Home Prices Continue to Climb

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Home prices continued their unremitting climb in March, underscoring concerns of some economists over whether the strong price gains are sustainable.

Alcatel-Lucent Executives Defend Nokia Merger Plan

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Alcatel-Lucent executives defended their plan to sell their company to Finland’s Nokia Corp., telling skeptical shareholders that it is the only option for a firm that lacks “critical mass” against giants like Ericsson and Huawei Technologies.

Medtronic Hunts for Deals in China

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Medtronic is broadening the number of low-cost medical devices it sells in China and is looking for deals there, the company’s chief executive said.

EMC to Acquire Virtustream for $1.2 Billion

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EMC Corp. agreed to buy privately held Virtustream Inc. for $1.2 billion, the data-storage giant’s latest response to pressures that include calls to break up the company.

EU Asks if Insecticides Are Killing Bees

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Neonicotinoid insecticides were restricted in the EU two years ago after they were thought responsible for a decline in the bee population. But new studies have changed perceptions about the possible impact of the pesticides.

FCA's Deal Hopes Shouldn't Drive Strategy

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Fiat Chrysler is calling for consolidation in the auto industry. That may reflect challenges in the company’s stand-alone strategy.

Spain's Unfinished Crisis Business

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Spain’s growth numbers have impressed markets, but not voters. The country has a lot still to do.

ECB Error Spurs Questions About Policy Disclosures

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An ECB snafu last week that meant one of its officials gave market-moving information to a private audience hours before it was made public is raising broader concerns about policy makers’ behind-closed-doors meetings.

Developed-Country Growth Slows, OECD Says

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Economic growth in developed countries slowed for the second straight quarter in early 2015, the OECD said, as the recovery from the financial crisis remained weak and uneven.

L'Oréal to Lure China Shoppers With Price Cuts

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L’Oréal will lower prices of products imported into China, following up on Beijing’s cut of import duties while aiming to deter a flourishing gray market.

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