April 20, 2015
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IBM First-Quarter Earnings Top Wall St. Expectations

In what the company has said will be a transition year, its revenue fell 12 percent, to $19.6 billion, but operating profits rose.






Pandora to Replace 2 Board Members With Music-Industry Figures

The company says Timothy Leiweke, chief of Maple Leaf Sports, will join immediately and Roger Faxon, former head of EMI, has been nominated and will stand for election.






Millions of Hens in Iowa to Be Destroyed as Bird Flu Spreads

The deadly bird flu virus was confirmed at a farm in Osceola County that has about 10 percent of the state’s egg-laying hens.






Market Closes Higher as Earnings Impress

Stocks rebounded from a big slump on Friday as good first-quarter earnings reports gave the market a boost. Hasbro was one of the day’s big winners.






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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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