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  • FRIDAY, DEC. 15, 1995

    Contract Will Maintain Boeing’s Leadership Company Chairman Says Labor Agreement Should Allow Boeing To Maintain Competitive Edge

    A new contract agreement reached with Boeing Co. production workers will help the aerospace giant maintain its leadership in the industry, Chairman Frank Shrontz said. “I think the company is …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 15, 1995

    General Mills Has Drop In Second Quarter Earnings

    General Mills reported a drop in second-quarter earnings, reflecting the sale of its Gorton’s frozen seafood business in May and the spinoff of its restaurant business. Net earnings for the …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 15, 1995

    Money Supply Signs Are Mixed

    The two broadest measures of the nation’s money supply were mixed last week, the Federal Reserve Board reported Thursday. The Fed said the measure known as M2 fell to a …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 15, 1995

    Stock Gains Ease Worker’s Comp Rate Employers Will Get Break Of 27 Percent

    Washington business owners and their workers will receive a 27 percent reduction next year in the premiums they pay for state accident and medical insurance. The Washington Department of Labor …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 1995

    German Rate News Boosts Dollar

    The dollar rose slightly against European currencies Wednesday after Britain lowered a short-term lending rate, heightening expectations that Germany would follow with a cut of its own Thursday. The greenback …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 1995

    Triple-Witching Magic Levitates Stocks

    Stocks climbed to record heights Wednesday as computer-driven buy programs lifted prices ahead of Friday’s triple expiration of options and futures contracts. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 41.55 points …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 1995

    Inland Power Mails Capital Credit Checks

    Inland Power & Light Co. has mailed checks worth more than $1.4 million to 13,500 members and former members. General Manager Richard Heitman said the distribution of capital credits accumulated …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 1995

    Kissing Off The Competition

    Don’t expect Procter & Gamble and Revlon to kiss and make up. The two makers of competing cosmetic lines are in each other’s face over Revlon’s claims that its new …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 1995

    Creativity Key To Future Success Futurist Says Baby Boomers Will Demand Unique Products

    Larye Lusk, right, talks fertilizer equipment with Ken Davis, left, and David Taylor during the Far West Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association’s annual meeting Wednesday. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 1995

    Boeing Bonus Onus Will Land On Customers Escalator Clauses Mean Airline Companies Will Face Higher Costs When They Buy Airplanes

    Boeing’s customers will pay all of the bonus and other contract increases given to Machinists in the workers’ new four-year contract because of “escalator clauses” the aircraft manufacturer traditionally has …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 1995

    Olivetti Joins Internet Pc Group Ibm, Oracle, Sun, Discuss Development Of Computer Tailored To Internet

    Olivetti SpA said Wednesday it’s in talks with International Business Machines Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. and Oracle Corp. about jointly producing a stripped-down computer dedicated to Internet access. A computer …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 1995

    China Wheat Import Ban Called Unfair

    U.S. farmers headed to Beijing Wednesday to highlight another front in the U.S.-China trade dispute - China’s ban on wheat imports from the Pacific Northwest. The wheat industry delegation was …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 1995

    Banking Industry Hits Record Profits

    The banking industry, on a four-year winning streak, set another record for profits in the third quarter. Banks rolled up $13.8 billion in earnings in the three months ended Sept. …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 1995

    Bausch & Lomb Chief Resigns

    Bausch & Lomb Inc.’s longtime chief executive, hurt by questionable contact lens marketing practices that depleted profits and invited federal scrutiny, says he is retiring on Dec. 31. Daniel E. …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 1995

    Regulators Approve Bank Move To Idaho

    Regulators have approved a move by Newport-based Pend Oreille Bank into Idaho, and Chairman Evelyn Meany said the institution plans to open a Ponderay branch by next fall. Operations at …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 1995

    Mine Bureau Funeral Recalls Good Times

    In a ceremony that took the tone of both a funeral and a pep rally, U.S. Bureau of Mines employees paid tribute to the agency Wednesday as it prepares to …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 1995

    Americans Still Short On Retirement Savings

    Many full-time American workers, despite a hefty increase in retirement savings this year, still are not putting away enough to maintain their living standards when they quit work, a survey …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 1995

    Inflation Report Unsettles Market

    Surging food and motor vehicle costs in November sparked the steepest jump in wholesale prices in 11 months and sent financial markets skidding amid concerns the Federal Reserve may not …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 1995

    Apple Growers Will Try Japan Again Washington Apples Weren’t Well-Received By Japanese Last Year

    After a poor showing in their first season, U.S. apple growers are taking another slice at the Japanese market. But they’ll have to overcome a problem: Japanese consumers don’t seem …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 1995

    Utilities Ask Direction From Ferc

    Washington Water Power Co. and Sierra Pacific Resources may suggest a way to settle issues that caused regulators to delay their proposed merger last week. WWP spokesman Pat Lynch said …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 1995

    Postal Officials Inspect Sites For New Coeur D’Alene Facility

    A team of experts is in Coeur d’Alene to inspect sites that are finalists for the new postal annex needed so badly for this area. Heading the group is project …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 1995

    Microsoft Acquires Flight Game Maker

    Microsoft Corp. is buying the Illinois-based creator of Microsoft Flight Simulator, one of the most successful personal computer games. Bruce Artwick Organization Ltd. has licensed the game to Microsoft for …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 1995

    Nursing Home Deal Drains Tacoma Jobs

    The merger of the Hillhaven Corp. nursing-home chain with a Kentucky-based health-care provider will cost Tacoma 400 jobs next summer. The decision was announced to employees Monday, about 11 weeks …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 1995

    Contract Offers ‘Generous’ Incentives

    Boeing Machinists in Spokane will receive an unexpected $2,000 bonus three days before Christmas, and can get another $1,200 each by joining a health maintenance organization if they approve a …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 1995

    Machinists Cheer Prospect Of Return Union Members Fare Well In Contract, But So Does Boeing

    Striking Boeing machinist Gary Buehler of Fife, left, reads a copy of the new contract proposal as Jerry Oliver of Tacoma looks on Tuesday. Photo by Associated Press


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 12, 1995

    Business Insurance Costs Decline

    Big U.S.-based businesses reported a significant decline in their insurance costs last year, the second straight annual drop after a decade of consecutive increases, a new survey found. The 1995 …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 12, 1995

    Poinsettia Sales Bolster Greenhouses

    Steve Barkwell and his wife, Donna, of Zerba Gardens in Milton-Freewater, Ore., pose by what they claim is the world’s largest poinsettia plant. Photo by Associated Press


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 12, 1995

    Allen Investment Boosts Broderbund

    Broderbund Software Inc. shares shot up 5.7 percent Monday after it was disclosed that the co-founder of Microsoft Corp., Paul G. Allen, has spent nearly $60 million to acquire a …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 12, 1995

    Justice Allows U.S. Bank Deal

    The Justice Department agreed Monday not to challenge the merger of two Pacific Northwest banks so long as they sell off 27 branch offices with deposits of more than $600 …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 12, 1995

    Ex-Toy Executive Pleads To Bribes

    A former Hasbro Co. vice president pleaded no contest Monday to taking $3 million in bribes from a company that shipped the toymakers’ products. Israel Laudon, 70, of Warren, R.I., …


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