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  • Nissan Motor, Japan's third-largest automaker, posted a 3.2% drop in quarterly operating profit as a worsening product mix favoring smaller, cheaper cars hit margins, and kept its full-year forecasts unchanged despite the weaker yen.

  • Dollar Index at 15-Year Low on Housing Market Woes Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007 | 2:36 PM ET

    The dollar fell to a 15-year low against a basket of major currencies and a record low against the euro Tuesday, hurt by the potential for credit woes and housing market weakness to weigh on the U.S. economy.

  • The dollar  edged higher against the euro Monday, recovering from a record low, as dealers awaited economic data later in the week to see if U.S. credit market turmoil has spread to other sectors.

  • Langlitz Leathers: A True American Fit Monday, 23 Jul 2007 | 9:30 AM ET

    What do Neil Young, Clark Gable, Andy Devine, Bruce Willis, Johnny Depp, Geena Davis and Jay Leno all have in common? The jacket on their back. The leather jacket. Benicio Del Toro owns 5 or 6. Those are the names of just some of the high profile folks that have worn or owned a Langlitz leather jacket.

  • The earthquake-induced shutdown of a nuclear plant in northwest Japan last week could cost operators Tokyo Electric Power  some $1.65 billion, the Nikkei financial daily reports.

  • The dollar fell to a record low against the euro Friday and was on track for its sixth straight weekly decline, weighed down by fears that losses in risky mortgage debt would hurt consumers and slow U.S. growth.

  • The dollar traded near record lows versus the euro Thursday over renewed concern about the health of the U.S. housing market and as investors pondered the Federal Reserve's next interest rate move.

  • Chrysler: Steering A Drive To Eliminate the Big Car? Thursday, 19 Jul 2007 | 10:37 AM ET
    Chrysler Imperial Concept

    As a man who spent his teenage years tooling around in my parent's big Buick, I have to admit I have a soft spot in my heart for big sedans. Doesn't mean I want one now, but I do like the romantic appeal of a big ol' car. So when I heard Chrysler is scrapping plans to further develop its Imperial large sedan, it made me wonder: is the big car dead?

  • Japan Quake-Hit Plant May Be Shut a Year or More Thursday, 19 Jul 2007 | 12:54 AM ET

    A Japanese nuclear power plant -- the world's biggest -- may be shut down for more than a year while a safety study is made after an earthquake caused radiation leaks and showed that the plant was built above an active fault.

  • Japan Financier Murakami Jailed for Insider Trade Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | 11:48 PM ET

    Financier Yoshiaki Murakami, who shook up corporate Japan with demands for greater returns for shareholders, was jailed for two years on Thursday after being found guilty of insider trading.

  • Japan Auto Output Hit as Quake Disrupts Supplier Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | 7:56 PM ET

    At least four Japanese automakers including Toyota Motor said on Wednesday they would suspend production after an earthquake hit the factories of a major parts supplier.

  • Dollar Falls After Bernanke Says Housing to Worsen Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007 | 10:53 AM ET

    The dollar slipped Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said housing sector woes would likely get worse, touching the nerves of dealers still reeling from the subprime crisis.

  • A long list of problems, including radiation leaks, burst pipes and fire, have come to light at the world's largest nuclear power plant after it was hit by a powerful earthquake this week.

  • The dollar rose versus the yen for the first time in three sessions after a government report showed foreign investors bought a record amount of U.S. securities in May.

  • Small-Cap Japan Vs. Megacap U.S.: Which to Buy? Tuesday, 17 Jul 2007 | 4:39 AM ET

    Two ends of the market-cap spectrum that came out as current favorites in our conversation with Bob Parker. The Credit Suisse Asset Management vice chairman suggested buying both was a sensible strategy. So don't choose one over the other, take both, was the message.

  • TEPCO Told to Keep Quake-Hit Nuclear Plant Closed Tuesday, 17 Jul 2007 | 12:31 AM ET

    Japan's trade minister told Tokyo Electric Power Tuesday it must delay restarting a nuclear power plant until its safety can be confirmed, after damage from a strong earthquake in northwest Japan the previous day.

  • The Japanese government stuck to its view that the economy was recovering despite weak industrial output, while noting weaker consumer confidence in its monthly economic report.

  • More than 10,000 people sheltered in evacuation centres on Tuesday in Japan's northwest after a strong earthquake flattened hundreds of houses, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 900.

  • A strong earthquake jolted northwestern Japan on Monday, injuring more than 190 people, destroying houses and sparking a fire at a nuclear power plant, Japanese media and officials said.

  • ArcelorMittal Broadens Alliance with Nippon Steel Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 11:04 PM ET

    ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel company, said on Thursday it signed a memorandum of understanding with Nippon Steel for a global strategic alliance and expansion of current joint business ventures in North America.