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10 Questions to Ask Before Committing to a Business Partner

Having a partner could share the load...or create added burden. Full story

Are recent jobs numbers an indicator of our overall economy?

   Former chief economist to Vice President Biden Jared Bernstein discusses the most recent jobs report and current state of the U.S. economy.

Top links: Why the bad jobs report? It’s the payroll tax, stupid

The March jobs report was, well, not so good. But don’t blame the sequester — blame the payroll tax. Full story

Safeway shares jump as discount program boosts sales

(Reuters) - Safeway Inc <SWY.N> said Thursday a new personalized discount program boosted sales in the first quarter of 2013 compared with the fourth quarter, sending shares up nearly 14 percent on the New York Stock Exchange. Full story

Wal-Mart eases investors fears, U.S. shoppers feel pain

CHICAGO/BOCA RATON, Florida (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc 18 percent dividend increase and comments that U.S. sales patterns were more normal late last week after a slow start to the year helped boost shares of the world's largest retailer 2.6 percent on Thursday. Full story

‘Dumb and dumber’: DC plays the blame game

Is there a solution to the sequester battle? Washington Post columnist Matt Miller thinks he found one in the payroll tax. Full story

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Retailers' sales beat forecasts, but worries remain


  Free Markets, Fair Markets

The FMHR traders debate whether higher payroll taxes may be squeezing sales at Wal-Mart; and CNBC's Kayla Tausche reports on spiking options activity ahead of the latest surge in big deals.

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