Consumer Goods

  • Recalls this week: blowers, bike hooks, mattresses, toys Associated Press - 17 hours ago

    A line of bike hooks that can unexpectedly detach from their mounting are among this week's recalled consumer products. Other recalls include mattresses that failed flammability standards and truck and ...

  • Correction: Bird Flu story Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    In a story April 16 about bird flu, The Associated Press reported erroneously that recent outbreaks had led to the death of more than 2.5 million turkeys and chickens. The correct figure at the time was ...

  • Final Glance: Food companies Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    Shares of some top food companies were down at the close of trading: ConAgra Foods Inc. fell $.08 or .2 percent, to $37.30. General Mills Inc. fell $.14 or .2 percent, to $56.09. Hormel Foods Corp. fell ...

  • Final Glance: Tools and Appliances companies Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    Shares of some top tools and appliances companies were down at the close of trading: General Electric Co. fell $.03 or .1 percent, to $27.25. Snap-On fell $1.97 or 1.3 percent, to $146.16. Stanley Works ...

  • Final Glance: Consumer companies Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    Shares of some top consumer companies were down at the close of trading: Clorox fell $1.10 or 1.0 percent, to $109.26. Colgate-Palmolive Co. fell $.80 or 1.1 percent, to $69.28. Kimberly-Clark Corp. fell ...

  • Final Glance: Beverages companies Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    Shares of some top beverages companies were mixed at the close of trading: Anheuser-Busch Inbev ADR fell $.88 or .7 percent, to $123.71. Coca-Cola Co. fell $.30 or .7 percent, to $40.30. Dr Pepper Snapple ...

  • Final Glance: Autos companies Associated Press - 18 hours ago

    Shares of some top autos companies were mixed at the close of trading: Ford Motor Co. fell $.18 or 1.1 percent, to $15.76. General Motors Co. fell $.44 or 1.2 percent, to $36.64. Honda Motor Co. rose $.12 ...

  • Barbie shows signs of life as Mattel plots comeback Associated Press - 19 hours ago
    Barbie shows signs of life as Mattel plots comeback

    Things are finally looking up for Barbie. Mattel, the toy company behind the plastic dolls, said there were some signs of improving demand for Barbie ahead of its planned makeover of the brand, including ...

  • No. 1 egg-producing state aims to keep bird flu out Associated Press - 19 hours ago
    No. 1 egg-producing state aims to keep bird flu out

    The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate ...

  • Samsung removes logo on smartphones in Japan AFP - 22 hours ago
    Samsung removes logo on smartphones in Japan

    Samsung has removed its corporate logo from its new smartphones sold in Japan, a company spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday. The name Samsung is missing on both the Galaxy S6 and its curved-edge variant, the Galaxy S6 Edge. These models are presented as Docomo Galaxy and au Galaxy, carrying the names of its associated Japanese telecom service providers. Samsung provided no reason why it kept the logo off in Japan.

  • 'Star Wars: Battlefront' unleashed at fan convention Associated Press - 23 hours ago
    'Star Wars: Battlefront' unleashed at fan convention

    The Force isn't merely awakening on the big screen. It's also returning to the video game realm. "Star Wars: Battlefront" publisher Electronic Arts and Swedish developer DICE showcased their ...

  • Midday Glance: Restaurant companies Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    Shares of some top restaurant companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: Brinker International Inc. fell $.81 or 1.4 percent, to $58.74. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. rose $1.44 or .2 percent, to $682.99. Darden Restaurants ...

  • Midday Glance: Food companies Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    Shares of some top food companies are down at 1 p.m.: ConAgra Foods Inc. fell $.18 or .5 percent, to $37.20. General Mills Inc. fell $.08 or .1 percent, to $56.15. Hormel Foods Corp. fell $1.17 or 2.0 ...

  • Middday Glance: Tools and Appliances companies Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    Shares of some top tools and appliances companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: General Electric Co. rose $.07 or .2 percent, to $27.34. Snap-On fell $1.64 or 1.1 percent, to $146.49. Stanley Works fell $1.03 or ...

  • Midday Glance: Consumer companies Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    Shares of some top consumer companies are down at 1 p.m.: Clorox fell $.97 or .9 percent, to $109.39. Colgate-Palmolive Co. fell $.64 or .9 percent, to $69.44. Kimberly-Clark Corp. fell $.63 or .6 percent, ...

  • Midday Glance: Beverages companies Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    Shares of some top beverages companies are down at 1 p.m.: Anheuser-Busch Inbev ADR fell $1.38 or 1.1 percent, to $123.21. Coca-Cola Co. fell $.22 or .5 percent, to $40.38. Dr Pepper Snapple fell $1.10 ...

  • Midday Glance: Autos companies Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    Shares of some top autos companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: Ford Motor Co. fell $.14 or .9 percent, to $15.80. General Motors Co. fell $.44 or 1.2 percent, to $36.65. Honda Motor Co. rose $.01 or percent, ...

  • Mattel, Quirky Partner Up to Crowdsource New Toys for Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price Entrepreneur - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 2:08 AM AEST
    Mattel, Quirky Partner Up to Crowdsource New Toys for Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price

    Users can now submit ideas for toys, games, baby gear and preschool products that will carry the toy giant's iconic monikers.

  • Early Glance: Food companies Associated Press - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 12:57 AM AEST

    Shares of some top food companies are down at 10 a.m.: ConAgra Foods Inc. fell $.31 or .8 percent, to $37.07. General Mills Inc. fell $.31 or .5 percent, to $55.93. Hormel Foods Corp. fell $.68 or 1.2 ...

  • Early Glance: Tools and Appliances companies Associated Press - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 12:57 AM AEST

    Shares of some top tools and appliances companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: General Electric Co. rose $.06 or .2 percent, to $27.34. Snap-On fell $2.60 or 1.8 percent, to $145.53. Stanley Works fell $1.13 ...

  • Early Glance: Consumer companies Associated Press - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 12:57 AM AEST

    Shares of some top consumer companies are down at 10 a.m.: Clorox fell $.75 or .7 percent, to $109.61. Colgate-Palmolive Co. fell $.58 or .8 percent, to $69.50. Kimberly-Clark Corp. fell $.77 or .7 percent, ...

  • Early Glance: Beverages companies Associated Press - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 12:57 AM AEST

    Shares of some top beverages companies are down at 10 a.m.: Anheuser-Busch Inbev ADR fell $1.01 or .8 percent, to $123.58. Coca-Cola Co. fell $.05 or .1 percent, to $40.55. Dr Pepper Snapple fell $.94 ...

  • Early Glance: Autos companies Associated Press - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 12:57 AM AEST

    Shares of some top autos companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Ford Motor Co. fell $.10 or .6 percent, to $15.84. General Motors Co. fell $.39 or 1.0 percent, to $36.69. Honda Motor Co. rose $.05 or .1 percent, ...

  • Two Men And A Truck Explain Why Michigan? Entrepreneur - Sat, Apr 18, 2015 12:00 AM AEST
    Two Men And A Truck Explain Why Michigan?

    Two Men And A Truck Explain Why Michigan?

  • How El Pollo Loco Churns Out New Menu Items Crazy Fast Entrepreneur - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 10:00 PM AEST
    How El Pollo Loco Churns Out New Menu Items Crazy Fast

    El Pollo Loco's executive chef spills on crafting dozens of new menu items a year and transforming the chain from a fast-food joint into something more.

  • How do I get a fair payout on a wrecked car? Bankrate.com - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 8:00 PM AEST

    My wife's car was totaled recently, and the insurance adjuster is not offering a payout for the car that reflects some of the optional equipment that it had. How do I get the adjuster to give me a fair insurance payout on the car? Any paperwork, such as the car's window sticker, or documents that outlined the car's features when you purchased it, should be submitted to the insurance company, as well. It is also a good idea to calculate the value of the car on several auto information websites, such as Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.com, to compare the value there with what your car insurance company is offering.

  • China auto brands enjoying rebound driven by new models Associated Press - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 3:54 PM AEST
    China auto brands enjoying rebound driven by new models

    Chinese auto brands, pressed by foreign competition, are enjoying a rebound as they head into next week's Shanghai auto show, their biggest marketing showcase of the year. For two years, new but ambitious ...

  • Coca-Cola to buy Chinese protein drinks business AFP - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 3:48 PM AEST
    Coca-Cola to buy Chinese protein drinks business

    Coca-Cola has agreed to buy a Chinese plant-based drinks business, renewing its push into the China market after authorities in 2009 blocked its bid for a juice company. Coca­Cola said Friday it would pay about $400 million in cash to acquire Xiamen Culiangwang Beverage Technology Company, a producer of plant­based protein drinks sold in China. "The proposed acquisition is in line with Coca­Cola China's strategy to continue providing a diverse range of beverage products to Chinese consumers with plant­based protein drinks representing a growing beverage category in China," the US beverage giant said in a statement. The company's top­selling products include green bean, red bean and walnut variants of plant-based protein drinks sold under the brand China Green Culiangwang, Coca-Cola said.

  • Mattel reports 1st-quarter loss but results top estimates Associated Press - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 9:47 AM AEST

    Mattel Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $58.2 million in its first quarter. On a per-share basis, the El Segundo, California-based company said it had a loss of 17 cents. Losses, adjusted for severance ...

  • USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be 'devastating' Associated Press - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 9:18 AM AEST
    USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be 'devastating'

    The nation's poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years, which would be "devastating," the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief veterinary officer said ...

  • Toyota building plants in Mexico, China AAP - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 9:01 AM AEST

    Toyota plans to build new auto assembly plants in Mexico and China, ending a self-imposed three-year break from expansion over quality concerns due to massive recalls. Toyota Motor Corp says it will invest $US1 billion ($A1.30 billion) in the plant in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, creating 2,000 jobs to make the Corolla compact car, the company's second-biggest seller in the US. Toyota will stop producing Corollas at its plant in Ontario, Canada, which will instead focus on more expensive mid-size vehicles. Also, Toyota is adding a third assembly line next to its plant in Guangzhou, China, investing Y52.5 billion ($A573.71 million).

  • Nestle posts higher-than-expected first quarter growth AFP - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 8:40 AM AEST
    Nestle posts higher-than-expected first quarter growth

    The world's top packaged food maker Nestle on Friday posted better-than-expected growth in the first quarter despite currency exchange rates that hampered sales. The company that markets Nespresso capsules, ...

  • WikiLeaks creates online archive of hacked Sony documents Associated Press - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 7:56 AM AEST
    WikiLeaks creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

    Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet. Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year's crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment ...

  • Nissan expands air bag recall after Louisiana injury Associated Press - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 7:46 AM AEST

    Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding air bag. The woman's lawyer says that Sabra Wilson's 2006 Nissan Sentra ...

  • Philip Morris and Netflix are big market movers Associated Press - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 6:22 AM AEST

    Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Philip Morris International Inc., up $6.83 to $84.96 The tobacco company reported ...