The April figure was also better than the 4.5 percent forecast by economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires.
Beer-swilling Britons face a sobering prospect： an unhappy hour. A group representing about half the country’s pubs and bars said Monday it is curbing Happy Hour offers and other deals that encourage irresponsible drinking， a British pastime that has come under increasing attack from the government.
Scientists are excited about a vitamin again. But unlike fads that sizzled and fizzled， the evidence this time is strong and keeps growing. If it bears out， it will challenge one of medicine’s most fundamental beliefs： that people need to coat themselves with sunscreen whenever they’re in the sun. Doing that may actually contribute to far more cancer deaths than it prevents， some researchers think.
The goal of the merger is to stitch together two geographically distinct carriers with a history of financial struggles into a stronger airline that would compete better with lower-cost rivals such as Southwest Airlines Inc. and JetBlue Airways Corp. US Airways has a strong presence on the East Coast， and in the Caribbean， while America West operates across the West from hubs in Phoenix and Las Vegas.
Wine lovers can’t be barred from shipping home bottles purchased from out-of-state vineyards they visit in person or on the Internet， the Supreme Court said Monday in a decision toasted by the wine industry.
Disney’s profit of $698 million， or 33 cents a share， was a shade above Wall Street estimates and contrasts with the $537 million， or 26 cents， it earned a year earlier. Revenue in the period ended April 2 climbed 9% to $7.8 billion.
Bahrain has its own agreement awaiting U.S. Congress ratification. Two other members of the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council —— Oman and the United Arab Emirates —— have started talks on free trade deals with the U.S.
Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn’s “The Interpreter” translated into solid box-office as the United Nations thriller debuted with $22.8 million to top the weekend for Hollywood.
Shares in Lenovo Group， the largest Chinese maker of personal computers， rose Thursday after three buyout funds bought a stake in the company for $350 million.