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July 24, 1986 | Associated Press
Ford Motor Co., the nation's No. 2 car maker, today reported a net profit of nearly $1.1 billion for the second quarter, a company record for any quarter and a 54% improvement over the same period a year ago. It was Ford's first billion-dollar quarter since becoming a publicly held company 30 years ago. Ford said its earnings came to $4.02 a share, compared with $2.50 a share a year earlier.
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NEWS
July 14, 1986 | Associated Press
International Business Machines Corp., the world's largest computer company, said today that its second-quarter earnings fell 7.7% from a year earlier despite a 7.3% revenue gain. IBM's profit of $1.31 billion, or $2.12 a share, was below the projections of many Wall Street analysts. IBM Chairman John Akers warned that without an improvement in capital spending in North America, the company's biggest market, "it will be difficult to show earnings growth in 1986."
NEWS
June 14, 1989 | From Reuters
A reformer charged with planning Soviet economic development said Tuesday that there can be no improvement in the country's crisis-ridden economy in the coming year. Leonid I. Abalkin, just named a deputy premier amid warnings from other economists of financial collapse, told the Communist Party newspaper Pravda that any hope for a quick turnaround is "groundless illusion." "One must be a realist in everything. There can be no improvement in the coming months, before the autumn.
BUSINESS
July 20, 1997
Wells Fargo is finally realizing that they can't fool the people with notices like, "Beginning June 1, to improve customer service, no over-the-counter transactions will be accepted that can be done on ATM machines" ("Merger Woes Take Toll on Wells Fargo," July 10). Who were they kidding? That's a decrease in customer service, not an improvement! That's the sort of action Wells has been taking, and that's why customers are leaving. STEVEN B. OPPENHEIMER Northridge
NEWS
January 24, 1986 | United Press International
The federal deficit grew $14.6 billion in December, a decrease of 56% from November's $33.3 billion, the Treasury Department said Thursday. But fiscal 1986 so far shows no improvement over the year before. The shortfall in the first quarter of 1986 was $75 billion, compared to $71.4 billion in the same period of fiscal 1985. The latest projection by the Office of Management and Budget indicated that the 1986 deficit will reach $177.83 billion by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.
NEWS
January 4, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Artificial heart recipient William J. Schroeder's condition on Thursday was upgraded to satisfactory for the first time since he suffered three strokes on Dec. 13, a hospital spokeswoman said. Schroeder demonstrated his improvement--which prompted doctors to change his listing from serious but stable--by taking his first unassisted walk since the strokes through Humana Hospital Audubon hallways, spokeswoman Linda Broaddus said.
NEWS
June 26, 1986
The City Council has approved spending $250,589 for work on Castlehill Drive that will include repaving of the street and construction of curbs, gutters and drainage structures on a portion of Castlehill between Valley Boulevard and the Castlehill Terminus. Engineers will begin to design the project early next month, and the work is expected to be completed by the end of December.
NEWS
December 30, 2010 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
As the New Year approaches, so does the dread of coming up with new resolutions — or reviving old ones. Whether it’s losing weight, quitting smoking or putting more into savings, those personal vows of self-improvement are notoriously difficult to keep. Rather than nailing down a number (lose 20 pounds, say, or save $100 more per month), it’s best to keep those goals a little vague if you want to succeed, says a new study to be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science.
TRAVEL
December 31, 2006
SCARCELY news to anyone subjected to the horrors of air travel today that despite their promises of improvement the airlines continue to provide ever worsening levels of hostility to their hapless customers ["Airlines' Plans to Improve Service Are Barely Off the Ground," Travel Insider, Dec. 17]. What is dismaying is that I see no reason to hope for any improvement. The basic reality is that most passengers today buy on price. Even the so-called luxury airlines are reduced to price-promotion.
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