Samsung to Raise Annual Dividend Payout

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Samsung said it intends to raise its annual dividend payout for this year by 30% to 50%, a move that will come as good news to shareholders who have been clamoring for higher returns.

Canadian Companies Operating in Cuba Prepare for Change

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After operating for decades in a Cuba with no American presence, Canadian firms are eyeing the potential normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations with caution.

U.S. Struggles for Response to Sony Cyberattack

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The White House is walking a fine line in its search for a response to North Korea’s apparent hack of Sony Pictures, a breach that doesn’t align with the scenarios laid out in the government’s contingency plans for cyberattacks.

Carnival Swings to Loss

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Carnival swung to a loss in its November quarter as improvements to ticket prices and onboard spending were wiped out by a heavy fuel derivative charge.

Thomas Kwok Found Guilty Of Corruption

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A jury in Hong Kong found Thomas Kwok, the co-chairman of one of Hong Kong’s biggest property developers, guilty in a corruption trial involving the city’s former No. 2 official, but found his brother, Raymond, not guilty.

Dollar General Still in Talks With Regulators on Family Dollar

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Dollar General said Friday that it is still in discussions with U.S. regulators about its unsolicited offer to buy Family Dollar Stores, but it didn’t elaborate on what divestitures regulators may require to approve the deal.

Nissan to Make More Cars in Japan, Boost Exports Next Year

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Nissan Motor plans to make more cars in Japan and boost exports next year, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said Friday.

Paychex Earnings Grow on Strength of New Products

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Paychex said higher revenue thanks to a new health-insurance product in its human-resources segment helped drive results in the second quarter, a sign the company’s strategy to diversify its offerings is paying off.

European Panel Gives Positive Opinion on Celgene Cancer Drug

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Celgene said Friday a European regulatory committee has given a favorable opinion of its blood-cancer drug, a positive indicator the European Commission could approve the drug for use in untreated cases.

Forget the Mall: Buy Direct From China

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The Game: Amazon and Wal-Mart have long been America’s main conduits for cheap, mass-produced goods from China’s factory floors. But who needs stores anymore? You can buy direct, writes Dennis Berman.

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