Volkswagen AG, Europe’s biggest carmaker, said the market in several European countries is stabilizing and confirmed a target to sell 9.5 million vehicles this year as the race to become the global leader gathers steam.
The patchwork of tiny rice paddies that have decorated the terraced hillsides and alluvial plains of Japan for centuries is under threat as the government presses aging farmers to consolidate holdings or switch crops.
Tesla Motors Inc. said three workers were injured at its only assembly plant in Fremont, California, adding to a string of mishaps including fires in its Model S sedans and results that disappointed some investors.
Japanese companies eased off on capital-spending growth in the third quarter and failed to step up exports even with a cheaper yen, contributing to an economic slowdown that puts pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc., Japan’s second-biggest bank by market value, raised its full-year profit forecast 29 percent after the country’s stock market rally helped first-half earnings climb to a record.