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As markets swoon, finance chiefs urge US, China to cool it

As markets swoon, finance chiefs urge US, China to cool it

NUSA DUA, Indonesia — The heads of the World Bank and IMF appealed Thursday to the U.S.
Uptick in Social Security checks for 2019 as inflation rises

Uptick in Social Security checks for 2019 as inflation rises

WASHINGTON — Tens of millions of Social Security beneficiaries and other retirees can expect an increase in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. The government announced a cost-of-living adjustment of 2.8 per cent on Thursday.
3 strategies for companies concerned about Amazon wage hike

3 strategies for companies concerned about Amazon wage hike

NEW YORK — Amazon's plans to pay all its U.S. employees at least $15 an hour is putting pressure on small business owners, even those who aren't retailers directly competing with the huge company.
New Tokyo fish market starts traditionally with tuna auction

New Tokyo fish market starts traditionally with tuna auction

Tokyo's famous fish market reopened Thursday at a new location but retained its most famous tradition: the tuna auction.
Shopify opens first brick-and-mortar spot with goal of helping entrepreneurs

Shopify opens first brick-and-mortar spot with goal of helping entrepreneurs

TORONTO — When Shopify Inc. opens its first brick-and-mortar space for the public Thursday, it won't be crammed with aisles of products that the Ottawa-based company helps its 600,000 merchants sell.
Walmart Canada spending $175 million to improve stores across the country

Walmart Canada spending $175 million to improve stores across the country

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Walmart Canada says it will spend $175 million to help upgrade its stores across the country and improve the integration between its e-commerce business and physical locations.

7-Eleven launches Foodora delivery offering, taking on small junk food services

TORONTO — Some Canadians will be able to get Slurpees, condoms, medicine and ice cream delivered to them at the touch of a button.

Global markets tumble ahead of US data; tech stocks fall

SINGAPORE — European markets sank in early trading Thursday ahead of U.S. inflation data that may lift bond yields and possibly push interest rates higher. In Asia, losses on Wall Street overnight snowballed, triggering a slump in technology stocks.
California judge mulls new trial in $289M Roundup award

California judge mulls new trial in $289M Roundup award

SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco judge said Wednesday she is considering tossing out the lion's share of the $289 million judgment against agribusiness giant Monsanto and ordering a new trial over whether the company's weed-killer caused a groundskeep
Trump signs bills to help patients stop overpaying for drugs

Trump signs bills to help patients stop overpaying for drugs

WASHINGTON — Insurers will no longer be able to bar pharmacists from telling consumers when paying cash would be cheaper than using insurance for their prescriptions, as a result of bills signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump.