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U.S. Retail Sale Increase Led By Auto Spending

September 12, 2014 | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | Comments

Auto buying drove U.S. retail sales higher in August, a possible sign that job growth in recent months has led to accelerated consumer spending. The Commerce Department said Friday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose 0.6 per cent compared with the prior month. Sales are up...

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Over Half Of U.S. Companies Project Increased Energy Efficiency In 2015

September 17, 2014 3:54 pm | by Schneider Electric | Comments

Three quarters of decision-makers at U.S. companies have invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months, and more than half (56 percent) project their investment in energy efficiency next year will be more than last year, according to survey results released by Schneider Electric today. This represents...

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Shoe Manufacturer CEO, Cash Vanish

September 17, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Chinese shoe manufacturer says two of its top executives have vanished, along with most of the company's cash. Germany-listed Ultrasonic AG said in a statement Tuesday it has been unable to reach its chief executive, Qingyong Wu, and chief operating officer, Minghong Wu, since...

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Tennessee Clean Water Network Prepared To Sue Ammunition Plant

September 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by Travis Loller, The Associated Press | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network says it is prepared to sue a Kingsport ammunition plant over its continued pollution of local drinking water. BAE Systems Ordnance Systems Inc. operates the Holston Army Ammunition Plant for...    

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Senator Asks Congress To Suspend Coal Sales

September 17, 2014 1:47 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | Comments

A U.S. senator said Tuesday he will ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West after a senior Obama administration official declined to suspend the troubled government program. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said... 

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5 Things Small Businesses Need To Know This Fall

September 17, 2014 1:44 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg - AP Business Writer | Comments

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet Security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months...   

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EPA Grants Extension On Power Plant Pollution Plan

September 17, 2014 1:43 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants. The agency said... 

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New York Awards $55M In Manufacturing Education, Research Grants

September 17, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

New York state is investing $55 million in five projects around the state that aim to boost economic development through education and research. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state grants Tuesday during stops in...     

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Steelworkers To Meet With U.S. Steel Canada For Details Restructuring

September 17, 2014 12:15 pm | by The Canadian Press | Comments

Leaders with the United Steelworkers union are planning to meet with U.S. Steel Canada executives to find out more details about the company's restructuring under court protection. The former Stelco Inc., which U.S. Steel bought in 2007, has recorded...

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Natural Gas Company Seeks Federal Approval For Pipeline

September 17, 2014 11:36 am | by Philip Marcelo, The Associated Press | Comments

An energy company is seeking federal approval for a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition. Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. filed a request with...  

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Anheuser-Busch Among Sponsors Voicing NFL Disapproval

September 17, 2014 11:32 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | Comments

Major sponsors including Anheuser-Busch are adding to the chorus of disapproval over the National Football League's recent scandals, but the companies are stopping short of pulling advertising. Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday that it has spoken with the NFL about concerns related to recent incidents that are sparking outcry from fans, including...

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MAPI Quarterly U.S. Industrial Outlook: Broad-Based Growth

September 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | Comments

U.S. manufacturing is poised for steady growth through 2016, according to the MAPI Foundation’s U.S. Industrial Outlook, a quarterly report that analyzes 27 major industries. The MAPI Foundation is the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. Manufacturing industrial production increased at a 4 percent annual rate in the...

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HJ Heinz To Make Jarred Baby Food In PA

September 17, 2014 8:43 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The H.J. Heinz Co. will resume food production in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2002, when the ketchup giant sold its production plant to Del Monte Foods. Heinz officials say they're scheduled to begin making jarred baby food. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports...

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Trade, Investment Hopes As China's Xi Visits India

September 17, 2014 7:44 am | by R.k. Misra - Associated Press | Comments

Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in the Indian prime minister's home state of Gujarat on Wednesday for a three-day visit expected to focus on India's need to improve worn out infrastructure and reduce its trade deficit. Xi was greeted on the tarmac by a throng of news photographers and state...

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Sony Forecasts $2B Annual Loss

September 17, 2014 4:45 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach - AP Business Writer | Comments

Sony expects its annual loss to swell to more than $2 billion after writing down the value of its troubled mobile business as phone sales were battered by brutal competition. The Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate said Wednesday it anticipates a net loss of 230 billion yen...

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Fire Damage To Veneer Mill Another Blow To Weed, CA

September 17, 2014 3:43 am | by Jeff Barnard- Associated Press | Comments

Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products mill offline for an undetermined amount of time. With a maintenance shed reduced to...

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Financial Markets Awaiting News On Interest Rate Increase

September 17, 2014 12:44 am | by Martin Crutsinger - AP Economics Writer | Comments

Financial markets are awaiting the end of a Federal Reserve meeting Wednesday to see whether the Fed sends any clearer signal about the timing of an interest rate increase. The phrase that investors will be alert for is "considerable time." The presence or absence of those two words is viewed as...

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Shell And Motiva To Pay Nearly $4.5M In Overtime Back Wages

September 16, 2014 5:23 pm | by United States Department Of Labor | Comments

Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC, which markets Shell gasoline and other products, have agreed to pay $4,470,764 in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees as a result of investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor that found violations of...

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Business Roundtable Says U.S. CEOs Less Optimistic About Spending, Hiring

September 16, 2014 4:46 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter. The Business Roundtable said Tuesday that its CEO outlook index fell to 86.4 in the third quarter, down from 95.4 in the April-June period. Fewer CEOs expect to...

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Boat Manufacturing Company Expands, Adds Jobs In GA

September 16, 2014 4:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A boat manufacturing company is planning to expand its facility in south Georgia and is looking to create 50 new jobs in the process. Gov. Nathan Deal's office announced Tuesday that Chaparral Boats is expanding its facility in Berrien County. Officials say the company employs...

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Mars Chocolate Site Achieves Prestigious LEED Gold Certification

September 16, 2014 3:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Mars Chocolate North America announced today that its new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan., has earned LEED Gold certification--an internationally accepted benchmark for designing, constructing, and operating green buildings--from the U.S. Green Building Council. The roughly...

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