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U.S. Will Monitor Imported Grain

U.S. officials said Tuesday that they will continue to monitor Canadian grain imports, appeasing wheat growers who feared that they would be buried in Canadian wheat, barley and corn. The …


Montana Smelter Shuns Bpa, Buys Power From New Suppliers

Another Northwest smelter has decided to bypass the Bonneville Power Administration and shift a significant share of its electricity load to other suppliers. Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. announced Tuesday it …


Wood Exports Will Hit Record Values

U.S. wood exports are expected to reach a record $7.4 billion this year, with hardwood products leading the way. During the first half of the year, wood product exports rose …


Fed Watchers Take Pessimistic View

The Federal Reserve should move immediately to reduce interest rates or face the risk that the country could topple into recession next year, a group of business and academic economists …


Nike’$ Po$$E: Sampras, Agassi, Cal

Nike’s trademark sweep, worn by Andre Agassi, left, and Pete Sampras at the U.S. Open trophy presentation, made an appearance at a series of high-profile sporting events last week. Photo …


Japanese Economic Struggles Continue

In a significant shift, the government admitted Monday that Japan’s economic hangover from the 1980s was not going to get better soon, and may even get worse. The government’s main …


On-Line Sting Nets Data Theft Suspects

An on-line invitation to buy stolen computer data led to the arrest of six computer users and the seizure of more than 20 computer systems, the U.S. Secret Service announced …


Ast Research Sees Flat Growth

AST Research Inc.’s president and two other top executives quit Monday after the company forecast a quarterly loss and stagnant sales, a sharp contrast to computer industry rivals. The news …


Odds Of Recession Vary, Depending On Who You Ask Most Recent Economic Surveys Support ‘Soft Landing’ Theory

The economy has reached the long-discussed “soft landing,” with no recession in sight, top analysts believe. The consensus of the latest surveys by the National Association of Business Economists and …


This One Impressed Even The Texans

This year’s featured Christmas gift offered by the Neiman Marcus department store chain is so big, a select group of Neiman’s often-blase shoppers burst into applause Monday at its unveiling. …


Worker Illiteracy Hurts U.S. Profits

An overwhelming majority of U.S. corporate leaders agree that worker illiteracy is hurting productivity and profits, but they are divided on what to do about it, according to a survey …


Canadian Wheat Cap Expires

A cap used by the Clinton administration to curb Canadian grain imports ends today, worrying U.S. wheat growers that the states soon will be awash in Canadian durum for pasta, …


Itronix Hits Notebook Market With Tough-As-Nails Computer

Encased like a tank and durable as a basketball, a tough notebook computer for America’s mobile work force was unveiled Monday by Spokane-based Itronix Corp. The X-C 6000 Cross Country …


Dollar Treads Water

The dollar turned mixed against major currencies Monday without fresh economic data or other stimuli to guide it. Analysts said fears of central bank intervention were a cloud over the …


Uninspired Dow Inches Up 4 Points

The stock market rose in sluggish trading Monday with little economic or other news to guide investors. Analysts said many market players were reluctant to make significant commitments ahead of …


Big-Name Country Crooner To Open Big New Arena In Style

A Nobel prize winner, an expert on Chinese trade and political cartoonist Milt Priggee are among the range of speakers appearing this week at various business meetings in the Pacific …


Rummage For Materials On Internet Database Offers Contacts For Exchange Of Bulk Goods

Bob Smee, of the National Materials Exchange Network in Spokane, would like to see you boot up your computer the next time you need bricks to build a patio, instead …


Labor’s Choice Union Election Could Set Future Course

1. Tom Donahue, president of AFL-CIO, and secretary-treasurer Barbara Easterling were all smiles after Donahue succeeded Lane Kirkland last summer. Now Donahue faces a challenge from John J. Sweeney. Photo …


Biotech Stocks Sizzling, Spurred By Acquisitions

High-technology stocks aren’t the only hot sector in the stock market. Less visible biotechnology issues also have been sizzling - the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index is up 40 percent since early …


Setting Up Business At Home Requires Discipline, Planning

While most of us believe that “home is where the heart is,” a growing number of Americans are convinced that home is also the best place to locate a business. …


Smith’s Warranties Still In Limbo Courts Ultimately Will Decide; Some Competitors Offer Help

Some Spokane appliance and furniture dealers are offering help to Smith’s Home Furnishings customers who wonder where they can go to seek fulfillment of warranties on merchandise purchased from Smith’s. …


Banks’ Pricing Strategies Spark Debate Increased Fees Help Banks Recover, But Some Consumers Balk

Did you cost your bank money today? According to Dain Bosworth bank analyst R. Jay Tejera, half of all bank customers do. The widespread restructuring of bank fees is just …


Large Short-Sale Positions Sign Of Potential Trouble

Sometimes, even the paranoid have enemies. In recent years, the practice of short-selling - selling borrowed shares of stock - has been sanitized in market analysis and commentary. Instead of …


Odd-Lot Stock Buyers Are Sticking With Rally

Odd-lot purchases and sales - those of less than 100 shares - are a measure of investing behavior by small-ticket, individual investors. Years ago, before the growth of institutional investing, …


Fbi Launches Probe Of Klein Ads Agency Studying Whether Ads Broke Child Pornography Laws

The FBI is investigating whether critics of Calvin Klein’s latest hot-blooded ad campaign for jeans were on to something when they branded it kiddie porn. The TV and print ads, …


Reports Pay Dividends

The time and effort companies put into their annual reports is worth it, a new survey says. Securities analysts, portfolio managers and individual investors generally use the reports in making …


Japanese Interest Rate Cut Fuels Stock Rally

Stocks rose on Friday, after Japan cut a key interest rate and investors became optimistic about a similar cut in the United States. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 31.00 …


Janitorial Firms Merge Operations San Francisco-Based Chain Buys Allied Janitorial Service

The two largest janitorial companies in Spokane have merged, creating a giant cleaning service that controls 60 percent of the market. Allied Janitorial Service of Spokane, with 325 employees and …


Leather Shop Crafting Dreams Country To Kinky, Leather Still Popular

Leather workers Pat McGowan, left, and Darrin Stockman are hard at work at the Indiana Harness and Saddlery Co. on East Sprague. Photo by Kristy MacDonald/The Spokesman-Review


Kootenai Electric Wins Turf Battle

For the second time in a week, Kootenai Electric Cooperative has won a territorial dispute with The Washington Water Power Co. Idaho District Court Judge Gary Haman ruled that the …