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The Providence-Warwick metro area saw its foreclosure rate decline in March to 1.82 percent compared with 2.89 percent during the same month a year earlier, real estate data firm CoreLogic reported Tuesday. more
Rhode Island single-family homes sales fell 5 percent in April compared with the same period last year, while the median sale price rose 17 percent during the same period, the Rhode Island Association of Realtors said Tuesday. more
Orders for durable goods unexpectedly climbed for a third month in April, a sign U.S. factories will help the world’s biggest economy strengthen. more
General Electric Co., seeking France’s approval for its $17 billion bid to buy Alstom SA’s energy division, pledged to keep the power-equipment maker’s nuclear operations in the country. more
The Los Angeles-based 2014 Craft Spirits Awards International Competition has awarded gold medals to the Sons of Liberty American Craft Distillery for two of its whiskeys. more
A report released Thursday by gun-violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety found that Rhode Island is among 12 states that have reported fewer than 100 records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System designed to help keep individuals considered dangerously mentally ill from purchasing guns. more
U.S. retailers’ first-quarter earnings are trailing analysts’ estimates by the widest margin in 13 years after bad weather and weak spending by lower-income consumers intensified competition. more
Alex and Ani LLC will cut nine jobs from its Seven Swords Media unit as it prepares to turn over much of its marketing work to an external advertising agency. The jewelry manufacturer said earlier this week it had selected MODCo Group of New York as its advertising agency of record following a search that was completed in April. more
Rhode Island restaurants will see a 15.7 percent increase in employment during the 2014 summer season, according to a report released Thursday by the National Restaurant Association. more
Purchases of new U.S. homes rose in April for the first time in three months as buyers took advantage of falling mortgage rates. more
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