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Pandemic leads 7-Eleven to forgo free Slurpees on 7-11

Pandemic leads 7-Eleven to forgo free Slurpees on 7-11

DALLAS — The coronavirus pandemic has taken away another summertime tradition in the U.S.: There will be no free Slurpees at 7-Elevens on Saturday — July 11 — to hail a date that doubles as an abbreviation of the convenience store chain's name.
Vintage Super Mario Bros. video game sells for $114,000

Vintage Super Mario Bros. video game sells for $114,000

DALLAS — An unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades ago.
NHL's Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

NHL's Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

TORONTO — A plan to operate NHL game hubs in Edmonton and Toronto could draw hundreds of hockey players and staff to both Canadian cities, but business experts say their presence won't give a huge boost to local economies.
Shaw posts lower third-quarter profit, revenue amid COVID but beats expectations

Shaw posts lower third-quarter profit, revenue amid COVID but beats expectations

CALGARY — Shaw Communications Inc.'s third-quarter revenue and profit were down from the same time last year due to COVID-19's impact, but the cable and wireless company still beat expectations Friday.
Cirque du Soleil creditors preparing offer for insolvent company

Cirque du Soleil creditors preparing offer for insolvent company

MONTREAL — The Cirque du Soleil's creditors are finalizing an agreement that could replace the one put forward by the insolvent entertainment company's shareholders. The turn of events was disclosed Friday at the Quebec Superior Court.

American Airlines threatens to cancel some Boeing Max orders

DALLAS — American Airlines is warning Boeing that it could cancel some overdue orders for the grounded 737 Max unless the plane maker helps line up new financing for the jets, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Job numbers show cautious optimism with long road ahead: B.C. finance minister

Job numbers show cautious optimism with long road ahead: B.C. finance minister

VICTORIA — Statistics Canada's labour force survey for June shows 118,000 people in B.C. found jobs and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 13 per cent.
Shareholders approve SSR Mining-Alacer Gold deal to merge operations

Shareholders approve SSR Mining-Alacer Gold deal to merge operations

VANCOUVER — Shareholders in SSR Mining Inc. and Alacer Gold Corp. have endorsed a no-premium deal to merge operations. The Toronto-listed companies say 99.9 per cent of the votes cast by Alacer shareholders and 96.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (15,713.82, up 145.18 points.) Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up three cents, or 4.48 per cent, to 70 cents on 8.8 million shares.
TSX ends week higher on positive sentiment from potential virus treatment

TSX ends week higher on positive sentiment from potential virus treatment

TORONTO — Canada's main stock index ended higher for a second-straight week on positive sentiment from a potential COVID-19 treatment and strong domestic jobs numbers. The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 145.18 points at 15,713.