iPhone 6 release brings out early campers

Crowds started gathering at Augusta Mall early Friday morning to be first in line to get the new iPhone 6.
By Jenna Martin

Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut

NEW YORK - Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class.
By Mae Anderson

Unemployment rate on rise in 24 states despite added jobs

Unemployment rates rise in nearly half of US states in August, though two-thirds gain jobs.

Halloween store pops up in old Sports Authority space

A Halloween costume store opened in Augusta Exchange in the space once occupied by a sports store.

Ironman pumps money into downtown

Revenue pumped into downtown businesses from next weekend's Ironman triathlon has already started to cycle in.
By Jenna Martin

2.1% inflation expected

ATLANTA -- Business executives in the Southeast see inflation a little higher than the Federal Reserve does, according to a survey released Friday.
By Walter C. Jones

Gauge of US economy edges up 0.2 percent in August

The Conference Board's index of leading economic indicators rose in August.
By Martin Crutsinger

'Go Downtown' initiative gets mixed reviews

The "Go Downtown" initiative aims to foster a downtown environment that welcomes the college community and creates business for merchants. The event is held every third Thursday of the month during the school year.
By Jenna Martin

Regional executives expect 2.1 percent inflation, survey says

Business executives in the Southeast see inflation a little higher than the Federal Reserve does, according to a survey released Friday.
By Walter C. Jones

Volatile apartment sector reduces US home building

WASHINGTON — U.S. home construction plunged in August, led by steep decline in the volatile apartment category. But single-family house construction fell only modestly.
By Josh Boak

Augusta's employment numbers improve in August

The Labor Department reported Thursday that there were 221,700 jobs in the six-county Augusta area. Gains were seen in health, education and hospitality, offsetting a loss of jobs in professional and business services.
By Tim Rausch

Biz Bits

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

Biz Bits

Apple reports record-setting pre-orders for latest iPhones

Business news

Another Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is coming to the Augusta metro area.

Construction roundup

COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITS • Anthony Refresh Group; Captain D's, 102 Edgefield Road, North Augusta; renovations, $30,000 • Walton Construction Services; Augusta Richmond Housing Authority, 602 Fairhope St., Augusta; commercial building, $140,000 • B.

Chamber Corner

Ribbon cuttings from the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.
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Restaurant inspections

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On The Move

CAROLINE CHALMERS New job title: Account executive Employer: Wein-bergers Office Supply Education: Bachelor of science in communication, USC Aiken DR.

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