U.S. retail sales rise as consumers shrug off stock price drop


US retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices

U.S. business stockpiles rise in December, but sales fall

US business stockpiles rise as sales fall, sign of possible economic weakness

Court: Facebook can be sued in France in nude painting case

Facebook has lost a crucial legal battle as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting

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Britain's Independent newspaper to cease print editions

The owners of Britain's Independent newspaper say it will publish its last print edition next month

Eurozone economy ends 2015 with whimper as dark clouds grow

Official figures show that the economy of the 19-country eurozone expanded by a quarterly rate of 0.3 percent in the final quarter of 2015, a fairly insipid performance given prevailing tail-winds such as low oil prices and a falling currency

House sales way up statewide in December

A strong December showing — best for single-family home sales since 2006 — helped the Connecticut real estate market come to a favorable finish in 2015.

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