Holiday sales seen rising 3.7 percent

Americans are expected to spend at a slower pace than last year during the crucial winter holidays, weighed down by sluggish wage growth and other factors, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Consultant: Restaurants, apartments fuel for downtown Augusta growth

A consultant believes multifamily residential developments and restaurants from other regional cities are the best bets for Broad Street and the riverfront.
By Tim Rausch

VW official apologizes, denies knowledge of scandal

WASHINGTON — Volks­wa­gen’s top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world’s largest automaker.
By Michael Biesecker and Matthew Daly

Global worries kept Fed from hiking rates in September

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials were almost ready to raise interest rates in September but held off because of China’s economic slowdown and its potential to derail U.S. growth and inflation.
By Martin Crutsinger

Fiat Chrysler avoids strike with new tentative contract

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler has avoided an expensive strike at its U.S. plants after reaching a tentative labor agreement with the United Auto Workers union.
By Dee-Ann Durbin

Evans toy store closing before holiday rush

The owner of the Learning Ex­press Toys store is retiring from retail to spend more time with her family and closing the store Nov. 15.
By Tim Rausch

Budweiser maker's increased bid for Miller parent rejected

BRUSSELS — Any talk of a union between Budweiser and Miller – in fact, any talk of the creation of a beer behemoth – should be put off for now as the owners continue to haggle over the terms of a merger.
By Raf Casert and Danica Kirka

Volkswagen delays delivery of 2016 diesel models

WASHINGTON - Volks­wagen plans to withdraw applications seeking U.S. emissions certifications for its 2016 model Jettas, Golfs, Pas­sats and Beetles with diesel engines, the latest hit to the German automaker's credibility and bottom line.
By Michael Biesecker and Tom Krisher
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Churches to hear presentation on Haiti orphans

Members of several area churches will gather at Gardner Grove Baptist Church to hear about helping the abandoned children of Haiti.
By Lisa Kaylor

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