DUMPING SALMON IN USWASHINGTON -- Norwegian exporters are selling Atlantic salmon in the United States at dumping prices, the Commerce Department said in a preliminary ruling.
The dumping margins range from 4.9 percent to 0.13 percent of import value, depending on the exporter, Commerce announced.
The finding requires the Customs Service to collect a cash deposit or bond on imports of Norwegian salmon, except shipments by Sea Star International.
Commerce plans to make a final ruling in the case by Dec. 11.
ARGENTINA AND MEXICO
TO MEET ON FREE TRADE
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentine President Carlos Menem and Mexico's President Carlos Salinas de Gortari will meet here in early October to analyze a bilateral free-trade agreement and hemispheric economic integration, officials from both nations announced.
Argentina's proposed accord with Mexico would aim to increase two-way commerce, and end all trade barriers and most import tariffs.
BRITISH FASHION HOUSE
UNVEILS LAYOFF PLANS
LONDON - Laura Ashley, the British fashion house famous for its quaint floral dress prints and household fabrics, said Thursday it will close six factories in Wales and Ireland and lay off up to 1,500 workers to stay in business.
''If Laura Ashley is to survive . . . it is no longer viable to source the current level of garments worldwide from our U.K. factories when products of similar quality can be obtained at a significantly lower cost from other suppliers in other countries," said Bernard Ashley, company chairman and widower of the late Laura Ashley, company founder.