Wal-Mart to offer free shipping on top holiday items

For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering free shipping on what it considers the season's top 100 hottest gifts, from board games to items related to Disney's hit film Frozen, starting Saturday.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Study: Mislabeled shrimp at restaurants, grocers

NEW ORLEANS — Ever thought that big, pink Gulf coast shrimp you ordered at the restaurant or bought from the store didn’t taste juicy or salty enough? Maybe it wasn’t from the Gulf.
By Cain Burdeau

US stocks reach record levels

Stocks started the month modestly below a record high, only to cascade to their worst slump in two years. But after flirting with a correction, or a 10 percent drop, the U.S. market rebounded and closed at all-time highs on Friday.
By Ken Sweet

Exxon, Chevron post higher earnings despite low oil prices

NEW YORK - Exxon and Chevron leaned on strong performances from their refining operations to increase profits in the third quarter despite plummeting global oil prices.
By Jonathan Fahey

Georgia Bank & Trust owner has $4.4 million quarterly profit

Southeastern Bank Financial Corp. reported Friday its third quarter earnings were $4.4 million, or 65 cents per share, higher than the year-ago period of $4.2 million, or 63 cents per share.
By Tim Rausch

US consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer spending fell in September, the first decline in eight months, as shoppers took a breather after a big spending spree in August. Income growth posted the slowest gain this year.
By Martin Crutsinger

Exxon earns $8 billion

NEW YORK — ExxonMobil Corp.’s refining and chemical operations rescued the company’s third quarter results amid falling global oil prices and lower oil and gas production.
By Jonathan Fahey

Starbucks sales disappoint

SEATTLE — Starbucks on Thursday reported higher sales for its fiscal fourth quarter but the results missed Wall Street expectations and shares of the coffee chain declined.

Cyber security conference is Wednesday

A group of U.S. Army personnel, technology experts and business leaders will speak next week on the issue of cyber security.

Southern Company tops 3Q profit forecasts

Southern Co. beats 3Q profit expectations, misses revenue forecasts.

DSM building new plant in Augusta

Royal DSM announced Wednesday that a polymer plant will be built next to its existing Augusta facility on Columbia Nitrogen Drive.
By Jenna Martin

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

John Chandler was named top producer in September for Georgia Bank & Trust.

New leadership named for MOX project

David Del Vecchio, formerly vice president of project management of CB&I Areva MOX Services, is replacing Kelly Trice, according to a news release.
By Meg Mirshak

Chamber Corner

Ribbon cuttings from the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

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