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US manufacturing shows a blip of hope
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Manufacturers in the U.S. churned out more cars, computers and furniture in July, easing concern that one of the mainstays of the recovery was giving way. The 0.9 percent increase in production at factories, mines and utilities was almost twice the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News and the biggest gain of the year, according to data from the Federal Reserve in Washington. Another report showed home builders cut back in July. More

National Association of Manufacturers economic report
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For many Americans who might not follow the ups and downs of economic trends, the wild gyrations of the stock market have captured their attention and brought the larger challenges of the domestic and global macroeconomy to the forefront of their minds. Much of the anxiety is international in nature. The downgrading of the U.S. government's debt by Standard & Poor's will not bring about any positives in terms of borrowing costs, economic growth or national prestige. More

NHBB announces new leadership for sales and marketing
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New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotions of two long-standing employees to critical, executive-level sales and marketing positions: Jim Geary to vice president of sales and Dan Lemieux to vice president of business development and marketing. Geary will be responsible for divisional sales, field sales, distribution sales and the newly established corporate New Product Development Center, which began operations at the start of this fiscal year. More

The nation's first rally for manufacturing attracts top government and business leaders
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The nation's first event to attract support of job creation through manufacturing was held in Baltimore and it was a roaring success. Hundreds gathered in support of the initiative, dubbed Rally for Maryland Manufacturing and hosted by the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland. The rally included speakers from the state's top political leaders and manufacturers. RMI's goal was to combine industry support with high-profile endorsements in an effort to raise awareness of the benefits the manufacturing sector has to offer a recovering economy in the long run. More

In US, new data ease fear of recession
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The nation's automakers rebounded in July to increase factory production by the most since the crisis in Japan. But builders broke ground on fewer single-family houses, leaving home construction at depressed levels. The mixed data suggest that the economy remains fragile, but is not on the cusp of another recession. More

GM plans to build plug-in Cadillac ELR that's similar to Chevrolet Volt
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General Motors Co. said it will make a plug-in hybrid Cadillac ELR that uses technology similar to its Chevrolet Volt that went on sale last year. GM plans to price the ELR less than the $57,400 Model S by Tesla Motor Inc.'s, said a person familiar with the plans. It will be at least as fast as the Volt and will probably drive farther on battery power alone, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the details are private. More

US output surges as Japan quake impact eases
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U.S. industrial output recorded its best gain in seven months in July as the auto sector bounced back from supply disruptions wrought by Japan's devastating earthquake in March. The surprisingly strong production data, together with a smaller-than-expected decline in home building in July, further eased fears the economy was at risk of contracting. More

US ports see dropoff of 6 percent
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Total traffic for all imports entering all U.S. ports was down 6 percent in week 29, 2011, compared to the same week in 2010, according to U.S. import market data compiled by Zepol Corp. For the year to date, overall traffic is up 4 percent over the same period in 2010. The biggest percentage gain in imports came from autos and parts imports. More

Consumers splurge in July, pushing retail sales up
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Consumers spent more on autos, furniture, clothing and gas in July, pushing up retail sales by the largest amount in four months. The gain signaled that Americans are a little more confident in the economy and could helped dispel fears that the country is headed for another recession. Retail sales rose 0.5 percent in July, the Commerce Department said recently. It was the best showing since March. The government also revised sales higher in the previous two months. More

Saab customers flee dying automaker as Swedish town frets about jobs
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Chuck Ronson, a New York trader who's driven Saab cars since 2001, ditched the automaker in July when the lease on his sedan ended. "The brand is losing money, and dealerships are closing," said Ronson, who opted for a BMW instead. "Are they going to have money or not for payroll this week? There's too much uncertainty. I wouldn't buy a Saab again." Saab Automobile, the 64-year-old Swedish carmaker sold by General Motors Co. in 2010 to Spyker Cars NV, is fighting to survive after halting production in March amid a payment dispute with suppliers. More
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