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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

U.S. Employers Post Most Jobs In 4 Years

August 8, 2012 2:03 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers posted the most job openings in four years in June, a positive sign that hiring may pick up.

Toyota Exec Sees More Manufacturing In N. America

August 8, 2012 2:01 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota's top U.S. sales executive predicts that his company will add jobs and build more models in North America as a hedge against a strong yen.

Europe's Economies Show Signs Of Weakness

August 8, 2012 1:59 pm | by Robert Barr | News | Comments

The central banks of France and Britain, Europe's second- and third-largest economies, made grim forecasts on Wednesday, while data out of Germany, its largest economy, showed a weakening in manufacturing.

A123 Posts $82.9M 2Q Loss, Gets Financing Deal

August 8, 2012 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A123 Systems said that while its operations continue to bleed cash, it has reached an agreement with a Chinese auto parts maker for an investment of up to $450M that will help the struggling electric vehicle maker stay afloat.

Boeing Raises Prices On Commercial Jetliners

August 8, 2012 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing spokesman Thomas Brabant said the 2012 prices reflected higher costs for wages, goods, and services.

U.S. Worker Productivity Up 1.6 Percent In 2Q

August 8, 2012 10:24 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The modest 1.6 percent annualized gain in productivity from April through June signals employers may need to hire more if demand picks up.

Recovering Japan Automakers Still Cautious

August 7, 2012 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are gearing up for a possible spillover of the eurozone debt crisis as the European market continues to deteriorate.

U.S. Jobs Data Trigger Global Market Rally

August 6, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Financial markets rallied Friday as an increase in U.S. hiring suggested the world's largest economy is not heading for recession but recovering gradually.

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