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U.K. Economic Woes Could Point To Recession

July 15, 2008 11:40 am | by Raphael G. Satter, Associated Press Writer | Comments

British officials say their country is caught between international inflationary pressures and the tightening of the global credit market


Highway Safety Chief Resigning

July 15, 2008 11:30 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Nicole Nason, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told colleagues Tuesday that she plans to leave the agency in August.


Pilgrim's Pride To Cut 600 Jobs

July 15, 2008 9:01 am | Comments

Chicken producer will cut 600 jobs at its El Dorado, Ark., plant, saying the cost-cutting move was in response to record-high prices for feed.


Hercules To Pay $22,500 EPA Settlement

July 15, 2008 8:58 am | Comments

Paint thickener and paper chemicals maker agreed to pay a penalty as part of a settlement with the EPA for clean-air violations at a chemical plant in Wisconsin.


Volkswagen Picks Tennessee For New U.S. Plant

July 15, 2008 7:48 am | by Matt Moore, AP | Comments

Chattanooga, Tennessee beat out bids by Alabama and Michigan for the plant, which is part of the Wolfsburg-based company's strategy to increase its presence in America.


AK Steel Raises Prices For Carbon Steel Products

July 15, 2008 6:40 am | Comments

U.S.-based steel company raising spot market prices for its carbon steel products by $50 per ton for all new orders, effective Sept. 1.


Newell Rubbermaid To Cut Products, Raise Prices

July 15, 2008 6:32 am | by Ashley M. Heher, AP Business Writer | Comments

Atlanta-based company said it would stop making some products while raising prices on others as much as 22 percent as it continues to grapple with rising energy costs.


Wholesale Prices Soar 1.8 Percent In June

July 15, 2008 6:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Labor Department reported that over the past 12 months, wholesale prices are up 9.2 percent, the largest year-over-year surge since June 1981.


Volvo Aero, Rolls-Royce Sign Deal

July 15, 2008 6:10 am | Comments

Sweden's Volvo AB said Tuesday its aircraft unit has signed a contract with Rolls-Royce to develop an engine component for the Airbus A350XWB aircraft.


InBev Gains Anheuser’s Marketing Clout

July 15, 2008 6:00 am | by Christopher Leonard and Emily Fredrix, AP Business Writers | Comments

Belgian brewer has an ambitious plan behind its $52 billion acquisition of Anheuser-Busch, hoping to tap into the U.S. company's massive marketing power.


Bernanke: Economy Faces 'Difficulties'

July 15, 2008 5:55 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Fed Reserve Chairman says the fragile economy is being confronted by 'numerous difficulties' including persistent strains in financial markets and rising joblessness.


Airbus Expects To Rake In Orders At UK Air Show

July 15, 2008 5:36 am | by Jane Wardell, AP | Comments

European plane maker's Chief Salesman John Leahy said he would be disappointed if Airbus doesn't book firm orders for 200 planes this week.


American LaFrance To Relocate Fire Truck Unit

July 15, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

Financially troubled vehicle maker is shifting fire truck manufacturing out of its Summerville, S.C., plant under a major reorganization of its business.


Iowa Meatpacking Town To Hold Immigration Rally

July 15, 2008 5:23 am | by Amy Lorentzen, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Organizers are using the raid at the Agriprocessors Inc. kosher meatpacking plant in Postville on May 12 as an example of what's wrong with the nation's immigration laws.


Evergreen Solar Gets $1.2B Contract

July 15, 2008 5:20 am | Comments

Solar panel maker said Tuesday the contract with Germany's IBC Solar AG IBC brings its backlog to almost $3 billion, spread among five customers.


Boeing: 787 Dreamliner Still On Track

July 15, 2008 5:15 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | Comments

Plane maker scheduled to test fly its 787 jetliner in the fourth quarter of this year and make its first delivery in the third quarter of 2009.


Court Finds Mitsubishi Execs Guilty After Fatal Accident

July 15, 2008 5:14 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Japanese court found Mitsubishi Motors and its three former executives guilty of falsifying a report in a fatal accident suspected of being linked to a wheel defect.


Tenneco Canada To Lay Off 104

July 15, 2008 5:10 am | Comments

Lay offs part of a permanent staff reduction at an Ontario auto parts plant; company says move is a direct result of GM cuts announced last month.


Lawmakers Push For 'Made In USA' Flags

July 15, 2008 5:04 am | by Libby Quaid, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Congress can't halt the flow of Chinese-made flags, but can try to control where they are flown, declaring that any flag flown on federal property should be made in the U.S.


Bombardier Inks Fuselage Deal With Shenyang Aircraft

July 15, 2008 5:00 am | Comments

Under the contract, Chinese state-owned Shenyang Aircraft Corp. will produce the center fuselage for the newly launched CSeries airliner.



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