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U.S. factory orders fall 0.5% in May

WASHINGTON – New orders for U.S. manufactured goods decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent in May to $416.9 billion, after rising a revised 0.5...

Pending home sales fall 3.5% in May

WASHINGTON – Fewer contracts for previously-owned homes were signed in May nationwide, according to the National Association of Realtors, which cited tighter lending criteria...
LOW TEMPERATURES and home prices continued to slow retail sales in June, the ICSC-UBS survey found. Above, Honorine Gautier holds her daughter, Bianca Gautier, 1, while shopping for a travel bag at a Target store in Miami. /

ICSC: Retail sales rise 0.1%, capping slow June

NEW YORK – The International Council of Shopping Centers and UBS Securities LLC today pared their forecast for June retail sales, as declining house...
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Headrick resigns from CVS Caremark board

WOONSOCKET – Former Caremark Corp. director Roger L. Headrick has resigned from the CVS Caremark Corp. (NYSE: CVS) board of directors, effective immediately, CVS...
SPIRIT AND GLORY, the pair of bald eagles that have lived at the zoo since 2004, now have 1,000 square feet of Atlas cedars and other plants native to their natural habitat, encircled by a new stream. /

Bald eagles star in new Zoo exhibit

PROVIDENCE – The new bald eagle habitat at Roger Williams Park Zoo opened yesterday, just in time for the Fourth of July. The new exhibit...

Brockton, F.R get $0.49M work force grants

WASHINGTON – The states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts and the Bay State communities of Brockton and Fall River are among the recipients of...
THE FORECAST of the U.S. Energy Department, issued June 29, is that gas prices will continue to rise all summer. /

AAA: R.I. gas prices dip 1¢ to $2.929

PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices in Rhode Island have fallen for the fifth straight week to 16 cents below this year’s mid-May peak, in what...

ISM: Manufacturing grows more quickly in June

TEMPE, Ariz. - U.S. manufacturing picked up speed in June, expanding for a fifth straight month, while the overall economy grew for a...
SEVEN STARS BAKERY's second location, on Broadway, is welcomed by neighbors both for its bread and for its sidewalk appeal. /

Making the West Side a destination

On the West Side of Providence, you can now buy artisan breads and pastries, dine on French cuisine in an art nouveau-inspired atmosphere, or...

The luxury of a high-end clientele

The house being built in Fletcher Meadows, a new subdivision in North Kingstown, has twin gambrel roofs with extra-large overhangs. Inside, it will have...

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