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FILE - In this Thursday, April 20, 2017, file photo, a Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino sits on display, in Philadelphia. On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Starbucks Corp. reports financial results. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Mythical marketing: Starbucks: Unicorn Frappuccino shows its digital savvy

NEW YORK – Starbucks is pointing to the Unicorn Frappuccino as an example of its digital savvy, and ability to ride out of its sales slump. The coffee chain reported disappointing U.S. sales growth for the first three months of the year on Thursday as customer traffic stalled, and it tempered ...

FILE - In this July 9, 2015, file photo, Pepsi bottles are on display at a supermarket in Haverhill, Mass. PepsiCo Inc. reports earnings, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Higher prices help sales as PepsiCo works to adapt brands

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — Higher prices helped lift PepsiCo’s sales in the first quarter, as the maker of Doritos, Gatorade and Quaker worked on transforming its lineup of products to keep up with changing tastes. Sales for the North America Beverages and Frito-Lay North America segment both ...

First Know Thyself

This is often the very hardest step, but also the most important when doing any kind of financial planning. There is so much to think about that we put off, because so much of it brings up difficult feelings. This step ranges from what you want your retirement to look like to how much income ...

This April 22, 2017 frame from video provided by KATU-TV shows Brendan Agranoff, 17, in his sock factory and warehouse at his home in Sherwood, Ore. Agranoff spends his days going to high school, doing chores and running his custom-design sock business. Television station KATU reports that it's no simple hobby: Agranoff is the founder and CEO of HoopSwagg, and he's already sold $1 million in custom socks. (KATU-TV via AP)

Amazing feet: Oregon teen sells $1M in custom socks

SHERWOOD, Ore. (AP) – Seventeen-year-old Oregon resident Brennan Agranoff spends his days going to school, doing chores and running his custom-design sock business. It’s no simple hobby: Agranoff is the founder and CEO of HoopSwagg, and he has already sold $1 million in custom socks. “I ...

In this March 24, 2017 photo, Rachel Moser pours raw milk into a container on her Be Whole Again Farm in Excelsior Springs, Mo. It is illegal to sell raw milk for human consumption in Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey and Rhode Island but local food groups, organic farming advocates and libertarians opposing government regulation are fighting to change that. They have succeeded at legalizing raw milk sales in some form in 42 states and wont rest until all states allow it. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Raw milk advocates push to expand legalized sales

DES MOINES, Iowa – Raw milk advocates’ efforts to expand availability across the U.S. have not slowed despite health officials’ assertions that it’s dangerous to drink milk that hasn’t been heated to kill bacteria. Efforts to legalize raw milk sales in some form have succeeded in 42 ...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 2, 2016 file photo, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz delivers remarks in New York.  United Airlines said Friday, April 21, 2017, that its CEO Munoz won't add the title of chairman in 2018 as planned, as fallout continues from the violent removal of a passenger from a plane this month.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

United CEO won’t add chairman title

DALLAS – United Airlines said CEO Oscar Munoz, who came under withering criticism for the airline’s handling of a passenger-dragging incident, will not automatically add the title of chairman in 2018 as planned. The company said Friday that Munoz proposed rewriting his employment contract ...

In this April 15, 2017, photo customers get help at the ShowGrow, a medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Los Angeles. This year is poised to be a big one for legalized marijuana, with California and other states that recently approved recreational pot coming online. Yet uncertainty over the Trump administration's intents toward pot enforcement has created at least partial paralysis in those states on public consumption, licensing and other issues. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Where is pot legal? A look at shifting US marijuana policy

Whether it was fear, racism or economic concerns that led the U.S. in the 1930s to ban growing or even possessing marijuana, the nation’s wall against pot lasted a generation. Now, it’s showing signs of wear. Twenty-nine U.S. states consider pot legal for people with certain medical ...

Oklahoma to end tax credit for clean energy

A state tax credit that helped propel Oklahoma to third in the nation in its capacity to generate electricity from wind is coming to an end, but it will be years before state coffers see results of the change. Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed legislation that rolls back a 10-year tax credit ...

Demonstrators participate in a march and rally to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in New York.  Protesters took to the streets in dozens of cities nationwide Saturday to call on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, saying Americans deserve to know about his business ties and potential conflicts of interest. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Tax Day revolt

CHICAGO – Thousands of chanting, sign-carrying protesters took to the streets in cities across the nation Saturday, demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns, so Americans can scrutinize his business ties and potential conflicts of interest. Violent clashes were the ...

Three things you can do for better sleep

The whole premise of a typical market “buy and hold” strategy presumes you have the intestinal fortitude to ride out long bear markets. The average investor actually gets much less in the market because people are motivated more by emotions than logic with markets. So they get out after ...

FILE - In this  March 10, 2016 file photo, a sales clerk arranges towels that are part of a "Buy One Get One for a Penny" sale at a J.C. Penney store, in New York. The last two months saw the largest decline in retail jobs since December 2009, when the economy was coming out of deep funk. But the combined 60,600 job losses have less to do about the economy and more to do with shoppers’ dramatic shift in spending online.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Retail stores cut jobs as more buyers migrate online

NEW YORK – Retail stores are cutting jobs at the sharpest pace in more than seven years, evidence of a seemingly inexorable shift away from employee-heavy stores as Americans increasingly shop online. A combined 60,600 retail job losses over the past two months have had less to do with the ...

Independent contractor may have fraud claim against company rep

Generally under New Hampshire law contracting parties are precluded from pursuing tort recovery for pure economic or commercial losses associated with a contractual relationship. Therefore an independent contractor that has a contract with a company to provide services, if unpaid has a breach ...

FILE- This Aug. 23, 2006, file photo shows a Payless store front is seen in Philadelphia. Shoe chain Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest retailer to succumb to increasing competition from online rivals like Amazon. The retailer said Tuesday, April  4, 2017, that it will be immediately closing nearly 400 stores as part of the reorganization. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Payless files for bankruptcy protection

Shoe chain Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest retailer to succumb to increasing competition from online rivals like Amazon. The Topeka, Kansas-based retailer said Tuesday that it will be immediately closing nearly 400 stores as part of the ...

Matt Damon, left, a cast member in the upcoming film "Suburbicon," addresses the audience with director George Clooney during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Future of films?

LAS VEGAS – Would you pay $40 to watch a movie in the comfort of your own home 10 days after its big-screen release? How about $30 after 45 days? These are just a few of the ideas being thrown around by major Hollywood studios looking to more effectively compete with streaming services, ...

Land O’Lakes acquires Vermont Creamery

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Land O’ Lakes Inc. has purchased Vermont Creamery, a pioneer in artisanal cheese-making in the U.S. that says it needs a partner to help reach its business potential amid unprecedented growth. Vermont Creamery will become an independently operated subsidiary of Land O’ ...

Trouble looms over SC, Georgia nuke projects

(AP)-Westinghouse Electric Co., the U.S. nuclear unit of Japan’s Toshiba Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, calling into question the future of a number of billion-dollar nuclear projects under construction, including two in the U.S. Westinghouse said in a statement that it ...

FILE - This March 18, 2010, file photo shows the YouTube website in Los Angeles. An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening in a sign of the skepticism surrounding Google’s promise to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos. PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Dish Network became the latest companies to suspend their advertising on YouTube after The Wall Street Journal found Google’s automated programs placed their brands on five videos containing racist content. Even though the defections are continuing, most analysts aren’t worried yet. Starbucks and General Motors also joined in the YouTube boycott Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

More big brands pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott

SAN FRANCISCO – An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt Google’s ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos. PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Starbucks on Friday confirmed that they have also suspended their ...

Bishop Guertin High School chooses Gann to direct communications

NASHUA – Bishop Guertin High School, a co-educational high school in the tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, has named Kathryn Gann as the new Director of Communications. In her role, Kathryn will oversee all external communications and marketing for the school and its ...

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Merrimack Chamber of Commerce names new president

The Merrimack Chamber of Commerce welcomes Melissa Ballard Sullivan as its new President. Formerly the Director of Development and Public Relations at Marguerite’s Place, Inc., in Nashua, Melissa brings over 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations, development and strategic ...

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Roedel Co. announces director of construction

WILTON – Roedel Companies welcomes Brett Beliveau as Director of Construction for ROK Builders. Beliveau’s responsibilities include directing personnel on multiple projects from inception through project completion, planning schedules and budgeting construction funds. Beliveau has more than ...