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Hong Kong Finds Melamine In Chinese Biscuits

October 9, 2008 5:42 am | by Dikky Sinn, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Food safety agency has found excessive levels of the industrial chemical in a sample of Chinese-made EDO Pack Almond Cacao Biscuit Sticks.

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More Listeria Found In Maple Leaf’s Toronto Plant

October 9, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

Despite a massive clean-up effort, Maple Leaf plant at the center of a deadly listeriosis outbreak that killed at least 17 Canadians has produced more contaminated meat samples.

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AGCO To Partner With Russian Company

October 9, 2008 5:35 am | News | Comments

Farm equipment maker and Concern Tractor Plants, a Russian industrial machinery builder, on Thursday said they will form a joint venture to assemble diesel engines in Russia.

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ASEAN Told To Bolster Laws Amid Milk Scandal

October 9, 2008 5:30 am | by Jim Gomez, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Health ministers condemned the scandal and agreed that Association of Southeast Asian Nations members should review and strengthen regulations to prevent health hazards.

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IAC To Close Pennsylvania Plant

October 9, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

As auto sales nosedive, International Automotive Components N.A. is closing a Carlisle, Pa., plant that once employed 1,200 people and currently has a workforce just over 150.

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Japan Considers New Economic Stimulus Plan

October 9, 2008 5:25 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Prime minister asked ruling coalition leaders to consider crafting an emergency package beyond the $18 billion stimulus plan approved by the lower house Wednesday.

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ArcelorMittal Expecting Profit Jump

October 9, 2008 5:23 am | News | Comments

World's largest steelmaker said Thursday it expects profit and cash flow to rise in the final six months of 2008 despite a slowing economy.

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Daimler To Add 1,000 Jobs

October 9, 2008 5:19 am | News | Comments

German automaker said Thursday it plans to add more than 1,000 jobs around the world next year despite the global financial crisis.

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Over 10,000 Still Sick From China's Tainted Milk

October 9, 2008 5:15 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

More than 10,000 children remain hospitalized after being sickened in China's tainted milk scandal, as the government released rules on allowable levels of melamine.

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Economic Woes Hit GM's Overseas Sales

October 9, 2008 5:11 am | News | Comments

General Motors said sales of its Opel and Vauxhall brands dropped over 6 percent in Europe as the global economic downturn hit consumer spending.

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Crude Oil Prices Hit Lowest Level In 10 Months

October 8, 2008 1:15 pm | by Stevenson Jacobs, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Oil prices tumbled to $86.05 after the government reported a surprise jump in U.S. crude inventories and a bigger-than-expected increase in gasoline supplies.

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OSHA Fines NY Auto Plant

October 8, 2008 10:39 am | News | Comments

New Process Gear's auto parts factory is facing more than $145,000 in fines from federal regulators for 65 violations of workplace safety standards.

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General Mills Removes MSG From Progresso Soups

October 8, 2008 10:35 am | News | Comments

Food company said Wednesday it is cutting MSG from all 80 of its Progresso Soups in response to advertising claims of rival Campbell Soups.

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Delphi Judge Moves Forward With Fraud Case

October 8, 2008 10:30 am | by Vinnee Tong, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Bankruptcy judge said he may let Delphi pursue wider fraud claims against Appaloosa Management, which led a failed effort to invest $2.55 billion in the auto supplier.

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Automakers Welcome Fed's Rate Cut

October 8, 2008 10:22 am | News | Comments

Two automakers welcomed 0.5 percent cut in target fed funds rate, but GM and Ford said lack of available credit and shattered consumer confidence are still weighing on auto sales.

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Conference Board: Economy To Contract Into 2009

October 8, 2008 10:12 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Group forecasts current negative growth rates for the U.S. economy to continue into the fourth quarter, and contract further in the first half of 2009.

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Luxury Goods Sector Faces Hard Times

October 8, 2008 10:00 am | by Colleen Barry and Emma Vandore, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Despite sluggish sales and exports to the U.S., most luxury goods makers are still optimistic, believing emerging economic powers like China and India remain growth markets.

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Daimler Sees Strong U.S. Demand For Smart Car

October 8, 2008 9:05 am | News | Comments

Smart, a division of Daimler's Mercedes-Benz brand, began selling the ultracompact two-seater cars -- long a familiar sight on Europe's streets -- in the U.S. in January.

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Alliant Techsystems Wins $94M For Ammunition Plant

October 8, 2008 8:50 am | News | Comments

U.S. Army has given defense contractor Alliant Techsystems Inc. an additional $94 million for modernization projects at a Virginia ammunition plant.

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IMF: U.S., World Economy To Drop Sharply

October 8, 2008 8:10 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook released Wednesday slashed global economy growth projections and predicted U.S. will likely slide into a recession.

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