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Barrett posts $8.7 million profit in Q2

4:28 p.m. July 29
Vancouver-based staffing firm still focus of SEC probe

Barrett Business Services Inc., the Vancouver-based supplier of staffing and outsourced human resources services, said Wednesday it recorded a second-quarter profit of $8.7 million. That compares with a profit of $7.3 million in the April-to-June period of 2014.

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Alaska Air Group posts 46 percent boost in profit

By John Gillie, The News Tribune July 27, 2015 4:19 p.m.

Lower fuel costs and careful management paid big benefits for SeaTac-based Alaska Air Group in the second quarter, with profits some 46 percent greater than the same quarter in 2014, the airline holding company reported Thursday.

Harney: How to control how fast a home sells

By Kenneth R. Harney July 27, 2015 6 a.m.

How fast should your house sell once you put it on the market? Within a week? A few weeks? A couple of months? Longer?

Working in Clark County: Pat Heffron, owner of Wheelkraft NW

By Kay Richardson July 27, 2015 6 a.m.

As a kid, Pat Heffron pretended to drive a derelict 1934 2-door sedan parked in his parents' driveway. His dad was a member of a horseless carriage club, and the family garage was a classroom of tune-ups and repairs. So it's no surprise that Pat owns a successful business in the industry serving other people who love their cars but may have hopped one too many curbs.

Deal kills tariffs on 200 tech products

By PAUL WISEMAN and FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press July 27, 2015 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Dozens of countries have agreed to abolish duties on more than 200 technology products — from advanced computer chips to GPS devices, printer cartridges and video-game consoles.

Johnson Controls to spin off auto business

By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 26, 2015 5:24 p.m.

MILWAUKEE — Johnson Controls Inc. will break up into two separate publicly traded companies, the company said Friday, announcing plans to spin off its automotive business.

Mitsubishi to stop work at Illinois plant, find buyer

By The Associated Press July 26, 2015 5:22 p.m.

NORMAL, Ill. — Mitsubishi Motors says it plans to stop U.S. production at its facility in central Illinois and sell the plant.

FedEx orders 50 Boeing 767 freighter jets

By The Seattle Times July 26, 2015 5:20 p.m.

SEATTLE — FedEx announced recently it has agreed to purchase 50 Boeing 767-300F freighter aircraft, with additional options to purchase 50 more of the jets.

Bellevue's Apptio prepares for IPO

By The Seattle Times July 26, 2015 5:19 p.m.

SEATTLE — Bellevue-based Apptio has made agreements with several banks to prepare for an initial public offering, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Verizon workers vote to authorize strike

By The Associated Press July 26, 2015 5:05 p.m.

NEW YORK — Verizon workers in nine states have voted to go on strike if necessary over a contract dispute, a union official said at a rally Saturday.

Fiat Chrysler to buy back about 300,000 pickups

By The Associated Press July 26, 2015 5:03 p.m.

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler will buy back about 300,000 Ram pickup trucks in the biggest such action in U.S. history as part of a deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two dozen recalls, people briefed on the matter say.

U.S. gasoline prices down penny in the past 2 weeks

By The Associated Press July 26, 2015 5:01 p.m.

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average price of gasoline has dropped a penny in the past two weeks to $2.82 a gallon. Analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the average sits 76 cents below the year-ago price.

State launches easy way to get copy of reseller permits

By The Columbian July 26, 2015 4:59 p.m.

OLYMPIA — Misplaced your reseller permit? No worries.

Accidental release tips Fed's hand

By Ylan Q. Mui, The Washington Post July 26, 2015 4:53 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve acknowledged Friday morning that it inadvertently published a confidential staff forecast prepared for a key meeting of its policy-setting committee in June. The documents include estimates for inflation, unemployment, economic growth . . . and the influential federal funds rate.

Berko: Listen to your broker about energy-related issues

By Malcolm Berko July 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: I was looking at the Yorkville High Income MLP ETF, which is an energy-related issue that has fallen almost 50 percent in value from its high price but yields a very good 14.2 percent. Though the value of this exchange-traded fund is down a lot, its dividend has fallen only a little bit. This makes the stock look attractive.

Tech Test: Apple Music has everything, perhaps too much

By RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press July 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Apple's new music service is a valiant effort to catch up in the emerging business of offering unlimited music on demand for a monthly price. It does so while acknowledging the legacy of iTunes, the world's most popular store for buying individual songs to own.

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.
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