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America’s Rising Business Optimism

Construction workers in Miami on March 10. According to a new survey, the nonresidential construction sector expects business to grow, based on promises of big infrastructure spending. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Construction workers in Miami on March 10. According to a new survey, the nonresidential construction sector expects business to grow, based on promises of big infrastructure spending. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

NEW YORK—Optimism within the nation’s business world is soaring—reaching its highest levels in years. Yet recovery from the 2008 financial crisis has been weaker than...




  • Youtuber and makeup artist Jen Chae demonstrates makeup techniques during at Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, California on Mar. 4, 2017. (Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images)

    The Beauty Industry’s Digital Revolution

    Social platforms like YouTube are revolutionizing the beauty industry, allowing smaller brands and online stars to reach audiences in unprecedented ways. But for cosmetics giants,... Read more

  • A RadioShack store in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    RadioShack Files for Second Bankruptcy in 2 Years

    FORT WORTH, Texas—RadioShack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in just over two years, putting the future of the nearly... Read more

  • The cloud computing pavilion of Amazon Web Services at the 2016 CeBIT digital technology trade fair on March 14, 2016 in Hanover, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

    The Internet’s ‘Too Big to Fail’

    An accidental typo by an Amazon employee took down a large swath of the internet on Feb. 28. Some websites reported extremely slow load times, while... Read more

  • An exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco on March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Uber Deploys Secret Weapon Against Undercover Regulators

    SAN FRANCISCO—Uber has been wielding a secret weapon to thwart authorities who have been trying to curtail or shut down its ride-hailing service in cities... Read more

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    Costco Raises Membership Fees, Misses Earnings Forecasts

    ISSAQUAH, Wash.—Costco Wholesale Corp. announced Thursday that it’s raising its membership fees, as the warehouse club operator released quarterly results that fell short of Wall... Read more

  • A banner for Snap Inc. hangs from the front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York on March 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    High School Makes $24 Million From Snap IPO

    SAN FRANCISCO—A California high school has made millions of dollars from the initial public offering of shares in Snap Inc., the company behind the Snapchat... Read more

  • Snapchat co-founders Bobby Murphy (L) and CEO Evan Spiegel ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange as the company celebrates its IPO on March 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Snapchat Parent Rockets Higher in Wall Street Debut

    NEW YORK—The company behind Snapchat is trading sharply higher in its Wall Street debut. Snap Inc. jumped $7, or 41 percent, to $24 a share... Read more

  • Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel poses for a photo in Los Angeles, in this file photo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Snap Passes Big Test: IPO at $17 a Share, Above Expectation

    NEW YORK—For Snap Inc., a messaging company that started its official bid to go public last Halloween, the looming question now is whether investors are... Read more

  • A footlong sandwich in a Subway restaurant in Miami, FL., on Oct. 21, 2015. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    What’s in Your Sandwich? Subway Disputes Study on Chicken

    How much chicken is actually in your chicken sandwich? A study by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s consumer affairs show “Marketplace” says researchers conducted DNA tests... Read more

  • Amin al-Nasser, president of Saudi Aramco, delivers a speech during the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul on Oct. 11, 2016. Saudi Arabia plans to sell roughly 5 percent of Saudi Aramco shares with listings on both the Saudi stock exchange and at least one international stock exchange.
(OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Stock Exchanges Compete to List the World’s Largest Company

    The world’s largest oil producer, Saudi Arabian Oil Co., plans to go public next year. The initial public offering (IPO) is expected to raise $100 billion,... Read more

  • A  J.C. Penny department store in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    J.C. Penney to Close up to 140 Stores

    NEW YORK—J.C. Penney said Friday that it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next... Read more

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Feb. 21, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    The Cause of Corporate Short-Termism

    The tension between managing for the long term and delivering good results for the next quarter is one of the greatest challenges corporate executives face... Read more

  • An Amazon fulfillment center. (Courtesy of Amazon)

    The Tax Loophole Behind Amazon’s Rapid Growth

    Ever wonder how online retailer Amazon can compete with everybody on price? It’s not just about economies of scale. For many years, Amazon enjoyed a competitive... Read more

  • Ivanka Trump and her daughter Arabella Kushner walk down the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington on Feb. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

    Ivanka Trump Visits Center for Minority-Owned Businesses

    WASHINGTON—Ivanka Trump is learning more about economic policy as she takes on a more visible role in and around Washington. On Wednesday, the first daughter... Read more

  • A view of jewelry for sale at the 'Ivanka Trump Collection' shop in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York City on Feb. 10, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Ivanka Trump’s Perfume Jumps to No. 1 on Amazon Despite Boycotts

    First Daughter Ivanka Trump’s brand of perfume has shot to number one on Amazon’s list of bestselling fragrances despite calls to boycott Trump products.  Ivanka Trump’s... Read more

  • Yahoo and Verizon logos on a laptop, in North Andover, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Yahoo Salvages Verizon Deal With $350 Million Discount

    NEW YORK—Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed... Read more

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