Hilton to Buy Back $1 Billion in Shares, Pay Dividend

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Hilton Worldwide Holdings announced a $1 billion share buyback program and launched a dividend as the hotel company charts its path forward after a major reorganization of its business.

World Trade Flows Grew at Slowest Pace since Financial Crisis in 2016

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International trade flows grew at the slowest pace since the financial crisis in 2016, but there were signs of a modest pickup as the year drew to a close.

Why Chinese Men Are Dying

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Mortality rates among Chinese men aged 41 to 60, who account for nearly three-quarters of the working-age population, increased by 12% over the past decade.

Standard Chartered and HSBC: Small Dividends From Rising Rates

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Both banks are struggling for growth; interest rates will only help a little.

Scandal-Struck Samsung Tightens Donations Policy

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Samsung Electronics, facing bribery allegations tied to a political-corruption scandal, said it will create a committee to review donations and be more open about when it gives money.

Stocks are Frothy, but There's No Bubble

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Stocks have soared but except for valuation there are few signs of a bubble. That doesn’t mean the market can’t fall.

J.C. Penney to Close More Than 100 Stores

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J.C. Penney will shutter two distribution centers and 130 to 140 stores as the big-box retailer contends with falling foot traffic. The company also reported its first annual profit since 2010.

Software Bug at Internet-Service Provider Sparks Privacy Concerns

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A software bug at Cloudflare that caused it to leak data has created a potential security headache for thousands of its corporate customers.

How Nasty Gal Went From $85 Million in Sales to Kaput

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The spiral into bankruptcy of Sophia Amoruso’s Nasty Gal, an online retailer once popular with millennial shoppers and venture capitalists, shows how its swift growth led to stumbles.

Japan Unleashes Its Inner Slacker: Leave Work Early (Once a Month)

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Premium Friday’s goal is to improve productivity, reduce employee overwork and increase consumption. But will Japanese people take the bait?

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