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Fire in clothing factory in south China kills 14

A fire in a clothing factory apparently caused by arson killed 14 people in southern China on Tuesday, state media reported.


Walmart Admits Bangladesh Factory Was Making Clothing For Retailer Before Fire

Garment Factory Fire

The garment factory in Bangladesh where a weekend fire killed at least 112 people had been making clothes for Wal-Mart without the giant U.S. retailer's knowledge, Wal-Mart said. Wal-Mart said the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory was no longer authorized to produce merchandise for Wal-Mart but that a supplier subcontracted work to it "in direct violation of our policies."


112 killed in fire at Bangladesh garment factory

At least 112 people were killed in a fire that raced through a multi-story garment factory just outside of Bangladesh's capital, an official said Sunday.


Feds: Evangelical Christians stung by Ponzi scheme

A Puerto Rican man has been accused of defrauding investors of more than $2.3 million through a Ponzi scheme targeting unsuspecting factory workers and evangelical Christians, federal authorities said Tuesday.


Factory owners: Federal prisoners stealing our business: Unicor is a government-run enterprise that employs over 13,000 inmates


Just hearing the word Unicor is enough to make Kurt Wilson see red. Unicor is a government-run enterprise that employs over 13,000 inmates -- at wages as low as 23 cents an hour -- to make goods for the Pentagon and other federal agencies. With some exceptions, Unicor gets first dibs on federal contracts over private companies as long as its bid is comparable in price, quantity and delivery. In other words: If Unicor wants a contract, it gets it.


Durable goods orders ex-transportation fall in June

New orders for a range of long-lasting manufactured goods fell in June and a gauge of planned business spending plans dropped, pointing to a slowdown in factory activity. The Commerce Department said on Thursday durable goods orders excluding transportation dropped 1.1 percent, the biggest decline since January, after rising 0.8 percent in May. Economists had forecast this category being flat last month.


Jobless claims signal tepid labor market

Factory activity in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region in July contracted for a third straight month and the number of Americans filing new claims for jobless aid surged last week, heightening worries about the economy's health.


Jobless claims fall as plants put off retooling

Jobless Claims

The number of Americans signing up for new jobless benefits last week fell to a four-year low but an unusual pattern for summer factory shutdowns marred what would have been a hopeful sign for the struggling labor market.


China June official PMI hits 7-month low

China's factory downturn worsened in June as a key activity index hit a seven-month low, data expected to raise expectations the central bank may seek more policy easing to revive the world's second-largest economy.


Factory orders post surprise fall in April

New orders for factory goods fell in April for the third time in four months as demand slipped for everything from cars and machinery to computers, the latest worrisome sign for the economy.

Senh: More bad news for the economy.


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