Pleased with 2018 performance, L.L. Bean awards bonuses

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean enjoyed a small increase in sales in the past year, enough so that it's restoring bonuses for its 5,400 eligible workers, officials said Friday.The Maine-based retailer's revenues grew by 1 percent, nearly flat at $1.6 billion, in a changing and challenging environment for retailers.

Toyota investing $750 million at 5 U.S. plants; plans to add 600 jobs

BUFFALO, W.Va. — Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday announced it is investing an additional $750 million at five U.S. plants that will bring nearly 600 new jobs, including the production of two hybrid vehicles for the first time at its Kentucky facility.

Dollar General's results mixed; fiscal 2019 outlook weak

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dollar General Corp. posted mixed fourth-quarter results, with profit pressured by an income tax expense while revenue grew during the critical holiday period. The discount retailer also provided a fiscal 2019 profit outlook below Wall Street's view.

Shares fell 6.8 percent before the market open on Thursday.

Durable goods orders up 0.4% in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods edged up slightly in January, but the strength came from a big increase in the volatile aircraft category. In encouraging news for future growth, a key category that tracks business investment plans posted its biggest gain in six months.

Wholesale prices ticked up 0.1% in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices barely increased last month after falling for three straight months, a sign there is little inflation pressure in the economy.

Jim Dey | Will case of 'Jones burglary' settle old dispute?

A legal dispute that was often the subject of vehement disagreement at the weekly lawyers' lunch in Urbana is expected to be resolved soon by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Dolton woman gets 2 years probation for theft in gift-card scheme

URBANA — A Dolton woman has been sentenced to two years of probation in connection with a gift-card scheme at a North Prospect Avenue retailer.

Asia Neely, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of theft over $10,000. In addition to the probation, Judge Tom Difanis also ordered her to pay restitution to her victim.

Consumer prices rose 0.2% in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in February, pushed up slightly by higher gasoline and housing costs even as the prices for autos and clothing slumped.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index rose a modest 1.5 percent last month from a year ago.

Retail sales up just 0.2% as consumers stay cautious

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose slightly in January after a sharp drop in December, reflecting caution taken by consumers amid a government shutdown and volatile stock market.

Retail sales increased just 0.2 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday, after a sharp fall of 1.6 percent in December, the biggest drop in 9 years.

Lincoln Square survey results: More food, performance, green spaces

URBANA — More green space, more arts and entertainment and opening up the roof of Lincoln Square Mall.

Those were some of the suggestions people had for Lincoln Square, a nine-square-block area that includes the mall, city-owned parking lots and the Landmark Hotel, which has been closed since April 2016.