The Journal Gazette
Thursday, October 03, 2019 1:00 am


Ram passes Silverado in truck sales

Staff, news services

DETROIT – Fiat Chrysler's Ram pickup unseated General Motors' Chevrolet Silverado as the second-best selling vehicle in the U.S. during the first nine months of the year.

With a United Auto Workers strike underway that has shut down GM's pickup production, the Ram likely will beat the Silverado for the full year for the first time, according to auto sales experts.

At the end of September, the Ram had a lead of nearly 52,000 vehicles, according to company sales figures released Wednesday. So far this year, U.S. buyers snapped up 461,115 Rams, an increase of 23% over the same time last year. GM sold 409,316 Silverados during the first nine months, down 3.6% from a year ago. The Allen County GM plant produces some of the Silverado models.

Parkview Wabash No. 2 on work list

Parkview Wabash Hospital is ranked second in the nation on Modern Healthcare's list of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Healthcare.

The list identifies and recognizes the top 75 outstanding employers in the health care industry nationwide, Parkview Health said in a Wednesday news release announcing its selection.

In the category of health care providers/insurers, Modern Healthcare also honored Parkview Noble Hospital (ranked 12th); Parkview Huntington Hospital (17th); Parkview Whitley Hospital, which includes Parkview Warsaw (26th); and Parkview LaGrange Hospital (36th).

Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey. The national rankings were announced Sept. 26 at the 2019 Best Places to Work in Healthcare awards gala at the Renaissance Dallas.

Jobs number shows slowing in hiring

U.S. companies added a modest 135,000 jobs in September, a private survey found, a sign that hiring is slowing as the trade war takes a toll on the economy and employers grow cautious.

Payroll processor ADP says hiring has particularly slowed in mining, which actually cut 3,000 jobs, and manufacturing, which added just 2,000. Job gains at last month's pace are enough to keep the unemployment rate from rising. And there are few signs of widespread layoffs.

Release of Surface delayed for year

Microsoft's new Surface computers include dual-screen devices that won't be out for another year.

Microsoft previewed two devices that will initially be available just for developers to write apps. The two screens can show separate apps side by side, or a single app across. The smaller one, an Android device called Surface Duo, will mark Microsoft's re-entry into smartphones. Unlike foldable phones from Samsung and others, the two screens are distinct and don't run across the fold.

TD Ameritrade joins in commission cuts

TD Ameritrade is eliminating commissions for online trading of U.S. stocks and exchange-traded funds in the latest round of an industry battle over fees. Investors will benefit from lower costs after the moves announced Tuesday by TD Ameritrade and Charles Schwab. But TD Ameritrade estimates it will lose about 15% of its revenue – roughly $220 million to $240 million – per quarter in the process.

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