The Herald-Dispatch Business RSS 2015-03-28T14:13:03-04:00 urn:uuid:4b702eaf-b9ae-41f1-ab78-45b2b5bc602f Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported), except where noted. US economic recovery sluggish but durable The Herald-Dispatch 2015-03-28T00:01:01-04:00 <p> WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy&#39;s tepid performance last quarter - a 2.2 percent annual growth rate - was typical of the economic rebound that began in the summer of 2009. Yet the sluggish pace of the recovery has a silver lining: This growth spurt has proved to be one of the most durable since World War II.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Dow Chemical, Olin in $5B deal The Herald-Dispatch / 2015 2015-03-28T00:01:01-04:00 <p> MIDLAND, Mich. - Dow Chemical is breaking off a significant part of its chlorine operations in a deal with Olin Corp. valued at $5 billion.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Stocks close with slight gains, but down for week The Herald-Dispatch 2015-03-28T00:01:01-04:00 <p> NEW YORK - A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday.</p> <p> Major indexes notched modest gains, not nearly enough to make up for the four previous days of losses. It wound up being the second-worst week for the market so far this year.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Craft distillers meeting for conference in Louisville The Herald-Dispatch 2015-03-28T00:01:01-04:00 <p> LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Organizers expect more than 1,000 people to attend the American Distilling Institute&#39;s 12th annual spirits conference next week in Louisville.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Consumer sentiment slips in March The Herald-Dispatch 2015-03-28T00:01:01-04:00 <p> WASHINGTON - Bad weather and rising gasoline prices pushed U.S. consumer sentiment a bit lower in March.</p> <p> The University of Michigan&#39;s consumer sentiment index slipped to 93 this month from 95.4 in February. Richard Curtin, chief economist for the survey, notes that consumer optimism was the highest in a decade for the first three months of 2015 despite the dip in March.</p> <p> &#160;</p> US stocks fall for 4th straight day The Associated Press 2015-03-27T00:01:01-04:00 <p> NEW YORK - A see-saw day for U.S. stocks ended with slight losses on Thursday, giving the market its fourth drop in a row.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Republic Steel plans temporary layoffs The Associated Press 2015-03-27T00:01:01-04:00 <p> LORAIN, Ohio - Republic Steel has announced it is temporarily laying off 200 workers from its Lorain plant in northeastern Ohio.</p> <p> &#160;</p> WVU Extension Service surveying agritourism operators in the state The Associated Press 2015-03-27T00:01:01-04:00 <p> CHARLESTON - The West Virginia University Extension Service is surveying agritourism operators to get a better sense of how a growing segment of the nation&#39;s farm economy is doing in the state.</p> <p> &#160;</p> CAMC's Cancer Center in PBS show The Associated Press 2015-03-27T00:01:01-04:00 <p> CHARLESTON - The Charleston Area Medical Center Cancer Center will be among facilities featured in a three-part, six-hour PBS documentary on cancer.</p> <p> &#160;</p> Soda consumption continues to decline The Associated Press 2015-03-27T00:01:01-04:00 <p> NEW YORK - Americans bought less soda for the tenth straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.</p> <p> &#160;</p>