Wal-Mart breaks ground in Orchards

3:35 p.m. December 25
Project was stalled for years; store expected to open next fall

Construction is about to begin on a long-planned Wal-Mart Supercenter in Orchards, on the south side of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard, east of 147th Avenue.

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Clark County Business Briefing

December 28, 2014 6 a.m.

People in business

Tech Test: iPhone 6 Plus tops competition on camera

By ANICK JESDANUN, Associated Press December 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Phones have gotten so good at taking photos that I rarely bring along a stand-alone camera anymore.

Berko: Dow gains in third year of presidential term

By Malcolm Berko December 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: Please explain what happens to the market during the third year of a president's term in office. The market is supposed to be up the third year, and I would like to invest about $20,000 very conservatively if you think the Dow Jones industrial average will go higher during the coming year. My broker told me to ask you what to buy.

Small businesses adding more jobs as economy recovers

By Associated Press December 28, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — If you're looking for signs that the U.S. economy is growing and that the job market is improving, just talk to small business owners.

Plunging oil prices has winners and some losers

By JONATHAN FAHEY, Associated Press December 28, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — For the first half of 2014 the oil market looked just as it had the year before — and the 2 years before that. Oil was over $100 and drivers in the U.S. were paying around $3.50 for gasoline.

Oil bust gets 'I Will Survive' song from Wells Fargo analyst

By Bloomberg News December 28, 2014 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — When historians tell the story of the Oil Bust of 2014, Wells Fargo & Co. analyst James Spicer will surely merit a footnote for his rewrite of Gloria Gaynor's disco anthem "I Will Survive."

Wine cork producers battle for tops

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times December 28, 2014 6 a.m.

The world's wine cork producers want you to know they're sorry.

Safest cars for 2015 named

By Charles Fleming, Los Angeles Times December 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Asian and European cars have taken top honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Our top business stories of 2014

By The Columbian December 28, 2014 6 a.m.

It's been a good year for the Clark County economy, which at long last made a solid comeback in areas of employment, business expansion, and housing construction.

Berko: Retiree looking for income

By Malcolm Berko December 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: I'm a 79-year-old healthy widower. I'm a retired high-school teacher with wonderful memories, and I still keep in touch with some of my ex-students. I recently sold my house to the family who had been renting from me since 2004, and after all the pages of make-work and paperwork, I came away with a check for $109,000. This family was paying me $1,200 a month. I've been living comfortably in a modest coach house that used to be the garage. For years, my son and his wife have been urging me to join them in their Tallahassee, Fla., home. Their home has a nice "father's area" — with a kitchen, bath, TV room and private entrance — and it sure beats the winters in Detroit.

Facebook 'Year in Review' painful for some users

By Andrea Peterson, The Washington Post December 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Unless you're making an active decision to disconnect this holiday season, you've probably seen a flood of Facebook "Year In Review" posts — a sort of digital card highlighting the biggest moments of 2014, algorithmically customized for each user.

Online retailers get holiday items delivered on time

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times December 27, 2014 6 a.m.

This time last year, the nation's biggest online retailers were hit hard by delivery shortfalls that left countless customers empty-handed on Christmas morning.

Small Northwest chain buys into big time

By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times December 27, 2014 6 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — A supermarket David is gulping down a Goliath.

Washington's minimum wage to hit $9.47 an hour

December 27, 2014 6 a.m.

SEATTLE — Washington state's minimum wage will rise to the highest in the nation on Jan. 1.

Russia adds tax on grain to curb overseas sales

December 27, 2014 6 a.m.

MOSCOW — Russia has introduced taxes on wheat exports, an effort to reduce food prices after the ruble's collapse made it attractive for farmers to sell grain abroad.

Register for the upcoming Economic Forecast Breakfast on Jan. 22, 2015 at the Vancouver Hilton, and catch a glimpse of the growth and development opportunities that lie ahead for this region. This year's keynote features Ken Fisher, founder and CEO of Fisher Investments in Camas, who will provide his outlook for the local economy.