Campbell's sponsor cut months ago

MediaWorks management cut a key Campbell Live sponsorship deal, smoothing the path for the show’s axing, months before the company told staff it was conducting a formal review of the flagship current affairs programme.Citing declining…

Clinton cautious about Obama's Pacific trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Hillary Rodham Clinton says she will be closely watching efforts by the Obama administration to negotiate a broad trade policy pact with Pacific nations that’s raising concerns over potential harm to workers.As…

Barbie shows signs of life as Mattel plots comeback

NEW YORK (AP) ” Things are finally looking up for Barbie.Mattel, the toy company behind the plastic dolls, said there were some signs of improving demand for Barbie ahead of its planned makeover of the brand, including Barbie dolls…

Greek 'day of reckoning' shakes stock markets

NEW YORK (AP) ” U.S. stocks are closing broadly lower following steep declines in Europe.Investors are worried that Greece may default on its debt and exit the euro currency union. Chinese regulators were also taking steps Friday…

Why banks made more money last quarter

NEW YORK (AP) ” Wall Street and Main Street gave banks a boost last quarter.Fees from corporate mergers and commissions from trading fueled profits at big financial firms. But average Americans also helped by taking out more home…

Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact

WASHINGTON (AP) ” President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a “ratification of the status quo.”His…