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CNNMoney: How 'Cash for Caulkers' might workupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 16:53:00

President Obama's Cash for Caulkers proposal has almost every homeowner wondering how they'll be able to cash in.

CNNMoney: Cash for Caulkers could seal $12,000 a homeupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 09:53:00

President Obama proposed a new program Tuesday that would reimburse homeowners for energy-efficient appliances and insulation, part of a broader plan to stimulate the economy.

Peanut shells, corn stalks: China's alternative to coal?updated: Sun Dec 06 2009 21:55:00

Mountains of peanut shells are spread out across Shengchang Bioenergy's property on the outskirts of Beijing. Local farmers drive in and out, unloading dried corn stalks in exchange for a small fee.

Danny Seo's top green home appliancesupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 22:17:00

Danny Seo is a green lifestyle expert who champions green consumerism.

Cleaner wood-burning stove wins eco awardupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 03:03:00

Dean Still had been researching and developing cleaner, more environmentally-friendly wood-burning stoves for almost two decades when, while working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he spotted a coal stove for sale on a street corner near Tibet, China.

How to get car's A/C blowing cold againupdated: Wed May 27 2009 12:01:00

Car expert Tom Torbjornsen answers a letter from a auto owner:

CNNMoney: Maytag recalls 1.6 million refrigeratorsupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 12:38:00

Maytag Corp. is recalling about 1.6 million refrigerators because of a potentially serious fire hazard, after receiving dozens of customer reports that part of the appliance ignited, a government agency said Tuesday.

Study: Humidifiers may help fight fluupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 11:57:00

The cold, dry air of winter can give you chapped lips, cracked hands, and now, a study suggests, a better chance of getting the flu. A new analysis of previous data shows that in low-humidity conditions, the influenza virus is more likely survive, possibly giving it a better shot at spreading from person to person and making its way to you.

Stoves for Darfurupdated: Fri Jan 02 2009 11:08:00

An American teenager gives fuel-efficient stoves to keep the women of Darfur safe. CNN's Betty Nguyen has his story.

Stoves help keep Darfur's women out of harm's wayupdated: Fri Jan 02 2009 11:08:00

In Sudan's Darfur region, where violence and genocide are rampant, women risk their lives every day performing tasks as seemingly mundane as seeking out firewood.

Money Magazine: When good appliances go badupdated: Fri Dec 26 2008 11:47:00

The hot water goes cold, the air conditioner goes hot or maybe the washing machine's spin cycle is starting to sound like a Harley-Davidson rally. Alas, your warranty on the appliance in question expired long ago. Suddenly you're faced with a tough, potentially pricey decision: fix the broken item or replace it? Repair would cost less in the short term, but you'd hate to invest in something that could spring another problem soon. These guidelines will help you decide.

Fake gadgets put the 'Gotcha!' in givingupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 09:43:00

At first glance, it looks like an actual product: A "USB Toaster" that plugs into a laptop to toast a single slice of bread.

You asked the expert: Greenwashingupdated: Mon Oct 27 2008 07:05:00

You wanted to know more about greenwashing, and Scot Case, from environmental marketing firm TerraChoice, answered.

Fortune: Ben & Jerry's chills ice cream - and the planetupdated: Wed Oct 22 2008 10:07:00

No one wants melting ice cream. Nor do we want melting polar ice caps. The trouble is, keeping our ice cream cold warms the planet because powerful greenhouse gases are used in most refrigerators and freezers in the U.S.

Fortune: Cooking up carbon creditsupdated: Tue Aug 12 2008 08:26:00

By any measure, it is a long way from the Park Avenue headquarters of JPMorgan Chase, the global investment bank that generated revenues of $100 billion last year, to the dusty streets of Kampala, Uganda, where a poor woman can buy a new cook stove for about $6.

CNNMoney: Save on your energy billupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 11:21:00

Cut your energy bills by squeezing another year or more out of the things you own and postponing the day you have to replace them. Here are top tips on what you need to know.

Money Magazine: The ultimate kitchen upgradeupdated: Mon Jun 09 2008 11:37:00

Magnetic induction may just be the best technology to hit the kitchen since the microwave oven. In the past few years this style of cooktop, which turns magnetic energy into heat, has proved itself a worthy competitor to the traditional choices - gas and electric.

Sears settles suit over allegedly dangerous stovesupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 15:24:00

Consumer advocates Wednesday hailed the settlement of a class-action lawsuit over Sears stoves in which the retailer agreed to install safety brackets for free to prevent the appliances from tipping over or provide other reimbursements.

Kitchen dangerupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 15:24:00

CNN's Greg Hunter reports that Sears is settling a class-action lawsuit over its stoves.

Kitchen fires peak on Thanksgiving Dayupdated: Wed Nov 21 2007 19:47:00

The holiday season is a bustling time of year in most kitchens. The host is preparing the bird in the oven and maybe frying something on the range. Guests file in, children play, and for minutes the stove goes unattended as the cook takes a call.

All About: Waste heatupdated: Thu Nov 08 2007 04:52:00

There's no place like home -- especially when it comes to affecting the environment, it seems.

Hot and cold in Singaporeupdated: Thu Nov 08 2007 04:52:00

A Singaporean inventor finds a way to reduce energy consumption. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout reports

LG Electronics factsupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 06:45:00

LG Electronics was estqablished in 1958 as Goldstar, and produced some of Korea's first radios, TVs, refrigerators, washing machines and air conditioners through the 1960s.

U.S. vs. Pedro the dishwasherupdated: Mon Oct 01 2007 11:27:00

CNN's John Zarrella reports on the U.S. government's seizure of an illegal immigrant dishwasher's life savings.

Appliance scienceupdated: Mon Sep 17 2007 15:16:00

Bigger, smaller, higher tech, lower profile -- the choices in kitchen appliances are multiplying faster than the cooking and cleanup chores they're meant to simplify. Just in case you haven't wandered the appliance aisles in awhile, there's a whole raft of new problem-solvers out there. Here are some to be on the lookout for.

CNNMoney: Retail threat: Housing, credit fear more than gas pricesupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 23:48:00

Higher gas prices couldn't deter Americans from their urge to splurge, but a new survey Thursday showed consumers are much more scared about the twin squeeze on their wallets from declining home wealth and a credit market freeze.

CNNMoney: Protecting your home while awayupdated: Thu Aug 30 2007 03:39:00

Labor Day is right around the corner, but before you take off for the holiday weekend, make sure your home is safe when you're not there. Here are some guidelines to keep your home protected.

CNNMoney: Utilities call on consumers to save energyupdated: Sun Jun 17 2007 22:45:00

With the hot summer approaching and ever more air conditioners and other consumer electronic devices straining the nation's already burdened power system, utilities are scrambling to get customers to use less.

CNNMoney: 'Kitty washing machine' video makes wavesupdated: Fri Feb 02 2007 08:23:00

A "Kitty Washing Machine" video on YouTube, depicting a cat in turmoil while undergoing a Pet Spa treatment, is making quite a splash, cracking up some viewers and distressing others.

CNNMoney: Maytag recalls 2.3M dishwashersupdated: Thu Feb 01 2007 07:51:00

Maytag and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall Thursday of 2.3 million of its Maytag and Jenn-Air brand dishwashers because of a fire risk.

CNNMoney: Wal-Mart gets busy: More holiday price cutsupdated: Fri Nov 10 2006 09:33:00

Wal-Mart's holiday discounts are coming fast and furious. The world's largest retailer on Friday announced it is rolling back prices on about 50 name-brand home appliances.

Money Magazine: Case File: Kitchenwareupdated: Fri Sep 01 2006 00:01:00

THE LAW Both old-world charm and high-tech dazzlery can be deployed against the unwitting shopper in this category. But talk to the experts and you'll find that when it comes to kitchen technology...

CNNMoney: Heat wave rocks businesses, tooupdated: Tue Aug 01 2006 10:59:00

Businesses across the country are facing a big question this week: Will the heat wave sweeping the nation help or hurt their sales figures?

CNNMoney: Keep cool this summerupdated: Wed Jun 21 2006 12:37:00

It's the first day of summer - are you set to stay comfortable as we enter the dog days? If not, today's Five Tips can help.

CNNMoney: Justice Dept. agrees Whirlpool can buy Maytagupdated: Wed Mar 29 2006 15:51:00

The Justice Department on Wednesday approved the proposed Whirlpool acquisition of Maytag in a merger of home appliance makers.

Money Magazine: Behind the Brandupdated: Thu Mar 23 2006 10:25:00

Shopping for, say, a DVD player means sorting through a series of choices: price tags that range from $35 to $200, brand names you recognize and brands you've never heard of. But if you were able t...

Business 2.0: Thinking Locally, Succeeding Globallyupdated: Thu Dec 01 2005 00:01:00

If you've got kimchi in your fridge, it's hard to keep it a secret. Kimchi, made from fermented cabbage seasoned with garlic and chili, is served with most meals in Korea, but when it's stored insi...

CNNMoney: Food processors recalledupdated: Wed Sep 07 2005 07:41:00

A federal safety agency announced Wednesday the recall of approximately 1.5 million food processors due to risk of cuts or amputation of a finger tip.

Money Magazine: Suck It Upupdated: Fri Jul 01 2005 00:01:00

If you don't happen to own a vacuum cleaner, you're going to like what's on the next page: a concise analysis of five leading machines, which we examined rigorously by cleaning a white carpet left ...

CNNMoney: Chilling outupdated: Wed Jun 29 2005 11:11:00

As the temperature rises and sweat trickles down your back, it's nice to think about escaping the blaring rays of sun by slipping into an air-conditioned room.

Business 2.0: Stuck in the Spin Cycleupdated: Sun May 01 2005 00:01:00

Four years ago the stage was set for Ralph Hake to become the ultimate Maytag repairman. For decades the Iowa-based company had been the all-American brand for washers, dryers, and refrigerators. B...

Waste, possible fraud reported at TSAupdated: Tue Apr 19 2005 12:10:00

A Transportation Security Administration official spent $500,000 on art, silk plants and other decorations for a new operations center and then went to work for the vendor after leaving the agency, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general.

CNNMoney: Hamilton Beach fined $1.2 millionupdated: Wed Mar 30 2005 08:12:00

Small home appliance manufacturer Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex will pay $1.2 million for failing to report defects in three products, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Business 2.0: The Germproof Fridgeupdated: Sat Jan 01 2005 00:01:00

At last, a reason to toss out that musty box of Arm & Hammer. In 2004, Samsung equipped its newest line of refrigerators with an interior coating of nanoscale silver particles—known to be a natural...

Money Magazine: Cold Cacheupdated: Mon Nov 01 2004 00:01:00

Think, just for a minute, about the amount of money you spend on wine in a year. An impulse buy here and there, a few cases for the holidays, a stash for impromptu get-togethers, special bottles bo...

Fortune: WHAT CHINA EATS (AND DRINKS AND...)updated: Mon Oct 04 2004 00:01:00


Fortune: Broadband Wonderland Nearly everyone in South Korea has Internet access that puts Americans' to shame. Result: This little natioupdated: Mon Sep 20 2004 00:01:00

The sky is the color of cement, hallmark of the rainy season in South Korea. For weeks, low clouds shroud the tops of Seoul's skyscrapers and make the seemingly endless clusters of nearly identical...

Fortune: Your Firm Is Toast GIVEAWAYSupdated: Mon Sep 20 2004 00:01:00

For years, companies have hawked promotional goodies like pens and coffee mugs, feeding a market that bulged to over $16 billion in the U.S. last year. While most tchotckes are thrown in a drawer a...

CNNMoney: Simple kitchen makeoversupdated: Wed Aug 18 2004 10:27:00

Kitchen renovations are among the most expensive home-improvement projects, but it's possible to give a tired kitchen new life without breaking the bank.

CNNMoney: Laundry Wars IIupdated: Wed Aug 18 2004 09:56:00

Ladies, if you are stuck doing laundry you have only yourself to blame.

A toast to the toasterupdated: Wed Feb 11 2004 10:04:00

One of the best inventions has to be the car seat warmer, more affectionately known as the "tushie toaster." I learned the term from my friend's mom growing up, and it always seemed a little warmer to me.

Business 2.0: How To Reinvent The Wheel JAMES DYSON Inventor of the ballbarrow (a wheelbarrow with a ball instead of a wheel), the bagless vacupdated: Mon Dec 01 2003 00:01:00

It is easier to reinvent the wheel than to invent something entirely new, because the faults of the existing system are fairly obvious. There are two approaches to finding new ways to do things: On...

Business 2.0: When Your Customer Says Jump... By tailoring his products to big retailers' every whim, Michael Jemal is teaching China's largesupdated: Wed Oct 01 2003 00:01:00

Unlike other televisions sold in the United States, the $149, 13-inch Haier Ribbit comes in a frog-shaped console, doubles as a night-light, and forces kids to answer math problems before switching...

Money Magazine: Kitchen Confidential The old dishwasher lasted 15 years. The new one failed after 18 months. Then it failed updated: Sun Jun 01 2003 00:01:00

My friend Susan believes that repair people are the most powerful folks on the planet. No one else, she argues, can tell you that they'll show up sometime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. and actually get...

Money Magazine: Four Alluring Chip Plays Value-conscious investors are filling up on specialty chip stocks.updated: Sun Dec 01 2002 00:01:00

Many of us associate semiconductors solely with personal computers. But those in the know understand that there are just as many flavors of chip stocks as there are of chips in supermarkets. There ...

Fortune: China's Manufacturing Beachhead No foreign brand has ever made it big in the U.S. major-appliance market. But updated: Mon Oct 28 2002 00:01:00

Zhang Ruimin has a plan for entering American homes. The chairman and chief executive of Chinese appliance maker Haier is intent on capturing 10% of the U.S. market for full-sized refrigerators wit...

Money Magazine: Smart Homes The best of Today's intelligent, networked home appliances aren't just cool and high-concept. believe it or not, theupdated: Tue Oct 01 2002 00:01:00

"I'm home," you announce to your house, as you stroll through the door like the Tom Cruise character in the futuristic thriller Minority Report. Your house, smart as a whip, responds warmly by swit...

FSB: A Brand Built To Last Fred Carl's Viking Range Corp. sells $6,000 stoves at a time when people are cooking less updated: Sun Jul 01 2001 00:01:00

When people come into the Wallingford, Conn., showroom of Delia, an upscale appliance distributor, they can't resist trying the big black knobs of the ten gleaming Viking Ranges lined up along one ...

Fortune: Toastupdated: Mon Jun 25 2001 00:01:00

When Robin Southgate designed the world's first weather toaster for his final project at Brunel University in Britain, he gave himself a tough criterion: to make an informative statement on white b...

Fortune: Marc Andreessen "The concept of being always on is a very powerful one."updated: Mon Oct 09 2000 00:01:00

After Marc Andreessen and his University of Illinois cohorts invented Mosaic, the browser that first opened up the Web to millions of people, he co-founded Netscape, the company that helped launch ...

Fortune: The Web Is Not Enough Matsushita thinks the Internet is the answer to its problems. But first the world's argest consumer electrupdated: Mon Jun 26 2000 00:01:00

The off-the-rack gray suit, tie clip, company button, and metal-rimmed glasses mark Yoichi Morishita, chairman of Matsushita Electric, as a prototypical Japanese salaryman. Through patience, hard w...

Fortune: Products of the Century In 1900, our homes were dusty, our children were bored, and our paperwork was daupdated: Mon Nov 22 1999 00:01:00


Fortune: How New Is The Internet, Really? It's Different! It's Unprecedented! It's Not. Sure, the Internet's the Next Big updated: Mon Nov 22 1999 00:01:00

In 1893, Henry Adams rode the train from Washington to Chicago to visit the Columbian Exposition. The historian and novelist (and grandson and great-grandson of Presidents) was no Luddite. He took ...

Fortune: Big Business Meets The E-world Sears? Whirlpool? Now even these guys want to create e-businesses. It's weird, updated: Mon Nov 08 1999 00:01:00

Last May, Bank One sponsored an "Immersion Day" in New York City to introduce the press to its new online spinoff--an Internet bank called Even though the shindig was sponsored by...

Money Magazine: Cool Aid Want relief from the heat? Here's what you'll pay to keep your home cool.updated: Sat May 01 1999 00:01:00

With more than a month to go before the official start of summer, last year's record-high temperatures may be nothing but a hazy memory. But once the mercury climbs and your only redress is an over...

Money Magazine: Should You Hang Around For Al's Act II?updated: Fri May 01 1998 00:01:00


Fortune: RAIDING A COMPANY'S HIDDEN CASH It's the latest in doing more with less: Pioneering managers are raising profits and efficiency updated: Mon Aug 22 1994 00:01:00

TALK ABOUT stretch targets: Could any corporation operate without working capital? The answer may surprise you. A fast-growing number of companies are setting that audacious goal because pursuing i...

Fortune: MATSUSHITA SHOWS HOW TO GO GLOBAL In building more than 150 plants in 38 countries, the electronics and appliance giant has learupdated: Mon Jul 11 1994 00:01:00

IT'S A FEW MINUTES before the morning shift at a Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. semiconductor plant. Workers are shuffling toward locker rooms to don ''bunny suits'' and other sanitized apparel...

Fortune: THE BIG RISE Middle classes explode around the globe, bringing new markets and new prosperity.updated: Mon May 30 1994 00:01:00

DRIVING TOWARD Shekou, a throbbing port in southern China, is like a journey into a region hit by an earthquake. The ground seems to move under you. Mounds of red mud are piled everywhere as land i...

Fortune: FORTUNE VISITS 25 COOL COMPANIES What has the computer revolution done for us lately? Six writers fanned updated: Mon Sep 27 1993 00:01:00

NOW that PC companies are worth billions and even software programmers are wearing shoes in the office, the whole technology thing is getting to be kind of a snore. Remember when Bill Gates was sca...

Fortune: ELECTROLUX THE TRICK TO SELLING IN EUROPEupdated: Mon Sep 20 1993 00:01:00

THINK BACK TO 1983, when the dream of a single European market was just starting to take shape. Leif Johansson, then 32 and a manager at Electrolux, the Swedish appliance maker, was captivated by n...

Fortune: SOME TIPS ON PLAYING IT SAFE updated: Mon Mar 08 1993 00:01:00

While it's far from proven that electromagnetic fields are harmful, a little caution can't hurt. In addition to power lines and wiring, many devices around your home or office produce fields when t...

Fortune: WHIRLPOOL HOW TO LISTEN TO CONSUMERSupdated: Mon Jan 11 1993 00:01:00

WHIRLPOOL MANAGERS confronted a dilemma. A comprehensive company survey, conducted two years ago, showed that consumers wanted a cooking range with oven controls that were easy to clean. Whirlpool'...

Fortune: A 1990s CONSUMER GOES SHOPPINGupdated: Mon Jul 29 1991 00:01:00

''Consumers are putting in remarkable amounts of time and effort to get quality at a bargain price,'' says Madelyn Hochstein, president of the DYG consulting group. Tell me about it, Madelyn. Here ...

Fortune: A QUICK COURSE IN WHAT THEY CALL PRUDENT AVOIDANCE updated: Mon Dec 31 1990 00:01:00

Though it's still unclear whether extremely low frequency (ELF) fields ^ contribute to cancer, you may want to play extra safe and not take unnecessary chances. Granger Morgan, a professor of engin...

Fortune: FUZZY THINKINGupdated: Mon Dec 17 1990 00:01:00

It sure is tough to be a hero to your spouse. Take Yoshihiro Fujiwara, the director of Matsushita's intelligent electronics laboratory. He has put the principles of fuzzy logic -- a form of artific...

Fortune: WOOD STOVES HEAT UP AGAINupdated: Mon Dec 03 1990 00:01:00

Thanks to the crisis in the Persian Gulf, the wood-burning stove is making a comeback. Homeowners scared by the high cost of fuel oil have been rushing to buy before winter sets in. The wood stove ...

Fortune: U.S. IDEA, JAPANESE PRODUCT (CONT'D)updated: Mon May 21 1990 00:01:00

Once again, Japanese companies are taking a technology invented in the U.S. and using it to create groundbreaking consumer products. The new technology is called fuzzy logic because it enables mach...

Fortune: LESSONS FROM U.S. BUSINESS BLUNDERS Ravaged by foreign competitors, some of the 500's largest companies can point to plenty of supdated: Mon Apr 23 1990 00:01:00

XEROX LAST YEAR celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first commercial fax machine, which it introduced. The company controlled 7% of U.S. fax sales in 1989. Japanese companies had two-thirds. -- ...

Fortune: A HEARTLAND INDUSTRY TAKES ON THE WORLD America's home appliance manufacturers have seen Paree. For their new rivals in Europe, updated: Mon Mar 12 1990 00:01:00

NOTHING IS MORE American than household appliances. You'll find Maytag's home offices across the way from a seed store in Newton, Iowa. General Electric's appliance division is stabled a few furlon...

Fortune: WHO WILL DO WELL? In this economy the ideal conglomerate would sell food, drugs, conservative clothes, psychiatric care, and lifupdated: Mon Jul 17 1989 00:01:00

THE COOLING ECONOMY will be hard on makers of big-ticket items like cars and appliances. Some of the steam will go out of basic industries. But times will stay good for suppliers of soft goods, con...

Money Magazine: HOW YOU CAN GET BURNED BY CDS THAT COME WITH TOASTERSupdated: Sat Jul 01 1989 00:01:00

Old gimmicks die hard. Back in the '70s, when regulation prevented banks and thrifts from paying depositors decent returns, bankers camouflaged minimal yields with appliance giveaways. Now, with th...

Fortune: CUTE TRICKS ON THE BOTTOM LINE The figures you've been reading in the latest annual reports are no more trustworthy than last yeupdated: Mon Apr 24 1989 00:01:00

PROFITS ARE formidable statistics. They stare out from annual reports with an air of finality. They weigh heavily in our decisions to invest or sell. They even influence our language and our though...

Fortune: THE NEW POWER IN BLACK & DECKER CEO Nolan Archibald and his whiz kids are taking their market back from the Japanese and thoupdated: Mon Jan 02 1989 00:01:00

THERE IS FANTASY, and then there is vision, and Nolan Archibald has pursued both in his 45 achievement-obsessed years. His dream of playing basketball in the NBA turned out to be fantasy, though he...

Fortune: FIVE PRODUCTS U.S. COMPANIES DESIGN BADLY updated: Mon Nov 21 1988 00:01:00

For all the progress the U.S. has made, some industries still fall far short of the Europeans and Japanese in design. Many American managers simply aren't trained to appreciate it; the subject rare...

Fortune: WHAT AMERICA MAKES BEST A deep concern for product quality is turning many U.S. manufacturers into the world's top competitors. updated: Mon Mar 28 1988 00:01:00

IT'S BEEN a long time coming, but American manufacturers finally have reasons to be optimistic. Profits are rising, and so are exports. With the engines of many industries revved up to capacity, th...

Fortune: A DOWN-TO-EARTH JOB: SAVING THE SKY Facing curbs on compounds that ravage the earth's protective ozone layer, chemical makers arupdated: Mon Mar 14 1988 00:01:00

OZONE, A VARIANT of the oxygen we breathe, is the Jekyll and Hyde of the atmosphere. At ground level, where it is a pollutant from smokestacks and tailpipes, ozone contributes to smog. But in the s...

Fortune: DISCOUNTERS IN THE DUMPS Once again the electronics retailers have overexpanded. Invading each other's turf, they touched off prupdated: Mon Aug 03 1987 00:01:00

FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS a bunch of hip dudes who operate discount audio-video appliance stores played a fabulous gig with the cats on the Street. Between 1982 and 1986 they cut a long-playing recor...

Money Magazine: 99 Things That, Yes, Americans Make Bestupdated: Fri May 01 1987 00:01:00

For many Americans, unless something is made in the U.K. or fabrique en France it is just not up to snuff. Yet, as the following list of high-quality products demonstrates, we can glory in much of ...

Fortune: It's clearance time againupdated: Mon Mar 02 1987 00:01:00

Once again the automakers are in a race that none of them enjoys: the incentive sweepstakes. After a surge in December, when sales taxes still counted as a deduction from taxable federal income, ca...


Microwave ovens were once viewed as a triumph of convenience over common sense. Would you settle for, say, a gray slab of steaming beef curling up at the edges for the convenience of two minutes of...

Fortune: DAIMLER-BENZ CONGLOMERATES The king of luxury cars has racked up big profits by staying with what it knows best. Now it has acquupdated: Mon Oct 27 1986 00:01:00

THE ENGINE springs to life and revs to a powerful whine. Wheels grip surely as the sleek machine whooshes off on a carpet-smooth ride. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the Mercedes-Benz vacuum clea...

Fortune: ELECTROLUX WANTS A CLEAN SWEEP The Swedish company is on a worldwide buying spree designed to make it the first global applianceupdated: Mon Aug 18 1986 00:01:00

ELECTROLUX GROUP of Sweden aims to be the world's first global appliance maker. That hardly seems a surprising ambition for an aggressive company, until you understand that the appliance business h...

Fortune: WHAT WELCH HAS WROUGHT AT GE In five years General Electric's perpetual-motion boss has chopped 100,000 jobs, sunk billions of dupdated: Mon Jul 07 1986 00:01:00

TO THE CASUAL eye, much of what General Electric has been up to lately seems to epitomize the humbled circumstances of American business. For more than a century GE brought the world wondrous inven...

Fortune: Appliance offensiveupdated: Mon Mar 31 1986 00:01:00

White Consolidated Industries rejected a proposed $711-million takeover bid by AB Electrolux of Sweden. The Cleveland-based appliance maker even sought without success to get a court injunction aga...

Fortune: IN HOT PURSUIT OF HIGH-TECH FOOD The health craze, the growth of two-career households, and increasingly sophisticated palates hupdated: Mon Dec 23 1985 00:01:00

BIG FOOD-PROCESSING companies guard their technical secrets with all the zeal of defense contractors. Last year, after Keebler, Nabisco, and Frito-Lay marketed cookies that were crisp on the outsid...

Fortune: GANGING UP ON BLACK & DECKER The power-tool powerhouse is making the biggest brand-name switch in history, selling what usedupdated: Mon Dec 23 1985 00:01:00

BLACK & DECKER is halfway through the biggest brand swap in history. The company, known for power tools and its Dustbuster cordless vacuum cleaner, spent $300 million 19 months ago to buy General E...

Fortune: SMART-POWER CHIPS ARE THE LATEST TURN-ON A new silicon chip isn't just smart; it can handle loads of power too. The smart-power updated: Mon Mar 04 1985 00:01:00

A NEW KIND of semiconductor chip is about to work wonders on a vast assortment of products, including many standard household items. The chip is helping produce air conditioners that run without th...

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