Latest Business headlines

Downtown tower may get new enclosed plaza

The large glass-and-steel atrium proposed for 100 Federal St. would feature retail shops, dining tables, and a winter garden.


Uber CEO says fingerprint background checks can be ‘discriminatory’

Travis Kalanick said local police records might leave out whether someone who was arrested was ultimately convicted or not.

Target’s discounts undercut rivals while bringing some headaches

Target Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell has gotten more aggressive with holiday discounts during his second year of a turnaround effort, a strategy that is undercutting some rivals on price while also bringing headaches.

UnitedHealth says it should have avoided Obamacare longer

UnitedHealth Group should have stayed out of Obamacare’s new individual markets longer, the CEO said Tuesday.

National Grid lowers natural gas prices for heating customers

For the average customer, the new price reduction will mean a savings of about $6 to $8 a month.

More Business headlines

Local fans cheered the band Passion Pit when they played the Lawn on D in September.

Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Lawn on D to stay open but seek more revenue

The popular Lawn on D will reopen next spring, but the South Boston park’s financial future remains uncertain.

Dr. Peter S. Amenta is the new chief executive of Joslin Diabetes Center.

Big challenges ahead for new Joslin CEO

The noted diabetes center faces competition from health care players that offer comprehensive medical services.

Stephen Blyth, who runs Harvard’s $37.6 billion endowment, has taken several steps to improve its investment returns, which have trailed the much smaller Yale fund for years.

Harvard endowment tries to close gap on investment returns

When it comes to managing money, Yale has been outscoring Harvard for years. It’s up to Stephen Blyth to change that.

The renminbi was made one of the top world currencies, with the dollar, the euro, the pound, and the yen.

IMF elevates China’s currency

The International Monetary Fund on Monday designated the Chinese renminbi as one of the world’s elite currencies.

Kerry R. Watson was president of Newton-Wellesley Hospital for two years.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital CEO steps down

Kerry R. Watson is moving to North Carolina to launch a foundation and do consulting work.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

Shirley Leung


Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.

Innovation Economy by Scott Kirsner


Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.