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Mueller Water Products Appoints COO

September 2, 2008 11:40 am | News | Comments

Infrastructure and flow control products maker said Tuesday Robert G. Leggett has been named chief operating officer.

July Semiconductor Chip Sales Up 7.6 Percent

September 2, 2008 11:30 am | News | Comments

Semiconductor chip sales totaled $22.2 billion in July, up 7.6 percent from $20.6 billion in July of last year, the Semiconductor Industry Association reported Tuesday.


U.S. Regulators Okay Fresenius Takeover Of APP

September 2, 2008 11:20 am | News | Comments

APP Pharmaceuticals said Tuesday it expects the deal to close by mid-September, now that the Federal Trade Commission has completed its review of the $3.7 billion deal.


Tata Motors Stops Work Indefinitely At Nano Car Plant

September 2, 2008 11:05 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Following increasingly violent protests by farmers demanding their land back, Indian automaker suspended work indefinitely at a factory building the world's cheapest car.


U.S. Manufacturing Dips In August, Inflation Slows

September 2, 2008 11:00 am | by Ellen Simon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity reading fell to 49.9 from 50 in July amid sluggish orders, Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday.


Katahdin Paper Closes Mill, Prepares For Layoffs

September 2, 2008 10:59 am | News | Comments

A Maine paper mill that's struggling to compete at a time of high oil prices halted production Tuesday as it prepares to lay off more than 200 workers.


Bombardier, Siemens Win Swiss Rail Coach Contract

September 2, 2008 7:15 am | News | Comments

Siemens Transportation Systems and Bombardier Transportation have jointly won an order for 121 double-deck coaches from Swiss federal railway valued at $277 million.


Teradyne To Buy Eagle Test Systems

September 2, 2008 7:11 am | News | Comments

Company said Tuesday it had agreed to buy Eagle Test Systems, a maker of semiconductor test products, for about $360 million in cash.


Alliant Techsystems Wins $97M Navy Contract

September 2, 2008 7:10 am | News | Comments

With incentives, the deal with the Naval Air Systems Command to design and develop its multi-stage supersonic target could be worth as much as $103 million, Alliant said.


Wind, Solar Energy Companies In Jeopardy

September 2, 2008 6:40 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Unless Congress renews $500 million in tax credits set to expire Dec. 31, renewable energy companies say they will reverse planned expansions and cut payrolls and capital investment.


Shionogi To Buy Sciele Pharma For $1.4 Billion

September 2, 2008 6:30 am | News | Comments

Japanese drug maker said it would buy U.S. pharmaceutical company in a bid to expand its business operations in the American market.


Volvo Names New Chief Executive

September 2, 2008 6:15 am | News | Comments

Ford said Frederik Arp, president and CEO of the automaker’s Sweden-based Volvo Car Corp., had decided to leave the company and named Stephen Odell as his replacement.


China Stops Imports From Canadian Company

September 2, 2008 6:15 am | News | Comments

China's food safety watchdog has banned imports of meat from Maple Leaf Foods linked to a deadly bacterial outbreak that has killed 15 in Canada.


Brazilian Steel Maker Invests $1.4B In Peru

September 2, 2008 6:10 am | by Andrew Whalen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Gerdau S.A., Latin America's biggest steelmaker, hopes its investment will transform Peru into a regional steel powerhouse that can profit from Brazil's building boom.


Alcatel-Lucent Names Execs For Chairman, CEO Roles

September 2, 2008 6:10 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fixed-line telecommunications manufacturer appointed Ben Verwaayen its chief executive and former EADS co-CEO Philippe Camus as its new chairman.


Unemployment Surges In Spain

September 2, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

Number of people claiming jobless benefits rose by nearly half a million over the past year, bringing the total to a 10-year high of 2.53 million, Spain's Labor Ministry said Tuesday.


Credit Crisis, Food Prices Plague World’s Economies

September 2, 2008 5:43 am | by RACHEL JONES, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

U.S. credit crisis has not hit bottom and world food prices have not yet peaked, making continued financial volatility likely, international economists said Monday.


Life Sciences Companies Expanding In Massachusetts

September 2, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Advance Medical Inc., and Covidien are all planning to expand operations in Massachusetts.


Boeing, Machinists Waiting On Contract Vote

September 2, 2008 5:37 am | News | Comments

Results will be announced Wednesday evening; if the contract is rejected, picket lines would go up when the old contract expires, at 12:01 a.m. PDT Thursday.


Imported Vehicle Sales Plunge In Japan

September 2, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

Sales of new imported vehicles fell 40 percent in August for the fourth straight monthly decline, affected by high gasoline prices and an economic slowdown in Japan.



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