Japanese electronics and entertainment company said it will halve the number of parts suppliers to slash purchasing costs by $5.3 billion.
Chrysler court filing indicates about $64 million owed to supplier Magna International would be honored by automaker's successor after bankruptcy restructuring.
Suppliers appealed to lawmakers for federal support, warning that the U.S. supply base could buckle under from the declining fortunes of General Motors and Chrysler.
Auto industry officials say car production in Mexico plummeted 47 percent in April compared to the same month last year due to lower foreign and domestic demand.
Organized crime groups see trucking as 'easy pickings' involving low risk and high returns, Europol report said, with such thefts costing companies $11 billion from 2000-2005.
Germany's exports in March were down nearly 16 percent to $94.2 billion compared with year-ago levels as the recession bit into demand.
Brazil's Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Commerce says trade with China last month reached $3.2 billion, compared to $2.8 billion with the United States.
Trade and economy minister said aid to troubled suppliers remains a possibility as the government watches for possible fallout from Chrysler's bankruptcy.
Global mining giant reported a sharp drop in quarterly copper production, along with declines in iron ore, petroleum and aluminum production.
Exports in March plunged by almost 46 percent from a year earlier, but the decline wasn't as bad as February, a small sign overseas demand may be headed for recovery.
VW said Friday that its first quarter sales slipped 11.4 percent from last year, with declines in the U.S. offset somewhat by growth in Germany, Russia and China.
Trade deficit in the 16 countries that share the euro currency narrowed to $2.6 billion in February, according to the European Union's statistics agency.
Commerce Department said Tuesday business inventories dropped 1.3 percent in February, matching the January decline and close to 1.2 percent fall economists expected.
Tractor sales made a "relatively slow start" to the spring selling season, though combine sales remained strong, according to data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
Chinese steelmakers say they are abiding by international trade rules and reject charges of dumping, as tensions rise over surging U.S. imports of Chinese steel.
Exports of Chinese goods fell 17 percent in March from a year earlier, the fifth straight monthly decline but less severe than February's 25.7 plunge.
World's largest steel maker said Wednesday it would not lift its sharp production cuts as long as steel demand remains low and until stocks are used up.
Federal Statistical Office said exports fell 23.1 percent to $86.3 billion in February, while imports fell 16.4 percent to $74.2 billion.
Chrysler says a Massachusetts-based company will supply lithium-ion batteries for the automaker's first-generation electric cars scheduled to go on sale next year.
Statistics Canada reports the U.S. accounted for 65.7 percent of Canada's total merchandise trade in 2008, down from 67.2 percent in 2007.
Import prices fell by 6.4 percent, the steepest decline in more than a decade, due mostly to a 26 percent drop in energy costs, the Federal Statistical Office said.
Chicago-based aerospace giant delivered 121 jetliners in the first three months of 2009, a 5 percent rise from the same period last year, despite weaker demand for planes.
Trip comes ahead of a meeting of a high-level U.S.-Chinese economic forum held twice a year on economic and trade issues, a Chinese newspaper said.
Federal Statistical Office said import prices marked their biggest decline in a decade, falling 5.4 percent from the same month a year earlier due mostly to cheaper fuel.