Farmland Investments Take Root

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TIAA-CREF is expected to announce that it has raised $3 billion for its second global farmland-investment partnership, part of a recent wave of cropland investments by institutional investors.

Weak Yen Fuels Toyota's Record Profit

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Toyota Motor posted a record $5.21 billion quarterly net profit, as Japan’s biggest auto maker continued to bank on a weaker yen.

Office Depot Sees Sales Slide 10%

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Office Depot Inc., awaiting regulatory approval of its merger with rival Staples Inc., saw sales slide in its second-quarter as currency headwinds, store closures and a declining market in the face of an increasingly digital workplace dented results.

U.S. Firms Struggle to Trace 'Conflict Minerals'

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Hundreds of U.S. public companies are coming up short, as they face a deadline to reveal whether their supply chains contain even trace amounts of minerals linked to violence in Africa.

Middle East Refinery-Expansion Plans Hit Snags

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Middle Eastern countries are experiencing setbacks in plans to expand their oil-refining capacity, dealing a blow to efforts to address an expensive irony: petroleum-rich nations importing products like gasoline.

Supersized Cargo Skips Small Ports

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Hampered by a shallow, inland location and labor strife, Portland loses out on shipping container traffic.

Higher Spending Should Drive Up Car Makers' Margins

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Car sales probably can’t get much stronger than they were in July, but Americans will find another way to spend their money.

Puerto Rico Defaults on Most of Debt Payment

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Puerto Rico missed most of a $58 million bond payment Monday, the first default by the U.S. commonwealth in what may become one of the largest restructurings in the history of the $3.7 trillion market for debt sold by U.S. state and local governments.

China Manufacturing Gauge Hits Two-Year Low

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The Caixin China manufacturing purchasing managers index, a gauge of nationwide manufacturing activity, fell to 47.8 in July from 49.4 in June.

Big Banks Charge Ahead With Cards

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Consumer demand for credit is rising while big banks lower their standards and raise credit limits.

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