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U.S. consumer confidence, home prices show weakness
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumer confidence fell in September for the first time in five months and home prices in July rose less than expected from a year earlier, underscoring the unsteady nature of U.S. growth.
Wall St. ends down for day, posts September losses
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks slipped on Tuesday, dragged down by energy and materials shares as economic data disappointed, and major indexes posted losses for the month.
EBay follows Icahn's advice, plans PayPal spinoff in 2015
(Reuters) - EBay Inc plans to spin off its PayPal unit next year, bowing to activist investor Carl Icahn's argument that the move would free the fast-growing payments business to compete more fiercely in the competitive mobile payments market.
Argentina defies U.S. court order by depositing debt payment
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina deposited a $161 million bond interest payment with a newly appointed local trustee on Tuesday, the Economy Ministry said, defying a U.S. judge who held it in contempt a day earlier for taking illegal steps to meet its debt obligations.
Walgreen posts highest quarterly sales growth in 3 years
(Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co reported its biggest jump in quarterly sales in three years, helped by higher prescription sales, sending its shares up more than 3 percent in premarket trading.
AT&T expects customer usage of NEXT to reach 50 percent in third quarter
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc expects that customer use of its equipment installment plan will have reached 50 percent in the third quarter, the company said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday, fewer customers than analysts expected.
Portugal sounds out Spanish banks on Novo Banco sale: sources
MADRID (Reuters) - Portugal has begun sounding out Spanish banks on their interest in buying Novo Banco, the successor to the state-rescued Banco Espirito Santo (BES), several sources familiar with the talks said on Tuesday.
Microsoft names next operating system 'Windows 10'
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp announced its 'Windows 10' operating system on Tuesday to replace the largely unpopular Windows 8, skipping a number to mark a leap toward unifying the way people work on tablets, phones and traditional computers.
Fed's Powell rejects Treasury-Fed cooperation as threat to central bank independence
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve board member Jerome Powell said on Tuesday he feared any move for the Fed and the U.S. Treasury to cooperate on debt management and other issues would undermine the central bank's independence and should be avoided.
EU says Ireland swapped Apple tax deal for jobs
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union has accused Ireland of swerving international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from revenue collectors in return for maintaining jobs.
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