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Chinese Export Growth Edges Up To 7.2 Percent

July 10, 2014 3:27 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's export growth edged higher in June in a small sign of improvement for the world's second biggest economy as it undergoes an uneven recovery.                 

France Pleads For New EU Economic Strategy

July 10, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

France's economy minister is blaming European authorities for the lack of growth in France and Europe, and says it's time for a new economic policy that shuns austerity measures.            

Samsung Faces New Child Labor Claim In China

July 10, 2014 7:35 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant.                  

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Apple Wins Court Case On Store Design Trademark

July 10, 2014 7:30 am | News | Comments

The European Union's highest court says Apple's characteristic retail store layout may be registered as a trademark.                       

Projecting A Three-Dimensional Future

July 9, 2014 3:26 pm | by Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Tel Aviv University doctoral students have developed highly efficient holography based on nanoantennas that could be used for security as well as medical and recreational purposes.             

Samsung Earnings Hurt By Sluggish China Sales

July 9, 2014 2:42 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in China.              

Ford Expects Return To Profit In Europe In 2015

July 9, 2014 2:18 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford hasn't earned a pretax profit in Europe since 2010, and it lost $1.6 billion in the region last year, but Ford Europe president Stephen Odell said three plant closures and more than a dozen new products are helping reverse that.            

Fighting For American Jobs

July 9, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Steelmakers have called for new import penalties and have filed the highest number of trade complaints in more than a decade. According to the U.S. Trade Representative, there are 40 anti-dumping and injury cases pending on steel products.    

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Old Tires Find New Lives In Myanmar

July 9, 2014 10:47 am | by Aye Aye Win, Associated Press | News | Comments

Old truck tires are transformed into rubber washers and bushings for cars and rice mills. Machine parts, buckets and flip-flops — the most popular footwear in the rural areas — are among the biggest sellers for tire recyclers.          

China: It's Up To U.S. To Drive Global Economy

July 9, 2014 10:27 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lou pointed out that the U.S. economy shrank at a 2.9 percent annual rate from January to March — largely because of a brutal winter — and said China hopes the U.S. "can take measures to ensure the momentum of growth."           

Chinese Auto Sales Cool In June

July 9, 2014 8:50 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Car sales in China cooled in June, with domestic brands falling further behind their foreign rivals in the world's biggest auto market, an industry group reported.                

China, U.S. Differ On Plan To Cut Emissions

July 9, 2014 8:18 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.          

Boeing Gets $56B Emirates Airline Order

July 9, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

Boeing has finalized a $56 billion agreement to build 150 777X aircraft for Dubai's Emirates Airline.                         

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EU Fines Drug Makers $580M

July 9, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust body is imposing a fine of $580 million on France's pharmaceutical company Servier and five producers of generic medicines for distorting competition.            

N.H. Companies Learn About Risks Of Corporate Espionage

July 8, 2014 3:02 pm | News | Comments

New Hampshire companies are learning about the dangers of corporate espionage and how to protect and maintain a competitive edge.                       

Luxury Rolls-Royce Car Sales Soar

July 8, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

Growth was strongest in Europe, up over 60 percent, with Asia Pacific sales up almost 40 percent, the company said in a statement. Middle East sales were also strong, up 30 percent, with the United States and China also seeing double-digit growth. 

U.S. Presses China On Liberalizing High-Tech Trade

July 8, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

The U.S. is looking for concessions from China to kick start international negotiations on liberalizing trade in high-technology products.                     

Mitsubishi Will Acquire Stake In UAE Water Firm

July 8, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have entered into an agreement with a water firm in the United Arab Emirates to acquire a 38.4 percent share in its water and wastewater projects.           

5 Factors That Helped The U.S. Economy

July 7, 2014 2:29 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Five full years after a devastating recession officially ended, the economy is finally showing the vigor that Americans have long awaited.                        

U.S. Won't Say If German Spying Claim Is True

July 7, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. will work with Germany to resolve its concerns over reports that a German intelligence employee spied for the United States, the White House said Monday.                  

WTO Appellate Body Issues Mixed Ruling In U.S.-China Dispute

July 7, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

An appeals body of the World Trade Organization has decided it lacked enough information to uphold China's objections to a U.S. law meant to help American companies that face unfair foreign competition.         

Scientists Criticize $1.6B Brain Project

July 7, 2014 12:03 pm | by Frank Jordans and John-Thor Dahlburg | News | Comments

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general.             

China Premier: Country's Economy Improving

July 7, 2014 8:35 am | News | Comments

China's economy improved in the latest quarter but faces "downward pressure," and Beijing will increase the strength of targeted policy measures to shore up growth, the country's premier said Monday.           

Misconceptions Helped Kill Australia's Carbon Tax

July 7, 2014 8:26 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants' carbon emissions is drawing anger from both sides of politics.

Steel Pipe Imports Put American Jobs At Risk

July 7, 2014 8:20 am | by John D. Oravecz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Nearly 600,000 American jobs, including 35,300 in Pennsylvania, could be at risk from surging imports, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute.                

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