The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today's vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession.
The number of signed contracts to buy homes fell in June, as limited supplies of homes on the market are holding back possible sales growth.
A better economy is helping sell more Marlboros and Camels, even as prices climb. That brought higher profits for their makers in the second quarter.
The Federal Reserve is moving toward raising interest rates from record lows - just not likely yet.
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says the world economy is recovering but fragile and "faces some downside risks."
U.S. home prices rose steadily in May, pushed higher by a healthy increase in sales this year.
U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level since September. Consumers are worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China.
Ford Motor Co.'s net income jumped 44 percent to $1.9 billion in the second quarter as global sales rose and customers paid more for new trucks and SUVs with premium features.
Overseas business helped UPS during its second quarter, as did the absence of a hefty charge recorded a year ago.