US Retail Sales Grow for 5th Month in a Row

NEW YORK — Retail sales rose strongly in September, the fifth straight month of growth, as Americans spent more on clothing, cars and sporting goods. U.S. retail sales jumped 1.9% last month, the U.S. Commerce Department said Friday. That's more than double...
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US New-Home Sales Rose 1.3% in November

WASHINGTON — U.S. sales of newly built homes increased 1.3% in November from the prior month, a sign that low mortgage rates are pushing up purchases as well as prices. The Commerce Department said Monda...
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Yogurt Sales Show US Breakfast Culture is Changing

What’s eating yogurt? Despite shelves full of new varieties — from Icelandic to Australian to coconut-based — U.S. yogurt sales are in a multiyear slump. Yogurt companies are confident that more new products can boost sales. But some analysts are skeptical,...
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Tesla Raises Goal in Capital Hunt and Musk Doubles Down

DETROIT — Just one day after announcing plans to sell notes and stock to raise much-needed capital, Tesla boosted the size of its offering to as high as $2.7 billion on Friday. The Palo Alto, California, electric car and solar panel maker said it's increasi...
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Drug Company Used Rap Video to Push for Higher Doses, Sales

BOSTON  — Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps to push the drug. They're charged with scheming to pay doct...