Business briefs: Postal Service considers booze deliveries
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has a wish list for raising cash for his financially ailing agency. High on it is delivery of beer, wine and spirits. In an interview with The Associated Press, Donahoe also endorsed ending most door-to-door and Saturday mail deliveries as cost-saving measures. Donahoe says delivering alcohol has the potential to raise as much as $50 million a year. The Postal Service says mailing alcoholic beverages is currently restricted by law. The agency lost $16 billion last year. Under Utah law, it is illegal to ship alcoholic beverages into the state by any courier service.
Nu Skin reports record second quarter revenues
Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. of Provo reported record second quarter revenue Thursday of $682.9 million, a 15 percent increase over the same quarter last year. The company said its revenues increased because of a 32 percent growth in active independent distributors.
Ford pays top fine to settle recall spat
Ford has paid the top penalty of $17.35 million to settle government allegations that the company was slow to recall nearly a half-million SUVs last year. The fine announced Thursday is linked to the July 2012 recall of nearly 485,000 Ford Escape SUVs from the 2001 to 2004 model years.
Penthouse, Playboy get ax at military stores
Playboy, Penthouse and other sex-themed magazines will no longer be sold at Army and Air Force exchanges a move described by the stores' operators as a business decision based on falling sales, and not a result of pressure from anti-pornography activists. The 48 "adult sophisticate" magazines being dropped are among a total of 891 periodicals that will no longer be offered by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.