Consumers grow more confident, despite financial-market swings

A customer examines carefully prices at a CVS Pharmacy store in Chicago on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.

By Lucia Maffei Consumer confidence in the U.S. improved moderately in January, a business group reported Tuesday, as Americans shook off a falling stock market and showed cautious optimism in business conditions. The non-profit New York-based Conference Board said that its monthly Consumer Confidence Index rose to 98.1 from 96.3 in December. That was above […]

Small business owners say they need technology support: survey

By Lucia Maffei Technology support is the third top-of-mind need among small business owners in the Chicago region, according to an online survey presented on Thursday and conducted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Quinlan School of Business. Companies in any industry and with less than 500 employees filled in a questionnaire about […]

Charles Schwab profit rise lands just short of forecasts

One of the Charles Schwab Chicago offices.

By Lucia Maffei Charles Schwab Corp. reported fourth quarter 2015 results that topped expectations — but only with the help of one-time gains. In the latest quarter, the San Francisco-based¬† provider of brokerage, banking and asset management services posted net income available to common stockholders of $378 million, or 28 cents a diluted share, up […]