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Menthol Cigarette Debate Could Impact Lorillard

July 23, 2008 12:05 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | Comments

Cigarette maker Lorillard will keep a close eye on Capitol Hill next week as lawmakers consider measures that could threaten sales of its lucrative menthol-flavored brand, Newport.


Fed Report: Slower Growth, Rising Prices

July 23, 2008 12:00 pm | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Information from the Fed's 12 regional banks suggested that 'the pace of economic activity slowed somewhat since the last report' issued in June.


Canada Inflation Rises 3.1 Percent

July 23, 2008 11:55 am | Comments

Statistics Canada reported that the nation's annual inflation jumped to 3.1 percent in June from 2.2 percent the previous month, the biggest one-month leap since September 2005.


Zarlink Semiconductor Prevails Against Dissidents

July 23, 2008 11:50 am | by Julian Beltrame, Canadian Press | Comments

Management of Zarlink Semiconductor won a bitter battle over the future direction of the troubled company with 60 percent of proxy votes supporting the current board of directors.


Moore Industries Names Director Of Manufacturing

July 23, 2008 10:10 am | by Edited by Staff | Comments

Ed Fagundes joins electronic measurement and interface instruments manufacturer as Director of Manufacturing.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Pegs Victorville, Calif. For Site

July 23, 2008 9:10 am | by Edited by Staff | Comments

Beverage giant has selected Victorville as the location for its new Western manufacturing and distribution hub, serving California and parts of the Southwest.


TerraCycle, Kraft Foods Partner For ‘Upcycling’

July 23, 2008 9:09 am | by Edited by Staff | Comments

Kraft will fund the collection of used packaging associated with its products for TerraCycle to upcycle into goods like purses and backpacks.


Dump Truck Maker Closes Plant, 30 Lose Jobs

July 23, 2008 6:25 am | Comments

Ox Bodies is closing its plant in Bennettsville, S.C., immediately as it consolidates operations because of a downturn in the trucking industry.


Boeing's 2Q Profit Declines 19 Percent

July 23, 2008 6:20 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Business Writer | Comments

Second-largest commercial airplane maker's second-quarter earnings fell 19 percent after it took a previously disclosed charge of $248 million from a defense program.


Pentair Closing Wisconsin Plant

July 23, 2008 6:09 am | Comments

Minnesota-based Pentair Inc. says it will close its Sheboygan plant by June and eliminate about 350 jobs.


Utilities: Grid Can Handle Rechargeable Cars

July 23, 2008 6:00 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

As long as the changeover from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles is somewhat gradual, industry officials say they can manage the demand.


Japan, ASEAN Reaffirm Plan For Free Trade Agreement

July 23, 2008 6:00 am | Comments

Japanese minister and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations are aiming for a comprehensive free trade agreement by the end of this year.


Crocs Inc. To Promote Escalator Safety

July 23, 2008 5:45 am | Comments

After complaints surfaced about the colorful plastic clogs getting stuck in escalators, Crocs says it will start including tags on escalator safety with the shoes.


China Makes First Appearance At Top WTO Trade Talks

July 23, 2008 5:37 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Meeting behind closed doors in Geneva aims to break a stalemate between rich and poor countries over liberalizing trade in agriculture and manufacturing.


Thomasville Furniture Adding 100 Workers

July 23, 2008 5:35 am | Comments

Company says it will add more than 100 workers to its plant in Lenoir, N.C., because of increased costs of doing business overseas.


Former Samsung Chairman Appeals Tax Conviction

July 23, 2008 5:27 am | Comments

Ex-chairman of the South Korean conglomerate appealed his conviction for tax evasion, days after prosecutors filed a similar appeal, a Samsung official said.


Roche Buys Arius In Biotech Spending Spree

July 23, 2008 5:18 am | Comments

Pharmaceutical giant plans to buy Arius Research Inc. for $190.4 million as the latest in a series of purchases of North American biotechnology companies.


General Electric, Abu Dhabi Firm Form Partnership

July 23, 2008 5:15 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | Comments

GE's joint venture with an Abu Dhabi government investment company will pump $4 billion of outside capital into its weakened commercial finance business.


Teva Finalizes Bentley Pharmaceuticals Acquisition

July 23, 2008 5:10 am | Comments

Israeli generic drug maker completed a $360 million acquisition of Bentley Pharmaceuticals, which will expand its operations in Spain.


Carlyle Ends Bid For Chinese Company

July 23, 2008 5:07 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

U.S. private equity firm dropped its bid to buy a stake in a Chinese construction equipment maker, after multiyear talks that stirred nationalist opposition.



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