Toyota Moves Closer to Prequake Output Levels -- Toyota Motor Corp. on Monday reported a big step forward in its domestic production recovery after the March 11 earthquake, as progress in restoring its parts supply chain helped bring output in June closer to year-earlier levels. Domestic output at Japan's biggest car maker by volume fell 15.9% in June from the previous year to 249,660 vehicles, but that was a much narrower decline than a drop of 54.4% in May and a 78.4% plunge in April. The improved figures reflect the resumption of production and increased output at suppliers whose facilities were damaged by the quake and tsunami.
I always just took a school bus...
To Reach Simple Life of Summer Camp, Lining Up for Private Jets -- For decades, parents in the Northeast who sent their children to summer camp faced the same arduous logistics of traveling long distances to remote towns in Maine, New Hampshire and upstate New York to pick up their children or to attend parents' visiting day. Now, even as the economy limps along, more of the nation's wealthier families are cutting out the car ride and chartering planes to fly to summer camps. One private jet broker, Todd Rome of Blue Star Jets, said his summer-camp business had jumped 30 percent over the last year.
Remember the fake Apple store from last week?
China officials close fake Apple stores in Kunming city -- China has moved to shut down several fake Apple stores found in Kunming city. Three of the elaborate fake stores, which mimicked the look of the real thing, came to the world's attention after being exposed on a blog. Following the publicity, trade officials investigated and found five stores in Kunming posing as official Apple retail outlets.
P&G takes on supply chain.
P&G opens supply chain planning center -- CEO Bob McDonald joined Ohio Gov. John Kasich and other officials Friday to celebrate the grand opening of the company's new supply chain planning center in Cincinnati's Winton Hills neighborhood, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports. The revamped facility at P&G's Winton Hill Business Center is expected to employ between 800 and 1,000 people by next summer. The jobs will include 350 new to Ohio and about 650 new to the city of Cincinnati, plus about 250 that already were in the city, the paper reported.
- Sheena Moore