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  • Ford Reports Drop In September Sales

    Ford Motor Co. recorded its first monthly sales decline of the year in September, contributing to an industrywide drop of 3.1 percent from September 1994 sales of cars and light …


  • Dollar Dips On Profit-Taking

    Profit takers drove the dollar slightly lower Wednesday after a Japanese finance official said market intervention alone wouldn’t be enough to keep the dollar strong. The German mark also got …


  • Dow Drops As Investors Turn Wary

    Stocks fell Wednesday as investors, worried about corporate earnings, sold high-flying technology shares and fled to the relative safety of consumer issues. The Dow Jones industrials outperformed the broader market …


  • Workers’ Comp Cut Draws No Objection

    A three-minute public hearing before a nearly empty room Tuesday reflected the quiet support of Spokane employers for a proposed cut in Washington workers’ compensation rates. Douglas Connell, program manager …


  • Law Firms, Furniture Store Add To Downtown Coeur D’Alene’s Vitality

    New life is coming to the north side of downtown Coeur d’Alene as two law firms construct new buildings and an upholstery shop/furniture store moves into a vacant building. The …


  • High-Flying Funds Mutuals Rack Up Strong Gains In Third Quarter

    Stock mutual funds piled up broad gains in the third quarter of 1995, closing in on what could be their best year so far in the 1990s. But wild-eyed optimists …


  • Liquidator Plans Sale At Smith’s Local Stores To Reopen Briefly To Sell Remaining Inventory

    The two Spokane Smith’s Home Furnishings stores will temporarily reopen Thursday at 9:30 a.m., but not under the management of the bankrupt Portland company. Maynards Industries, a Vancouver, B.C.-based auction …


  • Lamb-Weston Buys Stake In Turkish Firm

    Lamb-Weston Inc., a Kennewick-based french fry processor, said Tuesday that it has acquired an interest in a Turkish frozen potato company, furthering its reach into Europe and the Mediterranean. Lamb-Weston …


  • Chrysler Chairman Attacks Kerkorian

    Chrysler Corp. Chairman Robert J. Eaton launched a strong attack Tuesday on renegade stockholder Kirk Kerkorian, saying the time had come to speak out against a “negative campaign” hurting the …


  • Hecla Wins Honors For Reclamation Work

    Hecla Mining Co. has won two of Idaho’s top reclamation awards for its work at the Grouse Creek gold mine near Challis. Hecla won the Special Project Award for wetlands …


  • Speculation Boosts Dollar

    The dollar gained against the Japanese yen Monday on an unconfirmed report that the leading industrial nations are setting a high dollar-yen target. The greenback was generally mixed against major …


  • Dow Wilts As It Waits For Earnings

    Stocks ended lower on Monday as investors looked at some weak economic data and worried about third-quarter corporate profits. Technology stocks, which have performed ahead of the market this year, …


  • Souping Up The Sales Pitch

    The average American household stores six to eight cans of soup in its cupboard. The problem is getting people to dust the cans off and use them. Campbell Soup Co. …


  • Spending Soars, But Boom Could Be Brief Consumers May Be Buying, But Incomes Haven’t Risen Enough To Sustain Trend

    Consumer spending shot up in August at the fastest pace in three months as Americans flocked to auto showrooms to take advantage of steep discounts. But incomes were unchanged, prompting …


  • Usair Entertains Bids For Sale

    USAir Group Inc. has been in talks about selling itself to American or United airlines, USAir said Monday. In Chicago, a spokesman for UAL Corp. said the parent of United …


  • Nevada Complicates Wwp Deal

    Nevada regulators have again thrown a resistor into the proposed circuitry of a merger between Washington Water Power Co. and Sierra Pacific Resources. Although officials at Renobased Sierra Monday were …


  • Microsoft Cuts Software Prices

    Hoping to increase sales to home computer users, Microsoft Corp. said Monday it is reducing prices on more than 40 home software products by as much as 45 percent. Microsoft …


  • Nextel Will Make Move To Seattle

    Nextel Communications Inc., a provider of wireless communications for teams of mobile workers, announced Monday it will relocate its corporate headquarters to the greater Seattle area. “As a result of …


  • Us West Dumps Rural Phone Lines

    US West has shed $600 million worth of rural lines over the past three years, a move federal officials are calling one of the biggest divestitures of local phone service …


  • Local Callers Want To Switch Companies

    U.S. households would change their local phone company if given the choice and offered a discount of 10 percent to 15 percent, according to a survey by the Yankee Group. …


  • Slowdown Protests Boeing Talks

    Machinist leaders Bob Gregory, right, and Bill Johnson discuss Boeing contract talks in a news conference. Photo by Associated Press


  • Court Refuses To Reinstate Alar Suit 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals Decision Ends Six-Year Battle

    Six years after “60 Minutes” called Alar “the most potent cancer-causing agent in our food supply,” a federal appeals court has ended Washington apple growers legal claims against the CBS …


  • Putting Style Into Corporate Training Center Stanford Will Transform Facility From Dorm-Style Accommodations

    You’re a corporate hotshot and your company has just sent you to the prestigious Stanford Graduate School of Business for half the summer to attend a $27,500 seminar to enhance …


  • Soph-Ware Associates Company Building Programs To Transform Printed Matter Into Computer Text

    Ronald Turner, left, Audrey Turner and Timothy Douglass run Soph-Ware Associates. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review


  • Utility Officials To Study Changes In Their Industry

    Utility officials from throughout the West will meet in Spokane from Tuesday through Thursday to discuss the the competitive and economic changes that are transforming their industry. The meeting, organized …


  • Downtown Campaign Still Rolling

    Keep those cards and letters coming, folks, urge organizers of a grassroots effort encouraging Nordstrom and the Bon to maintain stores in downtown Spokane. “And keep signing petitions and phoning …


  • Popcorn Stand Offers Kernel Of Teryear

    Bob Buhl helps a customer at his popcorn stand at the University City Rosauers. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review


  • Daiwa Sells Property To Offset Trading Loss

    Daiwa Bank said Friday it used proceeds from sales of real estate and securities to offset a $1.1 billion trading loss blamed on a rogue U.S. bond trader at its …


  • Compuserve Agrees To Accept Advertising

    CompuServe, pressed to lower subscription rates and meet competition from Internet access companies, in October will become the last of the major on-line services to accept advertising. The decision announced …


  • Sega, Partners To Develop Arcades

    Sega Enterprises Ltd., DreamWorks SKG and MCA Inc. have agreed in principal to jointly design and develop public entertainment centers. The centers, featuring advanced video arcade games, simulated rides, food …


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