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Merck Paying $671 Million To Settle Marketing Case

February 8, 2008 4:41 am | by MaryClaire Dale, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Drug maker. paying to settle claims that it overcharged Medicaid programs for four drugs, including Vioxx and Zocor, and to resolve allegations of improper marketing to doctors.


Terra Industries Restarting Ammonia Production

February 8, 2008 4:37 am | Comments

Increased demand for fertilizer is driving Terra to restart annual production of 400,000 tons of ammonia later this year in a $10 million expansion at Donaldsonville, La.


Canada’s Economy Gains 46,400 New Jobs

February 8, 2008 4:30 am | by Julian Beltrame, Canadian Press | Comments

Strong jobs data lends some credence to the view that the Canadian economy is faring better than its U.S. counterpart, says economist.


Consumer Confidence Sinks To Record Low

February 8, 2008 4:26 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Comments

According to the RBC Cash Index, a new reading in early February was the worst since the index began in 2002 and surpassed the previous low reached in January.


Six Missing After Sugar Refinery Blast

February 8, 2008 4:18 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press Writer | Comments

A sugar dust explosion rocked a refinery owned by Imperial Sugar near Savannah, Ga., sending more than 50 people to the hospital with six still missing.


Polaroid Closing Last Film Plants

February 8, 2008 4:14 am | Comments

Company that pioneered instant photography is getting out of the film business to focus on digital imaging.


U.S. Lawsuits Ineffective Against Chinese Companies

February 7, 2008 7:25 am | by Jeffrey Gold, AP Business Writer | Comments

Chinese imports have triggered a growing number of lawsuits, but U.S. companies often find it impossible to win damages or other legal redress, especially for lawsuits filed overseas.


Newsprint Giant Norske Skog Cuts Production

February 7, 2008 6:20 am | Comments

Norske Skog will slash production by 504,000 tons annually, shut down one paper machine in Norway, and close mills in the Czech Republic and South Korea.


U.S. Retailers Report Disappointing January Results

February 7, 2008 6:10 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Business Writer | Comments

America's retailers delivered more evidence of a stumbling U.S. economy Thursday, as merchants including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported weak January results.


Bittersweet: Russell Stover Announces Layoffs

February 7, 2008 5:56 am | Comments

Candy maker blames the 150 layoffs on rising costs for raw materials and the company's need to reduce costs to remain competitive in the marketplace.


Atmel To Buy Touch Sensor Maker For $88 Million

February 7, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Chip maker Atmel Corp. will pay $88 million to buy touchpad navigation manufacturer Quantum Research Group Ltd. to expand its product offerings.


Caterpillar Facility In Miss. Damaged By Tornado

February 7, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

Oxford, Miss. Caterpillar plant that makes hose couplings collapsed Tuesday from severe tornadoes in the region; only a few minor injuries reported.


Drop In Jobless Claims Won't Offset Previous Jump

February 7, 2008 5:15 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Number of newly laid off U.S. workers filing applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week, but not enough to indicate that strains on the labor market are easing.


A. Schulman Closing Canadian Plant

February 7, 2008 5:06 am | Comments

Plastics and resins maker will close a Canadian plant and seek a buyer for a Texas facility to offset expected pressures from high oil prices and poor auto sales in 2008.


Pratt & Whitney Canada To Build Cessna Jet Engines

February 7, 2008 5:00 am | by Ross Marowits, CP | Comments

Pratt & Whitney expects to create hundreds of jobs after winning the largest contract in its history, supplying a new generation of jet engines for Cessna's largest business aircraft.


Perry Manufacturing Eliminating 150 Jobs

February 7, 2008 4:56 am | Comments

Manufacturing company founded in Mount Airy, N.C., more than 50 years ago laying off 149 people at a manufacturing plant and a small distribution center.


Chrysler Parts Supplier Seeks Loan To Stay Afloat

February 7, 2008 4:50 am | by David Mclaughlin, Dow Jones Newswires | Comments

Plastech Engineered Products, which filed for bankruptcy protection last week, is seeking $38 million from pre-bankruptcy lenders to keep the company running until next week.


Corning To Increase LCD TV Component Production

February 7, 2008 4:35 am | Comments

To meet the growing demand for flat-screen TVs, Corning will add capacity to its manufacturing facility in Taiwan that makes glass substrates for LCD screens.


Chinese Workers Happier In Factories Than At Home

February 7, 2008 4:34 am | by William Foreman, Associated Press Writer | Comments

As snow storms stranded migrant workers on a major holiday, most were happy to be stuck in factories, enjoying a life far from the social restrictions of their villages.


Japan Steps Up Food Import Checks After Dumpling Scare

February 7, 2008 4:28 am | Comments

Health ministry to reinforce inspections of imported processed food and consider testing for agrochemical residues in random samples, following recent food poisoning incidents.



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