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Dutch Chemicals Maker Expanding U.S. Production

April 17, 2008 5:22 am | News | Comments

DSM NV will invest $450 million over three years to expand production capacity for a fiber used to strengthen body armor and military vehicle plating.

EU Approves British GM Training Grant

April 16, 2008 11:40 am | News | Comments

European Commission approved the British government's plan to give a $17.4 million training grant to General Motors' Vauxhall unit.

Honda Recalling Over 350,000 Accords

April 16, 2008 11:20 am | News | Comments

Japanese automaker is recalling 353,000 Accord sedans from the 2003 model year to address corrosion in the windshield wiper motor.


Japanese Airline To Pay $110 Million For Cargo Price-Fixing

April 16, 2008 11:12 am | News | Comments

Japan Airlines International Co. has agreed to pay $110 million in fine for its role in fixing rates for international cargo shipments, the U.S. Justice Department said.

German Chemical Workers Win Pay Increases

April 16, 2008 7:21 am | News | Comments

Some 550,000 workers in Germany's chemical industry have won pay increases of nearly 5 percent this year and another 3.3 percent in 2009, negotiators said.

Lobbyists: Doha Would Fare Better Than Colombia Deal

April 16, 2008 6:14 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Group says a substantial global trade deal would stand a better chance of passing through the U.S. Congress than the Colombia FTA that was all but killed this week.

South Korean Cosmetics Maker Recalls Nazi Ad

April 16, 2008 6:10 am | News | Comments

Coreana Cosmetics halting an ad campaign with Nazi references following complaints from a leading anti-Semitism group and the Israeli Embassy in Seoul.

China Sees Strong Growth, Inflation Still An Issue

April 16, 2008 5:30 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Economy grew 10.6 percent in the first quarter, slowing slightly amid gloom about the global economy, but inflation stayed above 8 percent.


Auto Sales Boost Canada’s Manufactured Goods

April 16, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Sales of manufactured goods rose 1.6 percent to $50.1 billion in February, due in part to a gradual bounce-back by Canada's motor-vehicle industry.

Nokia Closure Prompts DHL Shutdown

April 16, 2008 5:23 am | News | 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.

Euro Inflation Hits New High

April 16, 2008 5:16 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | Airbus | News | 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.

Chrysler, Nissan Form Vehicle Partnership

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

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

Workers Protest At Bulgaria's Largest Steel Maker

April 15, 2008 7:10 am | News | 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.


Official: European Exports Not Hurt Yet By Strong Euro

April 15, 2008 6:01 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | Airbus | News | 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.'

German Investor Confidence Waivers

April 15, 2008 5:54 am | News | 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.

EADS Chief Fears Rising Euro

April 15, 2008 5:45 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | 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.

Japan Auto Parts Supplier To Build Plant In Mississippi

April 15, 2008 5:40 am | News | 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.

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

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

Beijing To Idle Factories Ahead Of The Olympics

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

GM Building Engine Factory In Brazil

April 14, 2008 11:50 am | News | Comments

Automaker will build a new $200 million engine and parts plant in Brazil that will employ 500 people and generate another 1,300 related jobs.

Falling TV Sales Bring Down Philips' Profits

April 14, 2008 11:40 am | by Arthur Max, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Sagging sales, especially in the U.S., dragged down first-quarter profits, as Royal Philips Electronics reported net income nearly 20 percent lower than analysts had forecast.

Solar Company Cancels Plans To Build $1 Billion Plant

April 14, 2008 6:00 am | News | Comments

Trina Solar shelved plans to build a $1 billion polysilicon plant after the market for the raw material used in solar cells loosened, the China-based company said.

Over 3,000 Workers Strike At ArcelorMittal Company

April 14, 2008 5:36 am | News | Comments

Guards used tear gas on some of the 3,600 striking workers trying to storm a factory owned by the Arcelor Mittal Galati steel company to demand higher wages.

Manitowoc Buys Britain's Enodis For $1.9 Billion

April 14, 2008 5:26 am | News | Comments

Deal gives the biggest ice machine maker in the U.S. entry into two major new market segments -- hot food service and food retail equipment.

Eye Care Company To Build Singapore Plant

April 14, 2008 5:16 am | News | Comments

Alcon says the plant is expected to help distribute eye care pharmaceutical products in Asia in a cheaper and faster manner.

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