Business News Business News Supplied by AP en-us (c) 2017 EarthLink Networks Inc. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:47:03 EST Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:26:06 EST 5 Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:47:03 EST 20170222/96e05b25-a2b0-46f2-bf4f-3b0881d8e8c6 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER Associated Press Trump expected to submit budget blueprint on March 13 WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Hill Republicans say the White House is planning to submit President Donald Trump's budget plan to Congress in mid-March. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:33:21 EST 20170222/d73e7ee1-7df2-4486-b062-6223084e3322 By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press End of the euro? French candidate plots return of the franc PARIS (AP) — If Marine Le Pen has her way, the French will soon pay for their baguettes with francs, not euros. The presidential candidate from the anti-EU, anti-immigration National Front party is all about national sovereignty and independence. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:10:01 EST 20170222/68b409ed-664e-4650-b926-b7db4e5810d9 By DAVID McHUGH and JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Industry: Philadelphia soda tax killing sales, layoffs loom PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Some Philadelphia supermarkets and beverage distributors say they're gearing up for layoffs because the city's new soda tax has cut beverage sales by 30 percent to 50 percent, worse than the city predicted. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:00:48 EST 20170222/679c411a-a759-4f97-83c9-ec8b81e664ee Associated Press Slammed by the flu, businesses scramble to get work done NEW YORK (AP) — The flu season has slammed many small businesses, weakening already thin staffing levels and forcing some owners to scramble to cover shifts or get the work done. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:55:27 EST 20170222/b333126b-c71b-4916-8641-605229cf3532 By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG Associated Press