Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company.
Microsoft surpassed analysts' expectations with net income in the quarter that ended on Sept. 30 of $4.54 billion, equivalent to 54 cents per share.
UPS is expecting an 11 percent jump in December shipments as the holiday shopping season heats up.
Trucking company Con-way said Friday its freight business will raise its rates on Monday.
Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world's largest banana supplier.
Sears Holdings discredited a report Thursday that says it will be shutting 116 Sears and Kmart stores and laying off more than 6,000 workers.
Amazon, the world's largest retailer, gave a disappointing forecast for the crucial holiday quarter.
Drugmaker Pfizer says it approved the repurchase of $11 billion in company stock.
Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American told its employees that the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes will no longer be allowed at desks or offices, conference rooms, hallways and elevators.
Target is offering free shipping on all online orders now through Dec. 20.
Third-quarter revenue at Comcast Corp. rose 4 percent to $16.8 billion and net income soared 44 percent to $2.6 billion as the company added 315,000 high-speed Internet customers and shed only 81,000 TV customers.
The day before Chiquita shareholders are set to vote on a proposed merger with Fyffes, two Brazilian firms increased their offer.
Caterpillar's belt tightening paid off in the third quarter as the manufacturer easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year.
More passengers and lower fuel prices are pushing Southwest Airlines to record profits, and the airline expects an even bigger break at the gas pump this winter.
Union Pacific Corp. delivered a 19 percent increase in its third-quarter profit as the railroad hauled 7 percent more freight and raised its rates.