Bush-N-Vine opens market in Rock Hill
Bush-N-Vine Farm has opened its new location in Rock Hill at 1501 Cherry Road, beside the former Mallard Hardware.
Bush-N-Vine has strawberries picked fresh daily from its 8-acre field. The Cherry Road location will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call Bush-N-Vine at 684-2732.
BNI referral group to host visitor's day
BNI, an international networking organization specializing in business referrals among members, is holding a Visitors' Day for its Olde English Networkers chapter from 7:45 to 9:45 a.m. today at The HoneyBaked Ham Café, 2349-61 Cherry Road, Rock Hill.
Richard Martin of BNI will share the BNI secrets to success through word-of-mouth marketing. Anyone interested in attending the meeting is welcome. There is no charge to attend if a reservation is made. Tickets at the door will be $10 each. Call Derick Wilder for reservations at (803) 487-4687 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Olde English Networkers chapter of BNI meets regularly at 7:45 a.m. on Thursdays at The HoneyBaked Ham Café. Its members represent businesses in Rock Hill, Charlotte and the surrounding areas.
York chamber plans retirement seminar
YORK -- The Greater York Chamber of Commerce invites chamber members to a free lunch-and-learn sponsored by financial adviser Edward Jones at noon April 29, at the chamber office, 23 E. Liberty St.
The seminar will focus on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Reserve a place by calling Edward Jones at 684-3725 or the chamber office at 684-2590.
Delta, Northwest lose combined $10.5 billion
ATLANTA -- Delta and Northwest, seeking to combine to create the world's largest airline, posted losses Wednesday totaling $10.5 billion for the first three months of the year because of exorbitant fuel prices and write-downs of their companies' value.
Southwest's chief executive, meanwhile, indicated that the carrier wasn't interested in a merger and said the very thought of it was daunting.
The red ink from Delta and Northwest put into focus the enormity of the challenge the airline industry faces to become profitable again amid $120-a-barrel oil -- even with the benefits that consolidation can bring.
Atlanta-based Delta, the nation's third-largest carrier, said its loss widened in the first quarter to a whopping $6.39 billion. A few hours later, Eagan, Minn.-based Northwest Airlines reported a $4.1 billion loss for the period.
UPS shedding costs after first-quarter woes
ATLANTA -- UPS plans to freeze hiring for domestic operations to cut costs after a sluggish first quarter, Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn said Wednesday.
The Atlanta-based package delivery giant reported a profit of $906 million, or 87 cents per share, in the quarter on revenues of $12.7 billion. It was a 6.5 percent increase over the same period a year ago, but reflected pressure from what the company described as an "anemic" U.S. economy.
The number of packages moved by UPS worldwide was flat -- an average of 15.13 million per day, same as a year ago.
Apple second-quarter profit jumps 36 percent
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Apple's fiscal second-quarter profit jumped 36 percent on blistering sales of Macintosh computers, but the company forecast lower-than-expected earnings, and its stock price tumbled as much as 5 percent.
The Mac and iPod maker is believed to be especially vulnerable to slowing consumer spending in the United States because of its strong presence here versus overseas.
Apple shares fell $2.31, or about 1 percent, to $160.58, in after-hours trading. The stock had fallen nearly 5 percent earlier. It had closed up $2.69, or 1.7 percent, at $162.89 before its earnings were reported.
But the latest results showed that it was firing on all cylinders during the first three months of the year.
Amazon.com profit rises 29 percent in first quarter
SEATTLE -- Web retailer Amazon.com said Wednesday that its first-quarter profit rose 29 percent, helped by solid sales in the U.S. and abroad.
But seemingly lower operating income guidance for the full fiscal year pushed shares down $3.70, or 4.6 percent, to $77.30 in after-hours trading. The stock had closed up $1.40 at $81.
Quarterly earnings climbed to $143 million, or 34 cents per share, from $111 million, or 26 cents per share, in the same period last year.
Revenue increased 37 percent to $4.14 billion from $3.02 billion in the year-ago quarter.