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Japan's Industrial Output Reaches Record High

November 29, 2007 4:35 am | News | Comments

Industrial production rose 1.6 percent in October from the previous month, buoyed by brisk output of general machinery makers and car manufacturers.

Hershey, Cadbury Suspected Of Price Fixing

November 28, 2007 11:32 am | News | Comments

Canada's Competition Bureau investigating Nestle, Cadbury, Hershey, and Mars for a possible price-fixing scheme in the country's multibillion-dollar chocolate market.

Siemens Cutting Management Board

November 28, 2007 10:23 am | News | Comments

German industrial conglomerate says plans to slim down its management board is part of an effort to make its corporate structure leaner and more transparent.


EU Investigating TomTom's Bid For Tele Atlas

November 28, 2007 10:19 am | News | Comments

Antitrust regulators say preliminary investigation raised 'serious doubts' about whether the $4.2 billion takeover would preserve competition in the European market for navigation devices.

WTO Rules Against Japanese Chip Duties

November 28, 2007 10:00 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Japan is violating international trade rules by issuing fees on imported DRAM chips made by South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc.

Canada's Ainsworth Lumber Indefinitely Closing Mill

November 28, 2007 5:40 am | by Craig Wong, The Canada Press | News | Comments

Company halting production at its Footner Forest Products Ltd. plant due to operating losses and reduced customer demand; move will affect 150 workers.

Samsung 'Unfazed' By Corruption Probe

November 28, 2007 5:18 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Head of investor relations said bribery, slush fund scandal engulfing the electronics conglomerate is no cause for concern as he outlined ambitious growth plans.

Toymaker Apologizes For Aqua Dots Recall

November 28, 2007 4:47 am | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturer of toy coated with a chemical that can turn into a 'date-rape drug' if ingested apologized for damaging the 'Made in China' label.


Top EU Trade Official: China Must Open Markets

November 28, 2007 4:39 am | by Henry Sanderson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

China's rise as a global trading power and status as the EU's top trading partner obligates it to drop barriers preventing foreign competition, according to Commissioner Peter Mandelson.

EU Fines Four Companies In Price Fixing Scheme

November 28, 2007 4:25 am | News | Comments

Regulators fined the companies a total of about $724 million for colluding to fix prices of flat glass and other commercial conditions in the European market.

Microsoft, Nintendo Rank Low On Greenpeace List

November 27, 2007 7:55 am | by Arthur Max, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The companies are taking too long to phase out toxic chemicals from their game consoles, Greenpeace said in its latest environmental ranking of leading electronics makers.

Dow, Russian Gas Monopoly Discuss Joint Venture

November 27, 2007 7:38 am | News | Comments

Gazprom and the U.S. chemical giant will create a working group to determine whether a joint venture for projects in Russia and Germany is economically viable.

Chinese Brake Maker Wins Indian Deal

November 27, 2007 7:37 am | News | Comments

SORL Auto Parts Inc. will supply air brake systems for Indian trucks; deal is expected to generate $5 million in revenue next year.


VW: Core Brand Will Invest Billions In Near Future

November 27, 2007 7:30 am | News | Comments

Volkswagen Passenger Cars plans to invest $14.1 billion over the next three years in new products, plants and production capacity, safeguarding employment.

Pirelli Begins Production At New China Plant

November 27, 2007 7:23 am | News | Comments

Italian tire maker is making high-performance car tires at $100 million Shandong Province factory, which can make 3 million pieces per year.

Bombardier Wins $260 Million Belgian Order

November 27, 2007 7:22 am | News | Comments

Company will supply and maintain 35 freight locomotives for Belgian railway.

Draxis Health Breaks Ground On New Facility

November 27, 2007 7:18 am | News | Comments

New site is part of the company's contractual obligation to produce a broad portfolio of multiple nonsterile specialty semisolid products for Johnson & Johnson.

EU Chief: China Growth Economic Threat

November 27, 2007 6:18 am | News | Comments

Jose Manuel Barroso says current trade imbalance is 'unsustainable' and adds to anxieties about globalization and economic competition from overseas.

Philly Shipyard Gets $1.3 Billion Tanker Deal

November 27, 2007 6:09 am | News | Comments

Norwegian-controlled Aker American Shipping ASA signed an option deal with its Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA unit to build up to 13 tankers.

Rio Tinto Looking To Sell Alcan Unit

November 27, 2007 4:56 am | by Ross Marowits, Canadian Press | News | Comments

Global mining giant wants to focus on its upstream mining expertise by eliminating Alcan's engineered products division.

Whistleblower Says She Was Following 'Toyota Way'

November 27, 2007 4:55 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Auto worker in Toyota suit said she was carrying out the automaker's quality-conscious method for spotting defects when managers demoted her.

Report: Asian Counterfeits Hurting U.S. Companies

November 27, 2007 4:41 am | News | Comments

Theft of intellectual property is estimated to cost the American economy $250 billion a year in lost sales, jobs and tax revenue, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Canadian Auto Parts Makers Want $400 Million In Loans

November 27, 2007 4:34 am | News | Comments

Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association of Canada says the federal loans are needed to save the country's largest export industry.

Toyota's Production, Output Rises

November 27, 2007 4:18 am | by Kozo Mizoguchi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Japan's top automaker says global production climbed 14.4 percent in October, moving it closer to overtaking GM as the world's biggest automaker.

Airbus Pushes Past Boeing With $14.8 Billion Order

November 26, 2007 11:27 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Deal to sell 160 passenger jets to China stands to push the European plane maker past Boeing in total commercial aircraft orders this year.

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