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U.S. Calls For FDA Inspection Office In Latin America

June 23, 2008 11:55 am | by Mark Stevenson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

As inspectors comb Mexican farms for salmonella, Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said the U.S. wants to open an office in Latin America to monitor food safety.


GM To Cut Production, Raise Prices On 2009 Models

June 23, 2008 11:35 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors plans to raise prices on 2009 models by an average of 3.5 percent despite a tough market that is forcing the automaker to cut production and discount its 2008 models.


Pfizer Settles Pollution Violations

June 23, 2008 11:20 am | News | Comments

World's largest drug maker has agreed to pay a $975,000 civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its former manufacturing plant in Connecticut.


Toyota Still Building SUVs In Mississippi

June 23, 2008 11:10 am | News | Comments

Consultant for Toyota says it won't retool its plans to build Highlander sport utility vehicles at a plant under construction in north Mississippi, despite the trend toward more fuel-efficient cars.


RPM International Names CFO

June 23, 2008 11:05 am | News | Comments

Industrial products maker named P. Kelly Tompkins, current executive vice president and chief administrative officer, to the additional post of chief financial officer.

Fed Expected To Hold Rates Steady

June 23, 2008 10:45 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues are in a tricky spot as they face stagnant economic growth along with inflation threats from rising prices for energy, food and other commodities.


German Workers Get Time Off To Watch Soccer

June 23, 2008 10:35 am | News | Comments

Daimler, Porsche and other major manufacturers are planning to shorten shifts to allow workers to watch Germany play Turkey in the semifinals of the European soccer championships.


Online Group Helps Spot Counterfeit Purses

June 23, 2008 10:03 am | by Amanda Kwan, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Major online auction sites such as eBay say they police their listings, but with millions of new auctions added each day, many buyers unknowingly spend hundreds on shoddy replicas.


Baosteel To Nearly Double Iron Ore Prices

June 23, 2008 9:53 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's biggest steel producer agreed to price hikes of up to 96.5 percent with iron ore supplier Rio Tinto amid surging demand for tight metal supplies.


Aging Population Boosts Medical Device Makers

June 23, 2008 9:49 am | News | Comments

Medical device and technology makers will likely continue prospering as aging populations in developed countries drive demand for more innovative products and new, emerging markets grow.


ISPE Names Regulatory Affairs Advisor

June 23, 2008 8:35 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering has named Douglas Ellsworth its International Regulatory Affairs Advisor.

Bombardier Sells Four CRJ700 Jets

June 23, 2008 6:23 am | News | Comments

Company sold four CRJ700 regional jets to an unnamed airline, which took options on four additional planes, and three Q400 turboprop airliners to All Nippon Airways.


Huntsman Sues Apollo; Seeks Over $3B

June 23, 2008 6:15 am | News | Comments

Chemicals company is suing Apollo Management and its two partners for fraud after they backed out of a $6.5 billion deal.


Technology Worker Shortage Worries Businesses

June 23, 2008 6:10 am | by David Pitt, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fewer college students are pursuing computer-related degrees at a time when demand is increasing and thousands of baby boomers are retiring from technical jobs.


Wisconsin Sees Rise In Exports To South Africa

June 23, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Last year, companies in the state sold $140.7 million worth of products to South Africa, a 40 percent increase from 2006.


Monaco Coach Banking On RV Parks

June 23, 2008 6:02 am | News | Comments

Company hopes the resorts will help improve what has been a tarnished year so far, having been hit hard by high gas prices and weakened consumer confidence.


Norske Skog Sells South Korean Paper Mills

June 23, 2008 6:00 am | News | Comments

Norwegian papermaker has sold its South Korean mills for $622 million in cash to a private equity group as part of a debt reduction program.


Candy Business Shines Despite Weak Economy

June 23, 2008 5:51 am | by Martha Irvine, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Some analysts say the industry is 'recession-proof' as the nation's sweet tooth could help the candy business fare better than other nonessentials in economically trying times.


Oil Prices Unsteady Despite Saudi Pledges

June 23, 2008 5:50 am | by George Jahn, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Price of crude oil fluctuated Monday as traders shrugged off a pledge by Saudi Arabia to increase its production this year if the market needs it.


Japan’s Lotte Acquiring Belgian Chocolate Maker Guylian

June 23, 2008 5:50 am | News | Comments

Tokyo-based confectioner Lotte Co. and South Korean group firm Lotte Confectionery will buy Guylian from its founding family for about $170 million.



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