BUSINESS July 31, 2014 | 1:45 PM
- Investment could be a much as $5 billion
- Locations in five U.S. states being considered
- Factory expected to help lower cost of Tesla models
Electric vehicle pioneer Tesla Motors Inc. and Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp.have agreed to partner to build a cylindrical lithium-ion cell battery factory, nicknamed the Gigafactory, allowing Tesla to cut the cost of production.
According to the agreement, Tesla will provide, prepare, and manage the land and facilities while Panasonic, which owns 1.1% of the automaker, will provide tools, machinery and other equipment.Read more »
BUSINESS July 30, 2014 | 2:31 PM
- Cars were sold in the United States and Puerto Rico
- Transmission error to blame
- Hyundai sales increased 4.4% during first half of 2014
South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co. recalled 883,000 Sonata mid-sized sedans model years 2011 to 2014 in the United States and Puerto Rico because of gear-shift defects.
According to documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the transmission-shift cable could detach from the shift-lever pin, which means the gear selection would not to match the indicated gear and the car could move in an unexpected or unintended direction. Cars in park may not be in park and could roll away.Read more »
BUSINESS July 28, 2014 | 2:38 PM
- Family Dollar had been struggling
- Combined company will compete against Walmart
- Investors encouraged Family Dollar to sell
Discount retailer Dollar Tree Inc. purchased Family Dollar Stores Inc. for $8.5 billion in cash and stock.
Family Dollar has struggled in recent months. In April, in response to profit falling more than 30% in the second quarter, the company announced it was closing 370 underperforming stores, cutting jobs and lowering the prices of nearly 1,000 items.Read more »
BUSINESS July 23, 2014 | 8:58 AM
- Supplier used expired, unsanitary meat
- Analysts divided over affect on restaurants’ reputations
- This is latest food scandal to hit Chinese fast-food chains
Shanghai Husi Food is under investigation after a report by Dragon TV shows its processing facilities are unsanitary. The company supplies McDonald’s and Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC and Pizza Hut, the top two brands by sales in China.
The video shows meat that had been on the floor being packaged, expired beef and chicken being mixed with fresh meat, employees using bare hands to handle meat, and sewage and trash on the floor.Read more »
BUSINESS July 22, 2014 | 6:06 PM
- Crowdfunding campaign has already passed target $100,000
- Robots sell for starting price of $499
- Social robots seeks to design robots for personal use
Cynthia Breazeal, a media arts and science associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a team of scientists and investors have developed what they are calling the first family robot.
The robot, named Jibo, is capable of doing a variety of tasks including taking photos, ordering food, telling stories and taking messages. It can recognize individuals, talk to other Jibos and it has algorithms to help it learn. It is equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.Read more »
BUSINESS July 21, 2014 | 3:54 PM
- Deal largest in pharmaceutical industry this year
- AbbVie largest U.S. company to move overseas
- Tax inversion increasingly common
U.S. pharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc. has agreed to purchase Irish rival Shire Plc for $54.8 billion in cash and stock, adding to its portfolio and decreasing its tax burden.
Shire manufactures drugs for rare diseases and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD drugs accounted for 39% of Shire’s revenue in 2013. During the second quarter of 2014, the hyperactivity drug Vyvanse accounted for $1.5 billion in revenue.Read more »
BUSINESS July 18, 2014 | 3:06 PM
- Terms not disclosed but valued at $475 million
- Forbes family to maintain management control
- Transaction completes long sales process
Iconic American financial media brand Forbes Media LLC, the publisher of Forbes magazine, has sold a majority stake to an Asian consortium lead by Hong Kong investors.
The consortium is comprised of Integrated Whale Media Investments, based in Hong Kong, and Asustek Computer based in Singapore, among others. It will provide the promise of international expansion and new capital. It also will extend the Forbes digital, media and technology brands.Read more »
BUSINESS July 17, 2014 | 1:08 PM
- Majority of layoffs coming from Nokia unit
- Cuts are largest job deductions in company history
- CEO aims to make Microsoft more competitive
Software Giant Microsoft Corp. will cut up to 18,000 jobs, 14% of its global workforce by June 30, 2015, in order to eliminate redundancies and compete with other technology companies.
It is expected the majority of the cuts, up to 12,500, will come from the Nokia Oyj handset unit, which Microsoft acquired in April. Adding Nokia expanded Microsoft from 99,000 to 127,000 employees.Read more »
BUSINESS July 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
- Merger makes second-largest U.S. tobacco company
- British Imperial Tobacco purchasing some Lorillard products
- Critics want menthol cigarettes outlawed
American tobacco company Reynolds American Inc. has agreed to buy with rival Lorillard Inc. for a deal worth as much as $27.4 billion including debt, forming the second-largest tobacco company in the United States and a major menthol cigarette manufacturer.
Lorillard manufactures the Newport brand, the second-most popular cigarette brand after Marlboro, which accounts for 12% of the $90 billion U.S. market and is one of the few cigarette brands to grow over the past three years.Read more »
BUSINESS July 14, 2014 | 1:34 PM
- Measure aimed at cutting pollution problem
- After 2016 percentage of green vehicles to increase
- Ten percent sales tax to be waived on green vehicles
China, the world’s largest car market in terms of sales, has taken steps to reduce its ever growing pollution problem. Five government ministries and departments created a plan requiring a minimum of 30% of vehicles purchased by government ministries and agencies be new energy vehicles until 2016.
The plan runs until 2016. After 2016, the percentage of green vehicles being purchase will increase yearly, and local provinces also will be required to meet a 30% minimum.Read more »