New Hampshire Business Newsreel
Beset by criticism that it did not move quickly enough to fix an ignition switch problem linked to 12 fatal crashes, General Motors Co. on Tuesday named a vehicle safety chief charged with identifying and resolving product safety issues.
“This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability,” said Mary Barra, GM’s chief executive. “If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them.”
DOVER — To celebrate the milestone of reaching 5 million members, Planet Fitness surprised Mary West of Strafford on March 17 with $1,000 and a free Planet Fitness membership for one year.
Anyone who visits the “Thank-o-Matic 5 Million” website at 5MillionThankYous.com through March 20 can enter their information to receive a personalized “thank you” video, and be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win a variety of prizes along the theme of “five.”
WASHINGTON — Inflation was muted in February and housing starts fell for a third straight month, giving the Federal Reserve plenty of room to keep interest rates low even as it scales back the amount of money it is pumping into the economy.
A jump in building permits last month, however, also offered cautious optimism for an acceleration once the weather warms up.
In the 12 months through February, consumer prices were up only 1.1 percent, slowing from a 1.6 percent rise in January. The February increase was the smallest in four months.
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