Hassloch in Rheinland-Pfalz is considered Germany's most average town. For 30 years, the GfK consumer research group has been testing new products there. If products sell well, they're later put on the market across Germany.
Gun manufacturers have fallen short in their efforts to replace the controversial G36 model. Defense Minister Ursula von Der Leyen's plan to phase in a new weapon has been delayed by eight months.
Car manufacturing in Britain has declined for yet another month, with production for the home market taking a severe blow. Export numbers remained relatively stable, though, the SMMT industry body said.
A rabies vaccine scandal in China has resulted in €1.1 billion in penalties for a pharmaceuticals firm. Officials say its product did not enter the market, but the case fueled consumer outrage over faulty goods.
German premium carmaker BMW has announced that new stricter EU emissions tests for cars as well as global trade tensions would leave revenues and profits short of its full-year forecast.
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