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2013 Escape: Ford's Compact SUV Goes Lux

May 2, 2012 2:19 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press

With European-style handling, luxury looks, surprising refinement and new features for 2013, Ford's compact sport utility vehicle, the Escape, doesn't seem like an Escape anymore.


Nokia Files Suits Against HTC, RIM, Viewsonic

May 2, 2012 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press

Nokia says it has filed claims in the United States and Germany alleging that products from HTC Corp., Research in Motion and Viewsonic Corp. infringe a number of its patents.


Hopeful Manufacturing News Pushes Up Copper

May 2, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Hopeful signs about manufacturing sent copper and energy prices higher Tuesday.


$5.7M Rubberlite Expansion To Create WV Jobs

May 2, 2012 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

Rubberlite Inc. has completed a $5.7 million expansion and is hiring 30 new employees in Huntington, W.Va.


U.S. Factory Orders Fell By Most In 3 Years

May 2, 2012 10:29 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Demand for U.S. manufactured goods dropped by the most in three years in March, driven lower by a sharp fall in volatile orders for commercial aircraft.


EPA Gets $39.2M In GM Settlement

May 2, 2012 10:27 am | by The Associated Press

A settlement between the federal government and the entity handling leftover business from when General Motors Corp. entered bankruptcy proceedings means $39.2 million will go to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Surveys Give Mixed Picture Of China Manufacturing

May 2, 2012 10:26 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

A survey released Wednesday showed manufacturing contracted in April for the sixth straight month, though the rate of deterioration had slowed.


German Metal Workers Called To Strike Over Pay

May 2, 2012 10:23 am | by The Associated Press

The IG Metall union says some 800 workers at a Daimler AG auto plant in Duesseldorf went on strike in the early hours of Wednesday and others are expected to follow.


Panasonic Mulls Shifting Battery Production To China

May 2, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press

Panasonic Corp. is planning to close its Kaizuka plant within fiscal 2012 and shift its lithium ion battery production to Suzhou, sources said.


SPX 1Q Profit Falls On Acquisition-Related Costs

May 2, 2012 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

Diversified manufacturer SPX Corp. said Wednesday that its first-quarter profit tumbled 42 percent, pulled down by hefty charges related to a recent acquisition.


April A Hit-Or-Miss Month For Automakers

May 1, 2012 2:27 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Toyota and Chrysler saw big U.S. sales gains in April, but they came at the expense of General Motors and Ford.


RIM Pins Future On New Software

May 1, 2012 2:26 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press

Research In Motion's new chief executive unveiled the BlackBerry 10 operating system running on a prototype device.


NJ Stops $100M In False Unemployment Claims

May 1, 2012 2:23 pm | by Andrew Duffelmeyer

The department is using new hire directories to determine if beneficiaries have returned to work, and payment is stopped when a match is found.


U.S. Manufacturing Grows At Fastest Pace Since June

May 1, 2012 2:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturing grew last month at the fastest pace in 10 months. New orders, production, and a measure of hiring all rose.


Bombardier To Supply Aircraft For WestJet Airlines

May 1, 2012 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

The Calgary-based airline announced it will take delivery of up to 45 turboprop planes over the next six years. Until now, the airline has exclusively used Boeing jets in its fleet.


Oil Prices Rise On U.S. Manufacturing Improvement

May 1, 2012 2:16 pm | by Sandy Shore, AP Business Writer

Oil prices rose Tuesday after a strong showing by the U.S. manufacturing sector signaled more demand for energy products.


Union Workers Strike At IL Caterpillar Plant

May 1, 2012 10:29 am | by The Associated Press

Union workers have rejected Caterpillar Inc.'s latest contract offer and walked off the job at Caterpillar's plant in Joliet.


Hyundai To Add 877 Jobs At AL Plant

May 1, 2012 10:28 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Hyundai Motor Co. plans to hire 877 more workers to add a third shift at its Montgomery, Alabama, assembly plant so it can crank out more Sonata midsize cars and Elantra compacts.


Chrysler Sales Rise 20 Percent In April

May 1, 2012 10:26 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Toyota's resurgence is hurting rivals. Honda Motor Co. and General Motors Co. are both expected to report double-digit sales declines in April, according to Kelley Blue Book.


China Says Manufacturing Expanded Again

May 1, 2012 10:24 am | by The Associated Press

Chinese manufacturing expanded for a fifth straight month in April in data that analysts say indicate the country's economic activity is picking up moderately.



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