October 31, 2014
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Sony Reports Narrower Second-Quarter Loss Than Estimated

Strong sales of its PlayStation 4 games console reduced the impact of its sluggish smartphone division.






Shortcuts: When a Child Legally Becomes an Adult

Most parents know that their children are legally adults when they turn 18. But the full significance may not be apparent until something drives it home.






Exxon Third-Quarter Profit Rises 3 Percent on Refining; Shares Gain

Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, on Friday reported a better-than-expected 3 percent increase in quarterly profit on higher results in its refining and chemicals businesses.






Off the Charts: A Preference for the Lease Over the Mortgage

A sharp increase in renters is fueling a boom in apartment construction, while the homeownership rate in America is at a 20-year low.






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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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