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Home Depot 4Q tops Street on holiday; OKs $18B buyback

...billion, also better than Wall Street's projection of $18.68 billion.Chairman and CEO Craig Menear said during a conference call that sales were helped by a strong customer response to its holiday decor and gift center as well as its Black Friday...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-24/home-depot-4q-tops-street-
Duke Energy expects to settle criminal inquiry sparked by ash spill

...after a February 2014 spill at Duke's Eden plant coated more than 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.In a conference call discussing the earnings report, executives at the nation's largest electricity company said the proposed settlement...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-18/duke-energy-expects-settle
Dollar Drag: surging buck hits US corporate earnings

...fiscal year currency impact we have ever incurred," said P&G's chief financial officer, Jon Moeller, in a conference call discussing the latest results.The list of companies complaining of currency swings includes nearly every major industry...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-20/dollar-drag-surging-buck-h
Wal-Mart earns nearly $5 billion

...power due to lower gas prices in most of our large markets," said CEO Doug McMillon, according to a transcript of a conference call.Wal-Mart is a barometer of consumer spending, and its challenges reflect the struggles of its low-income shoppers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-19/wal-mart-earns-nearly-5-bi
Burger King, Tim Hortons parent reports loss on deal costs

...an uptick in customer visits. But the increase comes as McDonald's has struggled to hold onto customers.In a conference call after earnings results were released, Schwartz stressed that there are no plans to combine the menus or real estate...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-17/burger-king-tim-hortons-pa
Romney says he won't run

...Republican Party's 2012 nominee plans to tell supporters about his plans to pass on another national campaign during a conference call. He first let his staff know in a separate call that he was out of the race. "After putting considerable thought...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/politics/2015-01-30/romney-says-he-wont-run
Auburn QB Nick Marshall to play cornerback in Senior Bowl

...unspecified punishment from Memphis coach Justin Fuente.BYU and Memphis players also will formally apologize in a conference call.Commissioner Mike Aresco says the American Athletic Conference supports the punishment planned by Memphis and thinks...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/college/2015-01-20/auburn-qb-nick-marshall-p
overtime

...up through the minors as a left fielder."Hopefully it's going to be like riding a bike," Byrd said during a conference call. "I'm going to have to put a little extra work on it this off-season."Byrd is the latest veteran traded for...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2015-01-01/overtime
Notre Dame fends off North Carolina

...Injured Dajuan Coleman won't play this season for Syracuse.Coach Jim Boeheim said Monday on the Atlantic Coast Conference call that the junior center-forward is "not going to play this year."It's been close to a year since the 6-foot-9...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/college/2015-01-05/notre-dame-fends-north-ca
3 major teen retailers face sales declines during crucial time

...sector in which we operate is going through a period of disruption and turmoil," said outgoing CEO Mike Jeffries on a conference call with investors last week after the chain released disappointing quarterly results. "In response to that, we are...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-11/3-major-teen-retailers-fac