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IMF: Global Growth To Slow 'Significantly' In Second Half

July 17, 2008 7:19 am | News | Comments

International Monetary Fund warned of a further slowdown in the global economy amid growing inflationary pressure and slowing demand in developed countries.


Boeing Machinists Agree To Strike Authorization

July 17, 2008 6:55 am | by Dan Catchpole, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Machinists voted overwhelmingly Wednesday for a preliminary strike authorization in a show of support for union negotiators in contract talks with the aerospace giant.


Airbus Tops Boeing At Farnborough Air Show

July 17, 2008 6:34 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

European plane maker emerged as the clear winner, after racking up plane orders that dwarf the deals done by U.S. rival Boeing Co.


U.S. Issues New Rule On Airplane Fuel Tanks

July 17, 2008 6:30 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Device to prevent airplane fuel tanks from exploding must be installed on certain passenger jets and cargo planes, federal officials said.


Truck Plant In Canada Cutting 720 Jobs

July 17, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Sterling Trucks eliminating one shift and laying off another 720 workers as it joins the growing ranks of companies being squeezed by an economic slowdown in the U.S.


Arkansas Aluminum Firm No Longer Public Company

July 17, 2008 5:55 am | News | Comments

Aluminum die-casting firm bought by a publicly traded company in 1996 has returned to private hands under its former name, Pace Industries Inc.


Volkswagen Plant Validates Tennessee Town

July 17, 2008 5:54 am | by Bill Poovey, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

When VW said yes to Chattanooga, the city that had shed its reputation for dirty air forgot years of frustrating rejections by automakers.


Oil Prices Continue To Slide

July 17, 2008 5:50 am | by George Jahn, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Crude prices fell for a third consecutive day on Thursday amid evidence that the high cost of oil and gasoline was slowing U.S. demand.


GAO: Armored Vehicles Could Become Costly

July 17, 2008 5:45 am | by Stephen Manning, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Military’s accelerated pace to buy and deploy thousands of heavily armored mine resistant vehicles could lead to problems with maintenance and cost overruns.


Feds Want Stronger English Law For Truckers

July 17, 2008 5:43 am | by Jay Reeves, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Government, citing safety reasons, is trying to tighten the law requiring anyone with a commercial drivers license to speak English well enough to talk with police.


Automakers Offer Hybrids To NYC Cab Fleet

July 17, 2008 5:28 am | by Sara Kugler, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Three major auto manufacturers are promising to reserve 300 new hybrid vehicles each month exclusively for the city as it replaces its entire fleet of yellow cabs.


GE Healthcare Unit Names New CEO

July 17, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

John Dineen to become President and Chief Executive of GE’s Healthcare business, after the unit's previous leader accepted a post with electrical engineering company ABB.

Survey: Gas Prices Forcing Consumers To Cut Back

July 17, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Nearly 63 percent of consumers are cutting spending because of high gas prices, up 18 percentage points from a year ago, a Nielsen survey shows.


China: Inflation Falls To 7.1 Percent In June

July 17, 2008 5:19 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Inflation rate fell but is still 'fairly high' and China faces pressure for more price rises due to high costs for energy, grain and industrial materials, the government said.


Dana Plant In Kentucky To Lay Off 260

July 17, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Hundreds of workers at a central Kentucky plant will be laid off as a result of a delay in Ford's launch of its new F-150 truck.


VW Gets Green Light For Scania Deal

July 17, 2008 5:14 am | News | Comments

Automaker has completed the process of getting antitrust approval for its plan to take a majority voting stake in Swedish truck maker Scania AB.


GM To Market Chinese-Made Minivans In Peru

July 17, 2008 5:10 am | News | Comments

One of GM's Chinese joint ventures has begun exporting Chevrolet minivans to Peru, adding to global automakers' growing vehicle exports from China.


Illegal Immigrants In Limbo After Meatpacking Plant Raid

July 17, 2008 5:10 am | News | Comments

Dozens of illegal immigrants released after a meatpacking plant raid in Postville, Iowa, must wear tracking devices on their ankles and cannot leave the state.


GM To Cut Back On NASCAR Spending

July 17, 2008 5:06 am | by Mike Harris, AP Auto Racing Writer | News | Comments

Troubled automaker notified two racetracks that run NASCAR events that their current contracts will not be renewed as part of a $10 billion cost-cutting program.


Airbus Soars Ahead Of Boeing At Air Show

July 16, 2008 1:52 pm | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chicago-based Boeing is expected to add to its current tally of 152 orders, but still lags behind the 241 firm deals of its European rival Airbus.



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