BUSINESS September 15, 2011 | 6:02 PM
Target Corp’s website crashed after customers flooded the site following the launch of a Missoni product line. It took enthusiastic shoppers just hours to clear Target of the Italian designer’s stocks of fashion and home decoration goods.
Amazon.com had been running Target’s website until the company recently took up the task. The Missoni product launch was the first prominent campaign for Target following its taking over the website. Though momentarily overwhelmed by demand, Target responded swiftly ordering in more stock to fill its emptied shelves.Read more »
BUSINESS September 15, 2011 | 4:13 PM
Suzuki Motor Corporation will dissolve its two-year partnership and cross-shareholding relationship with Volkswagen AG after the German carmaker accused Suzuki of breaking the agreement with a diesel engine order it made with Fiat.
Suzuki formed an alliance with Fiat in 2005 to manufacture engines in Asia and purchased diesel engines from the Italian carmaker in June 2011, which Volkswagen considers an act of infringement on its partnership agreement. In an interview, Osamu Suzuki, Chairman of Suzuki, said the company “sees no reason why Volkswagen would be upset” about Suzuki expanding its purchase of engines from Fiat.Read more »
ECONOMY September 14, 2011 | 5:55 PM
Bank of America Corp. CEO Brian Moynihan says the bank plans to cut costs by $5 billion and slice over 30,000 jobs - or 10% of its workforce - in the largest single job cut this year.
BAC stock rose 1% on September 12 to $7.05 following the announcement.Read more »
BUSINESS September 14, 2011 | 3:01 PM
Hewlett-Packard Co. has introduced a variety of new computer security software in view of making use of the past year’s $14 billion in acquisitions.
The software, geared toward helping customers operate their data centers, includes: Fortify Software Security Centre – a product testing the susceptibility of applications to attack; ArcSight Express 3.0 – a computer hardware/software bundle searching for cyber attacks within network activity logs and users’ actions; and Tipping Point Web Application Digital Vaccine – a software detecting harmful network traffic.Read more »
BUSINESS September 13, 2011 | 3:53 PM
Google Inc. has purchased world-renowned dining review expert Zagat Survey in a bid to offer more local content. The acquisition will let people find local reviews and discounts for restaurants, hotels and nightclubs, using Google’s well-known online maps and mobile search engine.
Details of the deal were not released; however it is rumored that Google paid $100 million to $200 million for Zagat Survey. In a blog post, Marissa Mayer, Google vice president for local, maps and location services, said: “Zagat will be a cornerstone of our local offering, delighting people with its impressive array of reviews, ratings and insights. With Zagat, we gain a world-class team that has more experience in consumer based-surveys, recommendations and reviews than anyone else in the industry.”Read more »
BUSINESS September 13, 2011 | 1:56 PM
McGraw-Hill is to divide into two separate companies, with McGraw-Hill Markets centered on capital and commodities markets, and McGraw-Hill Education focused on digital learning and education services.
The divide is to be carried out by the end of 2012 as the first part of a new growth and value plan being implemented by the company to boost shareholder benefits through a threefold approach. The second and third parts of the plan are to cut costs to afford strong operating structures for the new companies and to push share repurchases to $1 billion in 2011. So far in 2011 the company’s share buyback has been in excess of $540 million.Read more »
ECONOMY September 12, 2011 | 5:11 PM
US President Obama is proposing a new $450 billion job creation package that includes tax cuts and project funding. The purpose of the American Jobs Act is to employ those who are jobless, while giving those who are working more money.
With lower taxes for employers and employees, Obama hopes people will spend more, thus boosting business for those seeking to employ new talent. US unemployment has remained at over 9% for more than two years. If enacted, the plan is expected to produce 1.9 million jobs and reduce unemployment by over 1%.Read more »
BUSINESS September 12, 2011 | 11:50 AM
Air France-KLM plans to cut costs by between €700 million and €800 million in an effort to better compete with other airlines such as Lufthansa and British Airways.
Still feeling the effects of the financial crisis and weighed down by debt, Europe's biggest airline Air France-KLM is lagging behind its competitors. The airline has directed managers to apply additional savings measures between now and the end of 2011.Read more »
WORLD September 9, 2011 | 11:51 AM
The US economy is still feeling the fiscal impact of September 11 as New York readies itself for the ten-year anniversary of the attacks that claimed almost 3,000 lives.
A report compiled by New York comptroller William C. Thompson estimates the cost of the attacks, combining immediate and continuing loss, to be in the region of $83 billion to $95 billion. The immediate loss of wealth to New York City was thought to account for more than $30 billion, including the repair and reconstruction of New York’s buildings and infrastructure.Read more »
BUSINESS September 9, 2011 | 8:52 AM
GM Canada President Kevin Williams officiated a ceremony to mark the release of GM’s Chevrolet Volt, a hybrid-electric car, to Canadian consumers in Oshawa, Ontario, on September 1.
While the first retail shipment went to GM’s Oshawa location, the smart cars will soon be available at dealerships in Quebec City, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa-Gatineau and Quebec for upwards of around CDN $41,550.Read more »
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