Daily business briefing: U.S. one of few countries that lack maternity leave support

May 14, 2014 

A United Nations study has found that the United States is one of only three countries in the world that does not provide some kind of monetary payment to new mothers who've taken maternity leave from their jobs. The United States is the only Western country to do this and also provides for fewer weeks of maternity leave than what other Western countries mandate. Read more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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The first-quarter profit at Macy's Inc. rose 3.2 percent. The retailer also raised its dividend by 25 percent. Find out more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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Sony Corp. has reported a $1.3 billion quarterly loss. This is about three times the losses from the previous year. Learn more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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U.S. oil price climbed above $102 a barrel Wednesday. Brent crude was up 54 cents to $109.78 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London. For more information, go to http://www.bnd.com/business.

-- Will Buss, BND business writer

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