Business

Trump: U.S. will help penalized Chinese company

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a surprising overture to China, President Donald Trump said Sunday he would help a Chinese telecommunications company get “back into business,” saying too many jobs in China are at stake after the U.S. government cut off access to its American suppliers. At issue is ...

Money Matters: Too soon old, too late smart

I was reading an article from Morningstar the other day, and while I was agreeing with much of what the author said, a lot of it was troubling to me. Allow me to explain. The title of the article was, “These Products Offer Protection, but at What Price?” Just that title is troublesome to ...

Indexes lower as U.S. pulls out of Iran deal

Stocks edged lower in late-afternoon trading Tuesday after President Donald Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from a landmark nuclear deal with Iran. Crude oil prices, which fell sharply ahead of the afternoon announcement, pared some of their early losses. Gains in banks and ...

Blame Game: Drug supply firm execs say they didn’t cause opioids crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) – Top executives of the nation’s leading wholesale drug distributors told Congress under oath Tuesday that their companies didn’t help cause the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic, drawing bipartisan wrath that included one lawmaker suggesting prison terms for some company ...

Google showcases AI advances at conference

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google put the spotlight on its artificial intelligence smarts at its annual developers conference Tuesday, where it announced new features and services imbued with machine learning. The company’s digital concierge, known only as the Google Assistant, is ...

Buffett says stocks remain best investment option for most

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett recommends that investors stick with simple stock index funds – not bonds and especially not bitcoins. Buffett discussed a variety of topics during an interview on CNBC Monday after he spent Saturday answering questions before thousands of ...

Uber, Careem earn big win in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s parliament has approved a law to govern popular ride-hailing apps Uber and Careem, which had faced legal challenges stemming from regulations designed for traditional taxis. The new law, as described Monday by state news agency MENA, establishes operating licenses and ...

DOT urges drivers, take care of faulty Takata air bags now

NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. Department of Transportation is again urging owners of vehicles with defective Takata air bags to seek repairs immediately. The agency singled out Ford Rangers and Mazda B-Series trucks from 2006, which are under a “do not drive” warning. The agency said Monday ...

Warren Buffett deflects questions about a successor

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett deflected questions about his eventual successor at Berkshire Hathaway on Saturday, and encouraged the thousands of people at his annual meeting to focus more on big picture investing principles than day-to-day events. The shareholder meeting ...

Brennan & MacKay Celebrates 40 Years

Since 1978, Brennan & MacKay LLC has been offering a wide range of appliances at its family owned store in Milford. Celebrating its 40th year, Tom Brennan, Julien Creighton, Brandon Johnson, Josh Creighton, Neala Brennan, Adam Works, Matt Stevens and Luke Brennan stand proudly inside the ...

Employee theft is possible in your company

While on occasion we hear in New Hampshire and Massachusetts news of a bookkeeper who has embezzled money from a company, many such embezzlements are resolved by private restitution agreements and therefore do you get to the public eye. Theft by employees does occur in the workplace and ...

Iconic guitar maker Gibson seeks bankruptcy protection

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The maker of the Gibson guitar, omnipresent for decades on the American music stage, is filing for bankruptcy protection after wrestling for years with debt. A pre-negotiated reorganization plan filed Tuesday will allow Gibson Brands Inc. to continue operations with ...

How U.S. small businesses can navigate the trade wars

The Trump administration has so far avoided a trade fight with Europe by temporarily exempting it from hefty steel and aluminum tariffs. Yet the move also extends the uncertainty weighing on small businesses that use those materials, a much broader group than you might think. For example, Gary ...

Apple’s tax break yields $102B boon for shareholders

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Apple’s tax break on its overseas profits is turning into a $102 billion boon for shareholders. The iPhone maker is raising its quarterly dividend by 16 percent to 73 cents per share, matching the largest increase since Apple restored the payment under shareholder ...

U.S. stocks higher after early losses

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. stocks clawed back early losses Tuesday as Apple led a rally in technology companies. Smaller, more domestically-focused companies also climbed. The late push offset a slump in household goods makers and industrial companies. Stocks fell in the early going as investors ...

Monopoly?: Govt argues that AT&T-Time Warner deal would hurt consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government pleaded its case Monday for blocking AT&T from absorbing Time Warner, saying the combination would hurt consumers. In the landmark antitrust trial’s last day in federal court, lead Justice Department attorney Craig Conrath argued that the $85 ...

U.S. stocks close lower

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. stocks fell moderately on Monday, giving up an early gain, but still ended April higher. It was the first monthly increase for the market since January as company earnings have come in better than many expected. Indexes jumped in the early going following news of several ...

MERGER: Sprint and T-Mobile agree to combine in $26.5B deal

NEW YORK (AP) – T-Mobile and Sprint reached a $26.5 billion merger agreement Sunday that would reduce the U.S. wireless industry to three major players – that is, if the Trump administration’s antitrust regulators let the deal go through. The nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless ...

Charlie’s Auto Service offers personalized car care

AMHERST – Ever since Wesley DeLoid was old enough to “tinker around with stuff,” cars have fascinated him. As he grew up, he was able to turn that passion into a career and now owns Charlie’s Auto Service in Amherst with his wife, Lisa DeLoid. Even now, more than two decades into ...

Company Fuels Southern N.H.

MILFORD – In the past 10 to 15 years, Ciardelli Fuel Co. has made a lot of strides with adding on services and qualified employees, allowing them to be the home heat and comfort specialists they are today. Operating out of Milford, this third-generation family owned and operated company has ...