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  • China Factor: The Cost of Doing Business     Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 6:42 AM ET

    A new study shows China is losing its luster as a base for manufacturers looking for cheap labor, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • China Losing Its Labor Luster?     Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 10:14 AM ET

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports China labor costs are rising, as manufacturers look for cheap locations to build things.

  • GE Earnings Top Views, but Europe Weighs on Sales Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | 7:07 AM ET
    General Electric Co. (GE) clothes washers and dryers.

    General Electric reported first-quarter earnings on Wednesday that topped Wall Street's expectations.

  • India's Car Slump: Why Investors Are Keeping Calm Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 | 9:00 PM ET

    Global carmakers have poured billions of dollars in India's once-booming car market are now struggling as slow economic growth keep their target customers from parting with their cash.

  • Apple iPad Faces Rising Challenge From $65 Rivals Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 | 5:42 AM ET

    Apple may have surged ahead with tablet sales, but the competition is heating up in China, where ultra-cheap tablets are giving consumers more options.

  • Bigger Is Better: SUVs and CUVs Rule the Road in China Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 | 6:44 AM ET
    A family takes delivery of their new Ford Focus at a dealership in Chongqing, China.

    China has fallen hard for utility vehicles with SUV sales jumping 20.8 percent last year, outpacing the overall auto sales rate in the U.S.

  • iPhone 5S Coming Soon? Foxconn's Hiring: Report Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | 1:17 PM ET

    Foxconn, a key manufacturer of Apple's iPhone, ramped up its hiring of assembly-line workers recently, signaling the next iPhone may be coming soon.

  • NY Manufacturing Growth Slams on Brakes in April Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | 8:49 AM ET

    Manufacturing growth in New York state slowed sharply in April to its lowest level in five months, the New York Federal Reserve said in a report on Monday.

  • GM, Ford to Collaborate on New Transmissions Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | 9:38 AM ET
    GM CEO Dan Akerson, left, greets Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor.

    GM and Ford are putting aside their longstanding rivalry to work together to develop a new generation of fuel-efficient automatic transmissions.

  • China's GDP Growth Slows Unexpectedly to 7.7% Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 | 10:03 PM ET

    China's economic recovery has unexpectedly stumbled, with the annual rate of growth easing to 7.7 percent in the first quarter from 7.9 percent in the final quarter of 2012.

  • Would You Buy a 'Man-Made' Diamond? Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 | 8:50 PM ET

    Consumers of high-end diamond jewelry want the real thing and are willing to pay up, even though the lab-made variety are free of the 'blood diamonds' stigma.

  • Microsoft Is Making Its Own Smartwatch: Report Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | 11:32 AM ET
    Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp.

    Microsoft—like many of its competitors—is entering the wearable technology space and is working on a smartwatch, according to a report.

  • Silver Lining: Euro Zone Factory Output Grows Friday, 12 Apr 2013 | 8:51 AM ET

    Output at euro zone factories rose greater than expected in the month of February on a jump in energy production, a sign of growing demand giving hope of a return to growth.

  • Japan Carmakers Recall 3.4 Million Vehicles Worldwide Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 | 2:44 AM ET

    Four Japanese automakers including Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co and Honda Motor Co are recalling a total of about 3.4 million vehicles worldwide as a result of an airbag problem.

  • High-End Watchmaker Puts a New Face on Detroit Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 2:41 PM ET
    Shinola Watches in Detroit.

    Five floors above West Milwaukee Street in Detroit, in the old home of General Motors design studio, a small company called Shinola is at work on a big dream. It is bringing high-end watchmaking back to the U.S.

  • Electric Car Sales Weak; Obama Asks For More Funding Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 | 8:55 AM ET
    The 2014 Chevy Spark EV electric vehicle

    Despite lackluster sales of fully electric and extended range electric cars, President Obama's proposed budget for 2014 calls for $575 Million for the Energy Departments vehicle research budget.

  • KPS IV Fund Closing     Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | 7:15 AM ET

    Michael Psaros, KPS Capital Partners co-founder, shares the secrets of his success and where he's looking for the next investment opportunity.

  • Japan Machinery Orders Clock Fastest Rise in 2 Years Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 9:28 PM ET

    Japan's machinery orders rose in February at the fastest pace since mid-2011 in a sign that capital expenditure could pick up this year as business confidence is boosted.

  • Is Windows Eight Slowing Down PC Demand?     Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 | 1:10 AM ET

    Steve Sedgwick and Geoff Cutmore discuss the shrinking PC market.

  • Power Down: Tablets Are Crushing PC Sales Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 5:43 PM ET
    Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft Corp.

    PC sales plunged to record lows in the first quarter as tablets gain in popularity.