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PetSmart, Petco to Stop Selling Treats Made in China

May 21, 2014 9:34 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

PetSmart is the latest major pet food retailer to say it will stop selling dog and cat treats made in China because of continuing fears of their safety.                             

Obama Hosting CEOs Whose Firms Are Investing in U.S.

May 20, 2014 2:25 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is hosting executives from 11 foreign and U.S.-based companies that have chosen to open new plants or relocate overseas operations in the United States.                        

Germany Clamps Down on Spy Tech Exports

May 20, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany says it will restrict exports of surveillance technology to states that fail to respect their citizens' human rights.                                    

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China Warns Cyber Charges Could Damage Ties

May 20, 2014 9:37 am | by Joe McDonald, Associated Press | News | Comments

China announced it was suspending cooperation with the United States in a joint cybersecurity task force over Monday's charges that officers stole trade secrets from major American companies.                 

Chinese Ships Evacuate Workers After Riots in Vietnam

May 20, 2014 9:31 am | by Hau Dinh and Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Watched over by riot police, more than 3,000 Chinese workers left Vietnam on Monday on ships chartered by their government after deadly unrest broke out last week amid a dispute over sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.        

Prosecutors Say Chinese Targeted 4 Major U.S. Manufacturing Firms

May 19, 2014 2:38 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States has brought first-of-its kind cyber-espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets.                      

CEO of China Drug Company Commits Suicide Amid Probe

May 19, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese drug company says its chief executive has jumped to his death. Official media reported he was under investigation on suspicion of taking bribes.                           

Fallout From Russian Sanctions Hits U.S. Companies

May 16, 2014 1:36 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The economic sanctions levied against Russia for its involvement in Ukraine has taken a bite out of the profits of some U.S. companies that do business in Russia.                         

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Swiss Mull $24 Minimum Wage

May 16, 2014 1:17 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a nation of mostly haves and have-mores, Swiss voters head to the polls Sunday to decide on a union proposal that would create a new nationwide minimum wage at 22 Swiss francs ($24.70) an hour — the world's highest.          

Bayer Selling Division to Boston Scientific for $415M

May 15, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's Bayer AG says it's selling its interventional division to the Boston Scientific Corporation for $415 million so that it can focus on growth in other areas.                         

British Lawmakers Press Pfizer for Job Guarantees

May 13, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British lawmakers pressed the chief executive of Pfizer on Tuesday to guarantee jobs should the American company succeed in taking over London-based AstraZeneca.                         

U.S. Aims to Boost Small Business Exports

May 13, 2014 11:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seeking to boost exports, the Obama administration is launching a new initiative aimed at helping small- and medium-sized businesses sell their products in new markets overseas.                      

BlackBerry Launching New Smartphone for Indonesia

May 13, 2014 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry has launched a new lower-cost smartphone designed specifically for Indonesia, where its market share has plunged in recent years but remains higher than in many other nations.                    

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Thousands of Vietnamese Workers Protest at Chinese Factories

May 13, 2014 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand Vietnamese workers protested at Chinese-owned factories on Tuesday, vandalizing some of them, as anger flared at Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam.                 

UN Weighs Laws For 'Killer Robots'

May 13, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Diplomats urged the adoption of new international laws Tuesday that could govern the use of "killer robots" if the technology becomes reality someday.                              

Volkswagen to Complete Scania Purchase

May 13, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German automaker Volkswagen AG has enough shares to take complete ownership of Swedish truck-maker Scania and move ahead with integrating its commercial vehicle business.                       

13 Arrests After Italian Factory Makes Bad Mozzarella

May 13, 2014 9:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police in Italy have shut down a mozzarella factory and arrested 13 people after finding that prized local buffalo milk was being cut with cheaper imported cow milk.                          

Wall Collapses at China Plant, Kills 18

May 12, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Heavy rain caused a retaining wall to collapse at a recycling plant in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao on Sunday, killing 18 people.                                 

China's President: Get Used to Slower Growth

May 12, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's president has told the country to get used to slower growth, damping expectations of a new stimulus.                                          

P&G Pulls Detergent Over Neo-Nazi Code

May 9, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Detergent manufacturer Procter & Gamble has prompted anger in Germany after unintentionally placing a neo-Nazi code on promotional packages for Ariel washing powder.                        

Unilever Closing Canadian Plant, Moving Production To U.S.

May 9, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Unilever plant in Bramalea, Ont. that manufactures dry mixes for soups, sauces and other foods, will close and its production capability shipped to the United States, the company announced Thursday.               

Chinese Auto Sales Rebound In April

May 9, 2014 9:21 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Passenger vehicle sales rose 11.6 percent to 1.6 million vehicles. That was up from March's 7.9 percent growth.                                        

Battery Watering Technologies Partners With Wetac To Cover Europe

May 8, 2014 11:04 am | by Battery Watering Technologies | News | Comments

Battery Watering Technologies is excited to announce the partnership with Wetac Motive Power to provide distribution for battery watering systems and accessories throughout Europe.                    

Toyota Sees Record Profit, Vehicle Sales

May 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota chalked up a record annual profit and sales above 10 million vehicles for the first time, but forecasts a slower year ahead as the momentum from a weak yen fades.                       

Slowing Chinese Economy Likely To Pinch U.S.

May 7, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It is estimated that each 1 percentage point drop in China's economic growth causes as much damage to the U.S. economy as a $20-a-barrel increase in oil prices.                              

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