Net sales of equipment fell 10.2 percent to $3.66 billion.Agricultural equipment sales were up over 8 percent to about $3billion, but construction equipment sales were down about 48percent at $695 million. Analysts on average were expecting CNH to earn 67 cents ashare before special items, on revenue of $4.70 billion,according to Reuters Estimates. "Although unprecedented levels of governmental stimulusactions are being enacted throughout the world, we expect thatsuch actions will have an impact in late 2009 or possibly into2010, and may only serve as an offset to new declines in otherconstruction equipment market segments," the company said in astatement. As a result, the company said it plans to idle itsconstruction equipment factories "for much of the first half ofthe year." Robert McCarthy, an analyst at Robert W.
CNH said that agricultural fundamentals remain strong butacknowledged that tight credit markets, and farmer uncertainty,would weigh on sales even in the United States. RAISING CASH As Fiat looks to obtain outside sources of funding, CNHsaid the availability of its in-house financial services wouldbe "significantly limited." CNH shares were down $4.48, or 30.8 percent, at $10.05 onthe New York Stock Exchange in afternoon trade A year ago, theshares traded at nearly $62. Shares of Deere and Caterpillar were down by 2.9 percentand 4.4 percent, respectively. (Additional reporting by Bijoy Koyitty and PatrickFitzgibbons, editing by Matthew Lewis and Gerald E McCormick) Stocks. ) My guess is Marc Curles and his band of larcenous zebras will be working the Florida-South Carolina game in Columbia Nov 14. Where would Urban be without them SEC Officiating Crew Suspended WJTV The officiating crew from Saturdays Arkansas at Florida football game will be removed from its next scheduled assignment on Oct.
31 and will not be assigned to officiate as a crew until Nov. 14, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive announced Wednesday. While only a few calls have been identified, the entire crew shoulders responsibility for each play.I have taken this action because there must be accountability in our officiating program, added Slive.Our institutions expect the highest level of officiating in all of our sports and it is the duty of the conference office to uphold that expectation. In addition, there will be an impact on eligibility for post-season bowl assignments for the crew.. 22 /PRNewswire/ Project 515 is proposinglegislation to ensure equal and fair treatment for all Minnesota families thatare experiencing severe health issues and the death of a loved one.Project 515's legislative proposal, discussed at a Capitol news conferencetoday, will provide committed same-sex couples the same right as marriedcouples to: Honor the final wishes of their partners Preserve their homes for their families Seek justice after a wrongful death"Most Minnesotans from across the state expect our laws to treat peopleequally, yet 515 of our laws fall short," said Senator Yvonne Prettner Solon(DFL, Duluth), who will author a Final Wishes Bill in the Minnesota Senate."Changes to current state law are necessary to ensure equal and fair treatmentfor all Minnesota families."Representative Erin Murphy (DFL, St.