Business News Archive - July 24, 2009

BASEL, Switzerland, July 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sales $6.7 billion: up 2 percent CER(1), 9 percent lower as reportedCrop Protection sales up 1 percent(1) at $5.0 billionSeeds sales up 7 percent(1) to $1.7 billionEBITDA $2.0 billion, up 4 percent CEREarnings per share(2) $15.18, 8 percent lowerEarnings per share $14.78 after restructuring and impairment Reported Financial Excluding Restructuring, Highlights Impairment --------------------- --------------------------- H1 2009 H1 2008 Actual H1 2009 H1 2008 Actual CER(1) $m $m % $m $m % % -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Sales 6,655 7,295 - 9 6,655 7,295 - 9 +2 Net Income(3) 1,385 1,519 - 9 1,423 1,576 - 10 Earnings per share $14.78

BARRIE, Ontario, July 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Winning Brands Corporation www.WinningBrands.ca (Pink Sheets: WNBD) (Frankfurt: WMU.F), manufacturer of cleaning sensation Winning Colours Stain Remover, is augmenting its U.S.

LONDON, July 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- World-leading agri business Syngenta has pointed to strong levels of global demand for its products as it unveiled financial results for the first half of 2009. The company, based in Basel, Switzerland, has announced reported sales and profits down from its record performance in 2008 but stressed that this underlying performance was 'resilient' given the economic conditions. Sounding an optimistic note, CEO Mike Mack predicted a strong second half and pointed to a product pipeline worth up to $4 bn. He told financial broadcaster Cantos: "The fundamentals for this business remain solidly intact.

IRVINE, Calif., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Kelley Blue Book, www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new-car and used-car information, today announces an addition to its Cash for Clunkers Calculator on the company's top-rated Web site, kbb.com.

SHANGHAI, July 24 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Chemspec International Limited (NYSE: CPC) ("Chemspec" or the "Company"), a leading China-based contract manufacturer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals, today announced two recent senior management appointments: Dr.

COVINGTON, Ky., July 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH) today announced preliminary(1) results for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, the third quarter of its 2009 fiscal year. On Nov.

IRVINE, Calif., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In support of the recently signed Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) by the U.S.

MISSION, Texas, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationally, home sales are falling, unemployment is on the rise and the economy is expected to grow slowly.The cities in the Rio Grande Valley area of South Texas are doing just fine, however.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Early statistics from Hyundai Motor America on the U.S. government's Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) program, also known as "Cash for Clunkers," show an average 59 percent fuel economy gain between the "clunker" and the new vehicle purchased.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., July 24, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AMCOL International Corporation (NYSE: ACO) today reported 2009 second quarter net income attributable to AMCOL shareholders of $6.1 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared with $14.8 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in the prior year period.

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