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August 16, 2018

WASHINGTON — Americans shopped at a healthy pace in July, buying more cars, clothes and appliances, evidence that consumers are helping drive robust economic growth.

Retail sales rose at a 0.5 percent annual rate in July, after a 0.2 percent increase the previous month, the Commerce…

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August 15, 2018

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rallied Tuesday as banks, retailers, and smaller companies jumped. That helped the market recover most of its losses from the previous two days.

The Turkish lira steadied as officials from Turkey and the U.S. said the countries are in talks to ease diplomatic tensions,…

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August 15, 2018

A young professional couple is using their expertise in the wine industry to start a business in downtown Rocky Mount.

Ryan Hicks, 35, and Sarah Hicks, 33, will be opening a small high-end wine retail boutique and bar in Station Square called Bin & Barrel Wine Bar and Bottles. The…

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August 14, 2018

NEW YORK — Stocks fell further on Wall Street Monday as Turkey’s central bank was unable to stop a steep plunge in that nation’s currency. That’s helping to push the dollar higher, which hurts big U.S. exporters.

Stocks were coming off their worst losses in a month as…

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August 13, 2018

Across three generations, one aspect of the business culture at Barnhill Contracting Co. has remain unchanged.

“We fulfill our word,” says Allen Barnhill, senior vice president, who has been with the company for 40 years. “What we say we’re going to do, we do.…

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August 13, 2018

The Rocky Mount Event Center isn’t the only major project in the works for downtown Rocky Mount.

A group of out-of-town investors is pouring in millions of dollars to renovate and turn the former Carleton House Motor Lodge and Restaurant into a 64-room boutique hotel.

Jesse Gerstl, owner and…

August 13, 2018

Utilizing voice assistant services, such as Alexa with the Amazon Echo or the Google Assistant, is a growing trend in homes today. What many don’t often think about is how technology like this can improve the daily function within a business as well.

According to Juniper Research1, 55 percent…

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August 12, 2018

NEW YORK — A Rhode Island software company that sells primarily to businesses is nonetheless making sure it complies with a strict California law about consumers’ privacy.

AVTECH Software is preparing for what some say is the wave of the future: laws requiring businesses to be upfront…

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August 11, 2018

A local restaurant owner is making another try in the Rocky Mount dining scene.

Robert McBride, who was the owner of the former Washington Street Grille that closed down last year, has jumped right back into the fray as the owner of Cokey Road Diner and Catering Services at 1100 Cokey Road.

The…

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August 11, 2018

A civic organization that provides networking opportunities for businesses located in Edgecombe County is hosting an upcoming event to help showcase local businesses.

The Edgecombe Entrepreneur Organization will be holding a Small Business Expo from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday in the breezeway of the…

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