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September 26, 2016

NEW YORK — It is a double-edged cybersword: a negative review of a restaurant or other business, posted for the world to see.

Anyone who peruses Yelp!, TripAdvisor, Google and companies' own websites can see complaints about bad food, surly sales associates, late deliveries or defective…


Patterson joins accounting firm

September 26, 2016

Matt Patterson has joined the staff of Bunch & Co., a Rocky Mount accounting firm.

Patterson serves as a staff accountant, practicing in individual and business taxation, a release says. He also practices as an enrolled agent before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Patterson earned a…


Market will move along no matter who wins at the poll

September 26, 2016

The presidential election is little more than a month away. As a citizen, you likely are following it closely. But as an investor, how much should you be concerned about the outcome?

Probably not as much as you might think. Historically, the financial markets have done well under Democratic…


Home sales drop in August as inventories plummet

September 23, 2016

WASHINGTON — Americans retreated from home-buying in August, as a worsening inventory shortage appears to be hurting sales and pushing prices higher.

Housing has been a bright spot amid weak economic growth for much of this year. Sales totals continue to recover from the Great Recession.…