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Dominican Republic first in organic agriculture in Latam
Dominican Republic farmFebruary 14, 2014 ET
Central America and the Dominican Republic have more than 253,332 acres of organic farming and 49,181 producers dedicated to organic crops, according to the Inter-American Commission for Organic Agriculture (ICOA).
Applications for jobless benefits rise to 339,000
UnemploymentFebruary 13, 2014 ET
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 8,000 last week to 339,000. The Labor Department said that the four week average of applications increased 3,500 to a seasonally adjusted 336,750.
U.S. wholesale inventories rise less than expected
U.S. wholesaleFebruary 13, 2014 ET
With an increase in inventories of durable goods partly offset by a drop in inventories of non-durable goods, the U.S. Commerce Department released a report showing that wholesale inventories rose by less than expected in December.
Germany to expand faster than predicted
Germany factoryFebruary 13, 2014 ET
Germany will likely expand at a slightly faster pace this year than estimated earlier, supported by a marked improvement in domestic demand, according to the Economy Ministry.
Android No1 in smartphone market, BlackBerry barely alive
AndroidFebruary 13, 2014 ET
Android widened its leading position in smartphone market share in 2013 as the Google's operating system accounted for 79% of the market, according to International Data Corp. (IDC).
Consumers have $13 billion in old iPhones
Old iPhoneFebruary 13, 2014 ET
Almost 50% of people say they store old phones in a box, drawer or cupboard at home, according to a new survey, down from the 55% who were asked the same question a year earlier.
Brazil hopes agribusiness will grow this year
Brazil agricultureFebruary 13, 2014 ET
The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply has released the agribusiness Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimate for this year. The GDP should be R$ 1.03 trillion ($430.2 billion) in 2014, up 4% from 2013.
Solar jobs growing quickly across mix of states
Solar energyFebruary 12, 2014 ET
The solar industry experienced record-breaking job growth across the U.S. last year, according to The Solar Foundation (TSF).
FAO: International rice prices decline in January
RiceFebruary 12, 2014 ET
International rice prices declined in January 2014 mainly due to weak import demand, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Subsidies in Argentine reached 4.9% of GDP
Argentine energyFebruary 12, 2014 ET
Subsidies in the Argentine economy totaled an estimated 4.9% of GDP in 2013 Economic subsidies for Argentine public and private companies last year totaled an estimated 143 billion pesos, or 4.9% of GDP.
It's time for the third generation of government
Klaus SchwabFebruary 12, 2014 ET
Governments today face challenges and opportunities like never before, Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, Switzerland, said at the second UAE Government Summit being held in Dubai.
Construction sector strongest employer, education and health weakest
Construction workerFebruary 12, 2014 ET
Looking over the last 47 consecutive months of private sector job growth, the construction sector had its strongest single month of job growth in January 2014, adding 48,000 jobs, said the Council of Economic Advisers.

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