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Chief Executive Brady Dougan said that the second-quarter performance was “disappointing” but defended the company’s overall business model.


Parts problem hurts Ford Focus sales

DETROIT — Ford can’t make enough Focus cars to keep up with rising demand because of equipment problems that have caused a shortage of dashboards, two people familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.

Machinery that makes the skin that covers dashboards at a Ford parts factory outside Detroit works intermittently. That is forcing the company to take the unusual and costly step of flying in parts from Europe to keep its assembly lines moving, the people said. Despite those efforts, the Focus plant near Detroit can’t run at full speed, they said.

The problem comes at a time when high gas prices and shortages of Japanese small cars have driven up demand for the Focus. Dealers say they’re having trouble getting the newly redesigned compacts, and they’ve been forced to put customers on waiting lists.


Maximum Tylenol dose cut to prevent overdoses

TRENTON, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson said Thursday that it’s reducing the maximum daily dose of its Extra Strength Tylenol pain reliever to lower risk of accidental overdose from acetaminophen, its active ingredient and the top cause of liver failure.

The company’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division said the change affects Extra Strength Tylenol sold in the U.S., one of many products in short supply in stores due to a string of recalls.

Starting sometime this fall, labels on Extra Strength Tylenol packages will now list the maximum daily dose as six pills, or a total of 3,000 milligrams, down from eight pills a day, or 4,000 milligrams. McNeil will also reduce the maximum daily dose for its Regular Strength Tylenol and other adult pain relievers containing acetaminophen, beginning next year.


4-continent corporate structure announced by Fiat

MILAN| Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has announced a new management team and corporate structure to drive deeper integration between the two automakers.

Mr. Marchionne said Thursday that the new corporate structure would be comprised of four regional operations in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. He will be chief operational officer for North America, including Chrysler.

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