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Volkswagen: 2009 Will Be Rough For Auto Industry

October 22, 2008 9:18 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chief executive of Europe's biggest carmaker warned the industry faces a difficult business climate next year, but added his company still expects to reach its 2008 goals.


British Prime Minister: U.K., U.S. Recession Likely

October 22, 2008 9:00 am | by David Stringer, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Prime Minister Gordon Brown acknowledged Wednesday that the world economic downturn is likely to cause a recession in the United Kingdom, the U.S and other countries.


More Chinese-Made Tainted Cookies Found In U.S.

October 22, 2008 8:45 am | News | Comments

Connecticut officials say they've found 10 boxes of cookies made in China that contain melamine, a chemical used in plastics manufacturing, in a small East Hartford store.


GM-Chrysler Deal May Need Federal Cash

October 22, 2008 8:25 am | by Tom Krisher and Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Talks toward General Motors' possible acquisition of Chrysler may involve going to Congress for cash, according to a person involved in the financing discussions.


Coastal Brewing To Consolidate Operations

October 22, 2008 8:05 am | News | Comments

Brewer of Fordham and Old Dominion beers is moving operations from its Ashburn, Va., brewery to its plant in Dover, Del.


Toyota Restarts Tundra Production

October 22, 2008 7:58 am | News | Comments

Automaker will resume production at its full-size truck plant in Texas Nov. 10 but will run only one of the two production lines, officials said.


Rio Tinto Investing $300 Million In Aluminum Smelter

October 22, 2008 7:24 am | News | Comments

Global mining and metals company will invest an additional $300 million to modernize the Kitimat aluminium smelter in British Columbia.


Dell: PC Shipments In Asia Surge

October 22, 2008 7:20 am | News | Comments

Computer company said Wednesday its PC shipments in the Asia-Pacific region grew three times faster than the industry average in the third quarter.


FDA Lifts Boston Scientific Restrictions

October 22, 2008 7:20 am | News | Comments

Boston Scientific said the Food and Drug Administration has lifted some restrictions imposed more than two years due to quality control problems.


World Leaders Meeting To Address Global Economy

October 22, 2008 6:35 am | by Deb Riechmann, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Leaders will meet Nov. 15 in Washington to address the global financial crisis -- the first in a series of summits to mitigate what economists predict could be a long and deep downturn.


Weak Earnings Fuel Global Recession Fears

October 22, 2008 6:15 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

Barrage of poor earnings from major corporations revived worries of a global recession and showed the depth of the financial crisis the Bush administration is trying to tackle.


Hawker Beechcraft CEO: ‘Necessary Actions’ Coming

October 22, 2008 6:15 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Head of Hawker Beechcraft warned employees that the company must take unspecified actions in coming weeks to ensure that it is prepared amid the turmoil in global financial markets.


Rockwell Automation Cutting 168 Jobs

October 22, 2008 6:10 am | News | Comments

Company will close its Allen-Bradley manufacturing plant in Manchester, N.H., by the end of the year.


More GM-Janesville Suppliers To Close Down

October 22, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Suppliers to the General Motors plant in Janesville, Wisc., are planning mass layoffs Dec. 23 -- the same day GM is ending production of sports utility vehicles there.


Report: FDA Foreign Drug Inspection Program Inadequate

October 22, 2008 5:55 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Congressional investigators say it would take 13 years for U.S. inspectors to visit each of 3,249 foreign manufacturing plants that make medications for the American market.


Samsung Backs Out Of SanDisk Bid

October 22, 2008 5:49 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Company said it has withdrawn a $26 a share bid to acquire SanDisk, but suggested it was still interested in buying the U.S. flash memory card maker at a lower price.


Report: Toyota Could See First Sales Drop In Years

October 22, 2008 5:46 am | News | Comments

Japan's largest automaker will post its first decline in global sales in a decade this year, hit by slowing demand amid the financial crisis, a Japanese newspaper predicted.


Wal-Mart Lays Down The Law For Chinese Suppliers

October 22, 2008 5:40 am | by Audra Ang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

World's largest retailer said it will set new quality standards for suppliers amid a scare over toxic milk products that sickened tens of thousands of babies across China.


BHP Billiton: Developing Countries Will Drive Demand

October 22, 2008 5:37 am | News | Comments

Global downturn is cutting into China's appetite for resources, but developing countries' hunger for raw materials remains positive, the world's largest mining company said.


Summit Polymers Closing Tennessee Plant

October 22, 2008 5:35 am | News | Comments

Plastic parts supplier for trucks and sport utility vehicles is closing its Shelbyville plant in January, leaving 263 people jobless.



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