Posted by Dale Buss on September 3, 2010 10:30 AM
* The oil industry is on edge after a second accident in the Gulf of Mexico, although an apparently minor one. Meanwhile, BP says it has spent about $8 billion so far in response to its own much worse Gulf disaster.
* Amazon and Apple are in the midst of an epic brand battle, being fought on the TV front.
* Andean Resources, a major prospective gold company in Australia, has become the subject of bidding by two Canadian concerns.
* Chiquita is among food brands on the cutting edge of a new social-media trend: allowing consumers to help design special product labels.
* Febreze marketing campaign with the National Football League shows that Proctor & Gamble understands that women are football fans too.
* General Motors needs to focus on finding U.S.-based investors for its IPO, the federal government believes.
* Mercedes-Benz launches MBrace 2.0, a new version of its onboard infotainment system.
* Pampers Dry Max diapers by Procter & Gamble are cleared by U.S. and Canadian government agencies, debunking social-media furor about “chemical burns.”
* Pernod Ricard premium spirits brands outperform cheaper alternatives, another testament to luxury brands’ staying power through the global recession.
* Pinkberry ramps up growth as the frozen-yogurt chain also adds takeout containers.
* Sharp touts its history and staying power in the solar-energy products business.
* Toshiba takes aim at Apple's iPad with a new tablet computer.
* Walgreens rode the back of just-departed Hurricane Earl by offering prescription safety tips for East Coast customers.
* Back-to-school sales in the U.S. look better than feared.