Originally created 07/11/00

Business briefs



Stocks mixed prior to earnings reports

NEW YORK - Stocks were mixed Monday as investors moved cautiously in advance of second-quarter earnings reports that will begin later this week.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 10.60, to 10,646.58, while the Nasdaq composite index slipped 42.91, to 3,980.29.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 5-to-3 margin on the New York Stock Exchange.

Online group sued over customer list

WASHINGTON - To stop privacy from being a casualty of the e-tailing shakeout, federal regulators have taken failed Internet retailer Toysmart.com to court for trying to sell its customer list, despite the company's agreement to "never" share family profiles and other personal data.

Privacy experts say the outcome of the case could govern whether Internet sites that shut down can sell off customer data despite privacy policies that promise to protect highly personal information.

Potter book breaks sales record

NEW YORK - Harry Potter provided some cash register magic during the weekend with record-breaking sales of the fourth book in the children's series.

Barnes & Noble Inc. had its biggest weekend in history, selling 502,000 of the new Harry Potter books. That included about 100,000 through its Web site.