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GM 2Q Profit Falls As CEO Promises Fixes

August 3, 2012 10:23 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The engine that powers General Motors is running rough. And if the company doesn't tune it up soon, GM's comeback from bankruptcy is in danger of stalling.

PA Takes Aim At Foreign Steel On Public Jobs

August 3, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press

Attorney General Linda Kelly said the foreign manufactured material was cheaper than similar American-made items, giving Ryco an unfair competitive advantage.


China Southern Buys 40 Boeing 737s Worth $3.4B

August 3, 2012 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

China Southern Airlines says a subsidiary is buying 40 Boeing 737s worth $3.4 billion as part of its strategy to expand international routes.


Sharp To Cut 5,000 Jobs As Quarter Worsens

August 3, 2012 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. is slashing 5,000 jobs over the next year, or nearly 9 percent of its global workforce, after its quarterly loss ballooned from a year earlier.


MA-Based Hologic Plans To Close WI Plant

August 3, 2012 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

A Massachusetts company that makes medical devices says it plans to close a Wisconsin manufacturing plant in the next few years, eliminating 130 jobs.


Toyota Recalling 778,000 RAV4 SUVs

August 2, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. said it's recalling RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h sedans in the U.S. to fix a suspension problem that could cause crashes.


No Injuries At Fire At Topeka Frito-Lay Plant

August 2, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

Frito-Lay officials are determining how much damage was caused by a fire at the company's plant in south Topeka.


Hawker Beechcraft Laying Off 170 At Little Rock

August 2, 2012 1:57 pm | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer

The aircraft manufacturer told workers they would lose their jobs, only weeks after the firm reached a deal to sell the company's jet business to a company in China.


Ford Adding 225 Jobs To Build Hybrid Transmissions

August 2, 2012 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. is hiring 225 workers and adding an assembly line at a Detroit-area plant to make a new hybrid-electric transmission.


OH Steel Plant Workers Wary Of Future After Sale

August 2, 2012 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

The sale of two RG Steel plants in eastern Ohio has workers wondering what happens next.


Fiat Industrial 2Q Earnings Rise

August 2, 2012 1:49 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

The company, which was spun off last year from Fiat's car business, said net profit was $270M, up from last year, with the sales of agriculture equipment offsetting weaker truck and powertrain results.


U.S. Manufacturing Sector Shrank For Second Month

August 1, 2012 2:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturing shrank for the second straight month in July, further evidence of an economy growing at a sluggish pace.


Ford, GM Sales Lose Ground To Japan Rivals

August 1, 2012 2:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors and Ford lost ground to Japanese automakers last month as their rivals made a strong comeback from last year's earthquake.


Police Arrest Union Leaders Over Suzuki Violence

August 1, 2012 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Police arrested 10 union officials in connection with the labor strife at a car plant of Maruti Suzuki, a news agency reported.


MA Lawmakers Approve 'Right To Repair' Bill

August 1, 2012 2:03 pm | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press

The bill would have manufacturers that sell cars in Massachusetts provide access to their diagnostic and repair information system through a universal software system that can be accessed by dealers and independent repairs shops.


GM's Ads Aren't Getting The Job Done

August 1, 2012 2:01 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Since the company left bankruptcy three years ago, its ads haven't boosted sales much.

Apple Claims Samsung Copied iPhone Technology

August 1, 2012 1:59 pm | by Paul Elias, Associated Press

An attorney for Apple told the jury that bitter rival Samsung faced two options to compete in the booming cellphone market after Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to critical acclaim in 2007: Innovate or copy.


Survey: U.S. Economy Added 163K Jobs In July

August 1, 2012 10:35 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

A private survey shows U.S. businesses kept hiring at a modest pace in July, suggesting the job market could be improving after three sluggish months.


Ford Suing Dana Over Part Involved In Recalls

August 1, 2012 10:33 am | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. is suing auto supplier Dana Corp. for allegedly providing faulty vehicle frames.


Harley-Davidson 2Q Profit Up On U.S. Demand

August 1, 2012 10:31 am | by The Associated Press

Harley-Davidson Inc. said Wednesday that its second-quarter net income jumped 30 percent, as demand for its motorcycles continued to grow both at home and abroad.



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