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  • Central bank: Spanish growth doubled in Q1

    MADRID (AP) — The recovery in the Spanish economy appears to be gathering steam. Figures Thursday from the Bank of Spain show that economic growth doubled in the first quarter to a quarterly rate of 0.4 percent from the previous three-month period largely on the back of a pick-up in domestic...

  • Tokyo court starts Mt. Gox bankruptcy proceedings

    TOKYO (AP) — Bankruptcy proceedings began Thursday for the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange, a move that was widely expected after the Tokyo District Court decided earlier this month that the company would not be able to resurrect itself. An administrator will try to sell its assets, but many...

  • 1 year after factory collapse, Bangladeshis suffer

    SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work. Like many survivors of the worst disaster the garment industry has...

  • FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean...

  • Canon sees profit gain on weak yen, rising sales

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese camera and office equipment maker Canon Inc. on Thursday reported a hefty 16 percent gain in profit for the first fiscal quarter, largely on a favorable exchange rate, but such strong growth wasn't expected to hold up. Canon's January-March net profit totaled 47.6...

  • Indiana farmers facing tough planting decisions

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Agricultural experts say Indiana's lingering cool spring will soon pose some tough choices for farmers waiting to plant their corn acreage. Indiana's weekly crop report says only 1 percent of Indiana's corn crop had been planted by Sunday. That compares with the...

  • Draghi wants to publish ECB minutes

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the bank's rate-setting council should publish a written account of its deliberations — without names. Draghi said Thursday that a "more detailed explanation of the reasoning" behind bank's decisions would help its...

  • Global stocks higher, Tokyo drops on trade woes

    TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed with European shares getting an early boost Thursday, but stocks in Tokyo slipped after talks between Japan's prime minister and visiting President Barack Obama failed to finalize a trade agreement. Progress on the trans-Pacific pact would be a plus for...

  • Novartis reports Q1 profit up on divestitures

    GENEVA (AP) — Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG has reported a 24 percent increase in profit for the first quarter, helped by selling off less-profitable parts of its business. The Basel, Switzerland-based company says its net profit rose to nearly $2.97 billion, up from $2.42 billion...

  • Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the...

  • Heineken returns to growth in Western Europe

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Heineken NV says it has returned to growth in its crucial Western Europe market in the first quarter, after a long period of stagnation. "Organic" sales — measured by operations held in both years, stripping out the effects of currencies and acquisitions — grew by 3.4...

  • Last year's deadbeats do best as stocks stall

    NEW YORK (AP) — Financial markets rarely stick to the script, and this year is no different. Investments traditionally considered safe bets such as utilities, gold and government bonds were supposed to flop in 2014 as investors started to pour money into higher-risk, higher-growth stocks that...

  • Unilever first quarter sales hit by strong euro

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Unilever PLC, the maker of consumer products such as Dove soaps and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, says its underlying sales grew in the first quarter, but revenue was down due to a big impact from the stronger euro. Around two-thirds of the company's sales come from outside the...

  • South Bend airport looks to go international

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A regional airport in northern Indiana is looking to land some international flights. The South Bend Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1l25eGi ) officials with the South Bend Regional Airport announced plans Wednesday to become an international airport. Airport Executive...

  • Treasury Secretary to visit Detroit on jobs push

    DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew plans to visit Detroit to explore ways to promote job creation and economic growth. Lew on Thursday plans to convene a meeting with foundation leaders to discuss ways the nonprofit sector can help. The focus will be creating and investing in...



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