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Spending by U.S. Consumers Increases Less Than Forecast
(Bloomberg) -- Consumer purchases rose less than projected in February, indicating the biggest part of the U.S. economy will find it hard to sustain momentum after the best quarter since 2006.
Low consumer spending points to slow first quarter  MarketWatch
US consumer spending edges up 0.1 percent in February
Business Insider  
UnitedHealth to Buy Catamaran to Boost Pharmacy Services
(Bloomberg) -- UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s OptumRx agreed to buy Catamaran Corp., a provider of pharmacy benefit management services, for about $12.8 billion to add clients.
UnitedHealth sets sail for drug manager Catamaran  USA TODAY
US stocks open higher, led by gains in energy companies; UnitedHealth rises ...  Fox Business
Pending Sales of U.S. Homes Rose More Than Forecast in February
(Bloomberg) -- More Americans than forecast signed contracts to purchase previously owned homes in February, indicating a pickup in the housing market ahead of the spring selling season.
US Pending Home Sales Up 3.1% in February  Wall Street Journal
Pending home sales give hopeful sign for US housing market  Reuters
Oil prices drop on possible Iran deal, dollar
Oil prices fell on Monday as officials from Iran and six world powers discussed a possible deal over Tehran's nuclear program that could bring an end to sanctions and allow an increase in Iranian oil exports.
MarketsOil sags as traders reverse Yemen bid  Financial Times
New from Amazon: A marketplace for finding a handyman
Amazon has long aimed to be your one-stop shop for buying items ranging from books to furniture. On Monday, the e-commerce giant announced it is now pushing to be your go-to destination for yet another kind of purchase: home services such as gutter ...
Amazon takes on Angie's List with Home Services launch  ZDNet
Amazon Home Services is here with TV mounting, goat grazing, and more  PhoneDog
JetBlue Computer Outage Causes Delays for Passengers
NEW YORK - A computer outage that caused delays for thousands of JetBlue Airways passengers early Monday morning has been resolved, the company said.
JetBlue says systems back online after outage, rules out cyber attack  Reuters
JetBlue Computer Outage Resolved; Delays Persist  Wall Street Journal
Best Buy To Shutter Canadian Future Shop, Plow $160 Million Into Great White ...
Over the weekend Best Buy announced all 131 Future Shop locations will either be shuttered or converted to the company's primary brand.
Best Buy to Revamp Canadian Operations, Plans Restructuring
Best Buy to Eliminate Future Shop, Close 66 Stores  Dealerscope
GNC Says Agreement With New York State Shows Supplements Comply
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent subpoenas to Wal-Mart Stores Inc., GNC, Walgreens and Target Corp. last month seeking information about the origins of ingredients in their supplements and the health benefits described on labels, said a ...
GNC reaches deal with NY AG over Herbal Plus products  San Francisco Chronicle
GNC Agrees To New Testing of Supplements  WBUR
Ben Bernanke: Fed didn't 'throw savers under a bus'
The former chairman of the Federal Reserve has launched a defence of the central bank's close-to-zero interest rates, arguing that they were vital to avoid a fresh recession.
Ben Bernanke Starts Blogging and Immediately Goes After his Critics  Bloomberg
With a bullet: Crude materials  USA TODAY
Teva to Buy Auspex for $3.5 Billion to Boost Neurology Arm
Teva Chief Executive Officer Erez Vigodman said last month that the company seek acquisitions, prompting analysts to speculate on potential targets.
Teva to Buy Auspex, an American Drug Developer, for $3.2 Billion  New York Times
Teva buying Auspex for $3.2 billion  Salon