North Carolina-based Lowe's Home Centers has been ordered to pay $1.6 million to settle a lawsuit by prosecutors from Marin and four other counties alleging inaccurate and misleading advertising, the district attorney's office announced Wednesday.  
 
Williams-Sonoma, the San Francisco-based seller of cookware and home furnishings, plunged almost 12 percent in after-hours trading after its third-quarter forecast missed analysts' estimates  
 
Apparently people are still buying a lot of PCs. Sales of "old fashioned" computers are rebounding dramatically in big markets like the U.S., Japan and western Europe, according to a new forecast.