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World Bank: Sluggish Exports To Derail China's Growth

October 16, 2008 5:46 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Senior economist says China's manufacturing industry heavily reliant on foreign orders that are evaporating, so growth prospects for 2009 will 'have to be revised downwards'.

Credit Crisis Drags Down Chinese Exporters

October 14, 2008 10:40 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Exports that have powered China's growth in recent years are taking a hit from lower demand from overseas and tightening credit from state-owned banks.

Toyota's U.S. Sales Exec Sees No Production Cuts

October 9, 2008 11:15 am | News | Comments

Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales USA, says the company won’t make more production cuts despite a sales slump that may  not end until after next year.


Gov't May Track Chinese Textile Imports

October 9, 2008 10:47 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

House lawmaker wants to track what could be a surge in imports of Chinese-made clothing and other textile products once a deal limiting those goods expires at year's end.

EU Keeps Trade Charges On Chinese Shoes

October 3, 2008 8:00 am | News | Comments

European Commission imposed the charges two years ago on complaints from EU producers that they were being unfairly undercut by a flood of cheap imports.

Utah May Have Shortage Of Malt Beverages

October 1, 2008 5:54 am | by Brock Vergakis, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

State's supply of the fruity alcoholic beverages will likely be exhausted soon as manufacturers decide whether to comply with new labeling rules.

Goods Transported By U.S. Trucks Declines

September 25, 2008 6:35 am | News | Comments

Total goods carried by trucks in the U.S. fell in August compared with the previous month, marking the largest month-to-month drop since March, a major industry trade group said.

Feds Want Ports To Delay Clean Truck Program

September 25, 2008 6:10 am | by Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Authorities are evaluating whether a plan to ban older trucks from entering the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach imposes unfair regulations and fees on truckers and shippers.


Singapore Suppliers Target Japanese Auto Parts Makers

September 25, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

Amid a boom in the number of Japanese automakers operating in China, Singapore companies are eager to supply electronics, metals and plastic to Japanese auto parts makers.

EU Files Case Against India's Spirits Tariff

September 22, 2008 10:49 am | News | Comments

European Union filed a formal complaint against India at the World Trade Organization on Monday, disputing the Asian nation's tariffs on wine and spirits.

Small Brewers Turn To Hop Farming

September 19, 2008 5:55 am | by Shannon Dininny, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Worldwide shortage of hops has small brewers worried they might not find enough hops to produce their standard beers, let alone experiment with new ones.

Beijing Lifts U.S. Poultry Ban

September 17, 2008 5:22 am | by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

China will lift the ban on poultry exports from U.S. and streamline the process for medical equipment exports after intense talks between U.S. and Chinese trade delegations.

Analysts: Boeing Strike Could Harm U.S. Exports

September 9, 2008 5:15 am | by Tim Klass, Associated Press Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Boeing ranks among nation’s top industrial exporters and if the strike drags on for more than three months there could be long-lasting harm to the country’s exports.


Northwest Cargo Unit Cutting Fuel Surcharges

September 8, 2008 9:35 am | News | Comments

Airline said Monday its cargo unit will cut fuel surcharges in certain markets because of a recent decline in the price of jet fuel.

OPEC Considering Production Cuts

September 8, 2008 5:20 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Iran's oil minister said that there is too much crude on the market, and OPEC is reviewing whether supply exceeds demand.

ICE, FDA Serve Warrant To Spectranetics

September 5, 2008 6:03 am | News | Comments

Federal officials served the medical device maker with a search warrant as they investigate whether parts from an international source had been improperly received.

Pernod Ricard Taking Control Of Absolut Distribution

September 4, 2008 6:39 am | News | Comments

French wine and spirits company is taking control of the distribution of its Vin & Spirit brands, including Absolut Vodka, ending a deal with Maxxium for non-U.S. sales.

Boeing Strike Could Affect Suppliers

September 4, 2008 5:55 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Plane maker’s largest union voted Wednesday to reject a contract offer and go on strike, a decision that would have a ripple effect on the company's suppliers in Kansas.

U.S. Sues Boeing Over Decoy System Prices

September 3, 2008 5:30 am | by Raquel Maria Dillon, Associated Press Writer | Boeing | News | Comments

Federal government sued Boeing on Tuesday for allegedly inflating the prices of B-1 bomber equipment sold to the Air Force.

Mexico's New Seaport To Compete With U.S. Shipping

August 29, 2008 5:25 am | by Dan Keane, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Project would transform a wind-swept bay 150 miles south of the U.S. border into a booming port city that could eventually compete with Los Angeles-Long Beach.

Russia May Cut Poultry, Pork Import Quotas

August 27, 2008 11:10 am | News | Comments

Poultry and pork import quotas could be slashed, which would hurt U.S. poultry producers that supply nearly 75 percent of the total poultry import quota.

Goods Carried By Trucks Decline

August 27, 2008 5:52 am | News | Comments

Total goods carried by trucks in the U.S. fell in July compared with the previous month, marking the first month-over-month decline since April.

Japanese Truckers Protest High Fuel Prices

August 26, 2008 5:21 am | by Jay Alabaster, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Thousands of truck drivers across Japan held demonstrations to protest rising fuel prices and warned they would add surcharges to cover spiraling costs.

Crush Soft Drink To Become More Widely Available

August 21, 2008 6:45 am | News | Comments

Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Pepsi Bottling Group have reached an agreement in which the bottler will have a perpetual license to make and distribute the fruit-flavored drink.

VW Deliveries Sluggish In July

August 21, 2008 5:36 am | News | Comments

Worldwide deliveries of Volkswagen brand cars were down by 1.5 percent in July amid a wider decline in global markets, the company said.

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