Ford Announes Job Cuts In Europe

Sales in the European Union are down 12 percent this year and Bloomberg reports "a few hundred" workers, mostly in Germany and the United Kingdom will be getting the axe. And pioneering electric car maker Tesla Motors has announced it's selling 5 million shares to raise much needed cash.

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Ford is cutting jobs in Europe. Sales in the European Union are down 12 percent this year; that's what a financial crisis will do for you. Bloomberg reports a few hundred workers, mostly in Germany and the United Kingdom, will be getting the axe. And the pioneering electric car maker Tesla Motors has announced that it is selling five million shares to raise much needed cash.

The Silicon Valley-based company is experiencing cash flow problems caused in part by production delays.

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