Metro-East News

August 28, 2014

Daily business briefing: U.S. economy expected to strengthen in second half

The U.S. economy's 4.2 percent increase during the second quarter is giving analysts reason to believe that the second half of the year will bring more economic growth. Read more at


Fewer Americans sought unemployment last week as the number fell by 1,000, indicating that employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong. Learn more at


Kansas agriculture machinery manufacturer Agco is laying off 24 hourly workers at its plant in Hesston and more cuts are expected. The first layoffs will be effective Tuesday, with more layoffs next month. Find out more at


Burger King's acquisition of Tim Hortons means the fast-food chain is acquiring 75 percent of the all the coffee business at fast food restaurants in Canada. For more information, go to

-- Will Buss, BND business writer

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