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January 21, 2017 - 55 minutes ago

Stocks edged higher in afternoon trading Friday, on course to recoup most of the market’s losses from the day before. The rebound came about as investors weighed Donald Trump’s swearing in as the 45th president of the United States and the latest batch of company earnings news. Phone…


Annual sale expected to draw big crowd

January 20, 2017

Thousands of people from across the Twin Counties, North Carolina and out of state are excepted to flock to downtown Rocky Mount this weekend.

The grand opening of the 2017 annual Bulluck Furniture’s Gigantic Warehouse Sale will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and continue at 1 p.m. Sunday at the…


Homebuilder confidence, sales outlook slip in January

January 20, 2017

U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident this month about their sales prospects, a pullback from December when builders’ confidence reached the highest level in 11 years.

The decline in builder confidence comes amid heightened concerns about mortgage rates, which have been mostly…


Industrial output rises in December at best pace in two years

January 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. industrial production increased in December at the strongest pace in two years, as auto factories cranked out more vehicles and power plants helped heat homes and businesses.

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that output at America’s factories, mines and utilities…