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ISM: Hiring Signals More Good Things To Come

July 2, 2015 2:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 30th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 73rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.


Toyota, Nissan, Honda Back Hydrogen Stations For Fuel Cells

July 2, 2015 2:10 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan's big push toward "a hydrogen society."


Justice Department Sues Over Electrolux-GE Deal

July 2, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday in an effort to block Electrolux's purchase of General Electric's appliance business.


JBS USA To Buy Cargill Pork Business For $1.45B

July 2, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. subsidiary of a Brazilian-based international meat processor is buying the pork division of Cargill Inc.


Pennsylvania, Oregon Metalworkers Continue To Work Despite Expired Contract

July 2, 2015 10:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Union workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. will stay on the job under the terms of their previous labor contract after it expired late Tuesday.


Chrysler's June Sales Increase 8 Percent; GM Sales Fall

July 2, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Fiat Chrysler on Wednesday touted its best June sales in the U.S. in nearly a decade, while Ford reported a modest sales increase and General Motors sales fell.


Robot Kills Technician At German VW Plant

July 2, 2015 10:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A technician died from injuries sustained while working on a robot at Volkswagen's factory in Kessel, Germany, according to media reports.


Report: OSHA Not Doing Enough To Protect Workers From Chemical Hazards

July 1, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report blames an "epidemic" of job-related diseases in the U.S. on workplace safety standards that fall far short of protections for the general public.


FDA Weighs New Restrictions On Liquid Nicotine Packets

July 1, 2015 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press

Federal health officials are considering new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine packets used with e-cigarettes and other next-generation tobacco products.


Consumer Confidence Index Climbs In June

July 1, 2015 2:33 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Consumer confidence showed a solid gain in June following a modest increase in May, supporting the view that strong job gains are giving a boost to the overall economy.


United Airlines Investing $30M In Biofuels Producer

July 1, 2015 2:32 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer

United Airlines says it is investing $30 million in a biofuels company to reduce its vulnerability to oil-price shocks and limits on carbon emissions from planes.


Kraft Shareholders Approve Sale Of Company To Heinz

July 1, 2015 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press

Kraft shareholders have approved the sale of the company to ketchup maker H.J. Heinz, creating one of the world's largest food companies with annual revenue of about $28 billion.


China's Manufacturing Weak In June, More Jobs Cut

July 1, 2015 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press

China's manufacturing was weak in June and employers cut more jobs, two surveys showed Wednesday, in a new sign the world's second-largest economy is struggling to emerge from a slump.


Toyota Executive Resigns After Arrest In Japan

July 1, 2015 10:23 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Julie Hamp, Toyota's most senior female executive, has resigned following her arrest in Japan on suspicion of drug law violations, the automaker said Wednesday.


Survey: U.S. Businesses Step Up Hiring In June

July 1, 2015 10:12 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. businesses added jobs at a robust pace in June, a private survey found, evidence that rising consumer spending and a healthy housing market are supporting more hiring.


Report: Looming Obamacare Tax Could Increase Labor Strife

July 1, 2015 10:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

New taxes on employers’ health insurance plans could lead to increased labor disputes affecting thousands of union workers, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.


Report Accuses Food Industry Of Tobacco-Style Tactics

July 1, 2015 9:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report by an environmental advocacy group accuses the food industry of using "tobacco-style" tactics in an effort to protect their market share from organic products.


Tractor-Trailer Hitches Could Be Faulty, 6K May Be In Use

July 1, 2015 9:26 am | by Tom Krisher & Dan Sewell, Associated Press

On June 9, the NHTSA began investigating a potentially high rate of trailer separations for a hitch involved in a crash — the "Ultra LT" made by Fontaine Fifth Wheel of Trussville, Alabama.


Car Tech - 2015 Ford F-150 Platinum EcoBoost

June 30, 2015 2:58 pm | by CNET

America loves its trucks, so it's important that the Ford F-Series, America's best-selling truck for 38 years running, continues to update and innovate.


Consumer Reports Finds Some Newer Cars Burn Too Much Oil

June 30, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press

Newer cars aren't supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found that some engines — mainly from Audi, BMW and Subaru — require an extra quart as often as once a month.



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