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China's Chinalco Unit To Mine, Smelt In Tibet

September 4, 2008 5:25 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Country's biggest producer of alumina has set up a subsidiary based in Tibet to conduct mineral exploration, mining and smelting in the Himalayan region.


Unexpected Jump In Weekly Jobless Claims

September 4, 2008 5:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Labor Department reported that new applications for unemployment insurance rose to a seasonally adjusted 444,000, up 15,000 from the previous week.


AK Steel Adding Surcharge To Electrical Steel

September 4, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Steel maker said the surcharge amount accounts for the reported prices for raw materials and energy used to make its electrical steel products.


August U.S. Auto Sales Down But Slump Weakens

September 4, 2008 5:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nearly every major automaker saw its U.S. sales drop in August, but many are seeing signs that the worst slump in recent history may have bottomed out.


Boeing To Consult On Mitsubishi Jet

September 4, 2008 5:18 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Plane maker will advuse Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on the development of its mid-sized regional jet -- the first 'made in Japan' passenger aircraft in three decades.


P & G Buys Nioxin Research Labs

September 4, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Consumer products giant said Nioxin's products that treat the scalp to improve the appearance of thinning hair fits with P&G's business strategy.


Microsoft Drops Xbox Prices In U.S.

September 4, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Beginning Friday, the Xbox 360 gaming console’s cheapest version will sell for $200, making it less expensive than the Nintendo Wii, which retails for $250.


Study: Workers Will Pay More For Healthcare

September 4, 2008 5:11 am | by Candice Choi, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Survey found 59 percent of companies intend to keep down rising health care costs in 2009 by raising workers' deductibles, copays or out-of-pocket spending limits.


Report: Summer's Job Cuts Worst Since 2002

September 3, 2008 1:20 pm | by Dave Carpenter, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Job cuts announced by U.S. employers last month jumped 12 percent over a year ago to cap the busiest summer of downsizing in six years.

Ford Sales Plummet, GM, Toyota In Sales Slump

September 3, 2008 11:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Major automakers post dismal sales figures for August, indicating that the U.S. auto sales slump may not have bottomed out.


Gov't Questions Safety Of Plastic Baby Bottles

September 3, 2008 11:31 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toxicologists reiterated safety concerns about a chemical used in baby bottles and food containers, just weeks after the FDA declared the substance safe.


Boeing Workers Vote On High-Stakes Contract

September 3, 2008 11:25 am | by Tim Klass, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

If Machinists vote to strike, Boeing could face potential losses as high as $100 million a day in deferred revenue and further delays in delivery of the new 787 commercial jet.


Maine Paper Mill Lost $57 Million Since 2004

September 3, 2008 11:24 am | News | Comments

Katahdin Paper Co. halted production this week because of high oil prices and has lost at least $57 million since the operation was restarted in June 2004.


Former Pfizer Exec Joins Hershey Board

September 3, 2008 11:15 am | News | Comments

Hershey Co. said late Tuesday it has elected a former vice chairman of Pfizer, David Shedlarz, to its board on Aug. 29.

Tronox Hikes Titanium Dioxide Pigment Prices

September 3, 2008 11:15 am | News | Comments

Chemical company is raising its prices for all titanium dioxide paint pigment grades sold in North America by 8 cents per pound.


IIAPE 2009 - India International Auto Parts Expo 2009

September 3, 2008 11:11 am | Events

Organized by CEMS INDIA in association with CEMS USA, the leading Multinational Exhibition Organizer of Southeast Asian region, the `India International...

Oil Sinks On Strong Dollar, Falling Demand

September 3, 2008 11:10 am | by Stevenson Jacobs, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Prices kept falling Wednesday as a stronger dollar and slowing demand for crude overshadowed the impacts of Hurricane Gustav.


Kellogg Acquires Contract Snack Maker

September 3, 2008 11:10 am | News | Comments

Food maker said Wednesday IndyBake Products and Brownie Products’ two plants will be integrated into Kellogg’s U.S. Snacks operation.


Vise-Grips Plant Closing, Moving Ops To China

September 3, 2008 10:57 am | by Nate Jenkins, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Employees report being told that in order to stay competitive one of Nebraska's most famous products must move its operations to China.


Factory Orders Jump Up In July

September 3, 2008 6:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Commerce Department reported Wednesday that new orders increased by 1.3 percent in July, much stronger than the 0.8 percent increase economists had been expecting.



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