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China Emerges As Force In Global Trade Negotiations

July 30, 2008 5:30 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Beijing's unusually public stance during WTO talks reflects its status as an emerging power that is increasingly asserting itself on issues ranging from climate change to Africa.

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Nestle Bottling Plant Plans Under Attack

July 30, 2008 5:30 am | by Samantha Young, Associated Press Writer | Comments

California’s Attorney General said he will sue to block a proposed water-bottling operation unless its effects on global warming are evaluated.

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Matsushita To Build Rechargeable Battery Plant

July 30, 2008 5:30 am | Comments

Plant is expected to boost Matsushita's ability to compete with market leaders Sanyo Electric and Sony amid growing demand for the rechargeable power sources.

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Paper Mill Explosion Kills 3

July 30, 2008 5:25 am | by Robert Imrie, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Packaging Corporation of America said the three who died were performing maintenance work atop a recycled fiber storage tank at a Wisconsin plant when it exploded.

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German Beer Sales Fall Again

July 30, 2008 5:20 am | Comments

Sales declined in the first half of this year as price increases and new restrictions on smoking in bars and restaurants added to the decrease, government figures showed.

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U.S. Deficit Heading To Half-Trillion Mark

July 29, 2008 1:30 pm | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Deficit will hit $482 billion in 2009 and the total could be higher yet if the economy fails to recover as the administration predicts.

Chase Auto Finance Ending Chrysler Leases

July 29, 2008 12:00 pm | Comments

Chase says it wants to keep its lease portfolio small because it is concerned about declining used car values, but will continue financing leases for other automakers.

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Wisconsin Seeking Federal Aid For GM Workers

July 29, 2008 11:55 am | Comments

Labor officials ask for $4 million in federal grants to help 785 people over the next two years with counseling, job training and placement services.

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Olympics Costly To Chinese Industry

July 29, 2008 11:45 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Factory shutdowns and other industrial restrictions intended to reduce Beijing's smog for the Olympics are making business more complicated -- and costly -- for Chinese manufacturers.

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AmeriPumps Relocates To Virginia

July 29, 2008 11:40 am | Comments

Manufacturer of portable water pumps is moving its headquarters and manufacturing facility to the town of Hillsville, creating 125 jobs.

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Americans Remain Gloomy About Economy

July 29, 2008 7:00 am | by Anne D'innocenzio, AP Business Writer | Comments

Consumer Confidence Index for July indicates Americans remain the most pessimistic about the economy since the last prolonged recession 16 years ago.

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Panasonic Gears Up To Make Next-Gen TV Displays

July 29, 2008 6:30 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Osaka-based maker of Panasonic brand products will begin test production of next-generation OLED displays for TVs next year, according to newspaper reports.

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Siemens To Sue 11 Former Execs, Seeks Damages

July 29, 2008 6:30 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Company plans to sue two ex-CEOs and nine other ex-executives for alleged supervisory failings in a corruption scandal that has cost Siemens millions in fines and damaged its reputation.

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Japan Shows New Signs Of Worsening Economy

July 29, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Government data revealed Tuesday that Japan's unemployment rate inched up and consumers tightened their purse strings amid rising food and oil prices.

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U.S. Beef Shipments Arrive In S. Korea

July 29, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Shipment is the first after Seoul and Washington agreed in April to lift the import ban, which was later revised due to large South Korean street protests.

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Trading Powers Meet To Break WTO Impasse

July 29, 2008 5:35 am | Comments

World Trade Organization trade talks stalled as developing countries, led by China and India, called for wider protection of their fragile domestic agricultural sectors.

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GE Exec: Reorganization Simplifies Operations

July 29, 2008 5:30 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | Comments

Top executive said on Monday that cutting General Electric to four businesses from six is a logical move.

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Lawmakers Agree On Consumer Product Safety Bill

July 29, 2008 5:30 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer | Comments

New law would impose a nationwide ban on children's products containing lead beyond minute amounts, and ban chemicals in plastic that can cause health problems.

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Owens-Illinois Closing Canadian Plant

July 29, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

Glass container maker said Tuesday that the Sept. 30 closing of a plant in Toronto will affect about 430 employees.

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Micron, Memory Chip Market Struggling

July 29, 2008 5:20 am | Comments

Investors worry about the health of the memory chip industry as more companies in the sector consolidate.

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