U.S. manufacturing shrank for the second straight month in July, further evidence of an economy growing at a sluggish pace.
General Motors and Ford lost ground to Japanese automakers last month as their rivals made a strong comeback from last year's earthquake.
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.
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.
Italian carmaker Fiat reported Tuesday that second-quarter net income plummeted by 92 percent as a slump in European sales offset a profit at its U.S. carmaker Chrysler.
In June, consumers spent slightly more on services. But they cut back on autos and other long-lasting manufactured goods.
China's top leaders warned Tuesday that economic growth could slow further and called for more efforts to boost weak domestic demand.
United States Steel Corp. said Tuesday its second-quarter net income fell by more than half as slower global economic growth hurt demand in a number of its core markets.
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Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. said its second-quarter profit rose 10 percent, but it cited the weak economy and difficulty in raising prices while giving a disappointing earnings forecast for the third quarter.
Precision Castparts reported a 19 percent increase in first-quarter net income but warned of "major headwinds" including an unplanned shutdown of its 29,000-ton forging press in Houston.
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 35,000 last week, a figure that may have been distorted by seasonal factors.
Dow Chemical Co.'s second-quarter net income fell 34 percent as weaker demand led to lower prices. Softness in Europe and a stronger dollar also weighed on results. The biggest U.S. chemical maker expects to accelerate cost-cutting efforts.
Hyundai Motor Co. posted a record quarterly profit as new models perked sales in overseas markets despite slowing economic growth.
Boeing Co. posted a surprise improvement in second-quarter net income Wednesday as demand for passenger jets thrived and its defense business held its own.
The decline for long-lasting U.S. factory goods orders, outside volatile aircraft and other transportation equipment, suggests businesses are losing confidence in the economy.
Plummeting sales in Europe — and no hope for a quick fix in the troubled region — hurt Ford's second-quarter profit and forced the company to lower its full-year earnings forecast.
More consumers are buying the least expensive iPhones and iPads, a new phenomenon that is causing Apple's breakneck growth rate to slow.
Toyota bounced back from safety recalls and natural disasters, selling 4.97 million vehicles globally in the first half of the year to retake its crown as the world's top automaker from General Motors Co.
Europe's economic crisis pushed carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen into a first-half loss of $990M, just as the company is set to clash with the French government over its restructuring plan.
The price of oil is up slightly on signs that China's manufacturing is getting stronger.
Chip maker Altera Corp. said Tuesday that its second-quarter net income fell 24 percent as revenue declined, but the results beat Wall Street's expectations and shares jumped in after-hours trading.
Caterpillar Inc. said Tuesday that its global sales rose 11 percent in June, boosted by higher North American demand that offset flat sales in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
AK Steel Holding Corp. posted a second-quarter loss on Tuesday as sales fell 14 percent and the steel maker recorded a hefty charge related to taxes.