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Textron Selling Fluid And Power Unit

September 11, 2008 9:42 am | Comments

Industrial conglomerate reached an agreement to the unit to Clyde Blowers for up to $645 million, marking its exit from the pump and power transmission industries.


Two Technology Trade Groups Consider Merger

September 11, 2008 6:30 am | by Joelle Tessler, AP Technology Writer | Comments

AeA, formerly known as the American Electronics Association, and the Information Technology Association of America said Thursday they are in talks to merge their operations.


Jobless Claims Drop Less Than Expected

September 11, 2008 6:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Business Writer | Comments

Labor Department reported that applications for jobless benefits dropped to a seasonally adjusted 445,000, down by 6,000 from the prior week.


Ford Expected To Idle SUV Line

September 11, 2008 6:11 am | Comments

Union leader says Ford Motor Co. is planning a 1-week shutdown of the compact SUV line at its suburban Kansas City plant due to slowing sales.


U.S. Trade Deficit Surges To 16-Month High

September 11, 2008 6:05 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Trade deficit shot up by 5.7 percent to $62.2 billion in July, much worse than the $58 billion deficit that Wall Street expected.


U.S., China To Hold Trade Talks

September 11, 2008 6:02 am | Comments

China's top trade envoy will visit the United States next week for talks that underscore booming commerce between the two countries.


Mattson Technology Cutting 80 Jobs

September 11, 2008 6:00 am | Comments

Semiconductor manufacturing equipment maker will cut about 14 percent of its work force to lower its cash losses from operations while continuing to invest in growth areas.


Sawka New CFO At Questcor

September 11, 2008 5:55 am | Comments

Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Gary Sawka will become senior vice president and chief financial officer, replacing George Stuart, who is stepping down for family reasons.


Morton Salt To Rebuild Plant Hit By Hurricane

September 11, 2008 5:55 am | Comments

Company said it plans to rebuild its Bahamian island factory where it employs more than half the working population after damage from Hurricane Ike forced operations to halt.


BAE Systems Shuttering Alabama Plant

September 11, 2008 5:46 am | Comments

Company has announced it will lay off 200 workers and shut down its Second Chance Body Armor Plant later this month.


Swift Fires Muslim Workers In Lunch Break Dispute

September 11, 2008 5:45 am | Comments

Union representing Muslim workers at a JBS Swift & Co. meatpacking plant plans to file grievances over the firing of more than 100 workers in a dispute over religious accommodations.


Lawmakers Call For Duties On Chinese Paper

September 11, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Federal commission will hear arguments next month from a Wisconsin congressman and others who say Chinese paper-making companies are engaging in unfair competition.


Illegal Workers Arrested In Plant Raid Near Phoenix

September 11, 2008 5:37 am | Comments

Authorities raided a candle manufacturing plant near Phoenix in an investigation into whether the business hired illegal immigrants and arrested 65 people.


Boeing CFO: Significant Strike Issues Unresolved

September 11, 2008 5:35 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Business Writer | Comments

Chief financial officer James Bell said Boeing was in a ‘cooling off period’ with its striking machinists, but that the sides remained at odds over outsourcing and other issues.


Union Workers 'Fearless' At Boeing, U.S. Steel

September 11, 2008 5:31 am | by Tim Klass, Associated Press Writer | Comments

On picket lines in Seattle and production lines in Pittsburgh, union workers show no fear in demanding a hefty chunk of the profits from Boeing and U.S. Steel.


China Promises To Scrutinize Coca-Cola Bid

September 11, 2008 5:22 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Commerce Ministry says it will enforce anti-monopoly rules in reviewing Coke's bid to buy a Chinese juice maker but gave no indication what factors might affect its decision.


Oil Agency Sex Scandal May Affect Drilling Debate

September 11, 2008 5:20 am | by H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Allegations of substance abuse and promiscuity by workers at government agency that issues offshore drilling leases hit lawmakers just as they prepared to vote on expanding offshore drilling.


Guinness Plans New Brewery Near Dublin

September 11, 2008 5:18 am | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Irish beer giant will build its new flagship brewery west of Dublin in the town of Leixlip -- where Arthur Guinness began brewing the famed dark-brown stout in 1755.


Japanese Core Machinery Orders Slide

September 11, 2008 5:12 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Cabinet Office said orders fell 3.9 percent in July, indicating that Japanese business investment is retreating amid higher costs and a global slowdown.


Pentagon Delays $35B Tanker Decision

September 10, 2008 1:29 pm | by Stephen Manning and Donna Borak, AP Business Writers | Comments

Defense Dept. canceled latest round of bidding between Boeing and Northrop Grumman for new aerial refueling tankers, and plans to hold a new competition next year.



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