Among the earnings stories for Friday, April 17, from AP Financial News:

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) ¿ BB&T Corp. on Friday posted a 37 percent decline in first-quarter profit, as loans that were overdue or written off as unpaid surged and the regional bank put aside more cash to cover souring credit.

NEW YORK (AP) ¿ Newspaper publisher and TV station owner Media General reported a wider first-quarter loss Friday on a deepening slide in advertising revenue.

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) ¿ Discount store operator Duckwall-ALCO Stores Inc. reported a loss in its fiscal fourth quarter due to a charge for transforming its stores and a decline in sales at established locations.

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