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US Retail Sales Dip 0.3% in September

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales dropped in September by the largest amount in seven months, possibly signaling that rising trade tensions and turbulent markets are having an impact on consumer spending. Retail sales fell 0.3% last month following a 0.6% gain in August, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. It […]

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales dropped in September by the largest amount in seven months, possibly signaling that rising trade tensions and turbulent markets are having an impact on consumer spending. Retail sales fell 0.3% last month following a 0.6% gain in August, the...

US Job Openings Slip 1.7% in August as Labor Market Slows

By BANI SAPRA AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. job openings fell 1.7% in August and hires edged down, bolstering views that the labor market may lose momentum as economic uncertainty and a manufacturing recession squeeze employers. The Labor Department says employers advertised 7.1 million available jobs in August, down from 7.2 million available […]

By BANI SAPRA AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. job openings fell 1.7% in August and hires edged down, bolstering views that the labor market may lose momentum as economic uncertainty and a manufacturing recession squeeze employers. The Labor Department says employers advertised 7.1 million available jobs in August,...

Valley Auto Sales Jump 15.9% in September

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Car sales in the Mahoning Valley are well ahead of national trends, rising 15.9% in September, according to data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, as 5,006 new and used vehicles moved off dealership lots. Nationally, both Ford Motor Co. reported a 5% dip in sales in the third quarter, while […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Car sales in the Mahoning Valley are well ahead of national trends, rising 15.9% in September, according to data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, as 5,006 new and used vehicles moved off dealership lots. Nationally, both Ford Motor Co. reported a 5% dip in sales...

GM Sales Rise in 3Q as Ford, Fiat Chrysler Fall

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – General Motors Co. was the only Detroit automaker to see sales rise in the third quarter as auto sales lag behind last year’s near-record pace.  General Motors posted a 6.3% year-over-year increase in sales, finishing the third quarter at 738,638 deliveries. Bolstering the sales chart were an 11.4% increase in sales for […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – General Motors Co. was the only Detroit automaker to see sales rise in the third quarter as auto sales lag behind last year’s near-record pace.  General Motors posted a 6.3% year-over-year increase in sales, finishing the third quarter at 738,638 deliveries. Bolstering the sales chart were an...

No Shortage of Bookings for Banquet Venues

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A barn built a century-and-a-half ago remains a staple for ceremonies at The Links at Firestone Farms, says general manager Michael Ferranti, but that’s not the only attraction at the banquet hall in Columbiana.  “Our barn we have on property is very unique to us,” he says. “You can’t find many places […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A barn built a century-and-a-half ago remains a staple for ceremonies at The Links at Firestone Farms, says general manager Michael Ferranti, but that’s not the only attraction at the banquet hall in Columbiana.  “Our barn we have on property is very unique to us,” he says....

Economy, Tariffs Cloud Retail Outlook as 4Q Approaches

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The weakening economy has made Kim Hawkins’ bridal customers hesitant about splurging, even for their big day. “They’re getting some of the more simple centerpieces, like glass vases or candles rather than the more extravagant centerpieces,” says Hawkins, owner of Events Wholesale, a Watkinsville, […]

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The weakening economy has made Kim Hawkins' bridal customers hesitant about splurging, even for their big day. "They're getting some of the more simple centerpieces, like glass vases or candles rather than the more extravagant centerpieces," says Hawkins, owner...

Why You Don’t Need a 5G Phone Just Now

By ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — No 5G iPhone? No problem. You probably don’t want one anyway. For most people, it’s smart to stick with a smartphone that isn’t compatible with speedier 5G wireless networks, which are just starting to roll out. That’s the case even if you think you’ll be […]

By ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — No 5G iPhone? No problem. You probably don't want one anyway. For most people, it's smart to stick with a smartphone that isn't compatible with speedier 5G wireless networks, which are just starting to roll out. That's the case even...

GM Recalls Chevy Small SUVs for Suspension Welds

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling more than 107,000 small SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because a suspension weld can break and cause steering problems. The recall covers the 2015 through 2018 Chevrolet Trax. Documents posted Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration an improperly welded joint can break, increasing the risk […]

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling more than 107,000 small SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because a suspension weld can break and cause steering problems. The recall covers the 2015 through 2018 Chevrolet Trax. Documents posted Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration an improperly welded joint...

GM’s Offer to UAW Would Add Lower-Paying Jobs

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — A General Motors offer to invest $7 billion in U.S. facilities includes $2 billion from joint ventures and suppliers for new plants that would pay workers less than the top union wage, a person briefed on the matter said. The offer is a major issue that […]

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — A General Motors offer to invest $7 billion in U.S. facilities includes $2 billion from joint ventures and suppliers for new plants that would pay workers less than the top union wage, a person briefed on the matter said. The offer...

Monthly VLT Wagers Down $2M at Racino

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio — Video lottery terminal wagers at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course dropped about $2 million in August from the previous month, but were still up year-over-year. Last month, the Penn National Gaming Inc.-operated racino posted $113.48 million in VLT wagers, down from $115.70 million in July. That compares to $102.32 million […]

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Video lottery terminal wagers at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course dropped about $2 million in August from the previous month, but were still up year-over-year. Last month, the Penn National Gaming Inc.-operated racino posted $113.48 million in VLT wagers, down from $115.70 million in July....