Intuit Inc., the largest seller of personal-finance software, reported fiscal third-quarter sales and profit that topped analysts’ estimates as more customers used Web tools for tax-preparation and other tasks.
Spot gasoline in the U.S. Pacific Northwest dropped by the most against futures since February as tankers carried oil products to the region and a Royal Dutch Shell Plc refinery recovered from a power failure.
The dollar fell against the euro for a second day as comments from Federal Reserve policy makers fueled speculation Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will tell Congress tomorrow the pace of monetary stimulus should be maintained.
Microsoft Corp. unveiled its first new Xbox in almost eight years, seeking to position the console at the center of games and home entertainment against a growing roster of competitors that includes Apple Inc. to Facebook Inc.
Tuba player Andrew Schwartz quit the Manhattan School of Music in 2011 when he saw opportunities shrinking and orchestras struggling. After a series of low-paid jobs such as selling stocks by phone, he left the workforce in August to pursue a master’s degree in business administration.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William C. Dudley said he has not decided whether the Fed’s next move should be to enlarge or shrink its bond buying program as he called for a fresh look at its eventual retreat from record asset purchases.
In San Francisco, 65 percent of the population rents and the remaining 35 percent are homeowners. And in the past year the San Francisco real estate market has seen an 19.4 percent increase in value, with a median sales price of $805,000, according to Zillow.