Publicis Boosted by Europe

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Publicis posted an improvement in sales in the first quarter after a disappointing fourth quarter as emerging markets returned to growth and key European markets also swung back to positive territory.

German Producer Prices Lower Than Expected

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Producer prices in Europe's largest economy were considerably lower than expected in March, data from the country's statistics office Destatis showed.

Citi Got Mixed Signals From Fed on 'Stress Test'

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The Federal Reserve's New York office indicated to Citigroup that the bank would have more time to fix certain "stress test" planning problems before Fed officials in Washington last month gave it a failing grade.

GM Test Drivers Warned of Problems in 2006

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General Motors ordered a more robust ignition switch in 2006 for a Cadillac then in development after complaints from test drivers that the vehicle would shut off if the ignition was bumped, newly released documents show.

Big Banks Ramp Up Business Lending

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Banks are boosting their lending to businesses, providing fuel for companies to increase spending on workers and equipment as the economy improves.

TSMC Profit Beats Forecasts

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest contract chip maker, reported first-quarter net profit that exceeded analysts' estimates, as demand for more powerful microprocessors continued picking up.

Actelion Beats First-Quarter Earnings Expectations

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Actelion said rising sales of its key drugs helped it beat first-quarter earnings expectations and the company indicated it may raise full-year earnings guidance.

Auto Makers Hunt for Gains in China

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Beijing auto show exhibits will be heavy with new, low-priced cars aimed at young, professional Chinese with an eye on the high life.

Trouble Selling Fliers on Fast Airport Line

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The Transportation Security Administration is aggressively trying to encourage more people to sign up for TSA Precheck. But the effort has run into traveler confusion and aggravation.

Fast-Rising Costs Erode Google's Profits

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Fast-rising expenses eroded Google's first-quarter profits, disappointing investors and sending Google shares lower in after-hours trading.

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