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Sony To Shift Production To Japan

November 16, 2011 4:25 am

CHIBA, Japan, Nov. 16 (Kyodo) — Sony Corp. said Wednesday it will shift its production of digital camera parts to Japan in January from Thailand where it suspended operation of plants due to the massive floods in the country. Sony will start production of image sensors at a plant in Kikuyo, Kumamoto Prefecture, of its subsidiary Sony Semiconductor Corp.


SD Gov Says Skilled Trades Workers Needed

November 16, 2011 4:22 am

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota needs to change the perception of skilled trades as less-desirable careers to help deal with a shortage of workers, Gov. Dennis Daugaard says. Daugaard told those at a workforce summit in Mitchell on Tuesday that students need to be encouraged to go into trades such as welding, plumbing and electrical.


IN Company Fined Over Worker's Death

November 16, 2011 4:18 am

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's workplace safety agency has cited and fined a company over the death of a worker at its Lafayette factory. An Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration report says the forklift that crushed 28-year-old shipping manager Kyle Rhodes against a semitrailer had a malfunctioning parking brake and had been left unattended on an incline.


U.S. Factory Output Rose Strongly In October

November 16, 2011 4:16 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production rose in October at the fastest rate in three months. Factories made more trucks, electronics and business equipment, a sign that manufacturing is recovering after slowing this spring. Output at the nation's factories, utilities and mines rose 0.


Volkswagen To Recall Polo Due To Airbag Defect

November 16, 2011 4:14 am

TOKYO, Nov. 16 (Kyodo) — Volkswagen Group Japan K.K. said Wednesday it will recall a total of 50,736 Polo compact cars to fix their side airbag system free of charge. In a report filed with the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, the wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG said the Polo models in question were manufactured between August 2004 and August 2009 and include 1.

Lawmakers Scrutinize U.S. Aid To China

November 15, 2011 9:14 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are criticizing the U.S. government's development agency for providing aid to Washington's main foreign creditor, China. The House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia on Tuesday is putting under the microscope a $4 million tranche of proposed assistance, mostly for promoting clean energy.

LDK Solar Cuts 3Q, Year Sales Outlook

November 15, 2011 9:13 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese solar panel maker LDK Solar Co. Ltd. cut its forecast for third-quarter and full-year revenue far below Wall Street expectations because of weak prices for solar-energy equipment. The company said Monday that rapidly falling prices for its products would cause it to write down $45 million to $50 million in inventories and produce a gross margin between negative 3.

Recession Stalks Europe's Weakening Economy

November 15, 2011 9:11 am | by Carlo Piovano, Pan Pylas, AP Business Writers

LONDON (AP) — The European economy has stalled, and is likely to start shrinking soon, just when eurozone countries need help the most. Growth slowed nearly to a stop this summer, and a recession afflicting small countries like Greece and Portugal threatens to spread to some of Europe's stronger economies as financial market uncertainty erodes confidence among businesses and consumers.


Qatar Airways Buys 55 Airbus Planes After Impasse

November 15, 2011 9:07 am | by Adam Schreck, AP Business Writer

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Booming Gulf carrier Qatar Airways agreed to buy at least 55 Airbus planes Tuesday, just hours after its hard-bargaining boss blasted the European planemaker and said the multibillion-dollar talks were at an impasse. The deal announced by Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker includes 50 A320neo narrow bodies and five A380 double-decker jumbos with options for more.

Companies Paying Less For Energy, Autos

November 15, 2011 9:05 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies paid less for gas, new cars and other goods in October to drive down wholesale prices for the first time since June. Inflation pressures are easing largely because the costs of oil and other commodities have declined. The Producer Price Index dropped 0.

Ford To Unveil New High-Powered Mustang

November 15, 2011 9:02 am

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit muscle car horsepower race escalated Tuesday when Ford Motor Co. announced that the 2013 Shelby GT500 Mustang will have a 650-horsepower V-8 engine. The company will unveil the GT500 and a freshened version of the regular Mustang on Tuesday night at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

German Drug Maker Expands In CT

November 15, 2011 4:47 am

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim is building a $65 million research and development center at its western Connecticut site. The News Times of Danbury reports ( ) that the German drug maker broke ground in the Ridgefield-Danbury area Monday, a few months after it began construction of a $42.

Honda Brings Jobs To AL

November 15, 2011 4:46 am

LINCOLN, Ala. (AP) — Honda Manufacturing of Alabama officials say the company will hire 100 new employees by 2013 at the company's Lincoln plant. The announcement reported by The Anniston Star is part of an $84 million expansion plan to increase production capacity at the plant. Officials made the announcement Monday in celebrating the 10th anniversary of mass production at the plant.


Hydraulic Pump Maker Adds Jobs In SC

November 15, 2011 4:44 am

FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. (AP) — An industrial hydraulic piston unit and pump manufacturer is adding 160 jobs at its Fountain Inn, S.C. facility. Bosch Rexroth Corporation officials said Monday that the company was investing $80 million in its existing plant over the next five years. In the works is a new building and a bridge to connect it to an existing facility.


Electrolux Plans Cost Cuts Of $770M

November 15, 2011 4:42 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish appliance maker Electrolux AB plans to cut costs by around 5.1 billion kronor ($770 million) a year and review staffing levels in all regions because of a broad downturn in demand. Electrolux said Tuesday it has been "tangibly affected" by a decline in consumer confidence in Europe and North America, while increased costs for raw materials have also weighed on earnings.

Qatar Airways, Airbus Talks Stalled

November 15, 2011 4:39 am | by Adam Schreck, AP Business Writer

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Fast-expanding Gulf carrier Qatar Airways stunned the Dubai Airshow with an announcement on Tuesday that talks with Airbus over an expected major plane order have stalled. The government-backed carrier had been widely expected to place a multibillion-dollar Airbus order that would have likely included the company's new narrow-body A320neo and the double-decker A380.

Consumers Give Economy A Boost

November 15, 2011 4:37 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers are giving a modest lift to the economy. They spent more on autos, electronics and building supplies in October to boost retail sales for the fifth straight month. The gains provide an encouraging start for the October-December quarter just as separate reports show wholesale prices are flattening and U.

Coca-Cola To Invest $2B In India

November 14, 2011 8:26 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co.'s subsidiary in India says it plans to invest $2 billion in the country over the next five years as the beverage maker tries to make a bigger push in the key emerging market. Coca-Cola India said Monday that it plans to use the money to build up its infrastructure, develop its manufacturing abilities, invest in consumer marketing and expand distribution.

Formrite To Buy Thermo Fisher Plant

November 14, 2011 8:24 am

TWO RIVERS, Wis. (AP) — Formrite Companies Inc. says it has reached an agreement to purchase Thermo Fisher Scientific's steel cabinetry plant in Two Rivers. Thermo Fisher previously announced plans to close the plant and move its steel fabrication to Texas and Mexico. Formrite owner, president and CEO David Wage says the companies plan to close the sale by the end of the year, and then Formrite will begin moving all of its manufacturing operations to the new plant.


States Weigh Benefits Of Utility Smart Meters

November 14, 2011 8:19 am | by Stephen Singer, Susan Haigh, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The cost of using an air conditioner — whether it runs during the peak time for electrical usage or during off-peak hours — is still the same for many electricity users across the country. The same goes for using a clothes dryer. Many utilities and state energy officials, some armed with federal stimulus money, think that should change and are advocating so-called "smart meter" technology in a growing number of states.



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