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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.


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 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.


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.


GM's Future Depends On Winning Over Car Buyers

July 16, 2008 1:10 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Writer | News | Comments

Company’s survival now hinges on the difficult task of convincing buyers that its upgraded cars are just as good as its trucks and worth some extra cash.


Sierra Club, Clorox Deal Sparks Feud

July 16, 2008 1:00 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Environmental group has agreed to promote a new line of eco-friendly Clorox products in exchange for a share of the profits, but some Sierra Club chapters are crying foul.


Cleveland-Cliffs Buys Alpha For Nearly $10 Billion

July 16, 2008 12:56 pm | by Mark Williams, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Its biggest acquisition to date, the cash-and stock deal will create a company with the largest reserves of iron ore and metallurgical coal in the U.S.


PC Shipments Stronger Than Expected In 2Q

July 16, 2008 12:50 pm | by Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Computer shipments rose faster than expected in the second quarter, fueled by exceptional demand in emerging markets and a decline in prices in the U.S. and Western Europe.



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