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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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