Online pet-product retailer Chewy's stock soars on debut

NEW YORK (AP) — Chewy, the online seller of pet food and squeaky toys, went public Friday and its shares soared 64 percent.

The stock rise puts the value of the 8-year-old company at more than $14 billion.

North Prospect businesses use backup power after car hits utility pole

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CHAMPAIGN — It was business as usual on North Prospect Avenue after a car hit a power pole Friday afternoon near the intersection with Baytowne Drive, knocking out power for several large retailers in the area.

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New Oregon lab, seed certification bring standards to hemp

AURORA, Ore. (AP) — A unit of wheat is a called a bushel, and a standard weight of potatoes is called a century. But hemp as a fully legal U.S. agricultural commodity is so new that a unit of hemp seed doesn't yet have a universal name or an agreed-upon quantity.

Retail sales rose 0.5% in May, led by online shopping

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their retail spending last month, a sign that recent worries about cautious consumers dragging on growth may have been overdone.

The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.5% in May, after a smaller gain of 0.3% in the previous month. April's figure was revised up from an earlier estimate that had showed a decline.

Industrial production rose in May, but factories struggle

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production improved in May, but manufacturers showed weakness despite eking out a slight gain.

The Federal Reserve said Friday that industrial output, which includes factories, utilities and mines, rose 0.4% in May, after tumbling 0.4% in April.

Tyson Foods looking to get share of market for meat alternatives

The fast-growing market for meat alternatives has a surprising new player: Tyson Foods.

Researchers: Bitcoin's carbon footprint equal to Las Vegas

BERLIN (AP) — The virtual currency bitcoin is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as a city like Las Vegas or Hamburg and efforts to reduce its climate footprint should be considered, researchers said Thursday.

Target ups the ante in online delivery wars

NEW YORK (AP) — How much would you be willing to pay to get those diapers within an hour or so?

In the latest salvo in the delivery wars, Target is offering same-day delivery on thousands of items for $9.99 per order through a delivery startup it purchased nearly two years ago

Businesses showing discontent with Trump's trade policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's aggressive and wildly unpredictable use of tariffs is spooking American business groups, which have long formed a potent force in his Republican Party.

Corporate America was blindsided last week when Trump threatened to impose crippling taxes on Mexican imports in a push to stop the flow of Central American migrants into the United States.