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   Business Today also features news that ties events in Buffalo to doings in China and Ireland: - Gillibrand backs U.S. workers, targets China on trade inequity - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News   China is using unfair practices to dominate the alternative- and renewable-energy sectors, threatening American companies' ability to compete in the e…

  If you thought space was tight on your last flight, wait until you see the latest "ultra high density" SkyRider seating designed by Italian company AvionInteriors.   The seats have passengers nearly standing upright, but tucked back into shallow, angled "saddle-type" seats. They take up 25 percent less room than traditional seating…

   In Business Today: Manufacturing is down. Home sales are way down. But at least we've got a shiny new Convention Center to meet in. - Production data points to risks for recovery - David Robinson/The Buffalo News   Local manufacturing took a turn for the worse in September, raising fears that the recovery at the Buffalo Niagara region’s f…

   You've heard of the bear market and the bull market. Here's Business Today on the Buffalo market: - What’s next for M&T and largest shareholder? - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News   OK, now what? That’s the question investors and analysts are asking about M&T Bank Corp. and its largest shareholder, Allied Irish Banks PL…

   In Business Today, a lot of things need fixing: - Brownfields summit to explore potential - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News   From the Steel Winds wind turbines site in Lackawanna to the BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York complex in downtown Buffalo, the region has found ways to make productive properties out of its brownfields.   Th…

   Again, a greenish tint to Business Today: - Solar power to shine during annual tour - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News    Homes and buildings incorporating solar power and other "green" features will have their moment in the sun Saturday.   The region's annual Tour of Solar Homes and Green Buildings will let owners and u…

   So much of Business Today is about something to do with First Niagara Bank, maybe we should send them a bill for advertising. - SEC filing reveals details of merger - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News   First Niagara Financial Group had pursued NewAlliance Bancshares of Connecticut for several months beginning in late 2009, well before it wra…

   In Business Today:   The off-again, on-again merger, combination, alliance, whatever, of Buffalo's M&T Bank and Spain's Banco Santander SA is off again. But the merger of Southwest Airlines with AirTran is a done deal. - M&T, Spanish bank fail to agree on merger - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News   The latest…

- Southwest to acquire AirTran - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News   Southwest Airlines agreed Monday to buy AirTran in a $1.4 billion deal that would solidify the low-fare airline’s position as the largest passenger carrier at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.   Together, AirTran and Southwest, under their current schedules, would carry one o…

   On Sunday, The Buffalo News Business Today carried more of that not-awful news that qualifies as a fiscal upturn: - Companies go slow on acquisitions - David Robinson/The Buffalo News   Brian J. Lipke, Gibraltar Industries’ CEO, is itching to get back into the acquisition game.   So is Timothy T. Tevens, the top executive at Col…

   Business Today, and related news, in Friday's Buffalo News: - Perry's gets hired for ice cream contest on 'Apprentice' - Samantha Maziarz Christmann/The Buffalo News   Akron-based Perry's Ice Cream made its national television debut Thursday night with a starring appearance on NBC's "The Apprentice" w…

   In Business Today, a local business plans to drill more holes in Pennsylvania, the ghost of a former owner still haunts Buffalo's Statler Towers, and we just love the smell of Cheerios in the morning. It smells like, money. - National Fuel seeks to ramp up gas drilling - David Robinson/The Buffalo News   National Fuel Gas Co. is looking to …

   News just keeps breaking. We hardly have enough time to fix it.    From Wednesday morning's Business Today:- WNY fares well on list of health insurers - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News   A new ranking of health insurance plans puts Independent Health Association among the Top 20 nationwide, while its two Western New…

   Was it only the other day that we were writing about a Buffalo-based bank buying another bank from somewhere else? And expressing relief that is wasn't the other way around?   Remember how the mayor of that other town warned that Buffalo's bank would itself be swallowed up soon. [As Master Qui-Gon says, There's always a bigger fish.]&#…

   Three local Business Today points add up to a line: Success in business, or in finding a job, comes from doing things, not making things. And if you try to make something nice, you just end up with icing on your face: - Yahoo opening buoys hopes for attracting more - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News   Yahoo formally opened its state-of-the-a…