Japan's economy grew an at annual rate of 4.1 percent in the first quarter amid a gradual recovery from last year's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.
U.S. financial executives are much more optimistic about the national economy than they were last fall, but remain cautious about the global economy, according to a recent survey.
U.S. manufacturing, one of the strongest areas of the economy since the recession ended nearly three years ago, rebounded in April after a March lull.
Ford Motor Co. said its new C-Max hybrid small minivan will have a base price that's $500 less than Toyota's Prius V wagon when it goes on sale this fall.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. took a new 10-million share stake in General Motors Co. in the first quarter. Fueled by U.S. vehicle sales, GM posted first-quarter net income of $1 billion.
U.S. factory output increased in April, helped by a gain in auto production. Busier factories have driven stronger hiring this year and helped the economy grow.
March U.S. manufacturing technology orders were up 11.3 percent from February but down 1.4 percent when compared to March 2011.
U.S. companies restocked more slowly in March, continuing a trend that has weighed on growth this year.
Battery maker A123 Systems said its 1Q was pulled down by hefty costs related to its ongoing replacement of potentially defective batteries and the shutdown of the plant that made them.
LightSquared Inc., which hoped to create an independent wireless broadband network in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday.
Americans are starting to see some relief from higher gas prices, a change that could revive the economy in the months ahead.
European markets bounced back from early losses on news that the 17-country eurozone has narrowly dodged recession, thanks mainly to strong growth in Germany.
China's economic growth has decelerated from overheated to slower than Beijing wanted in just half a year as export demand and consumer spending at home weaken.
Deal value and mega deal activity increased in the industrial manufacturing, metals and transportation and logistics sectors.
Diesel engine maker China Yuchai International Ltd. said Monday its first-quarter profit fell 27 percent, pulled down by lower demand from commercial vehicle makers.
Shares of Harley-Davidson tumbled Friday on concerns of a possible slowdown in demand for high-end motorcycles.
Nissan Motor Co.'s January-March profit more than doubled to $941M as the Japanese automaker achieved record sales despite production disruptions from last year's tsunami.
China is viewing the low-cost export manufacturing that has transformed it in the past few decades as one that must change to a growth model based more on domestic demand.
A big decline in gas and energy costs drove a measure of U.S. wholesale prices lower in April. Outside that drop, prices barely rose.
Dismal data from China and India on Friday may signal a further weakening of the global recovery, undermining hopes the dynamic emerging economies of Asia can help prop up growth.
Sony racked up a record annual loss of $5.7B in its fourth year of red ink as the once-glorious maker of the Walkman struggles toward a turnaround under a new president.
The world's biggest steel maker posted a sharp drop in 1Q net profit, announcing earnings of $11M compared with $1.069B for the same period a year ago.
U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology Inc. said Thursday it is in talks to acquire Elpida Memory Inc., which earlier this year filed for Japan's largest-ever manufacturing bankruptcy.
U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles 0.3 percent in March after seeing less growth in sales.