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U.S. Warns Nations Not To Ban Pork Imports

April 29, 2009 5:10 am | News | Comments

Ensuring the American food supply is safe, U.S. government warned its trading partners against putting restrictions on U.S. pork imports amid the spreading swine flu epidemic.

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German Economy Expected To Shrink 6 Percent

April 29, 2009 5:09 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Government forecast Wednesday that Europe's biggest economy will shrink by a huge 6 percent this year but return to modest growth in 2010.

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European Economic Confidence Rebounds

April 29, 2009 5:04 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

European Commission said businesses and shoppers in both the 27-member EU and the 16 countries that use the euro were more optimistic in April for the first time since May 2007.

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Van Maker LDV Applies For Bankruptcy Protection

April 29, 2009 4:59 am | by Robert Barr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Troubled British van maker laid off most of its employees and set a May 6 deadline to secure new funding or go into administration, a form of bankruptcy protection.

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General Motors Forcing Over 1,000 Dealers To Close

April 28, 2009 1:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM says it will force 1,000 to 1,200 underperforming dealerships to close their doors as it tries to thin dealer ranks to make the remaining outlets stronger.

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California Finds Lead-Tainted Kid Jewelry

April 28, 2009 11:10 am | by Robert Jablon, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Jewelry items found in Southern California stores and warehouses contained dangerously high lead levels and were imported from China with labels proclaiming them lead-free.

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Trial Continues Against 4 W.R. Grace Executives

April 28, 2009 10:55 am | by Susan Gallagher, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss environmental crime charges against four former executives of W.R. Grace & Co.

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Vale Iron Ore Output Falls 37 Percent

April 28, 2009 10:50 am | News | Comments

Brazilian mining giant produced 46.9 million metric tons of iron ore in the first three months of 2009, down 37 percent from 74.5 million metric tons in the same period last year.

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Welspun Dedicates Arkansas Plant

April 28, 2009 10:44 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Pipe manufacturer is dedicating its new $150 million facility at the Port of Little Rock, its first factory outside of India.

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Will There Be A Fiat-Chrysler Deal?

April 28, 2009 8:10 am | News | Comments

Fiat vice chairman said the viability of an alliance between Fiat and Chrysler won't be known until Thursday, the U.S. government's deadline for Chrysler to wrap up a deal.

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UAW Pushes For Approval Of Chrysler Deal

April 28, 2009 8:05 am | by David N. Goodman, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

United Auto Workers will own 55 percent of a restructured Chrysler if union members vote to approve contract concessions this week.

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Be Your Own Strategic Consultant

April 28, 2009 8:00 am | by Amy Radishofski, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

By Amy Radishofski, Features Editor, Manufacturing.netTraining programs can help you revamp your workforce and improve your business, even if the economy is dragging down your bottom line.

Report: Consumer Confidence Soars In April

April 28, 2009 7:58 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Conference Board's April Consumer Confidence Index rose 12 points to 39.2, the highest point since November and surpassing economists' expectations of 29.5.

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Chrysler Debtholders, U.S. Treasury Reach Deal

April 28, 2009 7:55 am | by Stephen Manning, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Person familiar with the talks says Treasury Department has reached a tentative agreement with four of Chrysler's major debtholders as the automaker races to stave off bankruptcy.

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Germany: GM Must Make A Move On Opel

April 28, 2009 7:50 am | by Patrick McGroarty, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Economy minister said car parts maker Magna International has a 'rough concept' for its possible investment in Opel, but the next move hinges on General Motors.

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U.S. Slams Russia's Move To Ban American Meat

April 28, 2009 7:41 am | News | Comments

Amid fears of swine flu, Russia widened a ban on meat imports from Mexico and some U.S. states, prompting objections from the United States.

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Germany's Inflation Rate Rises In April

April 28, 2009 6:20 am | News | Comments

Annual inflation rate in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, edged up to 0.7 percent in April after hitting a 10-year low the previous month.

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Wind Turbine Maker To Cut 1,900 Jobs

April 28, 2009 6:15 am | News | Comments

Vestas, world’s biggest maker of wind turbines, said it would lay off about 9 percent of its workforce, primarily in Denmark and Britain because of sluggish demand in northern Europe.

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Caterpillar Restricts Mexican Travel Over Swine Flu

April 28, 2009 6:10 am | News | Comments

Heavy equipment maker has restricted its employees from traveling to Mexico, where it has six manufacturing plants and other facilities, because of the swine flu outbreak.

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Mayor Hopeful In Face Of GM Cuts

April 28, 2009 6:05 am | News | Comments

Marion, Ind., mayor has presented the city’s General Motors plant with a performance-based incentive plan that he hopes will protect it from new cutbacks.

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