Consumer Goods

  • Pernod Ricard/Diageo: tonic required Financial Times - 6 hours ago

    On the rocks, or straight? As you pour a stiff drink after another week of market volatility, spare a thought for the big spirits companies. Full-year results from Pernod-Ricard - the world's second-biggest ...

  • Adopt normal or 'severe' car maintenance schedule? Bankrate.com - 12 hours ago

    Which maintenance schedule should I be following? It's great to hear that you are reading your owners manual. It's a terrific source of information, yet it seems very few car owners actually consult it in advance of a problem.

  • Lawyer: Former franchisee alerted Subway exec about Fogle Associated Press - 22 hours ago

    A former franchisee alerted a Subway advertising executive in 2008 about her concerns about pitchman Jared Fogle, according to her lawyer. Cindy Mills exchanged phone numbers with Fogle after they met ...

  • California Senate advances vaping, smoking regulation bills Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    Democratic lawmakers advanced a package of tobacco regulation bills on Thursday, reviving proposals that earlier stalled in the Legislature amid opposition from tobacco companies. They include measures ...

  • Lawyer: Former franchisee alerted Subway about Fogle Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    A former franchisee alerted a Subway advertising executive in 2008 about her concerns about pitchman Jared Fogle, according to her lawyer. Cindy Mills exchanged phone numbers with Fogle after they met ...

  • Movado rebounds as 2Q results top analyst estimates Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    Shares of Movado Group surged 21 percent Thursday after the luxury watchmaker's second-quarter results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The seller of Movado, Ebel, Hugo Boss and Lacoste watches said ...

  • McDonald's, Tyson cut ties with farmer tied to abuse video Associated Press - Fri, Aug 28, 2015 6:17 AM NZST

    McDonald's and its supplier Tyson Foods say they've cut ties with a chicken farmer after an advocacy group released a video taken with a hidden camera that the group said showed abusive practices at its ...

  • AP Exclusive: David Letterman struggling with love of racing Associated Press - Fri, Aug 28, 2015 6:10 AM NZST
    AP Exclusive: David Letterman struggling with love of racing

    This kind of list makes David Letterman sick to his stomach and question his love of auto racing. The retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner rattled off a number racing deaths — Justin Wilson, ...

  • FDA issues warning letters to "natural" tobacco makers Associated Press - Fri, Aug 28, 2015 4:45 AM NZST

    The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to the makers of Winston, Natural Spirit and Nat Sherman cigarettes over their "additive-free" and "natural" label claims. The ...

  • India food watchdog leaves foreign groups wary Financial Times - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 2:21 PM NZST

    Nestlé's Maggi noodles were not the only food to disappear from India's shop shelves in June, after regulators banned the snack amid concerns over lead levels. Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever and Japan's ...

  • Meet the Pilot Who Doubles as Block Island’s Chinese-Food Delivery Guy The Wall Street Journal - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 12:46 PM NZST

    BLOCK ISLAND, R.I.—By his estimate, Bill Bendokas has flown at least a half-million passengers during his time at New England Airlines, the small, regional carrier he founded in 1970 to connect this pear-shaped island with points along the East Coast. Mr. Bendokas is Block Island’s Chinese-food delivery guy. You name the category of food and there’s a good chance the jovial pilot has brought it aboard one of his seven planes, which range in size from six to 10 seats.

  • Bimbo Bakeries recalls bread sold in 11 states Associated Press - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 12:04 PM NZST

    The maker of Sara Lee, Nature's Harvest and other brands is recalling about 48,000 packages of bread sold in 11 states because they may contain fragments of glass from a broken light bulb at a company ...

  • Landcorp profit cut as dairy prices fall AAP - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 11:00 AM NZST

    The sharp drop in global dairy prices has cut into Landcorp's profits, which are down almost 85 per cent. The tumbling price of milk solids, along with lower lamb prices, has resulted in a 12 per cent drop in income from farm products, to $NZ213.5 million. Global dairy prices have slumped over the past year amid higher supplies and weak demand, and lamb prices are also weak following a record Australian slaughter and after a mild winter boosted UK production.

  • AP Source: Ford planning for new small pickup in US Associated Press - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 8:02 AM NZST

    Ford is making plans for a return to the small pickup truck market in the U.S. with a new version of the Ranger. The company is negotiating with the United Auto Workers about making the truck at a factory ...

  • Federal appeals court: Tyson Foods doesn't underpay workers Associated Press - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 7:17 AM NZST

    Tyson Foods doesn't have to pay workers at two of its Nebraska plants for the time they spend putting on and taking off safety gear and preparing for work, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The ...

  • Fact sheet: 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet Associated Press - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 4:02 AM NZST
    Fact sheet: 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet

    2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8T FWD S tronic BASE PRICE: $35,600 for Premium. PRICE AS TESTED: $42,225. TYPE: Front-engine, front-wheel drive, five-passenger, subcompact convertible. ENGINE: 1.8-liter, double ...

  • Audi A3 Cabrio provides drivers with low-priced luxury Associated Press - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 4:01 AM NZST
    Audi A3 Cabrio provides drivers with low-priced luxury

    Those looking for a luxury-branded convertible with a low price tag should turn toward Audi's A3 Cabriolet. With a $36,525 starting retail price, including destination charge, the Audi A3 Cabrio comes ...

  • Burger King to McDonald's: Let's make a McWhopper Associated Press - Thu, Aug 27, 2015 1:44 AM NZST
    Burger King to McDonald's: Let's make a McWhopper

    This probably isn't what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is asking McDonald's to join forces to create a "McWhopper." In full-page ...

  • YouTube unveils standalone gaming app to take on Amazon's Twitch Financial Times - Wed, Aug 26, 2015 11:30 PM NZST

    YouTube has unveiled a standalone gaming app as the Google-owned video site looks to challenge Amazon's Twitch in the growing market for watching live streams of people playing video games. YouTube Gaming ...

  • Army awards tactical vehicle contract to Wisconsin firm Associated Press - Wed, Aug 26, 2015 12:01 PM NZST
    Army awards tactical vehicle contract to Wisconsin firm

    Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. won a major contract Tuesday to build a new combat vehicle to replace a large share of the U.S. military's Humvee troop carriers. The Department of Defense awarded the Joint ...

  • Best Buy and DSW are big market movers Associated Press - Wed, Aug 26, 2015 8:37 AM NZST

    Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Best Buy Co., up $3.68 to $32.95 The nation's largest consumer electronics chain ...

  • US farm incomes cut by half as low grain prices bite Financial Times - Wed, Aug 26, 2015 5:00 AM NZST

    An extended run of low grain prices will slash US farm incomes by more than half from their peak, the government said, deflating a surge in land values and pressuring fertiliser and equipment makers. Net ...

  • Just Mayo maker warned by FDA that 'mayo' needs eggs Associated Press - Wed, Aug 26, 2015 4:26 AM NZST

    The maker of eggless spread Just Mayo has gotten a warning from regulators: 'Mayo' needs eggs. That's according to the Food and Drug Administration, which sent a warning letter to the maker of the eggless ...

  • Best Buy 2Q performance beats analysts' expectations Associated Press - Wed, Aug 26, 2015 3:38 AM NZST
    Best Buy 2Q performance beats analysts' expectations

    Best Buy's turnaround is charging ahead. The nation's largest consumer electronics chain posted fiscal second-quarter results that handily beat analysts' estimates as shoppers picked up major appliances, ...

  • Survey: Recalls make Americans less satisfied with cars Associated Press - Wed, Aug 26, 2015 1:32 AM NZST
    Survey: Recalls make Americans less satisfied with cars

    Americans are less happy with their cars and trucks than at any time in more than a decade, and it's largely because they're getting sick of dealing with recalls. The 2015 American Consumer Satisfaction ...

  • Sanderson Farms posts 3Q profit Associated Press - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 11:09 PM NZST

    On a per-share basis, the Laurel, Mississippi-based company said it had net income of $2.27. The poultry producer posted revenue of $739.9 million in the period. Sanderson Farms shares have decreased 19 ...

  • Russia removes foreign detergent, washing power from shops Associated Press - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 8:41 PM NZST

    Russian authorities have begun to remove foreign brands of detergent and washing powder from stores, claiming that they pose health risks. The Consumer Protection Agency said in a statement on Tuesday ...

  • Driverless truck meant to improve safety in work zones Associated Press - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 10:15 AM NZST
    Driverless truck meant to improve safety in work zones

    Roving construction crews - the kind you see blacktopping a road, painting lines, inspecting a bridge or installing a traffic signal - are often protected from oncoming traffic by a specialized truck outfitted ...

  • US agency probes Jeep SUV rollaway complaints Associated Press - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 10:10 AM NZST

    U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that some newer Jeep SUVs can roll away unexpectedly after drivers put them in park. The probe covers 408,000 Grand Cherokees from the 2014 and ...

  • Social media inspiring healthier lifestyle AAP - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 10:01 AM NZST

    Social media is prompting Australians to become more sporty and health conscious, and they want to look the part even when they're not working out. Consumers are increasingly embracing a healthier lifestyle, with a proliferation of social media fitness personalities and TV shows like The Biggest Loser reinforcing the message. Fashion trends and well-known social media personalities that focus on fitness are inspiring young women in particular to buy fashionable sportswear, online fitness guides, personal training and electronic devices and apps like fitness trackers.

  • Quiz: Can we guess the credit card you carry? Bankrate.com - Mon, Aug 24, 2015 10:00 PM NZST

    Credit Cards Here's a fun game: Let Bankrate guess the type of credit card you carry based on your spending priorities, the types of films you enjoy and whether you're a homebody or given to fly. Ready? ...

  • On Celiac Disease, Gluten-Free Diets and Calling Wolf The Wall Street Journal - Mon, Aug 24, 2015 5:29 AM NZST

    The gluten-free diet trend has made more gluten-free foods available and raised awareness, but it is also fueling misconceptions. Many don’t know that before starting a gluten-free diet, patients need to undergo formal testing to make a proper diagnosis of celiac disease. While I share Mr. Swick’s concerns about the use of the gluten-free diet for non-celiac disease-related health conditions, there is a growing body of medical research demonstrating the benefits of the gluten-free diet outside of celiac disease.

  • Budweiser takes exception to firm's 'Queen of Beer' campaign Associated Press - Sun, Aug 23, 2015 3:23 AM NZST

    Budweiser has long been known as the "King of Beers," and Anheuser-Busch is taking exception to a craft brewer declaring itself holder of the "Queen of Beer" crown. She Beverage Co. ...

  • McDonald's to expand in Russia Financial Times - Sat, Aug 22, 2015 4:46 AM NZST

    McDonald's is to open 20 new restaurants in Russia, as the world's largest fast food company aims to expand its business in the market a year after it got caught in the middle of deteriorating relations ...

  • Altria Group increases dividend by 8.7 percent Associated Press - Sat, Aug 22, 2015 3:27 AM NZST

    Altria Group Inc. is boosting its quarterly dividend by 8.7 percent. The increase to 56.5 cents per common share from the prior rate of 52 cents per common share is payable on October 9 shareholders of ...