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  • PORCIA, Italy, March 9- The boxy white and grey factory of this rainy northern town makes fewer than half the washing machines it did when Italy joined the euro. Home appliance maker Electrolux, which owns the factory, wants to cut the salaries of some 5,000 workers at the plant and three other factories across Italy by up to 15 percent over the next three years.

  • BEIJING, March 4- China's decision last month to sell a stake in a subsidiary of Sinopec Corp signals more privatisation of its bloated state-owned sector will take place soon, with plans likely to be discussed at this week's parliament session, officials and experts said.

  • TOKYO, Feb 26- Goldman Sachs Group Inc is considering putting money into a major Japanese airport, the latest foreign investor to eye infrastructure projects as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to open up the market.

  • *Sears, Whirlpool were sued over moldy washers. By refusing to hear the appeals in three lawsuits, the court allowed claims against Whirlpool Corp, Sears Holdings Corp and a unit of Germany's BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH to move forward as class actions in lower courts.

  • By declining to hear the cases, the court allowed claims against Sears Roebuck and Co, Whirlpool Corp and BSH Home Appliance Corp to move forward in lower courts.

  • The Clean Clothes Campaign, an Amsterdam- based group lobbying for better conditions in the garment industry, on Monday demanded that all 27 brands linked to factories in the Rana Plaza complex should contribute by the first anniversary of the collapse.

  • As US speedskaters struggle, focus turns to suits Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 9:28 AM ET
    Heather Richardson of the United States competes during the Women's 1000m Speed Skating event on day 6 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

    U.S. speedskating team's miserable performance during the first week of the Olympics has turned the speculation to their high-tech skinsuits.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's largest household products maker, cut its sales and earnings outlook for the year on Tuesday to reflect unfavorable foreign exchange rates in Venezuela and the devaluation of currencies in various developing markets.

  • CHICAGO/ LONDON, Jan 31- International companies are taking steps to mitigate the effects of the turmoil in emerging markets, including hedging foreign currency exposure more aggressively, reducing some investment plans, cutting costs, and raising prices frequently.

  • *Electrolux falls after posting lower earnings. Shares in Electrolux slid 6.8 percent lower after the Swedish home appliances maker posted a bigger-than-expected drop in quarterly earnings.

  • *Electrolux falls after posting lower profits. Shares in Electrolux fell 4.5 percent after the Swedish home appliances maker posted a bigger-than-expected drop in quarterly earnings. Electrolux's earnings were hit by a slump in Brazil, whose economy has had to deal with a fall in the country's currency.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 30- The arctic cold sweeping across the United States has caused rare winter power interruptions for U.S. spinning mills in North and South Carolina, including Frontier Spinning Mills, the second-largest yarn producer in the United States.

  • Jan 30- Athletic apparel maker Under Armour Inc reported a 28 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit, driven by strong sales of its fleece offerings and ColdGear Infrared products. Net income increased to $64.2 million, or 59 cents per share, from $50.1 million, or 47 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 35 percent to $682.8 million in the quarter ended Dec. 31.

  • Jan 30- Whirlpool Corp posted a higher profit on Thursday, citing especially strong sales gains in North and South America. The company, the world's largest maker of home appliances, reported a fourth-quarter net profit of $181 million, or $2.26 a share, up from $122 million, or $1.52 a share, a year earlier.

  • JC Penney's plan: Out with the new, in with the old Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 2:03 PM ET

    After two years of declining sales, J.C. Penney is reducing some high-profile brands introduced by former CEO Ron Johnson and reviving old labels.

  • See it here: Kobe Bryant rolls out new hoops shoe Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 10:33 AM ET
    The “Kobe 9” basketball shoe, from Nike.

    Kobe Bryant debuted his latest pair of basketball shoes this week—the only question now is when he'll take the court in them.

  • Spanx billionaire learns not to use this word in UK Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 | 10:10 AM ET

    Sara Blakely, the inventor of Spanx and founder of the women's undergarment company that's made her a billionaire, recounts an embarrassing BBC interview in which she used a word that has a very different meaning in England than it has in the U.S.

  • Done with dinner? Macy's open Thanksgiving Day Monday, 14 Oct 2013 | 5:51 PM ET

    Black Friday just keeps getting earlier and earlier! Macy's is giving in to the trend and says it will be open on Thanksgiving day.

  • Undercover reporter finds 9-year old factory boss Friday, 11 Oct 2013 | 2:47 PM ET
    Meem, 9 years old, works inside a garment factory in Dhaka, in Bangladesh. September 23, 2013.

    The Toronto Star sent reporter Raveena Aulakh to work undercover at a Bangladesh garment factory and found a nine-year-old girl working there.

  • Toyota wins wrongful death suit over acceleration Friday, 11 Oct 2013 | 9:59 AM ET

    A California jury found Toyota not liable in a wrongful death lawsuit over alleged defects that caused some vehicles to unexpectedly accelerate.