LONDON — Cambridge Analytica unleashed its counterattack against claims that it misused data from millions of Facebook accounts, saying Tuesday it is the victim of misunderstandings and inaccurate reporting that portrays the company as the evil villain in a James Bond movie. Clarence Mitchell, a high-profile publicist, held Cambridge Analytica’s first news conference since allegations surfaced that the Facebook data helped Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.
MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $174.8 million. The Milwaukee-based company said it had profit of $1.03 per share. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 89 cents per share. The motorcycle maker posted revenue of $1.36 billion in the period, also exceeding Street forecasts. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.26 billion. Harley-
The following area business registrations, such as limited liability companies and corporations, were filed in December. Eau Claire: Kathleen O’Leary LLC, Kathleen C. O’Leary, 1520 Frederic St.; Lewien Enterprises LLC, Bryann G. Lewien, 5138 Renee Court; Mcfx2, LLC, Randi Osberg, 402 Graham Ave. Momentum Auto Dealership LLC, MoHammad Al-Hashlamoun, 3624 Mall Drive; Mountain Ash 1 LLC, Justin M. Held, 4324 Fairfax Park Drive; Murr Family Cabin LLC, Donna Murr, 3718 Tamara Drive.
ORLANDO, Fla. — In an ever-tightening job market, Disney World is doubling its hiring bonuses for some summer jobs, even for unskilled or part-time positions — as it seeks to hire for 3,500 positions. A housekeeper hired this year at Disney World’s resorts can get a hiring bonus of $1,250 for a job that pays $10.50 per hour. That’s up from last year’s $500 hiring bonus. And it’s for full-time or part-time hires. Full-time or part-time lifeguards this
NEW YORK — Sears’ biggest shareholder has suggested the company sell its well-known Kenmore brand and some real estate holdings, offering itself as a potential buyer. The ailing company has sold off other major brands as it struggles to stay afloat, with Kenmore a notable remainder of the powerhouse retailer that survived two world wars and the Great Depression. The private equity firm ESL Investment, headed by Sears chairman and CEO Edward Lampert, said it might buy the assets
Credit union to buy 3 local bank offices LA CROSSE — Marine Credit Union announced Monday that it will buy 10 Old National Bank locations in Wisconsin, including branch offices in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Stanley. The La Crosse-based credit union and Evansville, Ind.-based bank issued a joint news release on Monday about the deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter of this year. The deal includes $274 million in deposits. “Marine Credit Union is a strong
They’d tried their hand at owning a couple sandwich shops in the Twin Cities, but Heidi and Josh Boxx wanted to return to their hometown of Eau Claire to raise their children. They wanted to get out of the restaurant field, which they cut their losses from after four years, and into something else. “We knew we needed a business opportunity,” Heidi Boxx said. They researched potential ventures and discovered the owner of Olson Disposal — a two-person, one-truck garbage
County Bancorp posts record quarterly profit to start 2018 MANITOWOC — Loan growth and corporate tax cuts led to County Bancorp posting a record quarter for the start of 2018. The holding company of Investors Community Bank, which has a loan office in Eau Claire, reported last week that it had $4.1 million in net income for the three months that ended March 31. That compares to $2.6 million for the first quarter of 2017. Another factor that helped the company’s earnings was the
NEW YORK — Roughly seven out of every 10 adults worldwide now have some form of bank account, the World Bank said Thursday, largely due to the proliferation of cell phone-based bank accounts and other simple bank account programs in places like India and Sub-Saharan Africa. The finding is a sign of the improved financial wellbeing of those living in developing countries and particularly women, who increasingly have a safe place to store their savings and are able to participate in the
SEATTLE — Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said the company has more than 100 million paid subscribers worldwide to its Prime Membership service, disclosing for the first time a figure that the company long held as a trade secret. Prime, which costs $99 a year in the U.S., offers free two-day shipping on many items, as well as access to Amazon’s trove of on-demand video and music streaming. Members are thought to spend more on Amazon purchases than nonmembers, making the