Daily business briefing: Computer sales pick up

July 10, 2014 

A two-year slump in personal computer sales has ended. After a surge in demand for computer tablets and other mobile devices in recent years, research firms Gartner Inc. and International Data Corp. shows PC shipments edged up 0.1 percent to 75.8 million units during the second quarter. Read more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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On Wall Street, the Dow Jones futures and S&P 500 futures are off to a slow start Thursday. Both began the day down 0.6 percent. Find out more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. That's not far from the 298,000 recorded two months ago, which was the lowest in seven years. Learn more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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Business consulting firm EY says the value of takeover deals announced in the first half of this year reached its highest level since the end of the boom years in 2007. The value of deals rose by 50 percent from the same period the year before, to $1.7 trillion. For more information, go to http://www.bnd.com/business.

-- Will Buss, BND business writer

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