Businesses find good, ill in online reviews

NEW YORK - It is a double-edged cybersword: a negative review of a business, posted for the world to see.
By Joyce M. Rosenberg

Luxury shops add perks to lure buyers

NEW YORK - Buying suits at Ralph Lauren might mean being offered a chauffeured ride home. New clothes from Saks could lead to a Mercedes-Benz van making a delivery.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

Scuttlebiz: Everybody has to be somewhere, but not the CSRA

Every community seems to feel it needs a fancy name or abbreviation to put us on the map. Ours used to be CSRA.
By Damon Cline

Chamber corner

Ribbon Cuttings from the Columbia County and Augusta-Metro Chamber of Commerce

Marriott buys Starwood, becoming world's largest hotel chain

NEW YORK - Marriott International closed Friday morning on its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, bringing together its Marriott, Courtyard and Ritz Carlton brands with Starwood's Sheraton, Westin, W and St. Regis properties.
By Scott Mayerowitz

LinkedIn adding new training features, news feeds and 'bots'

SAN FRANCISCO - LinkedIn wants to become more useful to workers by adding personalized news feeds, helpful messaging "bots" and recommendations for online training courses, as the professional networking service strives to be more than just a tool for job-hunting.
By Brandon Bailey

Yahoo says hackers stole info from 500 million user accounts

SAN FRANCISCO - Computer hackers swiped personal information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in what is believed to be the biggest digital break-in at an email provider.
By Michael Liedtke

Mylan CEO defends EpiPen prices to angry lawmakers

WASHINGTON - Outraged Republican and Democratic lawmakers Wednesday grilled the head of pharmaceutical company Mylan about the significant cost increase of its life-saving EpiPens and the profits for a company with sales in excess of $11 billion.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Port Authority seeking Augusta marina operator

The ideal candidate to run Augusta's marinas might expand the scope of services to include canoe and kayak rentals.
By Susan McCord

Zuckerberg, Chan pledge $3 billion to end disease

SAN FRANCISCO - Face­book CEO Mark Zucker­berg has a goal that's even more ambitious than connecting the entire world to the internet: He and his wife want to help eradicate all disease by the end of this century.
By Barbara Ortutay

Articles from the Business section archive

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

Scuttlebiz: Georgia manufacturers need confidence

Georgia's manufacturing industry employs hundreds of thousands of workers but doesn't seem to realize its power.
By Damon Cline

Study shows newspapers still vital to consumers

The lightning pace of the digital transformation of the newspaper industry has been felt in every corner of the business.
By Charles Davis

Public or private, golf courses look for ways to grow

With mounting debt, declining membership and a reputation some considered staid, stale and stodgy, West Lake Country Club's days as a viable business appeared to be numbered as it entered its ...
By Damon Cline

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

FAA contemplating whether millions of drones will fill skies

WASHINGTON — So many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses that federal aviation officials said Friday they are contemplating the possibility of millions of unmanned ...
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

US stocks jump as Apple pulls tech companies up again

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks changed course again Thursday and climbed as Apple led a big gain for technology companies and energy companies recovered some of their recent losses.

Tepid economic data could lead Fed to delay increase

WASHINGTON - U.S. factory output fell, consumers cut back at retailers and wholesale prices went nowhere in August, the latest evidence of a less-than-robust economy.
By Paul Wiseman

Samsung Galaxy faces US recall

BETHESDA, Md. - U.S. regulators issued an official recall of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phone on Thursday because of a risk of fire.
By Brandon Bailey and Mae Anderson

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Uber's driverless cars hit Pittsburgh streets

Uber on Wednesday became the first company to make self-driving cars available to the general public in the U.S. with a test program in Pittsburgh. 
By Dake Kang

Employers shifting more of health care costs to workers

A growing number of U.S. workers are covered by health insurance that sticks them with a bigger share of the medical bill but softens the blow by providing a special account to help with the expense.
By Tom Murphy

Bayer to acquire Monsanto in $57 billion deal

American seed and weed-killer company Monsanto and German medicine and farm chemical maker Bayer are combining in a deal that could help farmers produce higher yields to address challenges ranging ...
By Linda A. Johnson and David McHugh

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

Wells Fargo says it will cut sales goals

NEW YORK - Wells Fargo will cut its aggressive product sales goals for retail bankers, as it faces $185 million in fines and a damaged reputation after allegations that it opened millions of ...
By Ken Sweet

Atlanta Fed president announces he will step down

WASHINGTON - Dennis Lockhart, the president of the Federal Reserve's Atlanta regional bank, announced Tuesday that he plans to step down in February of next year.
By Martin Crutsinger

Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

2 area companies facing OSHA fines

Two years after a run-in with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the HP Pelzer auto parts plant in Thomson is again facing penalties for workplace safety violations. And so ...
By Damon Cline

Federal Reserve official cools investors' rate anxiety

WASHINGTON - Inves­tors, at least, suddenly seem more confident about what the Federal Reserve will announce when it meets next week: Nothing.
By Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger

California widens overtime pay for farmworkers

The new law, which will be phased in beginning in 2019, is the first of its kind in the nation to end the 80-year-old practice of applying separate labor rules to agricultural laborers.
By Jonathan J. Cooper

Study details sugar industry's attempt to shape science

NEW YORK - The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar's role in heart disease - in part by pointing the finger at fat - as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of ...
By Candice Choi

Autopilot upgrades on the way, Tesla says

NEW YORK - Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Sunday that the electric car company is making major improvements to the Autopilot system used by its vehicles, which will dramatically reduce the number and ...
By Bree Fowler

Utility gives up on finishing nuclear site, seeks buyer at fraction of cost

HOLLYWOOD, Ala. - After spending more than 40 years and $5 billion on an unfinished nuclear power plant in northeastern Ala­bama, the nation's largest federal utility is preparing to sell the ...
By Jay Reeves

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

Wal-Mart, Kroger start offering service

Pushing around a grocery cart with her 8-year-old son in tow was not something Jennifer Speer wanted to do Thursday morning. Thanks to Kroger's new online grocery ordering service, ClickList, she ...
By Damon Cline
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