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Analysts: Apparel Makers Struggled In 4Q

January 20, 2009 9:37 am | News | Comments

Apparel and footwear makers will likely report weak fourth-quarter results following one of the worst holiday seasons in decades, analysts said.

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Chemtura Realigns Company

January 20, 2009 9:35 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals maker has established two groups, performance products and engineered products, and an executive committee reporting to the CEO.

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VW Cuts Work Hours In Germany

January 20, 2009 7:10 am | News | Comments

Volkswagen AG says it will put about 60,000 workers in Germany on shorter hours for five days next week.

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Fiat Takes 35 Percent Stake In Chrysler

January 20, 2009 7:07 am | by Ariel David, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Italian automaker would not invest cash in Chrysler but would provide access to its successful small-car platforms and environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient engines.

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France May Give Extra $8B To Automakers

January 20, 2009 7:00 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

To save France’s auto industry from collapse, French Prime Minister said Tuesday that France may provide additional aid up to $8 billion.

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Poland's Industrial Production Falls In December

January 20, 2009 6:54 am | News | Comments

Industrial production dropped 4.4 percent over the same month last year, government statistics showed, the latest sign the global crisis is squeezing the once-booming economy.

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Rio Tinto Alcan Closing Canada Smelter

January 20, 2009 5:30 am | News | Comments

International metal giant is permanently closing its smelter near Quebec and curtailing production at its alumina refinery.

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VF Splits Outdoor Division

January 20, 2009 5:23 am | News | Comments

Apparel maker said Tuesday it will split its outdoor segment -- which includes brands such as The North Face, Jansport and Vans -- into two separate units.

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Boat Makers ‘Optimistic’ At S.C. Boat Show

January 20, 2009 5:15 am | News | Comments

As they look toward the 29th annual Charleston Boat Show this week amid economic hardships and a sagging boat market, boat manufacturers remain ‘cautiously optimistic.’

Canadian Manufacturing Sales Continue To Decline

January 20, 2009 5:09 am | News | Comments

Statistics Canada reports manufacturing sales fell 6.4 percent to $48.4 billion in November, their lowest level since December 2004 and fourth straight monthly decline.

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Qualcomm Buys Some AMD Assets

January 20, 2009 5:05 am | News | Comments

Chip maker said Tuesday it purchased some of Advance Micro Devices' handheld graphics and multimedia technology assets for $65 million in cash.

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EU, South Korea Nearing Free Trade Deal

January 20, 2009 5:03 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

European Union and South Korea said Tuesday that they have moved closer to a free trade agreement, though another round of negotiations is required to overcome issues.

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Canadian Firm Opening Assembly Plant In Georgia

January 20, 2009 4:35 am | News | Comments

Modular interior manufacturer DIRTT has announced plans to open a new 81,000 square foot assembly plant in Savannah, bringing up to 150 jobs to the area.

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UAW: Deadline For Automakers Unrealistic

January 20, 2009 4:32 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

United Auto Workers president Ron Gettelfinger suggested that a mid-February deadline for GM and Chrysler to complete their restructuring plans may be 'almost unattainable.'

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Honda Cutting Production At Canada Plant

January 20, 2009 4:25 am | News | Comments

Automaker is cutting production by half at one of its plants in Alliston, Ont., until auto sales rebound.

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Mitsubishi To Halt Production At Japan Plant

January 20, 2009 4:25 am | News | Comments

Japan’s fourth-largest automaker says it will halt production at its biggest plant for three weeks in February to cope with mounting inventories of unsold vehicles.

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Toyota Founder's Grandson Named President

January 20, 2009 4:22 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Widely expected selection of Akio Toyoda marks the first time a Toyoda family member has taken the helm at Japan's No. 1 automaker in 14 years.

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Renault: Auto Industry Needs Help

January 20, 2009 4:16 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chief exec Carlos Ghosn said carmakers are facing the worst crisis since the Great Depression and called on European governments to save the auto industry from collapse.

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BMW Cuts Hours For 26,000 Workers

January 20, 2009 4:11 am | News | Comments

Automaker says it will reduce the working hours for 26,000 German employees as part of efforts to slow production amid a deepening economic downturn.

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Rohm & Haas Restructures, Cuts 900 Jobs

January 20, 2009 4:05 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals maker says it's cutting about 900 jobs and idling or closing plants as it adjusts operations and cost structure in response to the slowing economy.

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