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WTO Tariff Cuts Could Open Markets In Brazil, India

September 21, 2007 6:52 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

U.S. and European trade officials hoping recent progress in World Trade Organization talks will persuade major developing countries to open up their manufacturing markets.

'Sesame Street' Officials To Inspect Toys

September 21, 2007 5:57 am | by Andrew Bridges, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Nonprofit company behind the show plans to dispatch auditors to factories, ports and stores to check for lead and other problems in the toys its licenses.

EU Official: Mattel Has A Lot To Do

September 20, 2007 11:30 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

European Union consumer chief asked for details of toy maker's new quality control measures and warned the company it faces a major task to rebuild trust in the industry.

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In Wake Of Toy Recalls, CPSC Asks For More Funds

September 20, 2007 7:50 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Consumer Product Safety Commission leaders say Congress should increase their power and budget; one commissioner said 'we are all to blame' for lead-tainted toys.

Fruit Of The Loom Closing Central America Plant

September 20, 2007 7:44 am | News | Comments

Underwear maker is closing a Honduras facility as a result of 'a shift in product demand and the ongoing consolidation,' according to company officials.

St. Jude Medical Adding 1,200 Jobs In Puerto Rico

September 20, 2007 7:33 am | News | Comments

The medical device maker over the next three years will add to workforce at new plant for cardiac rhythm management devices.

Tenneco Closing French Emission Controls Plant

September 20, 2007 5:29 am | News | Comments

Auto parts maker shuttering factory to reduce production overcapacity in the region.

Germany Looks To Foreigners To Fill Labor Shortages

September 19, 2007 7:33 am | News | Comments

To overcome skilled labor shortage, country will ease job restrictions for Eastern European engineers and foreigners with German university degrees.

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U.S. Toy Companies Point Finger at Chinese Suppliers

September 19, 2007 7:26 am | by Andrew Bridges, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Toymakers in recent recalls tell Congress that their Chinese suppliers assured them products were virtually lead-free.

New Industry Canada Minister Looks To Automakers

September 19, 2007 6:50 am | News | Comments

Jim Prentice is focusing on an area that typically has clamored for government attention and intervention.

New Siemens Board Position Targets Legal Issues

September 19, 2007 5:53 am | News | Comments

Facing investigations over bribery and corruption allegations, company creates executive board position to oversee legal and compliance matters.

Evotec Buying U.S. Biopharmaceutical Producer

September 19, 2007 5:44 am | News | Comments

German pharmaceutical company acquiring Renovis for $151.8 million to expand research into treatments for inflammatory diseases.

Brazilian Steel Maker Announces $9B Expansion

September 19, 2007 5:30 am | News | Comments

Companhia Siderurgica Nacional SA planning three 4.5-million-metric-ton slab plants over the next four years.

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Boeing Expects China To Add 3,400 Planes

September 18, 2007 11:45 am | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Aircraft maker forecasts Beijing will spend $340 billion on planes over the next two decades as its domestic air travel market is expected to grow nearly fivefold.

Iowa Governor Woos Wind Turbine Manufacturers

September 18, 2007 11:35 am | by David Pitt, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chet Culver traveled to Germany, Denmark and Spain, to speak at Europe's largest wind energy show and try to lure European companies to Iowa.

Canadian Manufacturers Told They Must Adapt

September 18, 2007 7:26 am | News | Comments

The head of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters says if manufacturers don't adapt to new strong dollar, they will die.

White House Conference Examines Trade Protection

September 18, 2007 7:22 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Bush administration holding daylong conference to examine issues such as regulation, education and ways to bolster innovation.

Sony Denies Report Of Chip Sale To Toshiba

September 18, 2007 7:17 am | by Chisaki Watanbe, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Electronics company says it is looking at ways to improve its chip operations but hasn't reached a decision.

Toy Group Head Says Safety Checks Failed

September 18, 2007 7:14 am | by Dikky Sinn, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

President of the U.S. Toy Industry Association says U.S. toy safety standards are 'excellent, but it was the toy safety testing and inspection process that had failed us' in recalls.

China Raising Food Safety Standards

September 18, 2007 7:07 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Beijing launches aggressive campaign to win back consumer confidence by issuing new regulations, cracking down on violators and setting up a Cabinet-level panel to monitor quality.

Johnson & Johnson Cutting 688 Belgian Jobs

September 18, 2007 6:55 am | News | Comments

Janssen-Cilag jobs eliminated as U.S. parent company tries to cut costs as exclusive patent rights to top-selling drugs expire.

Carlsberg Makes Plans With Vietnamese Brewer

September 18, 2007 6:45 am | News | Comments

Danish beer maker forms a joint venture with state-owned Hanoi Beer & Beverage Corp. to build a brewery in southern Vietnam.

Bunge Ltd. Buying Brazilian Sugarcane Mill

September 18, 2007 5:26 am | News | Comments

Fertilizer and oilseeds company says acquisition marks its entry into the sugar and sugar-based ethanol production businesses.

China Toughens Up On U.S. Food

September 17, 2007 11:20 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Every shipment of American poultry, snack foods and other products is now inspected — compared to the 5 percent of imports China previously inspected.

EU Trade Chief: Doha Deal Close On Key Issues

September 17, 2007 7:25 am | News | Comments

Global negotiations to liberalize international commerce in agriculture, manufacturing and service among World Trade Organization member states are three years behind schedule.

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