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Boeing Considers 737 Replacement

December 6, 2007 11:40 am | News | Comments

Aircraft maker has been talking to airlines for two years and is considering two options for a replacement to its most popular aircraft ever.

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House Approves Boost In Auto Fuel Efficiency

December 6, 2007 11:35 am | by H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Increase in federal automobile fuel efficiency requirements passed as part of an energy bill that also repeals oil company tax breaks and encourages use of renewable fuels.

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Treasury Secretary Pressured On China Talks

December 6, 2007 10:00 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. lawmakers frustrated at China's huge trade surplus are drafting punitive measures as Beijing's support for the contentious talks appears to be waning.

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BASF To Reorganize Into Six Segments

December 6, 2007 6:15 am | News | Comments

German-based chemical company said the new segments will be chemicals, plastics, functional solutions, performance products, agriculture solutions and oil and gas.

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EU Worker Visa Plans Rebuffed

December 6, 2007 6:10 am | by Constant Brand, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Plan to set up a European 'Blue Card' workers visa program, styled after the U.S. 'Green Card' permit, has raised doubts in several nations.

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Retailers See Mixed Sales Results In November

December 6, 2007 6:07 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

With Christmas weeks away, the retail industry is struggling with consumers' eroding confidence and a weak sales trend amid mounting economic problems.

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Jobless Claims Drop 15,000

December 6, 2007 5:30 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Analysts cautioned against reading too much into the improvement, given the volatility in the numbers around holiday periods.

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ArcelorMittal To Buy Slovakian Ferroalloy Supplier

December 6, 2007 5:27 am | News | Comments

Steelmaker said it would buy a Slovakian plant that supplies ferroalloys to its eastern European mills in the Czech Republic and Poland.

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Toyota Sees Robotics As Key Business

December 6, 2007 5:22 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker’s President Katsuaki Watanabe said robotics will be a core business for the company in coming years.

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Coca-Cola CEO Stepping Down

December 6, 2007 5:12 am | News | Comments

Neville Isdell will step down as chief executive on July 1, succeeded by the company's president and chief operating officer, Muhtar Kent.

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Corning Expects To Spend $1.7 Billion In Capital Costs

December 6, 2007 5:05 am | News | Comments

Biggest part of the glass and specialty materials maker’s capital expenditures will go toward its display technologies division.

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Nissan Would Get Two-Year Exemption With Energy Bill

December 6, 2007 5:01 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Deal to raise fuel efficiency standards would extend an exemption granted to Nissan in 2004 to help it comply with the gas-mileage requirements.

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Industry Groups Want Consistency In Fuel Efficiency

December 6, 2007 4:52 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Trade groups say EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should create a 'single national fuel economy standard as established by Congress.'

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Bristol-Myers To Lay Off 4,300 Workers

December 6, 2007 4:45 am | by Jennifer Sterling, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drug maker joins Pfizer and Merck in job cuts as the pharmaceutical industry wrestles with generic drugs siphoning off profits.

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Johnson Controls Cuts Jobs As It Moves Work Offshore

December 6, 2007 4:41 am | News | Comments

Company moving the manufacture of automotive armrests and headrests to Mexico, forcing 100 layoffs at its plant in Kentucky.

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House To Vote On Renewable Energy, Fuel Efficiency

December 6, 2007 4:33 am | by H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Democratic leaders want to pass an energy bill that would repeal billions in oil industry tax breaks and require a major increase in automobile fuel economy.

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Patheon Selling OTC Manufacturing Business To Pharmetics

December 6, 2007 4:29 am | News | Comments

Pharmetics will acquire Patheon's operations in Fort Erie and Burlington, Ont., for $5.75 million and continue employing entire workforce.

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Hundreds Of Toys Containing Lead Found In Stores

December 5, 2007 10:43 am | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tests performed by a coalition of environmental health groups on more than 1,200 children's products, most still on store shelves, found that 35 percent contain lead.

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Survey: Consumer Products Companies' Optimism Down

December 5, 2007 10:40 am | by Edited by Amy Radishofski, Staff Reporter | News | Comments

Consumer products executives are less optimistic about the domestic economy for the next 12 months but more confident about the world economy and revenue projections.

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Paulson: Product Safety Key In Chinese Economic Talks

December 5, 2007 10:13 am | by Foster Klug, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Treasury Secretary says China's ability to manage the safety of its goods will be a key part of Beijing's future growth and of its trade relations with the U.S.

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