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American Orders 6 Boeing 737s

August 13, 2008 7:28 am | Comments

Airline will take delivery of another six Boeing 737-800s in 2010, in an effort to speed up the replacement of gas-guzzling MD-80s in its fleet.


Honda's New Hybrid To Take On Prius

August 13, 2008 7:18 am | Comments

Executive said the company's gas-electric hybrid that will compete directly with Toyota's Prius will be priced lower than the current Civic hybrid.


Genentech Turns Down Roche's $43.7B Bid

August 13, 2008 6:20 am | Comments

Biotechnology giant rejects a buyout offer from its majority owner Roche, saying the $43.7 billion takeover bid undervalues the company.


Continental Declines Schaeffler Offer Again

August 13, 2008 6:20 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | Comments

German auto parts maker on Wednesday rejected another bid by rival Schaeffler KG to take it over, leaving the door open to more talks.


Chinese Food Regulator's Death 'Accidental'

August 13, 2008 6:19 am | Comments

Officials deny suicide rumors after head of China's food safety watchdog died when he fell from a building on August 2 amid a probe into his financial status.


Britain's Unemployment Rate Jumps 5.4 Percent

August 13, 2008 6:15 am | Comments

Number of unemployed people jumped by 60,000 in Britain, the government said on Wednesday -- yet more evidence of a looming recession.


GE Aviation Consolidating Operations

August 13, 2008 6:11 am | Comments

General Electric's aircraft engine business selected the Cincinnati suburb of West Chester Township for a $55 million project to consolidate some local operations and hundreds of jobs.


Russian Steelmaker Buys John Maneely Co. For $3.5B

August 13, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Novolipetsk Steel signed an agreement to expand its presence in the U.S. by buying U.S. steel pipe and tube manufacturer John Maneely Company for $3.53 billion.


Retail Sales Slide In July

August 13, 2008 5:26 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Retail sales dipped 0.1 percent, as a variety of economic woes combined to blunt the impact of billions of dollars in government stimulus payments.


Japanese Economy Contracts

August 13, 2008 5:18 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Hit by faltering exports and wilting consumer demand, Japan is beginning to succumb to the onslaught of rising commodities prices and global economic turmoil.


China Raising Taxes On Big Cars To Curb Pollution

August 13, 2008 5:11 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | Comments

Beijing is raising its sales tax on big cars to as high as 40 percent, and drastically cutting taxes on small cars, in its latest attempt to combat emissions.


Packaging Plant In N.C. Laying Off Nearly 100

August 13, 2008 5:05 am | Comments

Graphic Packaging International of Marietta, Ga., is closing a plant in Greensboro, N.C., leaving nearly 100 workers jobless.


GM Plans $445 Million Investment In Thailand

August 13, 2008 5:04 am | Comments

Automaker will invest $445 million to build a diesel engine plant in Thailand and upgrade its existing assembly operations.


India's Economy Expected To Slow This Year

August 13, 2008 4:57 am | Comments

Economic growth is likely to slow to 7.7 percent, due to the drag of higher food and oil prices and tightening in credit and equity markets.


Endocare Rejects HealthTronics Buyout Offer

August 13, 2008 4:55 am | Comments

Medical device maker is rejecting a buyout bid from urology product maker HealthTronics Inc. because the $26.9 million offer is inadequate.


Chrysler Investing $1.8B In Detroit Factory

August 13, 2008 4:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Automaker will invest $1.8 billion in a Detroit assembly plant, retooling it to make a new car-based sport utility vehicle and keeping over 400 jobs in Michigan.


Ford: Company Can Handle Economic Downturn

August 13, 2008 4:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, said he is confident the company has enough cash to weather losses and make a profit again.


IEA: Oil Prices Will Remain High

August 12, 2008 1:12 pm | Comments

Energy watchdog declares it's too early to say whether the recent fall in oil prices is the start of a longer-term trend.


AAIPharma Appoints Head Of N.A. Biostatistics Unit

August 12, 2008 11:45 am | Comments

Ronald Kershner joins AAIPharma to lead the Company’s North American Biostatistics and Data Management Services groups.

Nestle To Expand Indiana Plant

August 12, 2008 11:30 am | Comments

Maker of Nesquik and Coffee-Mate is expanding its 880,000-square-foot central Indiana production plant in a move the company says will lead to about 135 more jobs.



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