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Roche Closing California Lab

September 5, 2008 5:22 am | Comments

Swiss drug maker is planning to shutter its 1,000-worker Palo Alto research lab as it pursues its takeover bid for Genentech Inc.


Feds Charge Boeing Exec In Loan Scam

September 5, 2008 5:20 am | Comments

Former Boeing Helicopters vice president is being charged in a loan kickback scheme based at a suburban Philadelphia plant.


Honda Brings Back Insight Name

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

Automaker bringing back the defunct Insight nameplate for a hybrid-only vehicle planned for the Japanese, European and North American markets early next year.


Germany's Industrial Production Falls

September 5, 2008 5:15 am | Comments

Industrial production fell 1.8 percent in July compared with June, with the three main categories of output showing declines, the ministry of the economy said.


Boeing, Machinists Extend Strike Deadline

September 4, 2008 1:53 pm | by Tim Klass, Associated Press Writer | Comments

After workers voted overwhelmingly to strike, both sides agreed to a 48-hour contract extension at the request of Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and federal mediators.


Adept Technology President To Become CEO

September 4, 2008 7:00 am | by Edited by Staff | Comments

Intelligent automation software provider for motion and vision-guided robotics systems and services has named John Dulchinos chief executive officer to succeed Robert Bucher.

Union Official Says Lear Closing Ohio Plant

September 4, 2008 6:55 am | Comments

Auto parts maker Lear Corp. has told employees in Zanesville that the company will shut down its plant in the eastern Ohio city next year, says a union official.


Airbus Receives $756M Order From CIT

September 4, 2008 6:45 am | Comments

CIT Aerospace, a unit of financials services firm CIT Group, ordered 10 new aircraft worth roughly $756 million at current list prices.


Pernod Ricard Taking Control Of Absolut Distribution

September 4, 2008 6:39 am | Comments

French wine and spirits company is taking control of the distribution of its Vin & Spirit brands, including Absolut Vodka, ending a deal with Maxxium for non-U.S. sales.


Saab Warns Of Weak Sales

September 4, 2008 6:34 am | Comments

Swedish aerospace and defense company cut its outlook for 2008, citing delays in completing orders and uncertainties surrounding Swedish defense spending.


China's Wisco Forms New Steel Making Venture

September 4, 2008 6:25 am | Comments

Major Chinese steel maker has joined with smaller partner Liuzhou to set up a venture to be called the Guangxi Iron & Steel Group.


French Businesses Reluctant To End 35-Hour Week

September 4, 2008 6:20 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer | Comments

New law that allows companies to negotiate their way out of the 35-hour work week is meeting resistance from both workers and the employers it was meant to benefit.


Nestle Exec To Take Unilever CEO Post

September 4, 2008 6:14 am | Comments

Maker of Dove soaps, Axe deodorants and Ben & Jerry's ice cream said it will appoint Paul Polman, currently an executive for Nestle SA, as chief executive officer.

Retailers Report Sluggish August Sales

September 4, 2008 6:07 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Business Writer | Comments

Many of the nation's retailers struggled with the back-to-school season, as shoppers focused on buying essentials amid persistent worries about high gas and food prices.


Canada Loans Ford $80M To Save Plant

September 4, 2008 6:05 am | by Allison Jones, Canadian Press | Comments

Government's investment to save a mothballed Ford plant in Windsor was significant because it marked a stark change in attitude.


Sony Laptops Recalled For Overheating

September 4, 2008 6:03 am | Comments

Tokyo-based consumer electronics company recalling 440,000 units of Vaio laptop computers worldwide due to faulty parts that could trigger overheating.


Boeing Strike Could Affect Suppliers

September 4, 2008 5:55 am | Comments

Plane maker’s largest union voted Wednesday to reject a contract offer and go on strike, a decision that would have a ripple effect on the company's suppliers in Kansas.


Deluxe Corp. To Close North Carolina Plant

September 4, 2008 5:50 am | Comments

Communications company said Wednesday its manufacturing facility in Greensboro would close in the second half of 2009, affecting 117 employees.


UK: Women Still Face 'Glass Ceiling'

September 4, 2008 5:49 am | Comments

Government report looked at 25 categories of work and found that there were fewer women in senior positions in a dozen of them over the past five years.


Iridium Expanding Plant In Pennsylvania

September 4, 2008 5:45 am | Comments

Plastic container manufacturer says it will use a $3.1 million loan to expand and buy equipment for its plant in East Stroudsburg.



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