Consumers' view of economy is glum

WASHINGTON - The Gallup Organization has found that consumers' view of the economy is the glummest it's been in seven months.
By Josh Boak

Barrow holds Augusta jobs fair

Rep. John Barrow will hold his annual jobs fair in Augusta next week while away from Congress for a month-long district work period.
By Wesley Brown

Another Martinez Wal-Mart

A Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market will anchor a new development on South Belair Road.
By Valerie Rowell

US stocks plunge, wiping out July's gains

NEW YORK - A confluence of worries sent the Dow Jones industrial average tumbling more than 300 points, its worst one-day drop since February.
By Steve Rothwell

Target taps outsider as CEO

NEW YORK - Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO to redefine itself to American shoppers. The company said it named PepsiCo executive Brian Cornell to the top spot.
By Candice Choi

Iliad of France makes surprise bid for T-Mobile

NEW YORK - The most eligible company in the U.S. wireless industry, has another suitor. French telecom company Iliad SA offered $15 billion for a majority stake.
By Peter Svensson

Small businesses step up hiring pace

NEW YORK - The long-awaited surge in hiring at small businesses appears to be underway.

Whole Foods plans major marketing push

Whole Foods to launch first national marketing campaign as sales growth slows.
By Candice Choi

First Bank parent reports $963,000 profit

The parent company of First Bank of Georgia reported Wednesday a second-quarter profit of $963,000, which would have been higher except for charges related to a pending merger. 
By Tim Rausch

Economy grew at strong 4 percent rate

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.
By Martin Crutsinger

Free Wi-Fi in downtown Aiken

Atlantic Broadband's free high speed Wi-Fi service in downtown Aiken is now operating. It covers the perimeter along Laurens and Newberry streets between Barnwell Street and Park Avenue. 

Biz Bits

A federal judge imposed a $1.3 billion civil penalty against Bank of America on Wednesday for its role in selling risky mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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Restaurant inspections

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Biz Bits

Lowell Dorn was named president of the board of trustees of the Augusta Museum of History. He is the information manager for Morris Communications.

On The Move

Patrick Kingsmill is the new senior vice president and trust officer at Georgia Bank & Trust.

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