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China Manufacturing Activity At 9-Month Low

August 24, 2012 10:07 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing activity fell to a nine-month low in August, a survey showed Thursday, stepping up pressure on Beijing for more interest rate cuts and stimulus measures to revive growth in the world's second-largest economy. HSBC Corp. said a preliminary version of its monthly purchasing managers' index fell to 47.8 from July's 49.3 on a 100-point scale where numbers below 50 indicate a contraction.

U.S. Industrial Markets Remain Resilient In A Challenging Time

August 24, 2012 8:06 am | by Jim Dieter, Cushman & Wakefield National Industrial | Blogs | Comments

The resiliency of industrial real estate is showing itself noticeably heading into the second half of 2012. Key markets nationwide continue to experience healthy demand, declining vacancies and positive absorption, which are beginning to push rent growth and foster the return of speculative construction.

Fed Remarks Send Investors To Metals

August 23, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investors bought metals Wednesday after the Federal Reserve hinted that it could take more action to help the economy. Prices for gold and silver jumped after 2 p.m., when the Fed released minutes from its most recent meeting. The Fed suggested it could act unless the economic recovery picks up dramatically.


Chinese Solar Industry Faces Weak Sales, Price War

August 22, 2012 1:55 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese solar panel makers that grew fast over the past decade are suffering big losses due to slumping global sales and a price war that threaten an industry seen by communist leaders as a role model for hopes to transform China into a technology leader.

Volkswagen Sales Rise 11.9 Percent In July

August 22, 2012 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German carmaker Volkswagen AG says sales rose 11.9 percent in July as demand in Asia and the United States outweighed slacker sales in crisis-hit western Europe. The company sold 468,300 vehicles worldwide during the month, up from 418,600 a year ago.

Chinese City Plans $240B In Investment

August 21, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A major Chinese city has announced plans for $240 billion in industrial investments, adding to a series of local spending initiatives that analysts say should help to boost China's slowing economic growth. The city government of Chongqing, said it will invest in seven areas including petrochemicals, electronics and auto manufacturing over the next three years.

2012 Design-2-Part Survey Reveals Outsourcing Trends

August 21, 2012 8:47 am | by Design-2-Part | Articles | Comments

As American manufacturing appears to have steadied from a 2011 growth spurt, contract manufacturing continues a trend of positive growth. In the third D2P Manufacturing Trends Survey, 42 percent of U.S. OEMs indicated that they expect to have more outsourcing projects in the next year than they had in the past twelve months.

Apple Sets Record For Company Value At $623B

August 20, 2012 2:06 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is the world's most valuable company, ever. On Monday, its surging stock propelled the company's value to $623 billion, beating the record for market capitalization set by Microsoft Corp. in the heady days of the Internet boom. After a four-month dip, Apple's stock has hit new highs recently.


HP To Report Its Biggest Loss

August 20, 2012 2:01 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facing up to its past mistakes is expected to saddle Hewlett-Packard Co. with a quarterly loss of nearly $9 billion, the largest setback in the Silicon Valley pioneer's history. The sobering results, due out after the stock market closes Wednesday, won't be a surprise.

Unemployment Rates Rose In 44 States In July

August 17, 2012 1:53 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Unemployment rates rose in 44 U.S. states in July, the most states to show a monthly increase in more than three years and a reflection of weak hiring nationwide. The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in only two states and were unchanged in four.

Ford Europe Sales Fall As Economy Struggles

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

Ford Motor Co.'s problems in Europe are worsening thanks to the region's faltering economy. The Dearborn, Michigan-based company said Thursday that auto industry sales in the region through July were the lowest in 17 years as automakers battled for sales in a declining market. Ford sold 83,100 vehicles last month in 19 European countries, down 12.3 percent from a year earlier.

Number Of U.S. Car Dealerships Rose In 2011

August 15, 2012 1:55 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The number of U.S. car dealerships is rising again after hundreds of closures during the recession. It's another sign of strength for the car industry.

China Moves Cautiously In Face Of Worsening Slump

August 15, 2012 1:52 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Facing a collapse in export growth and weak consumer spending, Beijing is avoiding an aggressive stimulus and sticking to a gradual strategy of small interest rate cuts and modest spending increases.


Deere Earnings Hit By Slowing Economic Growth

August 15, 2012 1:49 pm | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The effects of a slowing global economy caught up to Deere & Co. in its fiscal third quarter, as its net income rose 11 percent but fell well short of Wall Street's expectations.

U.S. Industrial Production Rose 0.6 Percent In July

August 15, 2012 10:28 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories made more cars, computers, and airplanes last month, a hopeful sign that manufacturing is recovering after a weak spring.

Falling GM Stock Raises Government Loss On Bailout

August 14, 2012 10:10 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. taxpayers will lose $3.3 billion more on the auto industry bailout than the government predicted two months ago, hurt by General Motors' falling stock price.

U.S. Wholesale Prices Rose 0.3 Percent In July

August 14, 2012 10:07 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale prices increased in July from June, pulled up by higher costs for cars and light trucks and the biggest increase in corn prices in nearly six years.

Japan's Economy Slows As Consumer Spending Flags

August 13, 2012 10:10 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan's economy grew at a slower-than-expected annualized rate of 1.4 percent in April-June, adding to worries over the global outlook.

India's June Industrial Output Falls

August 10, 2012 2:22 pm | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

India's industrial output fell a worse-than-expected 1.8 percent in June, its third fall in four months, as slumping manufacturing and investment darken the outlook for Asia's third-largest economy.

U.S. Economic Outlook Brightens On Jobs, Trade Data

August 10, 2012 2:20 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

The outlook for the U.S. economy brightened a little Thursday after new data pointed to improvement in hiring and greater exports.

Toyota Confident Etios Will Win Brazil Market

August 10, 2012 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyoda said he is confident the new compact sedan Toyota will start producing next month in Brazil will win a solid portion of the country's market, where European and U.S. automakers hold large shares.

Jaguar Land Rover Boosts Tata Motors Profit

August 10, 2012 2:11 pm | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tata Motors said Thursday its June quarter profit rose 12 percent as strong sales of its Jaguar Land Rover vehicles made up for lackluster domestic demand.

China Trade Decelerates In Sign Of Global Weakness

August 10, 2012 10:18 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's trade and domestic demand have added to pressure on Beijing for a more aggressive stimulus to boost the world's second-largest economy out of its worst slump since the 2008 crisis.

ISM: U.S. Manufacturing Hits Rough Patch

August 10, 2012 8:47 am | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

“We’re looking at a softness and a slowdown in demand for manufacturing products, both domestically and internationally,” says Brad Holcomb.

U.S Trade Deficit Falls To Lowest In 18 Months

August 9, 2012 11:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell to its lowest level in 18 months in June, pushed down by a steep drop in oil imports and a rise in exports.

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