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German Consumers More Optimistic

September 25, 2008 5:27 am | by Patrick McGroarty, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Consumer confidence in Europe's largest economy rose slightly, halting a four-month slide, bolstered by falling oil prices and receding fears of inflation.

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EU Struggling With 'Blue Card' Labor Program

September 25, 2008 5:20 am | by Constant Brand, Associated Press Writer | Comments

European Union nations raised doubts whether a planned 'Blue Card' workers visa program would be effective enough to lure much needed skilled labor to Europe.

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American Fibers Closing Yarn Plant

September 25, 2008 5:20 am | Comments

Fiber yarn plant in Georgia has announced it will lay off 250 workers and shut down next month.

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Rabbis Meet After Kosher Plant Raid

September 25, 2008 5:18 am | Comments

Responding to allegations of worker abuse, an organization of rabbis formed a task force to craft Jewish principles and ethical guidelines for the kosher food industry.

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Boston Scientific Stent Wins FDA Approval

September 25, 2008 5:11 am | Comments

FDA approval comes as Boston Scientific and its stent competitors try to recover from a yearlong downturn in sales for the devices used to prop open clogged arteries.

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Dell: Company Will Outpace PC Rivals

September 24, 2008 8:20 pm | Comments

CEO Michael Dell said Thursday he expects his company's sales to outpace those of its rival computer makers, despite a slowing global economy.

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Chrysler Shows 3 Electric Cars For 2010

September 24, 2008 1:45 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Automaker muscled in on Chevrolet’s Volt celebration by unveiling three electric-powered models, including a sports car.

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Bush Preparing Speech On Economy

September 24, 2008 10:56 am | by Jennifer Loven, Associated Press Writer | Comments

With a financial rescue plan facing a tough sell on Capitol Hill, President Bush scheduled an address Wednesday night, hoping to persuade the public that the massive proposal is relevant.

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JLG To Lay Off 800 Workers

September 24, 2008 10:50 am | Comments

Company that makes aerial work platform lifts for business and the military will lay off a total of 800 people at its five North American plants by early next month.

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Pepsi Bottling To Acquire Western Bottler

September 24, 2008 10:40 am | Comments

Deal for Lane Affiliated Companies, the eighth largest Pepsi bottler in the U.S., is Pepsi Bottling Group’s largest acquisition since going public in 1999, the company said.

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Small Businesses Deal With Rising Stress Levels

September 24, 2008 10:26 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | Comments

American workers are living through an extremely stressful time, between falling home values, rising food and energy costs and worries about job security.

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W.Va. Supreme Court To Hear DuPont Appeal

September 24, 2008 10:21 am | by Lawrence Messina, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Court will hear the appeal of a nearly $400 million judgment against the chemical giant over health threats at a former zinc smelting plant.

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PPG Industries Shuttering Plants To Cut Costs

September 24, 2008 10:00 am | Comments

Specialty materials supplier said Wednesday it will save about $100 million by closing several manufacturing plants in Canada and the Netherlands.

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GM To Sell French Factory, Hummer Brand

September 24, 2008 9:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Automaker said Wednesday it is planning to put its Strasbourg, France, manufacturing operation and its Hummer truck brand up for sale, and may announce more asset sales later this year.

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Daimler Plans To Sell Remaining Chrysler Stake

September 24, 2008 9:40 am | by Bree Fowler and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | Comments

Germany's Daimler AG says it's in talks to sell its remaining stake in the U.S. automaker to private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Partners.

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Study: More Buyers Care About Mileage

September 24, 2008 9:28 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Business Writer | Comments

J.D. Power and Associates study says growing number of buyers are turning down vehicles due to inadequate gas mileage, as well as choosing Asian nameplates over domestic.

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Hanesbrands Cutting 8,100 Jobs

September 24, 2008 9:24 am | Comments

Maker of Hanes and Champion apparel will close nine plants across five countries and cut 8,100 staffers as it increases production in Asia in a cost-saving move.

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Oshkosh Gets $10.8 Million Navy Order

September 24, 2008 9:20 am | Comments

Pentagon said it will purchase 48 Armor Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement cargo trucks from Oshkosh as part of a previously-awarded indefinite quantity delivery contract.

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Swatch Group Sells Sokymat Automotive

September 24, 2008 7:29 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

RFID supplier SMARTRAC acquired Sokymat Automotive GmbH to expand opportunites enabling access into the market for RFID components in the automotive industry.

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Bernanke: Fed Will Help Economy 'As Needed'

September 24, 2008 6:25 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Federal Reserve Chairman said Wednesday the worsening financial crisis could prove a major weight on U.S. business growth and pledges to 'act as needed' to brace the wobbly economy.

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