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US consumer spending scores biggest jump in 6 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer spending surged in April by the largest amount in more than six years, led by a big jump in purchases of autos and other durable goods....

US home prices rise in March as spring buying season begins
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. home prices kept climbing in March as the spring home buying season began, but so far the higher costs haven't thwarted sales....

Wal-Mart seeks overseas success by going native in China
SHENZHEN, China (AP) -- Zhong Guoyan sifted through piles of fish at a Wal-Mart in Shenzhen, one of China's largest cities. She studied the fins, to make sure they were bright red and firm. She peered at the eyeballs - were they bulging?...

Wal-Mart steps up online efforts in China as a key to future
SHANGHAI (AP) -- Wal-Mart's tiny warehouse in eastern Shanghai doesn't look like much. But it's a key part of the company's strategy to win over grocery customers in China who are fast heading online....

Wal-Mart's Sam's Club: A bright spot in China
SHENZHEN, China (AP) -- Wal-Mart's Sam's Club took a gamble in China almost two years ago. It changed the way it sells meat and fish, putting them in packages instead of letting Chinese shoppers physically inspect cuts of meat or live fish in tanks the way they're used to....

In China, Wal-Mart meets its match: Sun Art Retail Group
At the store in Shanghai, signs promote "everyday low prices," along with temporary promotions - similar to what Wal-Mart does....

Strikes test relevance of France's leading militant union
NOTRE-DAME-DE-GRAVENCHON, France (AP) -- Outside Gate A of the ExxonMobil oil refinery, the strike was fizzling....

Scandal-hit Volkswagen makes profit despite scandal
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German automaker Volkswagen saw its net profit fall 19 percent in the first three months of the year - but showed it can still make money even as it grapples with a costly scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests....

India's economy grew 7.6 percent in last fiscal year
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India says its economy grew 7.6 percent in the fiscal year that ended March 31 and a stronger 7.9 percent in the last quarter of the year, keeping its position as the world's fastest-growing major economy....

EU court adviser: Employers can ban Muslim headscarf
LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- A senior adviser to the European Court of Justice says a European Union business may legitimately prohibit an employee from wearing a Muslim headscarf on the job, provided the ban is based on a general company rule prohibiting visible political or religious symbols in the workplace, and not on prejudice against a particular religion....

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Eurozone inflation remains negative but poised for oil boost

Eurozone inflation rate remains below zero in May

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