next Russian PM a career bureaucrat with no political desire

MOSCOW (AP) — Mikhail Mishustin never had any political ambitions as a career bureaucrat and his name didn't came up as a top candidate to become Russia's next prime minister. But th...

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___ US, China deal aims to simmer long-running trade tensions WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China have signed what's being called a first phase trade agre...

Protests take toll on Hong Kong tourism

HONG KONG (AP) — Visitor numbers to Hong Kong fell by nearly 40% in the second half of last year amid clashes between police and anti-government protesters. The Hong Kong Tourism Bo...

Amazon lets third-party sellers use FedEx ground again

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon said it will allow its third-party sellers to start using FedEx's ground service again after banning them from using it for about a month during the busy holiday shopping seaso...

Taiwan's Investor Relations platform promotes ethical investing

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — 2019 was the year when ESG metrics gained significant attention in Taiwan, culminating with the launch of the world's first ever, government-sponsored, investor relati...

Total take-home pay up in Taiwan but regular wages stagnant

Taiwan's workers saw their total earnings adjusted for inflation rise in the first 11 months of 2019 from a year earlier despite real wages remaining at a level seen in 2003, according to figures ...

Startups see a market in renting couches by the month

NEW YORK (AP) — Zachariah Mohammed’s living room is filled with stuff he doesn’t own. He pays $200 a month for the sofa, side table, bar cart, dining table and four chairs in his li...

Too hard to move a couch? Rental startups see a market

NEW YORK (AP) — Zachariah Mohammed’s living room is filled with stuff he doesn’t own. He pays $200 a month for the sofa, side table, bar cart, dining table and four chairs in his li...

Aboard Bloomberg bus: Droll wit, swag, Texas-size ambition

DALLAS (AP) — Mike Bloomberg isn't going to be the loudest campaigner in the Democratic primary contest, and he's not planning to spend time talking about his rivals. With the first votes just weeks a...

Amazon resale package had dirty diapers in it, family says

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey family says they received used diapers from Amazon's delivery service. Nassly Sales said she was shocked to see diapers covered in what appeared...