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Walmart's Plan Sells 'American Made'

August 29, 2013 12:33 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Walmart SVP Michelle Gloeckler explains her company's $50 billion effort to sell more American made goods over the next ten years. Even if Walmart is successful in getting key retailers and suppliers on board, experts say it won't rejuvenate the U.S. manufacturing industry. But the movement could help stem the tide of jobs flowing to China and elsewhere that has been occurring in the last two decades.

Mini Cooper Paceman: Roomy, Nimble, Fun

August 29, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The new Mini Cooper Paceman is a two-door crossover SUV that features a turbo-charged engine, four-wheel drive, and a spacious interior. While it could be considered a "less practical, SUV," losing two doors completely changes the character of the vehicle, says CNN's Peter Valdes-Dapena.

Signs Of Life In China's Factories, But For How Long?

August 28, 2013 2:11 pm | by Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

A leading indicator shows a fresh spike in manufacturing activity, but with debt pressures lingering and the country on a slower growth track, economists remain cautious on China's outlook. China's manufacturing slowdown stabilized in August in another possible sign the world's second-largest economy is improving, a survey showed.

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Toyota Raises New Corolla Base Price

August 27, 2013 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is raising the base price of its reworked Corolla compact car by 3.5 percent. Toyota is giving the Corolla a sportier look and more gadgets, a recognition by the world's biggest automaker that the under-50 crowd wants more than just reliability in a compact car. 

Maruti Suzuki Says New Plant Delayed

August 27, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. said Tuesday that the opening of its new plant in India's western state of Gujarat will be delayed due to the overall slowdown of the Indian economy and car market. The company's chairman, R.C. Bhargava, stated that the Indian unit of Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp. will "miss the target" of commissioning its Gujarat plant by March 31, 2016.

Harley Exec Rides New Bike Off Line At PA Plant

August 27, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A central Pennsylvania plant that manufactures Harley-Davidson motorcycles got a visit from the great-grandson of one of the company's co-founders. To kick off the company's 110th anniversary, 52-year-old Bill Davidson revved up the latest ride Monday: a 2014 Street Glide Special.

Peugeot Looks To New Hatchback For Turnaround

August 27, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Peugeot is hoping a total revamp of its midsized hatchback — a category that Volkswagen has long dominated — will help lead the struggling French company's turnaround. The company's chief executive, Maxime Picat, says that all the elements for a rebound are in place. 

Startups Gain Appeal As Some Japan Inc. Names Fade

August 26, 2013 2:23 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In a shabby back-alley office in Shibuya, a Tokyo district known for youth culture and tech ventures, defectors from corporate Japan are hard at work for a little known company they fervently believe will be the country's next big manufacturing success.

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Photo Of The Day: Coke's Secret Recipe

August 26, 2013 2:17 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The ability to push a quaint narrative about a product's origins and fuel a sense of nostalgia can help drive billions of dollars in sales. That's invaluable at a time when food makers face greater competition from smaller players and cheaper supermarket store brands that appeal to cash-strapped Americans.

Tesla Shares Jump On Popularity In CA

August 26, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Inc.'s shares jumped Monday on a report that its Model S is gaining popularity in California. The report, released by the California New Car Dealers Association, found that the Tesla Model S is among the top five selling models in the luxury and sports-car segment in the state through June of this year.

China: Economy Stabilizing After Slowdown

August 26, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's government tried Monday to reassure companies and its public about the economy's health, saying growth is stabilizing after a lengthy decline and should hit the official target of 7.5 percent for the year. The announcement by the chief spokesman for the Cabinet's statistics agency was part of official efforts to defuse unease about the country's deepest slump since the 2008 global crisis.

Orders For Long-Lasting U.S. Factory Goods Plunge

August 26, 2013 10:08 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell sharply last month as demand for commercial aircraft plummeted and businesses spent less on computers and electrical equipment. The Commerce Department said Monday that orders for durable goods plunged 7.3 percent in July, the steepest drop in nearly a year. 

Toyota Freshens Lexus Image To Woo Young

August 26, 2013 10:03 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Write | News | Comments

Toyota's luxury brand Lexus is trying to shake off its stodgy image. So it's opening a cafe. The special lounges, the first of which is opening next week in Tokyo's fashionable Aoyama district, are designed to look more like a chic home than a standard showroom. In fact, only one vehicle can be displayed at a time.

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Free Industrial Manufacturer Symposium

August 23, 2013 2:55 pm | by Finishing Brands | Events

This FREE symposium, held on Sept. 18, 2013 from 8:30am-2:30pm, will include presentations from industry experts and live product demonstrations. The agenda will include market trends, automating your system with robotics, and live product demonstrations.

Measure Of U.S. Economy's Health Rose In July

August 23, 2013 10:17 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A gauge of the U.S. economy's health rose in July, pointing to stronger growth in the second half of the year. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.6 percent last month to a reading of 96.0. The increase followed no change in June and a 0.2 percent increase in May.

Survey: China Manufacturing Slump Stabilizing

August 22, 2013 2:18 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing slowdown stabilized in August in another possible sign the world's second-largest economy is improving, a survey showed Thursday. HSBC Corp. said the preliminary version of its monthly purchasing managers index rose to 50.1 from July's 47.7 on a 100-point scale. Numbers above 50 indicate an expansion in activity.

HP Is Back From The Dead

August 22, 2013 1:01 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Hewlett-Packard is a top Dow stock this year, with shares up 80 percent, even though HP is really struggling in some core markets, such as PCs and printers. But investors seem to love Meg Whitman's turnaround strategy. Can the comeback continue? 

Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Up

August 21, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation | News | Comments

The Foundation has released the August 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry. Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $725B equipment finance sector. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 61.0, an increase from the July index.

Photo Of The Day: Vintage Chevy Auction

August 20, 2013 2:35 pm | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two-day auction will feature mostly unsold Chevrolets that have sat untouched for decades. They'll go on the block in as-is condition. About 50 have fewer than 20 miles on the odometer, and some are so rare that no one has established a price. 

Ally To Pay Gov't $5.2B For Preferred Stock

August 20, 2013 2:30 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Auto financing and banking company Ally Financial took a big step toward exiting U.S. government ownership Tuesday, announcing a deal to pay taxpayers $5.2 billion for preferred stock granted in a 2009 bailout during the financial crisis.

Study: Warehouses Plan Technology Investments

August 20, 2013 2:10 pm | by Motorola Solutions, Inc. | News | Comments

Motorola Solutions has announced the results of a research study that details shifts in the plans of warehouse professionals across several industries as they respond to new opportunities in the market and mounting pressures inside their organizations. The role of technology in warehouses has shifted from purely reducing costs and has increasingly expanded into adjacent benefits that can drive differentiation and profitable growth.

Creditors File Objections To Detroit Bankruptcy

August 20, 2013 10:14 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

The city's biggest employee union, retirees and even a few dozen residents filed objections Monday to Detroit's request for bankruptcy protection, the largest municipal filing in U.S. history and a move aimed at wiping away billions of dollars in debt.

CFO Outlook: More Optimism About Economy During Global Expansion

August 19, 2013 3:21 pm | by Bank of America Corporation | News | Comments

U.S. financial officers gave the economy its highest score in five years and were significantly more confident about economic growth in 2013 in the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch CFO Outlook survey. Executives who participated in the 2013 CFO Outlook Mid-Year Update gave the U.S. economy an average score of 58 out of 100, up from 49 in the previous survey conducted in late 2012. CFOs gave the global economy a score of 51, up from 45.

Unemployment Rates Rise In July

August 19, 2013 2:44 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in July and fewer states added jobs, echoing national data that show the job market may have lost some momentum. The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates increased in 28 states. They were unchanged in 14 and fell in eight states — the fewest to show a decline since January.

French Government Predicts A Rosy Future

August 19, 2013 2:39 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Full employment, plenty of cheap housing, a new Industrial Revolution and Police 3.0. Those are the French government's predictions for the year 2025. Leaders in the Socialist administration, who are under criticism for the struggling economy and rising joblessness, met Monday to discuss the way forward.

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