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1. AutoZone Grows Sales, Net Income in 2nd Quarter -

Whenever AutoZone Inc. chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes presents the company’s quarterly earnings to analysts, it’s never long before he starts talking about the weather.

2. US Manufacturing Boosted by Orders and Stockpiles -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing expanded more quickly last month as companies received more orders and boosted their stockpiles.

A measure of production fell to its lowest level in nearly five years, likely a casualty of severe winter weather. But the rise in orders raises the possibility that factory output will rebound in coming months, economists said.

3. US Housing Construction Down 16 Percent in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home construction fell in January for a second month but the weakness in both months reflected severe winter weather in many parts of the country. The expectation is that housing will deliver another year of solid gains, helped by an improving economy.

4. After UAW Defeat, Can GOP Fulfill Promise of Jobs? -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Republicans fighting a yearslong unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture in the days leading up to last week's vote. They said if Chattanooga employees joined the United Auto Workers, jobs would go elsewhere and incentives for the company would disappear.

5. 15 Vie for County Commission Seat -

Shelby County Commissioners will interview a group of 15 citizens Wednesday, Jan. 8, who want to become the newest member of the elected body.

The committee session interviews come before the full commission is to vote Monday, Jan. 13, on a replacement for Commissioner Wyatt Bunker.

6. Moody's Upgrades AutoZone's Credit Rating -

NEW YORK (AP) – Moody's Investors Service raised the credit rating of AutoZone Inc. by one notch on Thursday, saying that the auto-parts retailer is benefiting as drivers hang on to their cars longer.

7. US Factory Output Rises 0.6 Percent in November -

U.S. factories increased output in November for the fourth straight month, led by a surge in auto production. The gains show manufacturing is strengthening and could help boost economic growth at the end of the year.

8. US Factory Output Rises 0.6 Percent in November -

U.S. factories increased output in November for the fourth straight month, led by a surge in auto production. The gains show manufacturing is strengthening and could help boost economic growth at the end of the year.

9. Durable-Goods Orders Fall 2 Percent in October -

Businesses spent less last month on machinery, computers and most other items, lowering orders for U.S. long-lasting factory goods. The decline suggests companies may have been reluctant to invest during the 16-day partial government shutdown

10. Wolf River Greenway Part of Transportation Funding -

Plans for a fifth leg of the Wolf River Greenway in North Memphis are getting $271,305 in state funding awarded through the local Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The 1.5-mile segment along McLean Boulevard from Nedra Avenue to Chelsea Avenue is part of the list of 15 “transportation alternatives” projects totaling $2.6 million announced this week by the MPO, a regional planning organization that takes in Shelby and DeSoto counties, and parts of Fayette and Marshall counties.

11. Durable-Goods Orders Fall 2 Percent in October -

Businesses spent less last month on machinery, computers and most other items, lowering orders for U.S. long-lasting factory goods. The decline suggests companies may have been reluctant to invest during the 16-day partial government shutdown

12. Factory Production Rises 0.3 Percent in October -

U.S. factories increased production for a third straight month in October, as stronger output of primary metals and furniture offset declines in auto production.

Manufacturing output rose 0.3 percent last month, up from 0.1 percent in September, the Federal Reserve reported Friday. Factory output is the biggest component of industrial production, which also includes mining and utilities.

13. AutoZone Caps Milestone 2013 With Record Results -

Not only is AutoZone Inc. an earnings machine, but the company continues to generate results other public companies might have reason to envy.

14. Factory Production Rises 0.3 Percent in October -

U.S. factories increased production for a third straight month in October, as stronger output of primary metals and furniture offset declines in auto production.

Manufacturing output rose 0.3 percent last month, up from 0.1 percent in September, the Federal Reserve reported Friday. Factory output is the biggest component of industrial production, which also includes mining and utilities.

15. US Trade Deficit Widens 8 Percent in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit widened in September as imports increased to the highest level in 10 months while exports slipped. The wider gap suggests growth was somewhat slower over the summer than previously estimated.

16. US Manufacturing Expands at Best Pace in 2.5 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – US factory activity expanded last month at the fastest pace in 2.5 years, an encouraging sign that manufacturing could lift economic growth and hiring in the coming months.

17. AutoZone Reports Mixed Quarterly Results -

AutoZone Inc. arguably has shifted temporarily into the slow lane, but the Memphis-based auto parts retailer is confident its engine still has enough horsepower to outrace the competition.

18. Fed Survey Finds US Economy Growing Moderately -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Economic growth held steady across the United States from July through late August, as Americans bought more cars and homes and auto factories added workers.

A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday showed that all 12 of the Fed's regional banking districts reported modest to moderate growth. That's roughly in line with the Fed's previous survey of those districts from late May through early July.

19. Calsonic Kansei Adding 1,200 Jobs in Tennessee -

Auto parts supplier Calsonic Kansei North America is adding 1,200 jobs at three facilities in Tennessee.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday, Sept. 3, that the Nissan subsidiary is adding the positions to plants in Shelbyville, Lewisburg and Smyrna.

20. Orders for Long-Lasting US Factory Goods Plunge -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell sharply last month as demand for commercial aircraft plummeted and businesses spent less on computers and electrical equipment.

21. Growth at US Service Firms Jumps on New Orders -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms expanded in July at the fastest pace since February, fueled by a brisker month of sales and a jump in new orders. The increase suggests economic growth could be picking up after a weak first half of the year.

22. US Auto Sales Up in July as Cars See Big Gains -

DETROIT (AP) – Pickup trucks led the charge in July, but strong sales of small cars show that demand for new vehicles is broad – and not slowing down.

Car sales grew in the first six months of this year, but not at the blistering pace of trucks and SUVs. Through June, full-size pickups were up 22.5 percent over the year before, while cars were up 5 percent.

23. US Factories Rebound With Best Growth in 2 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories revved up production, hired more workers and received a surge of new orders in July, helping them expand at the fastest pace in two years. The gains suggest manufacturing is rebounding and could provide a spark to economic growth.

24. Raleigh Sam’s Club Sells for $11.4 Million -

2150 Covington Pike
Memphis, TN 38128
Sale Amount: $11.4 million

Sale Date: June 25, 2013
Buyer: Realty Income Properties 25 LLC
Seller: Dune SC Sub II LLC
Details: The Sam’s Club at 2150 Covington Pike in Raleigh has sold for $11.4 million to a California investor.

25. Raleigh Sam’s Club Sells for $11.4 Million -

The Sam’s Club at 2150 Covington Pike in Raleigh has sold for $11.4 million to a California investor.

26. 'Cycle Tracks' Latest Bike Initiative for City -

As the $33 million Main Street to Main Street project unfolds, the term “cycle track” is sure to be heard more.

A cycle track is a bicycle lane on a street that is shielded or separated from auto traffic by some kind of barrier or wall.

27. US Factory Orders Rise 2.1 Percent in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Orders to U.S. factories rose in May, helped by a third straight month of stronger business investment. The gains suggest manufacturing may be picking up after a weak start to the year.

28. US Trade Deficit Up 8.5 Percent to $40.3 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit widened in April, as demand for foreign cars, cell phones and other imported goods outpaced growth in U.S. exports.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade gap rose 8.5 percent in April from March to $40.3 billion.

29. AutoZone Beats Forecast in Third Quarter -

AutoZone Inc.’s just-ended fiscal third quarter results show why it’s a rarity among public companies.

The Memphis-based auto parts retailer – the nation’s largest in the sector – is an earnings machine. Net sales were $2.2 billion for the quarter, and profit was up 6.8 percent to $265.6 million. The quarter also included AutoZone’s 27th straight period of double-digit earnings-per-share quarterly growth.

30. US Factory Output Falls 0.4 Percent in April -

U.S. manufacturers cut back on production in April, as auto companies cranked out fewer cars, factories made fewer consumer goods and most other industries reduced output.

The weakness suggests economic growth may be slowing this spring.

31. US Factory Output Falls 0.4 Percent in April -

U.S. manufacturers cut back on production in April, as auto companies cranked out fewer cars, factories made fewer consumer goods and most other industries reduced output. The weakness suggests economic growth may be slowing this spring.

32. US Factory Orders Down 4 Percent in March -

Orders to U.S. factories fell in March by the largest amount in seven months but a key category that signals business investment plans managed a small increase. Factory orders dropped 4 percent in March, reflecting a big plunge in the volatile category of commercial aircraft, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Orders had been up 1.9 percent in February. Orders in a category considered a proxy for business investment plans rose 0.9 percent, a modest gain but an improvement from a preliminary report last week that had shown a decline.

33. Harahan Bridge Project Plans Nearing Completion -

Design work on the “Main to Main Connector” project is at the halfway point. And the city team overseeing the project is due to complete plans by the end of May to trigger a $15 million appropriation of federal funding in June.

34. Status of Auto Inspection Talks Varies -

The state of Tennessee is helping facilitate talks between city and county leaders about the coming deadline.

There are conflicting versions of what will happen at the end of the fiscal year. No one is certain or clear about what the federal response will be.

35. AutoZone Announces Marketing Vice President -

Albert Saltiel has joined AutoZone Inc. as senior vice president of marketing and customer satisfaction.

Saltiel comes to the Memphis-based auto parts giant from Navistar International Corp., where he was chief marketing officer.

36. Cleaner Gas Rule Would Mean Higher Price at Pump -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration's newest anti-pollution plan would ping American drivers where they wince the most: at the gas pump. That makes arguments weighing the cost against the health benefits politically potent.

37. Strong Auto Output Boosts US Factory Production -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A strong increase in auto output boosted U.S. factory production last month, the latest sign that manufacturing is helping drive economic growth after lagging for much of 2012.

38. US Citing Security to Censor More Public Records -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year but more often than ever cited legal exceptions to censor or withhold the material, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press. It frequently cited the need to protect national security and internal deliberations.

39. FedEx Headquarters Building Sells for $22.6 Million -

942 S. Shady Grove Road Memphis, TN 38119

Sale Amount: $22.6 million

Sale Date: Feb. 21, 2013

40. FedEx Headquarters Building Sells for $22.6 Million -

The building that houses the corporate headquarters of FedEx Corp. at 942 S. Shady Grove Road in East Memphis has sold for $22.6 million.

41. Sales Tax Hike Headed to Ballot -

Memphis City Council members take final votes Tuesday, March 5, on a half-percent city sales tax hike referendum and the use of the estimated $47 million in revenue the tax hike will produce.

The council, which meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St., is expected to pass the referendum and send it to voters this year.

42. Downshift -

No company is completely immune to the effects of political squabbling in Washington, the stakes of which have intensified lately for the average taxpayer.

That includes even a company as seemingly unrelated to the political world as Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., the leading car parts retailer in the U.S.

43. AutoZone Blames Slower Sales on Tax Refund Delay, Winter Weather -

No company is completely immune to the effects of political squabbling in Washington, the stakes of which have intensified lately for the average taxpayer.

That includes even a company as seemingly unrelated to the political world as Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., the leading car parts retailer in the U.S.

44. Raymond James Analyst Rates AutoZone a Strong Buy -

A Raymond James Equity Research analyst wrote in a note to clients this week he’s maintaining a strong buy rating on shares of AutoZone Inc. ahead of the Memphis-based auto parts retailer reporting quarterly earnings next week.

45. Raymond James Analyst Rates AutoZone a Strong Buy -

A Raymond James Equity Research analyst wrote in a note to clients this week that he’s maintaining a strong buy rating on shares of AutoZone Inc. ahead of the Memphis-based auto parts retailer reporting its quarterly earnings next week.

46. US Factory Output Falls on Weak Auto Production -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories slowed production in January after two solid months of cranking out goods. The weakness mainly reflected a big drop in output at auto factories that is likely temporary.

47. Why Geithner's Treasury Leadership Proved Divisive -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has saluted the outgoing Timothy Geithner as one of the best U.S. Treasury secretaries ever. He's surely been among the most contentious.

Not since the Great Depression had an administration inherited so many grave financial threats at once. To many, Geithner deserves credit for helping steady the banking system and helping restore investor confidence. Yet his toughest critics say Geithner's policies consistently favored big banks over ordinary struggling Americans.

48. Tennessee, Kentucky Plants Cooperate in Building Corvette -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Two General Motors plants 90 miles apart will be utilized to build the newest incarnation of the Chevrolet Corvette sports car.

The vehicle is assembled at the GM plant in Bowling Green, Ky.

49. Fed Survey: US Economy Picked Up at End of Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Holiday shopping, strong auto sales and a recovering housing market helped boost the U.S. economy from the middle of November through early January, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday.

50. Holiday Sales Rose 3 Percent, Retail Group Says -

NEW YORK (AP) – Holiday sales rose 3 percent, a major retail trade organization said Tuesday well below its forecast for a 4.1 percent gain.

The figures offer the latest evidence that shoppers held back on spending amid economic uncertainty in a season that accounts for as much as 40 percent of stores' annual revenue.

51. Realty Income Corp. Buys Herbalife Facility -

5025 Crumpler Road Memphis, TN 38141

Sale Amount: $16.6 million

52. US Trade Gap Grows to $48.7 Billion as Imports Surge -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit expanded in November to its widest point in seven months, driven by a surge in imports that outpaced only modest growth in exports.

The Commerce Department report Friday suggests trade will drag on economic growth in the October-December quarter. A wider trade gap slows growth because it means Americans spent more on foreign products while U.S. businesses earned less in overseas sales.

53. Realty Income Corp. Buys Herbalife Facility -

An affiliate of Escondido, Calif.-based Realty Income Corp. has paid $16.6 million for the Herbalife International of America Inc. distribution center at 5025 Crumpler Road in Hickory Hill.

54. High Cotton Brewing Kicks Off Renovations -

Plans are moving forward for High Cotton Brewing Co. LLC’s facility in Memphis’ Edge District.

55. High Cotton Brewing Kicks Off Renovations -

Plans are moving forward for High Cotton Brewing Co. LLC’s facility in Memphis’ Edge District.

56. Greenline to Keep Growing in 2013 -

In the coming year, the Shelby Farms Greenline could move a bit farther west from Tillman Street, where it now ends, to the Poplar Avenue viaduct with a goal of linking up with the Broad Avenue Arts District.

57. Delta Blues Winery LLC Buys 15 Acres in Lakeland -

6495 Stewart Road Lakeland, TN 38002
Sale Amount: $165,000

Sale Date: Dec. 10, 2012

58. Advance Auto Parts Sells for $1.1 Million -

An affiliate of Escondido, Calif.-based Realty Income Corp. has paid $1.1 million for the Advance Auto Parts store at 9811 U.S. 64 in Arlington.

59. AutoZone Continues Earnings Streak -

AutoZone Inc. reported lower-than-expected sales during its fiscal first quarter ended Nov. 17, partly the result of a warmer-than-expected winter that resulted in less of a need to replace car components because of parts wearing out.

60. Madison Automotive Wants to Brighten Holidays for Car Owners -

Cars are indispensable necessities for many Memphians who don’t live close to their jobs. When they break down, the repairs often are costly and can force some tough choices to be made.

Many drivers are delaying those repairs. That’s according to Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., which says the average car on the road today is a little past the decade mark.

61. Small Business Saturday Celebrates the Little Guy -

Consumers tend to have a kind of paradoxical regard for Black Friday, when hordes of shoppers swamp America’s malls, department stores and other retailers on the hunt for a bargain but dreading the chaos.

62. Counterfeit Air Bags Called ‘Extreme Safety Risk’ -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Thousands of motorists may be driving cars and trucks installed with dangerous counterfeit bags and they should have them replaced at their own expense, the Obama administration warned Wednesday.

63. Fed: Housing Lifts Growth in Most US Regions -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Stronger housing markets helped boost economic growth at the end of the summer in nearly every region of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday.

64. AutoZone's Olsen Set to Retire This Year -

AutoZone Inc. corporate development officer Robert Olsen is retiring later this year, the Memphis-based auto parts retailer announced Tuesday, Oct. 2.

65. Holiday Sales Seen Rising 4.1 Percent in 2012 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they're not exactly ready to shop 'til they drop like they have been in the past two years.

66. AutoZone Income Rises 7.4 Percent -

Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. is in a rare club among publicly traded retail companies: It’s in a position to rack up strong same-store sales and earnings per share growth regardless of the economic cycle.

67. AutoZone Fourth Quarter Net Income Rises 7.4 Percent -

AutoZone Inc. said Wednesday its fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 7.4 percent, helped by sales contributions from new stores.

68. Luttrell to Reassess Local Air Quality -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is about to examine county government’s entire approach to air quality issues after the Memphis City Council voted last month to cut all city funding for vehicle inspections at the end of the current fiscal year on June 30.

69. Drop in Key US Durable Goods Orders Shows Weakness -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Signs that U.S. manufacturing is faltering emerged from a report Friday that orders for long-lasting factory goods, excluding the volatile transportation category, fell in July for the fourth time in five months.

70. Diamond Adapts to Changes in Trucking Industry -

Richard Sweebe came to Memphis for International Harvester 30 years ago – when the machinery giant was a significant presence in Memphis manufacturing, something it soon would dramatically decrease.

71. AAA: 33M Americans Plan to Travel Over Labor Day Weekend -

Americans plan to hit the road this Labor Day weekend despite rising gas prices.

Thirty-three million people will travel 50 miles or more, a 2.9 percent increase from last year, according to AAA, a federation of auto clubs that sell vacations, insurance and lobby on behalf of car owners. That’s the highest level of travel for Labor Day since the start of the recession in late 2007.

72. Moody's Boosts Outlook for AutoZone to ‘Positive’ -

NEW YORK (AP) – Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday boosted its outlook for AutoZone Inc. to "positive" from "stable," citing the auto parts retailer's stable finances and improving profitability.

73. Fed Survey: Growth, Hiring Slowed in Parts of US -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded modestly in June and early July, but growth and hiring slowed in several parts of the country. The key findings of the Federal Reserve survey echoed the gloomier outlook that Chairman Ben Bernanke offered to Congress this week.

74. Region Should Benefit From GreenTech Opening -

When a group of American investors bought a Chinese auto company making electric vehicles and decided to move the plant to the U.S., the competition was intense for the location.

Haley Barbour, who was governor of Mississippi at the time, points out it was not as intense as the competition for the Toyota plant that the state had previously won.

75. Deutsche Bank Analyst Boosts AutoZone to "Buy" -

NEW YORK (AP) – A Deutsche Bank analyst on Tuesday raised his rating for AutoZone Inc. to "Buy" from Hold," saying that the auto parts retailer will soon get a boost from slowing new car sales and falling gas prices.

76. US Factory Orders Fell 0.6 Percent in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Companies placed fewer orders to U.S. factories for the second straight month and a key measure that tracks business investment plans fell, adding to evidence that the economy is weakening.

77. Chafetz Specializes In ‘Before-the-Fact’ Law -

Sam Chafetz, a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowtiz PC, has a unique word to describe the kind of law he practices.

“If you want to boil it all down, what it comes down to is one word, and it’s a word I learned in my contracts class at the beginning of law school in 1967,” he said. “I am what is known as a ‘jurisprude.’”

78. AutoZone’s Q3 Earnings Grow 18 Pct. -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., the nation’s leading auto parts retailer, opened 33 new U.S. stores during the company’s third quarter that ended earlier this month.

79. AutoZone’s Q3 Earnings Grow 18 Pct. -

Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., the nation’s leading auto parts retailer, opened 33 new U.S. stores during the company’s third quarter that ended earlier this month.

80. US Economy Picks Up After Early Spring Slump -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Maybe the U.S. economy's strength this winter wasn't just weather-related after all.

Home construction is near a three-year high. And factory output has risen in three of the year's first four months.

81. US Factory Output Rose in April on Stronger Autos -

U.S. factory output increased in April, helped by a gain in auto production. Busier factories have driven stronger hiring this year and helped the economy grow.

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that factory production rose 0.6 percent in April, erasing a 0.5 percent decline in March.

82. Analysts Expect Big Quarter for AutoZone -

Wall Street is looking for Memphis-based AutoZone Inc., the nation’s leading auto parts retailer, to report an 18 percent jump in earnings per share when the company releases details of its fiscal-year third-quarter performance next week.

83. Second Budget Vote Tops Agenda -

Memphis City Council members take the second of three votes Tuesday, May 15, on a city budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 as well as a property tax rate for the fiscal year to come.

But the council is still weighing its options and gathering information through a budget committee that continues meeting Tuesday morning at City Hall.

84. Global Connections -

Although the Memphis in May International Festival is widely known for its Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the festival’s focus on developing international economic trade and fostering Memphis companies’ global business relationships remains central to its mission.

85. US Factory Orders Fell in March by Most in 3 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Demand for U.S. factory goods dropped in March by the most in three years, driven lower by a sharp fall in volatile orders for commercial aircraft. Still, more recent data suggest the decline may be temporary.

86. Orders for Durable Goods Plunge in March -

Orders for long-lasting factory goods fell by the largest amount in three years last month, mostly because demand for commercial aircraft plummeted. But companies also ordered less machinery and other equipment, a sign manufacturing output may slow.

87. The Fast Lane -

Forbes magazine recently published an article ranking the best CEOs in the country over the past year. Bill Rhodes, CEO at AutoZone Inc. since 1995, was one of the men who made that list of “best bosses.”

88. Lean Supply Chain Process Taking Root -

When Toyota Motor Corp. began making its cars and moving the parts for them as well as the cars to market in a different way than its rivals in the auto industry, it changed the concept of a supply chain.

89. Auto Sales Surge in March, Led by Small Cars -

DETROIT (AP) – Appealing small cars, low interest rates, truck deals and unseasonably warm weather helped the auto industry achieve its best monthly performance in almost four years in March.

90. US Factory Orders Up 1.3 Pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Businesses ordered more machinery and equipment from U.S. factories in February, a signal that many are investing in their companies despite the expiration of a tax credit.

91. EEOC Accuses AutoZone of Disability Discrimination -

A federal agency is accusing Memphis-based auto-parts retailer AutoZone Inc. of illegally firing an employee because of her disability.

92. EEOC Accuses AutoZone of Disability Discrimination -

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A federal agency is accusing auto-parts retailer AutoZone Inc. of illegally firing an employee because of her disability.

93. US Trade Deficit Grew to 3-Year High in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit surged in January to the widest imbalance in more than three years after imports grew faster than exports.

Rising oil prices helped drive imports to a record high, as did stronger demand for foreign-made cars, computers and food products.

94. Durable Goods Orders Drop by Most in 3 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses slashed spending on machinery and equipment in January after a tax break expired, pushing orders for long-lasting manufacturing goods down by the largest amount in three years.

95. AutoZone Reports Profit Up 12.7 Percent -

Whenever Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. has reported quarterly results in recent memory, the headline hasn’t really changed much. Just the numbers do.

96. AutoZone Reports 12.7 Pct. Rise in Profit -

Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. reported net income for its second quarter ended Feb. 11 of $166.9 million, a 12.7 percent gain over the same period last year.

97. Trade Deficit Widens to $48.8 Billion in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Monthly U.S. exports to Europe grew in December, a hopeful sign after a steep decline the previous month. But, some economists remain concerned that the region's debt crisis will still weigh on the U.S. economy this year.

98. Rising Factory Output Gives Economy a Lift -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories are roaring back from the depths of the recession, cranking out more machinery, vehicles and energy.

Factory production has surged 15 percent above its lows of 2½ years ago and is helping drive the economy's recovery.

99. Brothers Carry on Legacy At Ron Archer Auto Care -

When Ron Archer Auto Care owners Brandon Archer and Luke Archer took over the family business in late 2007, the brothers made a commitment to continue doing business the way their father had for the previous 32 years.

100. Clinton Auto Parts Plant to Expand, Add 188 Jobs -

CLINTON, Tenn. (AP) – Eagle Bend Manufacturing, Inc., is planning a $64 million expansion of its Clinton plant over the next five years. The move is expected to create 188 new jobs.