March 16, 2018

NEW YORK — The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to consumers to landlords.

The 70-year-old retailer is headed toward shuttering its U.S. operations, jeopardizing the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain known to…

Impossible for market to ignore latest Trump policy moves

March 14, 2018

NEW YORK — Markets can’t ignore Washington politics any longer.

Last year, investors calmly brushed aside every surprise that came out of Capitol Hill or the White House. Whether it was President Donald Trump barring the arrival of travelers from certain countries, firing his FBI…

Starbucks set for summer opening

March 14, 2018

A new, free-standing Starbucks being constructed on U.S. 301 around the perimeter of Sam’s Club will be opening this summer, according to the company’s media relations department.

The Seattle-based coffee company  founded in 1971 operates more than 27,000 locations worldwide.…

State jobless rate remains stuck at 4.5 percent in January

March 13, 2018

RALEIGH — North Carolina's unemployment rate in January didn't move from the 4.5 percent mark where it's been for three previous months.

North Carolina's jobless picture has been above the national average most of the previous year.

Data released by the state Commerce Department on Monday…