In a Slow Economy, Negative Quarters Shouldn't Surprise

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Data this week could show the U.S. economy shrank earlier this year, but that doesn’t necessarily indicate a recession, writes Greg Ip.

Toshiba Could Shine Once Mess Is Cleared

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Heard on the Street: Toshiba’s accounting issues could be the setback the company needs to clean up its broader portfolio of businesses.

Antitrust Lawsuits Target Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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Lawsuits advancing in federal court in Alabama allege that the 37 independently owned Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurers, which cover about a third of Americans, are functioning as an illegal cartel.

Bids Fly as GE Unit Auction Nears an End

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Several private-equity firms are vying to buy General Electric Co.’s unit that funds leveraged buyouts, in a sale process that could fetch more than $17 billion for GE and be the largest U.S. finance deal since the financial crisis.

Need to Suck It Up? Try a Meat Straw

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Companies offer drinking straws made out all sorts of things, from beef to stainless steel to cookies.

McDonald's to Stop Reporting Monthly Sales Data

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McDonald’s CEO said his turnaround plan will hinge on many small things, and the company plans to stop disclosing monthly sales figures beginning July 1.

Bank Chiefs Don't Buoy Trading Hopes

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Heard on the Street: Comments from BofA’s Brian Moynihan and J.P. Morgan’s James Dimon do little to lift hopes for a trading uptick in the second quarter.

Workday's Growth Turns Taskmaster

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Heard on the Street: Workday’s latest results showed that it can’t afford to miss a single step on the growth treadmill.

Ahold Emptying Till To Defend Market Share

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Ahold’s profitability is falling despite increasing sales. The price of defending its market share against discounters is unlikely to get much cheaper in the tie-up with Delhaize.

European Bad Loan Tide Going Out Slowly

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Improving economies and bankruptcy reforms should help sales of bad loans, but banks still have a lot to work through.

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