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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.


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.


Manufacturers’ Pay Increase Budgets Fall

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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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