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1. Walmart's Bruising Battle With Amazon Saps Its Q4 Results -

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart is getting bruised in its battle with online leader Amazon.

The world's largest retailer on Tuesday reported a smaller-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as it wrestled with slower e-commerce sales during the busiest time of the year. The results underscore the company's challenges in a fiercely competitive retail landscape.

2. US Retail Sales Rise in January, Led By Gas and Restaurants -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their spending at gasoline stations and restaurants in January, boosting retail sales even though auto buying fell.

Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent, down from a solid 1 percent gain in December, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

3. US Manufacturing Output Stumbled in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factory production fell last month amid cutbacks in appliances, home electronics and machinery, threatening hopes for a manufacturing rebound after two previous months of gains.

4. Applications for US Jobless Benefits Fall to 3-Month Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking unemployment aid fell last week to the lowest level since November, evidence that stock market turmoil and slow growth overseas haven't caused U.S. businesses to cut jobs.

5. Why Optimism About the US Economy's Strength Has Dimmed -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers, fueled by job growth, cheaper gas and higher home values, would drive the U.S. economy through a global slump.

That was the widespread hope just a few months ago. Now, doubts are growing that the United States can withstand economic pressures flowing from overseas. Economies in China, Canada, Brazil and Europe are struggling. Canada, the largest U.S. trading partner, is in recession.

6. Boyle Buys Vining Sparks HQ For $16.3M -

776 Ridge Lake Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $16.3 million

Sale Date: Oct. 15

7. Holmes Road Warehouse Gets $5M Expansion -

Panattoni Development Co. has filed a $5 million building permit for interior alterations to the Memphis Oaks III warehouse.

8. Schaeffer Joins Patrick Accounting -

Michael Schaeffer has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as staff accountant. In his new role, Schaeffer will provide small businesses with accurate, timely financial statements that will allow them to make informed management decisions regarding the life of their company.

9. TV Makers Design for Streaming Video to Stay Relevant -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.

10. US Factory Output Rebounds in February -

U.S. factory output rebounded strongly in February after harsh winter storms caused a steep drop-off in production in January. Manufacturers produced more autos, home electronics and chemicals.

The Federal Reserve said Monday that factory production surged 0.8 percent, nearly reversing a 0.9 percent plunge in January that was due mainly to weather. February’s gain was the largest in six months.

11. US Factory Output Rebounds in February -

U.S. factory output rebounded strongly in February after harsh winter storms caused a steep drop-off in production in January. Manufacturers produced more autos, home electronics and chemicals.

The Federal Reserve said Monday that factory production surged 0.8 percent, nearly reversing a 0.9 percent plunge in January that was due mainly to weather. February's gain was the largest in six months.

12. Consumer Confidence Falls to 7-Month Low -

U.S. consumers’ confidence in the economy fell in November to the lowest level in seven months, dragged down by greater concerns about hiring and pay in the coming months.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence dropped to 70.4 from 72.4 in October. The October reading was higher than initially reported, but still well below the 80.2 reading in September.

13. US Consumer Confidence Falls to 7-Month Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumers' confidence in the economy fell in November to the lowest level in seven months, dragged down by greater concerns about hiring and pay in the coming months.

14. US Retail Sales Rise Solid 0.4 Percent in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers shrugged off the 16-day partial government shutdown and spent more on autos, clothing and furniture in October, boosting U.S. retail sales by the most in four months.

15. Outside Drop in Autos, US Retail Spending Rises -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sharp drop in auto sales caused largely by a calendar quirk lowered U.S. retail spending in September. But Americans spent more on most other goods, showing some confidence in the economy before much of the government shut down.

16. US Retail Sales Fall 0.4 Percent in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales at U.S. retailers fell in March from February, indicating that higher taxes and weak hiring likely made some consumers more cautious about spending.

Retail sales declined a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Friday. That followed a 1 percent gain in February and a 0.1 percent decline in January. Both February and January figures were revised lower.

17. Apple CEO Promises Investors ‘Great Stuff' to Come -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook sought to assure shareholders Wednesday that the company is working on some "great stuff" that may help reverse a sharp decline in its stock price.

18. Sharp Seeks 2,000 Early Retirement for Job Cuts -

TOKYO (AP) – Money-losing Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. is calling for about 2,000 early retirement applications under its turnaround plan.

19. IPhone Appeal Dims as Samsung Shines -

NEW YORK (AP) – The latest iPhone looks much the same as the first iPhone, which came out more than five years ago. That hasn't been a problem for Apple – until, now.

The pace of iPhone sales has slowed, Apple revealed last week. Part of the problem is that the competition has found a formula that works: thinner phones with big screens that make the iPhone look small and chubby.

20. 3 TV Display Makers Settle LCD Price-Fixing Case -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Three Asia-based companies have agreed to pay $571 million to settle claims by officials in eight states that they conspired to inflate prices for liquid crystal display screens used in televisions and computer monitors, according to New York's attorney general.

21. US Manufacturing Shrinks for First Time in 3 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing shrank in June for the first time in nearly three years, adding to signs that economic growth is weakening.

Production declined, and the number of new orders plunged, according to a monthly report released Monday by the Institute for Supply Management.

22. Sharp Marks Production of 3 Millionth Solar Panel -

Less than two years after its executives marked the making of the 2 millionth solar panel at the Memphis Sharp Manufacturing plant, the company on Monday, April 30, marked the production of the 3 millionth solar panel by Sharp Electronics Corp.

23. US Economic Outlook Brightens as Retail Sales Rise -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans bought more electronics, started home improvement projects and updated their wardrobes last month, inspired by warmer weather and a healthier job market.

U.S. retail sales rose 0.8 percent in March, the Commerce Department said Friday.

24. Tennessee Solar Study Says Need to Stay Aggressive -

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's solar and related industries provide more than 6,400 jobs in a growing green economic sector, but the state needs to stay aggressive in supporting and pursuing the ventures, a report released Thursday shows.

25. Stronger Factories, Lower Prices Lift Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing is recovering from a slump, and inflation may be peaking.

Data issued Wednesday point to an economy growing slowly but steadily. Still, surging oil prices and a possible European recession threaten to drain the economy's momentum.

26. Retailers Bank on Kindle Fire for Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon's Kindle Fire is a Catch-22 for retailers: The $199 tablet computer could both help Christmas traffic and hurt future sales.

Retailers hope the Kindle Fire's low price tag – which is less than half that of Apple's cheapest iPad tablet – will attract shoppers to stores during the busy holiday season. But the device, which offers free shipping and other incentives for customers to shop at Amazon, ultimately could drive sales to their online nemesis.

27. Americans Cut Spending in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans cut their spending in June for the first time in nearly two years after seeing their incomes grow by the smallest amount in nine months. The latest data offered a troubling sign for an economy that is adding few jobs and barely growing.

28. Factory Output Dropped on Japan Supply Disruptions -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories in April produced fewer goods for the first time in 10 months. A temporary parts shortage stemming from the Japanese earthquake forced automakers to cut back output.

29. Rising Pump Prices Add to Wal-Mart Uncertainty -

NEW YORK (AP) – Rising gas prices are adding another obstacle to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s campaign to reverse a two-year U.S. sales slump.

30. Consumers Buy More Retail Goods in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers spent more in March on furniture, electronics and at restaurants, but also paid more for gas.

Retail sales increased 0.4 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. It was the ninth consecutive monthly gain.

31. Wal-Mart Price Cuts Could Reopen TV Price Fight -

NEW YORK (AP) – The intense TV price wars of 2009's holiday season may look like kids' play if competition takes off this year the way some analysts expect.

In what could be an opening salvo, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday that it will discount stock on hand of certain flat-panel TVs at 8 a.m. Saturday for two days or as long as supplies last.

32. Manufacturing Activity Surges in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Manufacturing activity expanded last month at the fastest pace since May, driven by demand in the United States and abroad for cars, computers and other goods.

The report signals that U.S. factory output, which slowed over the summer, remains a strong player in an otherwise weak economy. A separate report on Monday showed that manufacturing in China, the world's second-largest economy, also grew.

33. Consensus Seeker -

With a few unscripted remarks in late 2009, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. laid out what could be considered the theme of his just-ended first year in office.

It came while addressing the media last fall about changes he was making to the Memphis Animal Shelter, which Shelby County sheriff’s deputies raided in the early morning hours to investigate allegations of animal cruelty.

34. August Retail Sales up 0.4 Pct., Best in 5 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Retail sales rose in August by the largest amount in five months, adding to evidence that a late spring economic swoon was temporary and not the start of another recession.

35. The Hard Sell -

To understand how Northwest Mississippi’s small boomtowns like Olive Branch keep one-upping Memphis and reeling in jobs and taxpayers with the promise of greener pastures, an Internet video is one place to start.

36. Fund Signals Memphis ‘Open for Business’ -

He wasn’t saying “I told you so,” but he came close.

The day after Pinnacle Airlines Corp. acknowledged Mississippi officials had made the Memphis company a generous offer to relocate to Olive Branch, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. reminded at least one person about something he’d won approval for just one week before that.

37. Sharp Reaches Solar Panel Milestone -

With a thumbs up from a factory line worker, the 2 millionth solar panel rolled off the assembly line this week at the Memphis Sharp Manufacturing Plant.

Instead of going immediately into a cardboard box, the panel was lifted by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., Hiroshi Sato, Japan’s Consul General from Nashville, and Paul Shaffer, head of local 474 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, off the assembly line as workers applauded.

38. Memphis in May -

In 1977, Lyman Aldrich had job creation in mind when he invited Japanese businessmen to serve on the board of Memphis in May.

Two years later, Sharp Electronics, a Japanese manufacturer, announced its intention to build its first U.S. plant in Memphis.

39. Retail Data Show Consumers ‘Took a Breather’ in April -

Consumers bought less clothing and footwear in April than they did in the same month last year but opened their wallets for electronics, major appliances and status goods, purchase data released Wednesday show.

40. Toyota Apologizes for Handling of Safety Issues -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of Toyota's U.S. operations insisted Tuesday that electronic problems did not contribute to sudden acceleration of its cars, drawing sharp criticism from lawmakers who said such a possibility should not be ruled out and from a tearful woman driver who could not stop her runaway Lexus.

41. Frequent Flier -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is quickly evolving into a virtual one-man chamber of commerce.

In between putting out political brushfires, mapping out an ambitious city agenda and holding town halls with voters, the mayor also has spent much of his first three months glad-handing national businesses and political leaders.

42. Bredesen Says China Trip Has Green Energy Focus -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The renewable energy sector has been among the most promising areas of discussion while on a trade mission to China, Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said Tuesday.

Bredesen said in a conference call from Hong Kong that the trip has been highlighted by visits to Shaanxi and Zhejiang provinces and meetings with their governors and business officials. Both provinces are larger than California, Bredesen said.

43. Massey Keeps Tabs on Industrial Incentives -

Joann Massey started her new job just six months ago, but within that short time frame she has been a key player on a team that has made Memphis a better competitor for new jobs.

44. Wal-Mart: We’ll Keep Customers Gained in Recession -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executives pledged Friday to continue making changes to the company to adapt to the economy but to do so in a way that it keeps the new customers it has picked up because of the recession.

45. Tenn. Senate to Vote on Rejecting 'Cap and Trade' -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state Senate was to vote Monday on a resolution declaring that Tennessee won't participate in a federal system for limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Brentwood, the resolution's main sponsor, said the cap-and-trade system being debated in Congress would serve as a "hidden tax" on energy consumers.

46. State to Spend Stimulus Money On West Tenn. Solar Project -

Tennessee will spend $62 million in federal stimulus money on facilities for solar power generation and research, Gov. Phil Bredesen said Wednesday.

The Democratic governor said a five-megawatt solar plant in Haywood County would be among the largest in the eastern United States. A plant that size could generate power for about 600 to 700 homes, he said.

47. US Productivity Falls While Wage Pressures Rise -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The deepening recession caused worker productivity to slide by a worse-than-expected amount in the fourth quarter while wage pressures shot up at the fastest clip in two years.

48. Bredesen Proposes Solar Research Center -

Gov. Phil Bredesen wants to take advantage of industrial and scientific expertise in Tennessee to establish a solar power research lab and spur green energy job creation.

The Democratic governor said in his annual State of the State address Monday night that a Solar Institute could become “the basic research leader in making solar power practical.”

49. Best Buy Taps President and COO Dunn as New CEO -

CHICAGO (AP) - Best Buy Co. Inc. laid out a succession plan Wednesday, saying Brian J. Dunn, its president and chief operating officer, will take over this summer as chief executive of the nation's largest consumer electronics chain.

50. FedEx Freight Offers Next-Day Guarantee -

FedEx Corp. reported Tuesday it will offer a money-back guarantee for delivery by 10:30 a.m. the next day through its freight unit.

51. Time Warner Expects $25B Charge, Loss for Year -

NEW YORK (AP) - Media company Time Warner Inc. said Wednesday that it expects a fourth-quarter charge of $25 billion to write down the value of its cable, publishing and AOL assets, leading to a loss for the year.

52. Sharp Issued PermitTo Rebuild Plant -      Sharp Manufacturing Co. of America is moving quickly to get back on track after suffering damage in the Feb. 5 storm that tore through its plant at 4050 S. Mendenhall Road in Southeast Memphis.
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53. Panattoni Sells PropertyFor $6.1 Million -      Memphis Oaks 3 LLC, a division of Panattoni Development Co., sold property at 3860 Holmes Road for $6.1 million in an internal trade. The buyer was Moss Properties LLC.
     The 525,000-squa

54. Memphis Product a Bright SpotAt MLB's All-Star Game -      Memphis doesn't have a Major League Baseball team, but the city had a presence at Tuesday night's All-Star Game in San Francisco.
     A Sharp solar electricity system - assembled at the Shar

55. Panattoni Begins Second PhaseOf Memphis Oaks -      Panattoni Development Co. (PDC) is developing the second phase of Building 3 at Memphis Oaks Distribution Center at 3860 Holmes Road.
     The work is a 525,000-square-foot addition to an exi

56. Panattoni Plans Expansion Of Holmes Road Building -      Panattoni Development Co. is expanding an industrial building at 3860 E. Holmes Road, bringing the size of the building to more than 1 million square feet. The company has filed a nearly $9 million building permit with t

57. 'Hello, Sunshine' -

The song "Why Does the Sun Shine?" popularly covered by alternative rock band They Might Be Giants, gives a basic rundown of the huge sphere at the center of our universe:

    "Yo ho, it's hot, the sun is not
    A place where we could live.
    But here on Earth there'd be no life
    Without the light it gives."

58. Sharp Introduces New Branding Campaign -      Sharp Electronics Corp. yesterday unveiled a new branding campaign to drive home solar power sales at the Solar Power 2006 conference in San José, Calif.
     The campaign is composed of two

59. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - CORRECTION

Many rare birds are flying into Memphis from across the United States as the Exotic Bird Fair lands at Southwest Tennessee Community College, 5983 Macon Cove, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1. For information,...

60. Archived Article: Tech Briefs - Sharp Electronics introduced two new Linux-based personal digital assistants (PDAs), the SL-5600 for the U

Sharp Electronics introduced two new Linux-based personal digital assistants the SL-5600 for the U.S. market and the B500 in Japan targeted...

61. Archived Article: Kruger (lead) - Tissue mill with complex history seeks tax freeze

Tissue mill with complex history seeks tax freeze

By SUE KIRSTEIN

The Daily News

A paper tissue mill in North Memphis that has been mired in difficulties for the past three years will app...

62. Archived Article: Sharp (lead) - Sharps Memphis plant to begin production of solar energy products

Sharps Memphis plant finds its place in the sun

By SUE KIRSTEIN

The Daily News

Banking on the anticipated growth of solar electricity demand in the U.S. market, Sharp Elec...

63. Archived Article: Marketplace - Judging from most accounts, its somewhat murky to accurately predict just what will become of the approaching official holida

Local stores hope holiday sales again beat expectations

By ANDREW BELL

The Daily News

Though predictions about ...

64. Archived Article: Tech Focus - I want by DTV I want my DTV maybe by 2006 By SUE PEASE The Daily News Digital television, the new broadcast technology touted as the best TV technology since color, is here. Local TV stations are broadcasting in digital format, so turn on the TV set...

65. Archived Article - Call centers: a ring of opportunity Call centers ring with opportunity for Memphis By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News The world is calling, and Tennessee is picking up the phone. Call centers are a booming sector of the states economy, and representat...

66. Archived Article: Chamber Chg - By CAMILLE H Capital investment from area projects doubled from 1995 By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Memphis and Shelby County had more major projects with jobs created in 1996 than in the past 10 years, according to an announcement made Wednesd...