It's summer, a season of warm days and scary air-conditioning bills. Want to pay your bills with plastic so you can get reward points? Well, the credit-card fees utilities charge could change your mind. SmartCharge offers some customers a way to avoid those fees.
The nation%u2019s manufacturing recovery accelerated in October as factory output jumped 0.5%, the Federal Reserve said. Overall industrial output was flat in the month, but the typical autumn plunge in utilities output skewed the top-line stat lower.
As severe heat grips most of the East, sales in the ice cream, air conditioner, pools, seashore-related and bowling center segments have spiked with the temperature. The solid sales are welcome relief for industries burned by the recession.
Even as homebuilding remains in the doldrums, a booming replacement business for air conditioning systems and a new venture with Carrier are giving Watsco a boost. Now in the high $50s, it could return to its all-time high of $73 within a year.