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Nokia Closure Prompts DHL Shutdown

April 16, 2008 5:23 am | Comments

Express delivery company shutting down a branch that depends on a Nokia plant in Germany which is closing in June, a move that will affect some 230 employees.

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Euro Inflation Hits New High

April 16, 2008 5:16 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | Comments

Yearly inflation in countries using the euro jumped to a new high of 3.6 percent, pushing the euro to an all-time record against the dollar.

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Chrysler, Nissan Form Vehicle Partnership

April 15, 2008 9:39 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press | Comments

Nissan will make a new small car designed by Chrysler, and Chrysler will make a full-size pickup truck designed by Nissan.

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N.Y. Manufacturing Activity Surpasses Expectations

April 15, 2008 7:43 am | by Madlen Read, AP Business Writer | Comments

Empire State's Federal Reserve reported that regional manufacturing expanded modestly in April, after shrinking at a record clip in March.

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Workers Protest At Bulgaria's Largest Steel Maker

April 15, 2008 7:10 am | Comments

More than a thousand workers at Kremikovtzi rallied outside the plant to protest delayed salary payments and demand a final decision on the fate of the factory.

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South Dakota May Get Motorcycle Parts Plant

April 15, 2008 7:06 am | Comments

California company that makes aftermarket parts for motorcycles may start operations in Sturgis so it can use that famous name for marketing purposes.

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Delphi Exec Remains Upbeat

April 15, 2008 6:57 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Chairman Steve Miller says he is confident the auto supplier will emerge from bankruptcy protection, but says it will take months, not weeks.

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Cancer Claims U.S. Billionaire Jerry Zucker

April 15, 2008 6:25 am | by Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Zucker, chief executive officer of the Hudson's Bay Company, died of cancer at his home, according to the company.

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High Food Prices Hurting Low Income Families, Vendors

April 15, 2008 6:05 am | by Ellen Simon, AP Business Writer | Comments

Worst U.S. food inflation in 17 years is putting the squeeze on poor families and forcing bakeries, bagel shops and delis to explain price increases to their customers.

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Official: European Exports Not Hurt Yet By Strong Euro

April 15, 2008 6:01 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | Comments

Euro currency zone's top official, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, said he did not see the strong euro hurting the European economy 'for the time being.'

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German Investor Confidence Waivers

April 15, 2008 5:54 am | Comments

Investor confidence in Europe's biggest economy unexpectedly declined this month with rising inflation, a strong euro and high oil prices eating into expectations.

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EADS Chief Fears Rising Euro

April 15, 2008 5:45 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | Comments

CEO Louis Gallois likened the high value of the euro against the U.S. dollar to a 'sword of Damocles' poised to fall on the European defense and aviation consortium.

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Japan Auto Parts Supplier To Build Plant In Mississippi

April 15, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Auto components manufacturer will locate a plant in Senatobia, Miss., to supply parts to both the Nissan plant in Madison and the new Toyota plant near Tupelo.

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U.S. Wholesale Prices Surge In March

April 15, 2008 5:35 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Inflation at the wholesale level soared in March at nearly triple the rate that had been expected as the costs of energy and food both climbed rapidly.

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Hawaii To Improve Food Safety With Microchips

April 15, 2008 5:30 am | by Jaymes Song, Associated Press Writer | Comments

In case of a recall, state wants to be able to trace produce to the farm of origin and identify where inventories were sent using radio frequency identification technology.

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U.S. Food And Drug Inspectors To Be Placed In China

April 15, 2008 5:25 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Top U.S. health official said the FDA is planning to open an office in China as part of a change in strategy following product safety problems in Chinese imports.

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Beijing To Idle Factories Ahead Of The Olympics

April 14, 2008 12:34 pm | by Stephen Wade, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Environmental officials will implement a series of temporary measures to stop construction and close heavy industries, all aimed at cleaning the city's polluted air.

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Missouri Company Fined For Hazwaste Violation In N.H.

April 14, 2008 12:30 pm | Comments

Thermal Dynamics Corp. agreed to pay a $157,000 civil penalty for not identifying and disposing of hazardous waste at its factory in New Hampshire.

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MTI Global To Streamline Operations, Close U.S. Plant

April 14, 2008 12:10 pm | Comments

Toronto-area maker of engineered products using silicone says it will close its Buchanan, Va., plant and move the operations and equipment to other silicone plants in the U.S.

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Air Filter Manufacturer Closes Iowa Plant

April 14, 2008 12:00 pm | Comments

Clarcor Air Filtration Products closed immediately after telling employees of the decision late last week, leaving 43 people without a job.

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