• Philippine Airlines to buy 54 Airbus jets
    2012-08-29 06:09:07 UTC

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines signed a $7 billion deal on Tuesday to buy 54 Airbus jets as part of an ambitious plan to overhaul its fleet to meet higher demands of transporting passengers and cargo in Asia, the Middle East and Australia, airline officials said. PAL President Ramon Ang said the first ba...
  • Samsung takes wraps off of Windows 8 desktop PCs
    2012-08-28 08:34:16 UTC

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung will offer three different choices to people interested in buying a desktop computer equipped with a redesigned version of Windows going on sale this fall. The personal computers previewed Tuesday by Samsung at a technology conference in Germany provided one of the first glimpses at the Windows 8 machine...
  • Oil rises as storm barrels thru Gulf of Mexico
    2012-08-27 06:06:59 UTC

    BANGKOK (AP) — Oil prices rose Monday as Tropical Storm Isaac barreled across the Gulf of Mexico and toward the U.S. mainland, picking up strength and threatening oil and refining operations. An explosion at a refinery in Venezuela also pushed prices higher. Benchmark crude for October delivery rose $1.04 to $97.19 per barrel in ele...
  • Drop in key US durable goods orders shows weakness
    2012-08-24 14:57:32 UTC

    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. Overall orders for durable goods rose a seasonally adjusted 4.2 percent in July, the Commerce Departmen...
  • AP Exclusive: Romney uses secretive data-mining
    2012-08-24 15:09:39 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's success in raising hundreds of millions of dollars in the costliest presidential race ever can be traced in part to a secretive data-mining project that sifts through Americans' personal information — including their purchasing history and church attendance — to identify new and likely, wealthy donors, T...
  • Fed's discussion hints it may take new action soon
    2012-08-23 02:32:14 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials signaled Wednesday that they may be ready to launch a new bond buying program when they next meet in September. The goal would be to try to lower long-term interest rates to encourage more borrowing and spending. Minutes of the July 31-Aug. 1 policy meeting released Wednesday don't ex...
  • Samaras: Greece needs 'air to breathe'
    2012-08-22 06:48:39 UTC

    BERLIN (AP) — Greece's prime minister is insisting ahead of a visit to Germany that Athens doesn't want more money from creditors, but is indicating it would like more time to enact reforms and spending cuts. Antonis Samaras pledged before coming to power to seek a two-year extension to the deadline for implementing unpopular cuts d...
  • Europe's leaders face post-holiday blues
    2012-08-21 13:06:01 UTC

    After their holidays spent soaking up the August sun, Europe's political leaders are bracing themselves for storm clouds this fall. The latest economic figures show that Europe is edging closer to recession, dragged down by the crippling debt problems of the 17 countries that use the euro. These debt troubles have tormented the e...
  • ECB official: Greece should remain in euro
    2012-08-20 09:17:43 UTC

    BERLIN (AP) — A top European Central Bank official says Greece should remain in the eurozone — arguing that, though an exit would be manageable, it would be very costly and push up unemployment in Europe. The comments by ECB executive board member Joerg Asmussen came ahead of Monday talks in Berlin between the German and Greek forei...
  • Report: Merkel ally rejects concessions to Greece
    2012-08-19 14:41:20 UTC

    BERLIN (AP) — A senior ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that there is no room for concessions to Greece on fulfilling the conditions of its aid program and said in an interview published Sunday that he sees little chance of Germany's governing coalition supporting a third rescue package. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras...
  • Juncker: Greece won't leave eurozone
    2012-08-18 17:01:18 UTC

    BERLIN (AP) — Greece won't leave the 17-nation eurozone, Luxembourg's prime minister said, arguing in an interview published Saturday that an exit wouldn't be politically feasible and would carry unforeseeable risks. Greece has been kept afloat by international loans, but has fallen behind on implementing reforms and austerity measu...
  • Asia stocks retreat on gloomy economic outlook
    2012-08-15 06:35:20 UTC

    BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stocks fell Wednesday as recession among euro nations and slowing growth in China offset flickers of improvement in the U.S. economy. Americans increased their retail spending in July by the most in five months, a gain of 0.8 percent over June, according to government figures released Tuesday. That's a potential...
  • Japan's economy slows as consumer spending flags
    2012-08-13 13:48:35 UTC

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy grew at a slower-than-expected annualized rate of 1.4 percent in April-June, adding to worries over the global outlook, as consumer spending flagged following a rebound from last year's earthquake and tsunami disasters. The protracted crisis in Europe took a heavy toll, also, as feeble demand hit Japan's...
  • How long can Spain take the financial heat?
    2012-08-10 11:47:25 UTC

    Imagine the interest rate on your mortgage going up and up until you can barely meet the monthly installments. How long do you hold on, scrimping and saving, before you throw in the towel? That is the dilemma facing Spain, whose Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is fighting to prevent his country becoming the latest — and biggest — victi...
  • Increasing stereotypes threaten European unity
    2012-08-08 23:14:05 UTC

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Maybe the problem is those southerners lolling in the Mediterranean sun who overspent and tax-dodged their way to ruin. Or maybe it's the northerners, rigid beyond reason, so gloomy in their own lives that they're determined to see the southerners suffer. Such, at least, are the resentful stereotypes that are increas...
  • Bank scandals tarnish London's reputation
    2012-08-07 22:27:26 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — It's been a tense summer in the City of London as one bank after another has faced allegations of massive misbehavior. Bankers in the British capital, which has for centuries been a center for global business, fear its reputation has been tarnished indelibly and that a heavy-handed regulatory crackdown is looming. F...
  • UK bank accused of Iran money laundering scheme
    2012-08-07 00:24:41 UTC

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A British bank schemed with the Iranian government to launder $250 billion from 2001 to 2007, leaving the United States' financial system "vulnerable to terrorists," New York's financial regulator charged Monday. State Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky signed an order that requires London-based St...
  • Monti warns euro crisis threatens EU as a whole
    2012-08-05 16:36:53 UTC

    BERLIN (AP) — Italy's prime minister has warned that the eurozone's sprawling debt crisis has created resentment amid the bloc's nations, which could ultimately trigger a breakup of the wider European Union. Mario Monti told German news magazine Der Spiegel in an interview published Sunday that eurozone tensions over the past few ye...
  • Russia mogul under pressure wants to sell assets
    2012-08-04 14:00:35 UTC

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian tycoon whose holdings include a leading investigative newspaper critical of the Kremlin said Friday that he wants to sell his Russian assets because of pressure from state security services. Alexander Lebedev, worth $1.1 billion according to Forbes magazine, said the main KGB successor agency has targeted him...
  • Economy generates 163K jobs in sign of resilience
    2012-08-04 14:25:33 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy generated jobs last month at the fastest pace since February, a sign it is resilient enough to pull out of a midyear slump and grow modestly even as the rest of the world slows down. The 163,000 jobs employers added in July ended three months of weak hiring. But the surprising gains weren't enough ...
  • Markets look for more detail from Draghi
    2012-08-02 08:41:11 UTC

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank has vowed to "do whatever it takes" to save the euro. Markets want to hear more about what exactly Mario Draghi meant by that. It's not clear how much Draghi will be able to add to his remarks last week during his news conference on Thursday, which is held after the ban...
  • Stocks largely up ahead of Fed meeting
    2012-08-01 16:01:47 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — Stocks recovered their poise Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's latest policy statement and an announcement from the European Central Bank as to how it plans to combat Europe's debt crisis. The consensus in the markets is that the Fed won't do anything dramatic despite mounting signs of a sharp slowdo...
  • Stocks slip ahead of crucial Fed, ECB meetings
    2012-07-31 20:12:36 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing lower after investors held back ahead of three critical events this week: policy meetings at both the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank and a closely watched report on jobs in the U.S. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 64 points to close at 13,009 Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 ...
  • Stocks drift lower on Wall Street; Shaw soars
    2012-07-30 16:28:38 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks drifted lower Monday, following big gains last week on expectations that European leaders would take action to calm the region's debt crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average is down 20 points to 13,055 shortly after noon. JPMorgan Chase led the Dow lower, falling 2 percent to $36.13. U.S. Treasury Sec...
  • Asia stocks rise on continued hopes for ECB action
    2012-07-30 05:24:06 UTC

    BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets rose again Monday as expectations remained high for strong European Central Bank action to stem the continent's chronic debt crisis. Sentiment was also helped by U.S. second quarter growth not slowing as much as feared. The world's No. 1 economy grew just 1.5 percent in the April-June quarter after...