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Analysts: Apparel Makers Struggled In 4Q

January 20, 2009 9:37 am | News | Comments

Apparel and footwear makers will likely report weak fourth-quarter results following one of the worst holiday seasons in decades, analysts said.


Chemtura Realigns Company

January 20, 2009 9:35 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals maker has established two groups, performance products and engineered products, and an executive committee reporting to the CEO.


VW Cuts Work Hours In Germany

January 20, 2009 7:10 am | News | Comments

Volkswagen AG says it will put about 60,000 workers in Germany on shorter hours for five days next week.


Fiat Takes 35 Percent Stake In Chrysler

January 20, 2009 7:07 am | by Ariel David, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Italian automaker would not invest cash in Chrysler but would provide access to its successful small-car platforms and environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient engines.


France May Give Extra $8B To Automakers

January 20, 2009 7:00 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

To save France’s auto industry from collapse, French Prime Minister said Tuesday that France may provide additional aid up to $8 billion.


Poland's Industrial Production Falls In December

January 20, 2009 6:54 am | News | Comments

Industrial production dropped 4.4 percent over the same month last year, government statistics showed, the latest sign the global crisis is squeezing the once-booming economy.


Rio Tinto Alcan Closing Canada Smelter

January 20, 2009 5:30 am | News | Comments

International metal giant is permanently closing its smelter near Quebec and curtailing production at its alumina refinery.


VF Splits Outdoor Division

January 20, 2009 5:23 am | News | Comments

Apparel maker said Tuesday it will split its outdoor segment -- which includes brands such as The North Face, Jansport and Vans -- into two separate units.


Boat Makers ‘Optimistic’ At S.C. Boat Show

January 20, 2009 5:15 am | News | Comments

As they look toward the 29th annual Charleston Boat Show this week amid economic hardships and a sagging boat market, boat manufacturers remain ‘cautiously optimistic.’

Canadian Manufacturing Sales Continue To Decline

January 20, 2009 5:09 am | News | Comments

Statistics Canada reports manufacturing sales fell 6.4 percent to $48.4 billion in November, their lowest level since December 2004 and fourth straight monthly decline.


Qualcomm Buys Some AMD Assets

January 20, 2009 5:05 am | News | Comments

Chip maker said Tuesday it purchased some of Advance Micro Devices' handheld graphics and multimedia technology assets for $65 million in cash.


EU, South Korea Nearing Free Trade Deal

January 20, 2009 5:03 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

European Union and South Korea said Tuesday that they have moved closer to a free trade agreement, though another round of negotiations is required to overcome issues.


Canadian Firm Opening Assembly Plant In Georgia

January 20, 2009 4:35 am | News | Comments

Modular interior manufacturer DIRTT has announced plans to open a new 81,000 square foot assembly plant in Savannah, bringing up to 150 jobs to the area.


UAW: Deadline For Automakers Unrealistic

January 20, 2009 4:32 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

United Auto Workers president Ron Gettelfinger suggested that a mid-February deadline for GM and Chrysler to complete their restructuring plans may be 'almost unattainable.'


Honda Cutting Production At Canada Plant

January 20, 2009 4:25 am | News | Comments

Automaker is cutting production by half at one of its plants in Alliston, Ont., until auto sales rebound.


Mitsubishi To Halt Production At Japan Plant

January 20, 2009 4:25 am | News | Comments

Japan’s fourth-largest automaker says it will halt production at its biggest plant for three weeks in February to cope with mounting inventories of unsold vehicles.


Toyota Founder's Grandson Named President

January 20, 2009 4:22 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Widely expected selection of Akio Toyoda marks the first time a Toyoda family member has taken the helm at Japan's No. 1 automaker in 14 years.


Renault: Auto Industry Needs Help

January 20, 2009 4:16 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chief exec Carlos Ghosn said carmakers are facing the worst crisis since the Great Depression and called on European governments to save the auto industry from collapse.


BMW Cuts Hours For 26,000 Workers

January 20, 2009 4:11 am | News | Comments

Automaker says it will reduce the working hours for 26,000 German employees as part of efforts to slow production amid a deepening economic downturn.


Rohm & Haas Restructures, Cuts 900 Jobs

January 20, 2009 4:05 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals maker says it's cutting about 900 jobs and idling or closing plants as it adjusts operations and cost structure in response to the slowing economy.



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