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Coca-Cola Names Executive Vice President

July 23, 2009 10:55 am | News | Comments

World's largest beverage maker said Thursday that it appointed Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer Joseph Tripodi as executive vice president.

Ford Posts Surprise $2.3B 2Q Profit

July 23, 2009 10:33 am | by Tom Krisher & Kimberly S. Johnson, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Helped by a lightened debt load, Ford Motor Co. posted a surprise second-quarter profit of $2.3 billion Thursday, following the worst loss in company history a year earlier.

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AMD Supplier Starts Work On $4.2 Billion Plant

July 23, 2009 9:27 am | by Michael Hill, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Work on a $4.2 billion chip plant supplying Advanced Micro Devices Inc. starts Friday in upstate New York, despite being in the middle of a recession.

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Manufacturers’ Pay Increase Budgets Fall

July 23, 2009 8:25 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Newly released Compensation Data Manufacturing 2009 survey results show pay increase budgets have fallen to 1.9 percent.

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Toyota Ending Calif. GM Joint Venture

July 23, 2009 8:05 am | News | Comments

Toyota has decided to liquidate its California joint venture plant with General Motors, Kyodo News agency reported Thursday.

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Porsche CEO Resigns Ahead Of VW Merger

July 23, 2009 7:55 am | by Matt Moore and Oliver Schmale, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Chief executive Wendelin Wiedeking leaving luxury sports car maker after 16 years, a move widely expected to clear the way for a merger with Volkswagen.

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Porsche Fails To Acquire VW

July 23, 2009 7:45 am | News | Comments

Automaker started out with the goal of acquiring much larger VW but in the process got upended by the financial crisis -- and found itself target of a possible takeover by Volkswagen.

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Initial Jobless Claims Rise To 554K

July 23, 2009 6:20 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Labor Department said Thursday its tally of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 30,000 to a seasonally adjusted 554,000 --above analysts' estimates of 550,000.

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Toyota Expands Production At W. Virginia Plant

July 23, 2009 6:05 am | News | Comments

Automaker announced Wednesday that the plant in Buffalo will begin producing engines for the Highlander sport utility vehicle in the fall.

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Russian Airline Delays Delivery Of 5 Airbus Jets

July 23, 2009 5:55 am | News | Comments

Airbus said Thursday it still expects to achieve its target for aircraft sales this year despite a decision by Russia's biggest airline, Aeroflot, to delay delivery of some jets.

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N.Y. PepsiCo Exec Admits Fraud

July 23, 2009 5:52 am | News | Comments

Former PepsiCo vice president Edward F. Backus could face decades in prison after admitting he stole about $1.8 million from the company.

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Alcatel-Lucent To Cut 850 Jobs In France

July 23, 2009 5:49 am | News | Comments

Telecommunications network equipment maker aims to cut 850 jobs in France as part of a plan to save several hundred million dollars this year, the company said Thursday.

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Bemis Workers Go On Strike At Indiana Plant

July 23, 2009 5:45 am | News | Comments

Hundreds of workers have gone on strike at the Bemis Co. plant in Terre Haute after union officials say members overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer.

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Officials: U.S. Wins WTO Media Case Against China

July 23, 2009 5:40 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

United States has largely prevailed in a trade dispute with China over restrictions on the sale there of American CDs, DVDs, books and computer software.

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Northrop, Areva Break Ground On Virginia Plant

July 23, 2009 5:30 am | News | Comments

Areva and Northrop Grumman have broken ground on a 300,000-square-foot facility in Newport News that will manufacture large components used in the nuclear power industry.

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Manufacturers’ Swine Flu Vaccines Ready For Testing

July 23, 2009 5:25 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Five leading flu vaccine makers are racing to test and produce the first swine flu vaccine before the winter flu vaccination season starts in mid-October.

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FDA Says Electronic Cigarettes Still Toxic

July 23, 2009 5:25 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal health officials said they found cancer-causing ingredients in electronic cigarettes, despite manufacturers' claims the products are safer than tobacco cigarettes.

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Decline In Japanese Exports Eases In June

July 23, 2009 5:21 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Japan's exports in June fell by the smallest margin in six months, adding to evidence that global demand is recovering as the recession loosens its grip.

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GM Says Opel Talks Continue With Magna, RHJI

July 23, 2009 5:18 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Motors said Thursday it will continue detailed talks with Magna and Belgium-based investor RHJ International to rescue Opel unit.

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Australia, China Report No Progress On Rio Case

July 23, 2009 5:12 am | by Michael Casey, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith met with Chinese counterpart Thursday over Rio Tinto manager accused of espionage, but made no progress resolving the issue.

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