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GM Sales Rise In October; Ford, Chrysler Down

November 2, 2007 5:34 am | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Jittery consumers have put off big-ticket purchases in response to the troubled housing market and high gas prices.


Ford May Have Six Bidders For Land Rover, Jaguar Units

November 2, 2007 5:26 am | by Marietta Cauchi, Dow Jones Newswires | News | Comments

Ford is selling the brands, part of the company's Premier Automotive Group, to concentrate on growing its core business in the U.S. market.


Australian Cardboard Maker Receives Record Fine

November 2, 2007 5:25 am | News | Comments

Visy Industries Holdings, the world's largest privately held paper and packaging manufacturer, fined a record $32 million for price-fixing.


Freightliner Shifting Jobs From Oregon To South Carolina

November 2, 2007 5:19 am | by Sarah Skidmore, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Heavy truck subsidiary of German automaker Daimler AG  is moving 341 jobs to be closer to the truck manufacturer's customers and production sites.


NAM President: Japan Still Offers Big Opportunities

November 2, 2007 5:15 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

John Engler says Japan is likely to see more mergers and consolidations among companies, creating partnership opportunities for American manufacturers.


Automakers Battle California On Emission Standards

November 2, 2007 5:11 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturers say the California standards would raise the cost of cars and reduce their offering of sport utility vehicles and pickups.


Chrysler Plans To Cut 12,000 Jobs

November 1, 2007 12:50 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker cutting up to 10,000 hourly jobs and 2,100 salaried jobs through 2008, eliminating shifts at five assembly plants and cutting four vehicle models.


3M Buys Standard Abrasives

November 1, 2007 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Conglomerate hopes to expand its portfolio for the metalworking industry; Simi Valley, Calif.-based Standard Abrasives employes about 375 people.


Toyota Faces New Challenge: Retaining Top Execs

November 1, 2007 12:00 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker is experiencing a trend of high-ranking U.S. bosses defecting to positions at U.S. automakers like Chrysler and Ford.


General Mills Recalls Frozen Pizzas

November 1, 2007 11:59 am | News | Comments

Company voluntarily recalled 414,000 cases of Totino's and Jeno's pizza products because the meat used may be contaminated with E. coli.


Feds Raid Drug Company, Seize Medicine

November 1, 2007 11:30 am | by Betsy Taylor, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Officials said they seized more than $300,000 worth of products after investigating allegations the St. Louis company was manufacturing potentially unsanitary medicine.


Manufacturing Struggles To Grow In October

November 1, 2007 6:58 am | by Amy Radishofski, Staff Reporter | News | Comments

At 50.9, the sector is balancing between growing and declining as the slowdown in the financial, housing and transportation segments has spilled over into manufacturing.


Jobless Claims Decline More Than Expected

November 1, 2007 6:31 am | News | Comments

Despite Labor Department's report of a bigger-than-expected drop of 6,000, analysts predict unemployment to increase in coming months, reflecting a slow economy.


Consumer Spending Slows In September

November 1, 2007 6:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Commerce Department report of 0.3 increase was just lower than analysts' expectations of 0.4 percent growth, raising fears consumers will avoid shopping in coming months.


Wind Power Company Nordex Expands Production

November 1, 2007 6:10 am | News | Comments

German wind-power turbine maker 's $72 million investment to more than triple its Chinese production by 2011.


Philip Morris Owner Buys Cigar Maker For $2.9 Billion

November 1, 2007 6:03 am | by Vinnee Tong, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

With cigarette consumption declining, Altria Group hopes Black & Mild cigar maker John Middleton boosts noncigarette sales.


FDA Lax On Foreign Drug Inspections

November 1, 2007 5:53 am | by Andrew Bridges, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

As much as 80 percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients used to make drugs sold in the U.S. are imported; an estimated 40 percent of finished drugs are made abroad.


U.S. Steel Acquires Canada's Stelco Inc.

November 1, 2007 5:52 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

After the $1.2 billion deal, U.S. Steel renames the smaller company U.S. Steel Canada Inc. and becomes the world's fifth-largest steel producer.


Cisco Plans $16 Billion China Expansion

November 1, 2007 5:47 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Network gear maker aims to double manufacturing in China, which has the world's second-largest population of Web users after the United States.


Minnesota Steel Plant Back On Track

November 1, 2007 5:45 am | News | Comments

Indian firm behind the $1.6 billion plant, also in talks to open a refinery in Iran, assures Gov. Tim Pawlenty it won't do prohibited business in Iran.



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