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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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