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Hyundai Puts U.S. Pickup Plans On Hold

May 13, 2008 6:28 am | News | Comments

South Korean automaker has shelved a plan to make pickup trucks in the United States as demand for that type of vehicle declines amid high oil prices.


Chinese Earthquake Won't Shake Economy

May 13, 2008 6:20 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Earthquake that ripped through China, killing more than 12,000 people and crumpling roads and factories, will be only a transitory jolt for the booming economy, analysts say.


Pfizer Shuttering Indiana Plant

May 13, 2008 6:20 am | News | Comments

Drug maker will close its sterile manufacturing plant in Terre Haute by the middle of next year and eliminate the remaining 140 jobs at the plant.


AMD Executives Resign Amid Restructuring, Decline

May 13, 2008 6:15 am | News | Comments

Two executives have left Advanced Micro Devices as the company tries to engineer a dramatic turnaround to fend off larger rival Intel.


Nestle To Scale Back California Water Plant

May 13, 2008 6:12 am | by Samantha Young, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Company said soaring fuel and transportation costs forcing it to scale back plans to build what would have been the largest water bottling plant in the U.S.


Nissan: 4Q Profit Up, But Tough Times Ahead

May 13, 2008 6:02 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker reported a big jump in fiscal fourth quarter profit, but like other Japanese automakers pinched by a strong yen and soaring oil and material costs, it forecast a rough year ahead.


Crocs Wins Copyright Lawsuit Against Chinese Firms

May 13, 2008 6:00 am | News | Comments

Shoe maker said subsidiary Jibbitz LLC won a copyright and trademark infringement case against three Chinese shoe companies and was awarded damages of $56 million.


Honda: New Fuel Cell Vehicle Lighter, More Efficient

May 13, 2008 5:55 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker's new hydrogen-powered vehicle FCX Clarity reaches maximum speed of 99 miles an hour and comfortably seats four people.


Airbus Announces More Delays To A380

May 13, 2008 5:48 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

European aircraft maker announced delays on deliveries of the superjumbo A380, already almost two years late, saying it is behind schedule switching to automated production.


Lawmakers Want Bush To Stop Buying Petroleum

May 13, 2008 5:40 am | by H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Congress expected to approve legislation directing President Bush to temporarily halt the shipment of about 70,000 barrels of oil a day to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.


Renault-Nissan, Bajaj Venture To Make $2,500 Car

May 12, 2008 12:45 pm | News | Comments

French and Japanese auto alliance forming a joint venture with Bajaj Auto Ltd. of India to develop, make and sell an inexpensive car there with a price starting at $2,500.


California Official Backs Auto Emissions Plan

May 12, 2008 12:35 pm | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Regulator defended state’s work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new vehicles, contending it would push the auto industry to innovate without limiting consumers' choices at dealerships.


American Axle Making Progress With Union

May 12, 2008 12:20 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Spokeswoman says American Axle and union negotiators made a lot of progress in bargaining Sunday, but would not say if the company and United Auto Workers are close to a deal.


Foam Companies Reach Settlement In Club Fire

May 12, 2008 12:05 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Several foam manufacturers to pay $30 million to settle lawsuits brought by survivors and family members of those who died in a 2003 fire that killed 100 people in a Rhode Island club.


Report: HP Close To $12B Deal For Electronic Data Systems

May 12, 2008 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Personal computer and printer maker reportedly nearing a deal to buy information technology services provider Electronic Data Systems for between $12 billion and $13 billion.


GM Closing Canadian Transmission Factory In 2010

May 12, 2008 9:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Spokesman Stew Low said Monday there are no products available for the factory, which employees about 1,400 hourly and salaried employees.


Wind Energy Popularity Expected To Grow

May 12, 2008 9:50 am | by H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Energy Department report concludes that wind turbines can produce a fifth of the nation's annual electricity needs within about two decades.


Watson Pharmaceuticals Co-Founder, Chairman Resigns

May 12, 2008 7:00 am | News | Comments

Branded and generic drug maker said Monday Chairman and co-founder Allen Chao will resign, effective immediately, to 'pursue other business activities.'

Merck, Ranbaxy Partner To Develop Anti-Infective Drugs

May 12, 2008 6:50 am | News | Comments

Two of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the United States and India are teaming up to develop new anti-infective medications.


Dell Procurement VP Retires

May 12, 2008 6:40 am | News | Comments

Martin Garvin, a vice president who led the slumping computer maker's procurement efforts and managed its relationships with suppliers has left the company.



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