China Steps Up Antitrust Fight

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China levied a record $200 million combined fine against 10 Japanese auto-parts and bearings makers for antitrust activities, in its most dramatic move yet to tame prices in markets dominated by foreign companies.

Yoga Poseurs: Athletic Gear Soars, Outpacing Sport Itself

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The rate of growth in the U.S. retail athletic apparel market is surging, even as Americans' rate of participating in most sports is in decline. For instance, the demand for yoga gear is outpacing growth of the sport itself.

Australia Watchdog Supports Fung's Casino Takeover

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Hong Kong investor Tony Fung's bet on Australian gambling has support of competition regulator, which said it wouldn't block the planned acquisition of a casino.

Lowe's Cuts Sales Outlook Even as Traffic, Revenue Rise

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Lowe's scaled back its sales outlook for the year, even though the home-improvement retailer posted strong results as shoppers came out to spend on seasonal and big-ticket items.

European Brewers Are Hurt in Russia

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Carlsberg and Heineken are being walloped by lower consumer spending in Russia, amid its standoff with the West over Ukraine and after Moscow's recent drive to restrict beer marketing.

Hot New Job: Migrant Beer-Canning Expert

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Mobile canning companies help craft beer move into the mainstream.

N.C. Moves to Regulate Coal Ash

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North Carolina lawmakers Wednesday passed new legislation they say will regulate coal-ash pits and clean up decades of toxic waste generated by coal-burning electricity plants.

H-P Delivers Fleeting Reward

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H-P's revenue rose 1.3% in the three months ended July 31, the first sales increase after 11 straight quarters of decline. However CEO Meg Whitman cautioned that the revenue growth may not last.

Icahn Takes 8.5% Stake in Hertz

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Activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed an 8.5% stake in Hertz Global Holdings Inc. and said he may seek board representation.

Saint Laurent Bets on Rock-Star Style

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Hedi Slimane is opening a Los Angeles store that will be the brand's largest, unseating the Paris flagship and continuing a shift in focus toward L.A.'s chic cultural scene.

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