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  • July 25- U.S. companies are reporting sluggish financial results in Latin America, showing the risks they face in relying on Brazil and other emerging markets in the region for growth. Several companies reported tepid performance in Brazil, the biggest economy in Latin America, where some economists fear the country is on the verge of a recession.

  • The U.S. appliance maker said its sales in China plummeted 80 percent last quarter as retailers in that country, anticipating its pending merger with Hefei Rongshida Sanyo Electric Co and the new line the merged entity will produce, stopped buying Whirlpool-branded products.

  • July 23- Whirlpool Corp on Wednesday reported a lower quarterly profit as sales fell in every region except North America. The world's largest maker of home appliances posted a second-quarter profit of $179 million, or $2.25 a share, down from $198 million, or $2.44 a share, a year earlier.

  • July 16- General Electric Co is in talks to sell its century-old household appliances business for as much as $2.5 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The business, which had revenue of more than $8 billion in 2013, may fetch $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion in a sale, Bloomberg quoted the people as saying.

  • MILAN, July 11- Whirlpool, the world's largest maker of home appliances, has agreed to pay 758 million euros to buy a 60 percent stake in smaller Italian rival Indesit to further expand beyond its U.S. home market.

  • July 10- Whirlpool Corp, the world's largest maker of home appliances, said it will buy 66.8 percent of voting stock of Italian white goods maker Indesit Company SpA for about 758 million euros to spur its growth in Europe.

  • MILAN, July 3- Italy's fashion designers have long been plagued by cheap copies of their bags and clothing but there is also a flourishing market for reproductions of high-end furniture for those that covet "Made in Italy" architectural style at low prices. Some have taken legal action, but now a new law introduced this year in Italy may help their cause.

  • June 30- Philips is to merge its lighting components businesses into a separate unit worth up to 2 billion euros which may be listed- a major step in its ongoing strategy to refocus on healthcare and high-end lighting systems.

  • Under Chief Executive Frans van Houten, the Dutch company- which started out 120 years ago as a pioneer in electric lighting- has been shifting away from the consumer electronics sector in a restructuring which has involved more than 5,000 job cuts and the sale of its television business.

  • "We all feel strongly that something should be done and we should get on with this," said William Ruckelshaus, the first EPA chief, who served under EPA founder, President Richard Nixon, and again under Ronald Reagan.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 21- Google Inc's Nest Labs is recalling 440,000 smoke detectors, according to a U.S. government notice on Wednesday that provides the first public revelation of how many of the smart home appliances have shipped since sales started in November.

  • April 25- Whirlpool Corp said on Friday that its quarterly operating profit rose as strong sales increases in much of the world, including Europe and North America, offset weakness in Asia. The world's largest maker of home appliances reported a first-quarter net profit of $160 million, or $2.02 per share, down from $252 million, or $3.12 a share, a year earlier.

  • BEIJING, April 22- Far from the spotlight, in secretive high-level meetings and company boardrooms, Beijing is drawing up one of the country's thorniest reforms: an overhaul of China's hugely inefficient state-owned industry.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 6- The personal data gathering abilities of Google, Facebook and other tech companies has sparked growing unease among Americans, with a majority worried that Internet companies are encroaching too much upon their lives, a new poll showed.

  • *Manufacturers in price war for standard LED light bulbs. FRANKFURT, April 3- Lighting companies like Philips and Osram are scrambling to develop more advanced technology as a price war for LED bulbs threatens to eat into profits and bring on a period of low growth as the long-life bulbs become more common.

  • BEIJING, March 17- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has joined the race to develop' smart' household appliances, partnering with Chinese electronic goods maker Midea Group to produce home devices that talk to each other. Alibaba said on Sunday its long-awaited IPO, expected to be valued at over $15 billion, will take place in the United States.

  • NEW YORK, March 13- Cotton is no longer king of the U.S. apparel industry as lower prices fail to revive consumer demand and once-mocked man-made fibers take a permanent place in American wardrobes.

  • 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.

  • US household net worth reaches all-time high Monday, 9 Dec 2013 | 12:52 PM ET

    U.S. household net worth hit a record high in the third quarter as home prices marched higher and the value of stocks and mutual funds surged.

  • 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.