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  • 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.

  • *Around 15 firms have moved operations to Vietnam- trader. BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, Jan 15- Chinese yarn makers, crippled by artificially high prices for cotton at home, are shifting production overseas to secure cheaper raw materials, even going as far afield as the United States.

  • HONG KONG, Jan 14- Shanghai shares halted a four-day losing streak on Tuesday, lifted by strong gains for home appliance firms that launched new products at the just-concluded Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The CSI300 of the largest Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings also rose 0.9 percent.

  • 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.

  • Elon Musk's blog post on Tesla Model S fire Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 7:45 PM ET
    A screenshot from a YouTube video shows a Tesla Model S on fire as a result of a battery fire.

    Tesla's Elon Musk defended the Tesla after one caught fire, saying such an incident would've been much worse with a gasoline-powered vehicle.

  • A 'brief' foray into a threadbare US sector Sunday, 21 Jul 2013 | 1:00 PM ET

    Jake Bronstein says he's discovered a largely untapped vein of demand for premium, American-made men's underwear.

  • Cool products for hot women Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

    To ease temperature-related complaints, mattress sellers have launched several new products after noticing that couples and hot flash-suffering women were having restless nights.

  • Guess Shares Shine After Earnings Top Forecast Friday, 31 May 2013 | 1:43 PM ET

    Guess shares surged more than 9 percent Friday following better-than-expected profit despite a significant decline from a year earlier, reports TheSteet.com.

  • China's Changing Consumer Landscape     Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 7:40 PM ET

    C.V. Ramachandran, Head, Asia at Alix Partners speaks about the shift in China's changing consumer landscape and growth opportunities in the sector.

  • 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.