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Japan Auto Output Slumps 10.9 Percent

September 30, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

Auto production in Japan fell in August for the first decline in 13 months due to sluggish demand amid soaring fuel prices and declining exports.

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Japanese Unemployment Surges, Spending Falls

September 30, 2008 5:39 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Japan got a triple dose of bad economic news as spending dropped sharply, jobless rate hit a two-year high and industrial production at the nation's vital manufacturers declined.

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Mattel Asks Judge To Halt Bratz Production

September 30, 2008 5:35 am | News | Comments

Barbie-maker filed court papers Monday asking a federal judge to block its competitor MGA Entertainment Inc. from making or selling Bratz dolls.

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Eurozone Inflation Falls To 3.6 Percent

September 30, 2008 5:32 am | News | Comments

Cooling prices offer little relief to a European economy suffering as consumers worry about rising unemployment and companies fear the banking meltdown.

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Statton Furniture Manufacturing To Shut Down

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

Home and office furniture maker in Hagerstown, Md., will close next month, leaving 38 employees without jobs.

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Tainted Milk Scandal Spreads To Australia

September 30, 2008 5:27 am | News | Comments

Concerns over melamine in one of New Zealand's highest-priced dairy exports have spread to Australia as officials consider if the manufacturing process causes the contamination.

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South Korea Finds More Chinese-Made Tainted Food

September 30, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Investigators say they have found high levels of melamine in two more Chinese-made food products imported to South Korea.

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Toyota Unveils Rear Window Air Bag

September 30, 2008 5:22 am | News | Comments

In a rear-end collision, the air bag is ejected from the roof lining above the rear window and spreads like a curtain to protect the heads of the rear passengers.

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Mitsubishi, Union Deal Highlights Job Security

September 30, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Tentative deal on a new agreement between Mitsubishi Motors North America and the United Auto Workers calls for union workers to take pay cuts in exchange for job security.

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Lipton Milk Tea Powder Recalled In Asia

September 29, 2008 8:05 pm | by Dikky Sinn, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Anglo-Dutch food giant Unilever is recalling its Lipton-brand milk tea powder in Hong Kong and Macau after it was found to contain traces of melamine.

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House Defeats $700 Billion Bailout

September 29, 2008 1:55 pm | by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Not enough members were willing to support the measure, ignoring warnings from President Bush and congressional leaders that the economy could nosedive without it.

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Stocks Plunge As Bailout Plan Fails In House

September 29, 2008 10:55 am | by Tim Paradis, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fear swept across the financial markets Monday, sending the Dow Jones industrials down more than 700 points, after the government's financial bailout package failed the House.

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Tyco Electronics Completes Sale Of 2 Businesses

September 29, 2008 10:40 am | News | Comments

Company’s radio frequency components and subsystem business and its automotive radar sensors business sold for proceeds of about $470 million.

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EU To Keep Duties On Chinese Shoes

September 29, 2008 10:31 am | News | Comments

Trade regulators tried but failed to get European governments to drop the extra duties that were put in place because Asian shoemakers were illegally selling below-cost.

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Bush: Bailout Would Stabilize Economy

September 29, 2008 9:15 am | by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

President argued U.S. taxpayers will benefit from safeguards that lawmakers wrote into the pending legislation, as the package moves through the House.

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Cephalon To Pay $425M For Misbranded Drugs

September 29, 2008 9:10 am | News | Comments

Drug maker marketed three drugs for uses other than what they were FDA approved for, federal authorities said.

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Textron Building Plant In Mexico

September 29, 2008 9:05 am | News | Comments

Industrial conglomerate said Monday it will expand operations in Mexico by building a new manufacturing plant in the northern state of Chihuahua.

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PPG Industries Buys Chinese Automotive Coatings Firm

September 29, 2008 8:30 am | News | Comments

Company said Monday it has acquired Chinese automotive refinish coatings business Bonny Coating-Made Co. of Guangzhou, China.

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Union: GM Ohio SUV Plant To Close Soon

September 29, 2008 8:30 am | News | Comments

IUE-CWA official says he expects General Motors' SUV plant in the Dayton suburb of Moraine to close in January or February based on inventory and projected sales.

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ImClone Could Reveal Mystery Bidder Soon

September 29, 2008 8:25 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Biotech company said Monday it expects either a solid purchase proposal or formal rejection by Wednesday night from its mystery suitor, which ImClone says is offering $70 per share.

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