The Volkswagen E-Bugster concept car is introduced on the first press preview day for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, January 9, 2012.

VW Reports Record Car Sales for 2011

The car group reports selling 8.16 million sales last year, more than Toyota. Car group sales in India more than doubled, but General Motors could outshine the German automaker.

7.3 Quake Shakes Indonesia; Tsunami Warning Canceled

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The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake registered 7.3 magnitude, striking off the coast of teh Aceh province just after midnight early Wednesday. The earthquake's center was 18 miles beneath the ocean floor, the USGS said.
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BMW tops Mercedes for US luxury car sales crown

BMW grabbed the top spot in the U.S. luxury auto market in 2011, edging out Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz brand, as both German automakers took advantage of inventory problems for Toyota Motor Corp's Lexus lineup.
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Barclays Upgrade Micron, Shares Jump

Shares of Micron Technology Inc climbed as much as 11 percent after Barclays Capital raised the chip devices maker's stock to overweight, even as the brokerage downgraded five other stocks from the sector, including Intel Corp.
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Barclays Cuts Intel, Applied Materials to Equal Weight

U.S. semiconductor stocks are in for a volatile 2012 as inventory correction extends into the first quarter, and an industry recovery due only in the second half, Barclays Capital said and downgraded five stocks, including Intel Corp.

Japan Earthquake 2012: Strong Quake Shakes New Year's Day

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 shook Japan off the country's coast on Sunday, the first day of the new year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS said the earthquake struck 495 kilometers (307 miles) south-southwest of Tokyo.
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Paul Smith Profit up by 31 Percent Despite Economic Turmoil

Couture designer Paul Smith has reported an increase in pre-tax profits of 31 percent despite the economic downturn. As per the accounts filed in the Company House, the pre-tax profits rose from £20.9 million a year previously to a current £27.4 million.
A Syrian citizen takes part in a rally in support of President Bashar al-Assad in front of the Syrian embassy in Minsk

2012 World Events Outlook

Herewith follows some of my predictions for what may happen in 2012 with respect to some key foreign countries.

New Earthquakes Shake Christchurch, N.Z.; Few Injuries

A series of strong earthquakes hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch Friday, sending goods toppling from shelves, causing rockfalls and driving terrified residents from buildings 10 months after a quake killed almost 200 people in the city.


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