Vehicles often sold without needed repairs

Federal regulators are pushing for legislation that requires dealers to fix recalled used cars. Independent dealers oppose such a measure but say they might go along with a requirement to disclose recalls to buyers.
By Tom Krisher And Dee-ann Durbin

Construction roundup

Commercial building permits.

Day Planner

UPCOMING MARCH 12: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours; 5:30 p.m.; International Uniform, 1216 Broad St.

New recycling plant opens in Graniteville

A decade after a deadly train wreck derailed downtown Graniteville's economic activity, the grand opening of a new recycling plant opens a new chapter for the small South Carolina community.
By Jenna Martin

Drug company ordered to pay South Carolina $126 million

COLUMBIA - A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary should pay South Carolina $136 million over deceptive drug marketing of an anti-psychotic drug, the state's highest court ruled this week.
By Meg Kinnard

Big food makers try hipster guises

Major companies are testing whether it would pay to tuck away their world famous logos such as McDonalds and Taco Bell, in favor of more hipster guises.
By Candice Choi

US economic growth in fourth quarter revised down to 2.2 percent

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.
By Martin Crutsinger

Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high

Signed contracts to buy US homes climb in January to highest level in nearly 18 months.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

US consumer sentiment slips in February on icy weather

WASHINGTON — Harsh winter weather left U.S. consumers feeling a bit less confident this month, the University of Michigan says. But confidence levels still remain at the highest level in eight years.

Former Denver mayor speaks at chamber's annual meeting

Wellington Webb, Denver's former mayor, served as the guest speaker Thursday during the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner.
By Jenna Martin

Sears 4Q loss narrows, sales slide as business shifts

NEW YORK — Sears recorded its fourth straight year of falling profit and revenue, even as cost cutting and store closures helped narrow its loss for the fourth quarter.
By Michelle Chapman
Databases

Restaurant inspections

Search databases of the latest restaurant inspection reports for Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties.

Chamber Corner

Ribbon cuttings from the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Biz Bits

Biz Bits honor people and businesses that get awards, earn certifications or become appointed to civic boards.

On The Move

On The Move recognizes new hires and promotions.
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