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Ford: December Sales Up Over November

December 16, 2008 9:55 am | News | Comments

Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. says the company's December U.S. auto sales don't look too bad through the first two weeks of the month.

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3M Acquires Beiersdorf's Futuro Product Line

December 16, 2008 9:50 am | News | Comments

Maker of products including Scotch Tape and Post-it Notes, said Tuesday it completed the acquisition of Beiersdorf's Futuro line of health supports and compression hosiery.

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Auto Parts Supplier Lays Off 100

December 16, 2008 8:57 am | News | Comments

Tenneco Inc. said Tuesday that the layoffs at its plant in the Dayton, Ohio, suburb of Kettering are the result of production cuts at General Motors, the plant's biggest customer.

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Key Plastics Files Chapter 11

December 16, 2008 8:51 am | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier Key Plastics LLC said Tuesday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and submitted a pre-packaged reorganization plan.

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Washington Still Working On Auto Bailout

December 16, 2008 8:39 am | News | Comments

White House played down the likelihood of a bailout for distressed U.S. automakers anytime soon and suggested that major concessions must be made as part of any deal.

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Infineon Rejects Aid From Germany

December 16, 2008 8:00 am | News | Comments

Technology company rejected the German state of Saxony's offer to help rescue its memory chip unit Qimonda AG, but said it was open to further talks with the state government.

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Consumer Prices Plunge 1.7 Percent

December 16, 2008 7:50 am | News | Comments

Labor Department reported Tuesday that consumer prices, an inflation barometer, fell last month by the largest amount on records going back 61 years.

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Dell To Save $$$ With Reduced Packaging

December 16, 2008 7:10 am | News | Comments

Computer maker said Tuesday it is moving to save 150,000 trees and $8 million with a new plan to reduce packaging materials by 10 percent over the next four years.

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Fiat Lays Off 48,000 For Extended 'Holiday'

December 16, 2008 7:05 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Italian automaker shuts down most of its plants in Italy for a month, temporarily laying off nearly 50,000 workers as it copes with the drastic drop in demand for new autos.

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Steel Cartel Gets $776 Million In Fines

December 16, 2008 6:58 am | News | Comments

France's competition authorities slapped record fines on 11 companies, including subsidiaries of steel giant ArcelorMittal, for running a cartel in the steel trading sector from 1999 to 2004.

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Japan’s Inax Warns Of Smoking Toilets

December 16, 2008 5:35 am | News | Comments

Japanese toilet-maker pledged Tuesday to repair nearly 82,000 electric bidets after several units overheated and emitted smoke.

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OPEC Cuts 2009 Demand Projection

December 16, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

In its December Monthly Oil Report, OPEC said world oil demand was forecast to average 85.7 million barrels per day in 2009, down 150,000 barrels per day from 2008 levels.

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Russia's Industrial Production Nose-Dives

December 16, 2008 5:30 am | by Catrina Stewart, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Output fell a stunning 10.8 percent from October to November, fresh evidence that the Russian economy may be entering a recession that will be deeper than previously feared.

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Merkel: Germany Watching Washington's Stimulus Plan

December 16, 2008 5:03 am | News | Comments

German Chancellor will wait to see whether the new U.S. administration passes another economic stimulus package before considering further measures for Germany.

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Harley-Davidson CEO To Retire

December 16, 2008 5:00 am | News | Comments

Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker said Monday its president and chief executive, Jim Ziemer, plans to retire in 2009, ending his 40-year career with the company.

Palm Names Jeffries As CFO

December 16, 2008 4:59 am | News | Comments

Smart-phone maker said on Monday that its new chief financial officer would be Douglas C. Jeffries, previously chief accounting officer at eBay Inc.

Canada Could Lose Over 580K Jobs If Big 3 Fall

December 16, 2008 4:40 am | News | Comments

If the Detroit Three automakers go out of business Canada could lose more than 580,000 jobs within five years -- 517,000 of them in Ontario, says a report obtained by the Toronto Star.

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GM Suspending Work In Mexico

December 16, 2008 4:40 am | News | Comments

General Motors of Mexico says it will temporarily idle three factories because of the worst auto sales slump in a quarter of a century.

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Parts Suppliers Willing To Work With Automakers

December 16, 2008 4:37 am | News | Comments

Closely tied to the success of GM and Chrysler, auto parts suppliers are trying not to panic and demand cash on delivery from the carmakers that are running low on cash.

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Toshiba Cutting NAND Flash Memory Production

December 16, 2008 4:32 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Company said it will reduce output of NAND flash memory by 30 percent due to falling sales of electronic gadgets like digital cameras and cell phones.

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