| Sep 4, 2013
| 6:43 AM
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit jumped by 13% in July after hitting a more than three-year low the previous month, as the nation imported more goods, such as crude oil, and exports fell, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.
The increase in the...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 8:23 AM
In an effort to avoid illness outbreaks from imported foods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules that would require importers to verify that their suppliers' standards are on par with those of domestic growers and processors....
| Dec 28, 2013
Since the 19th century, French Champagne producers have skillfully cultivated an image of full-tilt glamour and luxury, spending millions promoting their brands. That would include sponsoring athletic competitions, society events and the $400,000 in...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 5:07 PM
WASHINGTON — Rising American exports and surging energy production at home are narrowing the nation's typically large trade deficit, lifting the growth prospects for the economy and the job market.
For the second straight month, American exports...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 3:26 PM
Famed Berkeley wine importer Kermit Lynch is making the rounds in southern California starting next weekend to promote the 25th anniversary edition of “Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France.” The book, first...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 8:20 AM
I don't need to tell you it's freezing outside, but I do need to remind you that if you're hibernating in your apartment without a bottle of wine in your Snuggie-covered lap, well, you're doing it wrong. As crockpots buzz to life, it's the time of year to...
| Apr 21, 2014
Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama's bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this week. If Japan and the United States can sort out...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are like the Coke and Pepsi of U.S. maritime transportation.
They seem similar, they dominate the competition but they have a long history of less-than-friendly rivalry. Now, an independent commission's proposal...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 3:03 PM
Steve Cibor loaded his Ford Explorer with a few samples of Tibetan rugs and drove for days along the East Coast in 1994, trying to persuade retailers to sell the expensive hand-woven pieces.
"Nobody bought it — but they gave me ideas," Cibor said....
| Jan 25, 2014
| 1:00 PM
ARTOIS, Calif. — Nestled in a corner of the Sacramento Valley known for its rice, almonds and walnuts, densely packed rows of manicured olive trees stretch toward the horizon.
This 1,700-acre spread is the domain of California Olive Ranch, an...
| May 29, 2014
| 12:17 PM
Byron G. "Geoff" Tosi Jr. the semiretired president and CEO of Albre Marble Restoration Specialists Inc., died May 23 of complications from emphysema at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 70.
The son of Byron G. Tosi, a wine and spirits importer,...