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Starbucks customers leave more than $1 billion on coffee cards Special

Seattle - Customers of Starbucks, the world's largest coffee chain, deposited more than $1 billion on store-issued debit cards in the first quarter of 2016, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

Barcelona agree reported record Nike deal

Barcelona - Barcelona agreed a "long-term" contract extension with American sportswear giants Nike on Saturday, which will reportedly see the Catalan club surpass Manchester United with the most lucrative kit-sponsorship deal in the world.

India eases red tape but foreign firms still struggle

New Delhi - Narendra Modi was elected two years ago this week promising to ease India's notorious red tape and unpack regulatory tangles, but for foreign firms, doing business in the world's fastest-growing large economy can still be a costly headache.

Krispy Kreme shares jump after European conglomerate buys chain

New York - Shares in North Carolina-based Krispy Kreme doughnuts soared Monday after a Luxembourg coffee investment giant announced plans to buy the 1,100-store chain.

Bleak prediction for U.S. employment

Washington - Employment levels in the U.S. are looking more precarious, according to a new report. The number of U.S. citizens filing for unemployment benefits increased dramatically according to government figures.

Brexit would make UK 'less attractive' for Japanese companies: Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday warned that Britain would become "less attractive" for Japanese investment if it votes to leave the European Union in a membership referendum in June.

Philippine presidential favourite causing market jitters

Manila - Philippine presidential favourite Rodrigo Duterte's vague economic plans and threats to kill thousands of criminals are spooking the financial markets, with one business leader warning Tuesday the trash-talking politician would bring anarchy.

Blow to Yukos claimants as Dutch quashes $50 bln award

Den Haag - Russia won a major legal victory Wednesday when a Dutch court overturned a ruling awarding a record $50 billion in damages to the former shareholders of the now-dismantled Russian oil giant Yukos.

Alaska Airlines could wrap up deal for Virgin America by Monday

Seattle - Alaska Airlines appears to be victorious in its bidding war with JetBlue to buy Virgin America, the low-cost cross-country airline founded by flamboyant British billionaire Richard Branson.

Philippine crucifixions a big money spinner

San Pedro - The men being nailed to crosses in a Philippine village were seeking salvation, but for corporate sponsors and small-time vendors the Good Friday event was all about quick riches.

U.S. arrest of scandal-tainted Turkey tycoon enthrals Erdogan critics

Ankara - It has all the ingredients of one of the soap operas that keep Turks hooked for weeks. A flamboyant young businessman who rose fast, a superstar singer wife, and intrigue that goes to the dark heart of Turkish politics.

How Japan's first dressmaking school changed women's lives

Toukyo - Born out of a drive to make Western-style clothing accessible, Tokyo's Bunka Fashion College unleashed a sartorial and social revolution among Japanese women after it opened nearly a century ago.

Op-Ed: Startups on the rise despite weak economy

Since the recession, small businesses have faced numerous challenges such as higher taxes, Obamacare, and lack of funding from banks.

Op-Ed: Modern SEO now requires a multi-pronged approach

Over the past decade, the Web has become an increasingly crowded place for marketers to promote their products and services. As such, search engine optimization (SEO) has become a critical way to climb up Google's search rankings and attract new business.

Trade seen as key to return to normality in NE Nigeria

Kano - The annual rains are approaching in northeast Nigeria but with farmers having fled the Boko Haram conflict and their fields fallow, it's feared another planting season will come and go.

Op-Ed: No Smoking Day highlights government actions against cigarettes

March 9 is No Smoking Day in the UK, and the digital world is filling up with advice on how to quit inhaling and exhaling all that nicotine.

Op-Ed: Virtual firms bet on digital to change education industry

The educational system is entering the digital age, and its tradition-based practices — such as rote memorization of school lessons, academic tenure, and union protections — are giving way to disruptive methods of giving lessons to today's students.

Op-Ed: Shutterstock adapting to changes in digital photography

In December, Shutterstock launched a beta version of Shutterstock Editor, a free tool for editing photos that incorporates quick ways of adjusting images even before they are downloaded.

Uber expands carpool service and offers free rides

In just a year and a half of competing in the carpool industry, San Francisco-based Uber is expanding its new service in several localities in the east Bay Area, the company announced earlier this week.

Op-Ed: Real Estate enters digital age with crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has shown how technology can help investors and operators to raise capital, but its adaptation in real estate could significantly shakeup how investments are made in empty lots, houses, and commercial buildings.

Op-Ed: How blogging can help your business

Mobile, social media, and convoluted jargon have made digital content and brand communications into a more complex world.

All-day breakfast cracks a major winner for McDonald's

New York - McDonald's all-day breakfast offerings are less than a year old but are already having a measurable effect on the highly competitive fast-food marketplace.

Sony profit boosted by PlayStation 4, sales may be double Xbox's

Sony Corp. posted a 33.5 percent jump in profit over the last quarter this week despite struggling to succeed in its smartphone and consumer electronics businesses. The PlayStation 4 led the sales as the console continues to prove popular.

Russia ends probe against tycoon Yevtushenkov

Moscow - Russian authorities have closed the criminal case against billionaire tycoon Vladimir Yevtushenkov, his company said Thursday, after seizing some of his assets and briefly arresting him in a 2014 money laundering probe that scared investors.

Decision day for Oakland Raiders could come as early as Wednesday

Oakland - The storied Oakland Raiders football team could decide by Wednesday whether to stay in the San Francisco Bay Area or move back to Southern California, where it played in the 1980s and early 90s.

Goodbye to the dollar billionaires of the 1990s

Think of Wall Street, "dot coms," technology stocks — all big in the 1990s. But today? It would seem that most of the dollar billionaires of this era are no longer as wealthy.

Top China exec in New York after disappearance: company

Bejing - The billionaire boss of one of China's largest private companies, who was last week was rumoured to be detained by authorities, has traveled to New York, his company said Friday.

Billowing smoke from Avon refinery alarms East Bay residents

Martinez - Equipment failure at a Northern California oil refinery sent black smoke soaring and caused local officials to issue health warnings Tuesday afternoon in Martinez.

Russian prosecutor accuses US secret services over graft claims

Moscow - Russia's top prosecutor on Monday accused both a major Western investor who fell out with the Kremlin and the US secret services of being behind an opposition film alleging serious corruption among his family members.

Golden State Warriors get green light to return to San Francisco

San Francisco - San Francisco supervisors voted 10-0 to approve construction of a new $1 billion arena on the city's southern downtown shoreline to lure the NBA champion Golden State Warriors basketball team back to the city by the bay.
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