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Duke Feels The Effect Of Weather In Earnings

May 1, 2015
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Cold weather helped and drought hurt Duke Energy’s earnings this quarter. The company announced its results today, which included the effects of its settlement with federal prosecutors and a changing customer base.


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Duke Energy has taken about a fifth of the power it can generate off-line in North Carolina, as part of what the energy industry calls “outage season.”


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Electrolux reported first-quarter earnings fell 29 percent compared to last year. Company officials blame North American operations for the bulk of the Swedish-based company’s earnings’ decline.

Sales of company appliances, such as microwave ovens and room air conditioners are up slightly in North America, but President and CEO Keith McLoughlin said other factors in the region are hurting profits.

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American Airlines announced their first quarter profits Friday. And they were a record $932 million. It’s great news for the airline and their stockholders and certainly noted by North Carolina lawmakers. 

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Banking giant Wells Fargo reported a rare decline in its first-quarter earnings from a year ago. According to Wells Fargo officials, this year’s first-quarter net earnings dropped slightly to $5.8 billion, from $5.9 billion a year ago. 

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Have you ever thought about where your status updates and profile pictures really go after you post them on Facebook? Turns out, your online presence might live closer to you than you think. Facebook’s Forest City data center stores a lot of our online profiles. 

Dylan Hawkins is 21 and from Rutherford County. While his friends are on Facebook, he’s at Facebook’s data center in Forest City. It’s one of five in the world. He works with the servers that store the bits and pieces of our online lives.

"Some are caching information so it will take milliseconds instead of seconds," Hawkins says.

These servers help store information for the 890 million people who use Facebook every day.

Now, just because there’s a data center in Forest City doesn’t mean that your photos, etc. are definitely stored there for easy access. Your data goes to the center that’s most readily available – whether that’s here or in Lulea, Sweden.  


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North Carolina put more solar power online last year than any state other than California. But companies or homeowners wanting to put solar panels on their roofs face major restrictions. State lawmakers have introduced a bill to change that. It’s drawing opposition from Duke Energy, but also dividing solar advocates.


Bojangles To Take Company Public

Apr 6, 2015
Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte-based fast-food chain Bojangles’ on Monday said it has filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public stock offering.

The amount of shares to be offered and the price range have not yet been determined, the company said. The stock would be listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “BOJA.”

Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Jefferies are among the banks leading the IPO. The offering is expected to consist of common stock to be sold by certain Bojangles’ stockholders.

Three film productions will split North Carolina’s film and entertainment grant money for the first half of 2015. This is the first year for the state’s new, smaller incentives program for movie and TV productions. Lawmakers have set aside $10 million for the first six months of this year.

Belk Exploring Possibility Of Selling Company

Apr 3, 2015
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Charlotte may be losing another one of its iconic, homegrown retailers.

Belk, a third-generation department store chain that dates to the 1880s, confirmed Thursday that it has hired an investment bank to help it explore a possible sale or other “strategic alternatives.”

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