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Industrial Production Marks First Gain In 9 Months

August 14, 2009 8:05 am | News | Comments

Fed says industrial production rose 0.5 percent in July, after falling in 17 of previous 18 months, driven by increased output from auto companies.


600 Kids Sickened By Lead Poisoning In China

August 14, 2009 7:48 am | News | Comments

Number of children sickened from lead poisoning rose to over 600 after authorities shutdown a smelter this week thought to have caused the contamination.


U.S. Consumer Prices Flat In July

August 14, 2009 7:48 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Labor Department said Friday consumer prices showed no changed in July, in line with analysts' expectations and far below the 0.7 percent jump in June.


Canadian Manufacturing Sales Up In June

August 14, 2009 6:20 am | News | Comments

Manufacturing sales rose 1.9 percent to $39.7 billion in June, partially reversing a 4.9 percent decline posted in May, Statistics Canada said Friday.


Porsche Families, Qatar To Get Stake In New VW

August 14, 2009 5:55 am | by George Frey and Juergen Voges, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Piech and Porsche families will own about 40 percent of new joint Volkswagen-Porsche company, while Qatar investment fund will also take a significant stake.


German, French Growth Highlights Debt Issue

August 14, 2009 5:55 am | by Pan Pylas, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

News that France and Germany grew in second quarter reinforced talk that countries with less consumer debt and less dependence on financial sector will recover sooner.


Clunkers Program Expands Car Buying Options

August 14, 2009 5:48 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Move allowing car shoppers to reserve a car not in stock will help automakers who have struggled to keep up with demand due to popular ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program.


India Opposes Trade Ban Based On Climate Policy

August 14, 2009 5:40 am | by Arthur Max, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Government is largely against efforts by U.S. to impose trade penalties on countries that do not commit to specific action against greenhouse gases.


Visteon Wants To End Retiree Benefits

August 14, 2009 5:25 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier asking bankruptcy judge for permission to terminate retiree health care and life insurance benefits for thousands of current and former workers.


Small Businesses Worry About New Lead Limits

August 14, 2009 5:21 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Tighter limits on amount of lead allowed in children's products and tracking label requirements stir fear among small business owners, already hurting in tough economy.


Sterling Pacific Meat Recalls Ground Beef

August 14, 2009 5:20 am | News | Comments

Meatpacker has recalled more than 3,500 pounds of ground beef products that might be contaminated with E. coli.


Boeing Settles U.S. Probe For $25 Million

August 14, 2009 5:10 am | News | Comments

Aerospace giant agreed to pay U.S. government $25 million to settle claims the company did defective work on critical military refueling planes in Iraq and Afghanistan.


ThyssenKrupp Loses $900 Million

August 14, 2009 5:07 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp reported Friday a third quarter net loss of $900 million as the global recession cut into demand for steel.


China Takes Bigger Chunk Of Australian Minerals Sector

August 14, 2009 5:03 am | by Rohan Sullivan, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Investors endorsed a $3 billion plan for Yanzhou Coal to buy Felix Resources in what would be China's biggest investment yet in the Australian minerals sector.


Federal Court Reinstates J & J Kickbacks Case

August 14, 2009 5:00 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Appeals court revived a multibillion-dollar fraud case that alleges Johnson & Johnson paid doctors kickbacks to prescribe an expensive drug to boost sales.


Court Finds Ex-Samsung Boss Guilty In Bond Deal

August 14, 2009 4:56 am | by Jae Hee Suh, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Seoul court ruled Friday that former Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee was guilty of breach of trust and handed him a suspended prison sentence and an $89.2 million fine.


Euro Prices Fall In July

August 14, 2009 4:51 am | by Pan Pylas, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Prices in the 16 countries that use the euro fell on an annual basis for second straight month in July and by more than previously anticipated, official figures showed.


UK To Support Airbus A350 XWB

August 14, 2009 4:46 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

British government pledged $562 million to Airbus to help develop its A350 XWB aircraft -- significantly less than the funding already committed by France and Germany.


Ford To Boost Factory Production

August 13, 2009 1:55 pm | by Kimberly S. Johnson, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker to increase production of its popular Focus and Escape vehicles to meet growing demand from government's 'Cash for Clunkers' program.


Consumer Groups Wary Of Clunkers Deals

August 13, 2009 12:00 pm | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Two consumer advocacy groups are calling on the Transportation Department to protect car buyers from questionable Cash for Clunkers deals at showrooms.



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