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DealBook: Argentina Is in Default, and Also Maybe in Denial

For a nation that went through a devastating default 13 years ago, the collective memory of what a real economic default feels like is still fresh.






ArcelorMittal Returns to Profit as Steel Demand Rises

The world’s largest steel maker reported a $52 million profit in the second quarter, its first profitable quarter since 2012, but forecast lower earnings for the year.






DealBook: Société Générale Profit Rises as Loan Problems Recede

France’s second-largest bank said its second-quarter net income was up 7.8 percent to about $1.37 billion, but it still faces potential risks, including exposure to Russia.






DealBook: Bank of Ireland Reports First Profit Since 2008

The Dublin-based bank reported net income of about $459.3 million for the six months ended June 30, bolstered by an improved economic outlook in Ireland and Britain.






Blogs

THE ART OF SELLING

Attack of the Sales Staff

I recently visited a local store that employs what I would describe as the “swarm” tactic of sales. The moment that a customer or would-be customer walks through the door, there is a group of eager salespeople waiting to accompany them throughout their shopping experience....

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International Intelligence

While the adage, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do,” may still be true, business colleagues, clients, friends and associates should be treated with sensitivity whether they’re visiting this country or you’re in theirs. It’s always wise to do a little research and...

Meeting Mayhem

Meetings can be one of the most productive ways to conduct business. They also can waste valuable time and serve as a source of considerable frustration.  Whenever you bring a group of people together there’s always a good chance that at least one person in the room will cause...

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