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  • China’s Economic Outlook Just Keeps Getting Worse Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 12:47 AM ET

    The unexpected contraction in China's factory activity in May has heightened the risk of a further slowdown in the second quarter, after the economy grew at its slowest pace in three years over January to March, said economists.

  • Bottom Line on Singapore GDP: Curb Your Enthusiasm Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 12:38 AM ET
    Singapore skyline

    Singapore's economy grew unexpectedly in the first quarter of the year but the manufacturing sector remains weak.

  • Ford to Close Australia Auto Plants in 2016 Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 9:06 PM ET

    Ford said on Thursday it is closing its two Australian auto plants and will cease production in the country in 2016.

  • Surprise! South Korea's Problems Aren't Made in Japan Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 2:51 AM ET
    Seoul, South Korea

    The problem for Korea had seemed obvious: the won has climbed by a third against the Japanese currency, in theory allowing Japanese companies to undercut Korean competitors and carry home more yen.

  • Auto Trade Revving Up   Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 5:40 PM ET
    Auto Trade Revving Up

    Ford, General Motors and Fiat announced they will cut back on summer shutdowns at factories as they set production goals higher, with the "Fast Money" traders.

  • China's Factory Activity Shrinks as Orders Fall Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 9:49 PM ET

    China's factory activity shrank for the first time in seven months in May as new orders fell, a preliminary survey of purchasing managers showed, adding to concerns that a recovery in the world's second-largest economy is sputtering.

  • Detroit Roars Back After Years of Quality Issues Monday, 20 May 2013 | 10:11 AM ET
    A Ford C-MAX plug-in hybrid vehicle comes off the assembly line at the Michigan Assembly Plant.

    Millions of Americans have walked away from GM, Ford and Chrysler because of quality, reliability and service problems. But times are changing in Detroit.

  • Dreamliner Flying Again in US After Lengthy Grounding Sunday, 19 May 2013 | 11:27 PM ET
    Boeing 787 Dreamliiner

    After 123 days being grounded and then repaired to ensure its battery systems do not catch fire, Boeing 787 Dreamliners are about to once again make commercial flight in the United States.

  • Lutz Sees Stripped Down Fisker as Potential Gem Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 12:12 PM ET
    Fisker Karma

    The former Vice Chair of GM, who holds a leadership role with VL Automotive, is teaming up with Wanxiang Group, a Chinese auto parts supplier, in a bid to buy the ailing Fisker.

  • Japan Exports Disappoint, Yen Benefits Yet to Show Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 9:15 PM ET

    Exports rose less than expected in April from a year earlier due to weak demand, underscoring the limitations of a weak yen in bolstering the trade sector.

  • Yoshikami: Low Cost China Is Old News Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 12:41 AM ET
    china-factory-worker.jpg

    The low-cost advantage that China once enjoyed (at least in the East Coast cities called the Gold Coast) is starting to fade.

  • Dell Earnings Fall Short of Estimates; Sales Beat Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 5:24 PM ET

    Dell reported earnings that fell far shy of market forecasts but revenue came in better than expected. Shares were little changed after-hours.

  • Chinese Invest in US Vitamins   Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 8:41 AM ET
    Chinese Invest in US Vitamins

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on a Chinese company that plans to manufacture products in the United States and then sell them to Chinese consumers. And, Thilo Hanemann, Rhodium Group, discusses how the Chinese are making more direct investments in the U.S.

  • The Future of US-China Relations   Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 8:16 AM ET
    The Future of US-China Relations

    Michael Spence, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics, explains the complexity of the economic relationship between the United States and China.

  • Bangladesh Factory Banned by Wal-Mart Still Working Sunday, 19 May 2013 | 6:05 PM ET

    A Bangladesh factory where Wal-Mart Stores and Inditex inspectors spotted cracks in the wall this month is still making Wrangler shirts for the world's largest apparel maker, U.S.-based VF Corp.

  • Europe's Car Market Breaks 18 Month Losing Streak Friday, 17 May 2013 | 4:00 AM ET

    New car registrations increased by 1.8 percent to 1.08 million vehicles last month, marking the first rise since September 2011.

  • A Foxconn Work Week Still Too Long, Audit Finds Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 10:12 PM ET
    A Foxconn recruitment point in Shenzhen

    Foxconn has made substantial progress toward improving safety at its three Chinese plants, but it has not yet reduced the average workweek to the maximum allowed by Chinese law. The New York Times reports.

  • Why Is Samsung Chasing Apple's Suppliers? Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 7:16 PM ET

    Overtaking Apple as the world's leading maker of smartphones has stretched Samsung's in-house supply lines, and the South Korean firm is now courting some of its rival's main parts suppliers.

  • Japan Core Machinery Orders Surge in March Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 11:28 PM ET

    Japanese core machinery orders jumped a bigger-than-expected 14.2 percent in March in a sign a weaker yen are making companies more confident about investing in equipment.

  • US Defense Companies Go On Overseas Offensive Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 1:59 PM ET
    A United States Army missile defense system.

    As American defense companies prepare to feel the ill effects of the sequester on their bottom lines, the companies are increasingly looking to court new customers abroad.