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  • Barbie blues gave Mattel holiday disappointment

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Slumping sales of Barbie did little to bring a happy holiday to her maker, Mattel Inc. Mattel’s fourth-quarter earnings release Friday gave the first details on what contributed to a…

  • Germany sees first increase in beer sales since 2006

    BERLIN (AP) — The Federal Statistical Office says German breweries saw their first increase in sales volume in 2014 after seven years of declines. The office said Friday that overall sales of German beer in…

  • Apps to save you money at the grocery store

    WASHINGTON — Some people dread it, others do it sporadically:  grocery shopping. And while you probably have your store and your routine, there are ways you can save money. Before you grab your bags and the…

  • Honda lowers forecasts after recalls push profit down

    TOKYO (AP) — Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, lowered its annual earnings forecast after quarterly profit slipped 15 percent. The poor results announced Friday by the…

  • Asia stocks mostly higher after Japan data shows improvement

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday after economic data suggested Japan is pulling out of recession while Chinese shares fell ahead of a manufacturing report. KEEPING SCORE: The benchmark Nikkei…

  • Investors crave Shake Shack: IPO prices above expected range

    NEW YORK (AP) — Investors apparently have a craving for a better burger. Hamburger chain Shake Shack Inc. has priced its initial public stock offering at $21 per share, above its proposed range of $17…

  • Tourism booming at Kentucky bourbon distilleries

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Tourism is booming along with production at Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries. Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail — featuring such venerable brands as Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Four Roses and Maker’s Mark among…

  • Amazon’s big spending pays off in 4th quarter

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was a Prime quarter for Amazon. Amazon surprised investors on Thursday with a fourth-quarter profit that soundly beat expectations, despite a continued increase in spending and a slight sales miss,…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ For traders, oil’s plunge takes a toll on egos and accounts NEW YORK (AP) — The plunge in oil has crushed the Russian ruble, erased $80 billion from Exxon Mobil’s market value and pushed…

  • Smartphone Snapshot: Samsung getting squeezed

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The runaway success of Apple’s newest iPhone has fueled a dramatic shift in the global market: the California tech giant is now neck-and-neck with South Korea’s Samsung for the title of…

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended Jan. 25th. FICTION 1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 2. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books) 3. “All the Light…

  • McDonald’s new CEO faces onslaught of competition

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s new boss must feel like a freshly crowned king under siege. The world’s biggest hamburger chain is facing an onslaught of competition, from better-burger chains like Five Guys to brands…

  • Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. leaders and members of Congress reacted cautiously Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military’s retirement and health care systems. The proposals, which would save more…

  • Hard Rock gets preliminary OK to enter New Jersey market

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The company that has populated the globe with Hard Rock casinos and restaurants received preliminary approval to enter the Atlantic City casino market. And although the approval does not yet…

  • Timberland sever ties with A.P.C. for using “N-word”

    PARIS (AP) — Capping the Paris fashion season with a dose of controversy, French menswear company APC apologized for using a racist slur in a show last week — prompting collaborator, shoe giant Timberland, to…