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China Bans Some Renault Imports

June 10, 2009 9:00 am | News | Comments

Beijing's quality watchdog said it has banned certain models of cars by French automaker Renault SA after finding 'severe safety problems.'

U.S. Trade Deficit Edges Up In April

June 10, 2009 7:55 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Commerce Department said Wednesday that the trade deficit rose for a second straight month in April, climbing 2.2 percent to $29.2 billion.

Senate Questions Auto Task Force

June 10, 2009 5:59 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's auto task force on Wednesday to answer senators' questions about the use of taxpayer money to bail out General Motors and Chrysler.

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Auto Suppliers Seek Billions More In Gov't Loans

June 10, 2009 5:25 am | by Chip Cutter, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Trade association officials say more guarantees are essential for ailing parts suppliers who are facing revenue shortfalls as auto plants are idled or closed.

Japan Manufacturers Fear New Emissions Targets

June 10, 2009 5:20 am | News | Comments

New target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions will require huge capital investments, including construction of new nuclear and wind power plants.

U.S. House Passes 'Cash For Clunkers' Bill

June 10, 2009 5:15 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Bill aims to boost new auto sales by allowing consumers to turn in their gas-guzzling cars and trucks for vouchers worth up to $4,500 toward more fuel-efficient vehicles.

UK Manufacturing Grows, France Lags

June 10, 2009 5:10 am | by Pan Pylas, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sharp increase in car production helped Britain's industrial sector grow in April, though France and Sweden continued to reel from the slump in global trade, official figures showed.

Court Decision Threatens Chrysler Reorganization

June 9, 2009 11:55 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Supreme Court's decision to delay the sale while it studies an appeal now threatens to derail Chrysler's restructuring plans.

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Congress Wants More Say In Chrysler, GM Matters

June 9, 2009 11:40 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Lawmakers want to be active partners in rescue oversight regardless of Obama's vow to mostly let managers manage, even wanting a say in specific plant-closing decisions.

Congress To Vote On 'Cash For Clunkers' Plan

June 9, 2009 8:05 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Under a House proposal, consumers could receive rebates of up to $4,500 for turning in their gas-guzzling cars and trucks for more fuel-efficient vehicle.

April Wholesale Inventories Down 1.4 Percent

June 9, 2009 7:16 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Commerce Department said wholesale inventories fell 1.4 percent, more than the 1.1 percent decline economists expected and marking eighth straight monthly decline.

Russia Expands U.S. Meat Ban

June 9, 2009 6:15 am | News | Comments

Russian regulators are expanding bans on pork and other meat imports to 3 more U.S. states, citing swine flu fears.

Steel Product Makers Claim China Dumping Goods

June 9, 2009 5:50 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Manufacturing Writer | News | Comments

U.S. firms allege Chinese companies have sold fabricated steel products at prices below the cost of production, hurting the domestic industry.

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Fiat Still Committed To Chrysler Deal

June 9, 2009 5:15 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Italian automaker said Tuesday it will not turn its back on a deal to acquire a controlling stake in Chrysler despite a U.S. Supreme Court stay on the sale.

German Exports Down 30 Percent

June 9, 2009 5:10 am | News | Comments

Europe's largest economy saw its exports plunge nearly 30 percent in April as the global economic crisis continued to hurt demand for its products.

EU Steel Makers Want BHP, Rio Tinto Probe

June 9, 2009 5:09 am | News | Comments

European steel makers called for antitrust regulators to probe a joint mining project between world's No. 2 and No. 3 iron ore miners BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

Rambus Drops Several Patent Claims Against Nvidia

June 8, 2009 10:20 am | News | Comments

Licenser of semiconductor technology filed a complaint with ITC in November, saying Nvidia had violated patents on graphics processors and other related chips.

U.S. Files Papers To Allow Chrysler Sale

June 8, 2009 8:52 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. government officials are asking Supreme Court to allow sale of most of Chrysler's assets to a group led by Italy's Fiat without further delay.

Plainview Peanut Files For Chapter 7

June 8, 2009 8:20 am | News | Comments

Texas subsidiary of the company at the heart of this year's salmonella outbreak has filed for bankruptcy.

Senate To Question Obama's Auto Task Force

June 8, 2009 8:19 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Committee plans to question two members of the White House's auto task force about using taxpayer money to restructure General Motors and Chrysler.

Obama Plans Over 600,000 Stimulus Jobs

June 8, 2009 7:53 am | by Brett Blackledge, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

President Obama now promises an accelerated pace of federal spending over the next few months to boost the economy and produce jobs.

Japan's Economy Expected To Show Increase

June 8, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

Japanese economy is expected to show an expansion of 1.6 percent in the April-June period, marking the first increase in gross domestic product in five quarters.

Supreme Court Asked To Block Chrysler Sale

June 8, 2009 5:21 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Three Indiana state pension and construction funds want the Supreme Court to block Chrysler's sale to Fiat so they can pursue an appeal in hopes of getting a better deal.

Chinese Exporters Get More Tax Breaks

June 8, 2009 5:09 am | News | Comments

China announced more tax rebates on exports of machinery, toys and some 600 other types of goods Monday in an effort to boost slumping foreign sales.

U.S. Trading Partners Worried About Protectionism

June 8, 2009 5:06 am | by Desmond Butler, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Businesses in the EU and Canada complain they have been shut out of U.S. markets because of 'Buy American' provision in the massive stimulus bill passed in February.

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