July 23, 2016

Initially slated to open next month, the new Rocky Mount Conn’s HomePlus store in Golden East Crossing mall has delayed its opening until late October, company officials said.

Conn’s HomePlus is a 126-year-old furniture and speciality home goods retailer based in Woodlands, Texas.…

Stocks creep higher to send S&P 500 to record high, again

July 23, 2016

NEW YORK — Another day, another lazy drift higher for stocks and another record high.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 9.86 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,175.03 on Friday. It surpassed its prior record set Wednesday by 0.09 percent, the latest nudge higher for a market that has…

Weekly unemployment applications dip to 253,000

July 22, 2016

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, falling to the lowest point in 13 weeks.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly benefit applications dipped by 1,000 to 253,000, the lowest level since it stood at 248,000 for the week of…

Tesla plans trucks, small SUV as part of future plans

July 21, 2016

DETROIT — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is working on multiple new vehicles, including heavy trucks and buses that could be unveiled as early as next year.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company also plans a compact SUV and “a new kind of pickup truck” to complement its existing…