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US sales of new homes shot up 4 per cent in March

WASHINGTON — Sales of new U.S. homes jumped 4 per cent in March, propelled by a surge of buying in the West. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that sales last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 694,000.
Glass Lewis proxy firm backs Crescent Point slate as annual meeting nears

Glass Lewis proxy firm backs Crescent Point slate as annual meeting nears

CALGARY — A second institutional investor proxy advisory firm is wading into the fight by a dissident shareholder to elect a slate of four directors to the 10-member board at Crescent Point Energy Corp. Unlike Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.
Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek

Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek

WASHINGTON — It landed with a thud on newsstands at Walmart and rural supermarkets last month: Ninety-seven fawning pages saluting Saudi Arabia, whose ambitious crown prince was soon to arrive in the U.S.
Aimed at China, Trump's tariffs are hitting closer to home

Aimed at China, Trump's tariffs are hitting closer to home

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's escalating dispute with China over trade and technology is threatening jobs and profits in working-class communities where his "America First" agenda hit home.
Bangladesh marks 5 years after garment factory collapse

Bangladesh marks 5 years after garment factory collapse

DHAMRAI, Bangladesh — A few hundred workers, activists and relatives of victims of a 2013 garment factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1,134 people and left thousands injured held a rally Tuesday as the country marked the fifth anniversary of t
Power-sucking Bitcoin 'mines' spark backlash

Power-sucking Bitcoin 'mines' spark backlash

Bitcoin "miners" who use rows of computers whirring at the same time to produce virtual currencies began taking root along New York's northern border a couple of years ago to tap into some of the nation's cheapest hydroelectric power, offering an air
From 'Jumanji' to Tarantino, Sony teases varied slate

From 'Jumanji' to Tarantino, Sony teases varied slate

LOS ANGELES — Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman Tom Rothman assured theatre owners Monday that his studio is dedicated to appealing to a range of audiences — from global franchises such as "Spider-Man" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series
Barrick Gold no longer selling assets to pay down debt in shift in strategy

Barrick Gold no longer selling assets to pay down debt in shift in strategy

TORONTO — Barrick Gold Corp. no longer plans to sell assets to reduce its debt, marking a shift in strategy for the Toronto-based miner.
Grocer Metro says strong economy, employment offsetting promo pressure

Grocer Metro says strong economy, employment offsetting promo pressure

MONTREAL — Metro Inc. says a strong economy and low unemployment are driving customers to its full-service grocery stores and helping to offset the intense promotional pressure, mostly from discount chain competitors.
US home prices post a robust 6.3 per cent gain in February

US home prices post a robust 6.3 per cent gain in February

WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices jumped in February as buyers are fiercely competing over a dwindling number of homes for sale. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index released Tuesday jumped 6.