Business briefs: Bradenton's First Bank sponsors document shred for food

May 1, 2014 

First Bank sponsors shred for food

BRADENTON -- First Bank is holding a shred day May 2 at its offices at the 4601 Manatee Ave. W. office.

The event is free and open to the public, but the mission is to gather canned goods for the Manatee Food Bank. The two-hour event begins at 11:30 a.m. First Bank staff will accept the canned good donations.

All documents will be taken to the shredding truck for destruction while the customer watches. For more information call 941-708-0314.

GOP report says health signups lagging

WASHINGTON -- A report by House Republicans says one-third of people who signed up for health insurance through new federal exchanges hadn't paid their first month's premium as of mid-April.

But administration officials, outside experts and the insurance industry questioned the conclusions.

The report by Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans found 67 percent of people who'd signed up for health insurance under the president's signature health law had paid as of April 15.

That's a far lower figure than many insurance companies have announced and would undermine the Obama administration's claims to robust enrollment under the health law.

Outside experts and administration officials say the GOP investigation didn't capture the surge of enrollments in March. Many of those people would not have been billed in time to pay by mid-April.

Does Wal-Mart sell everything? No but just wait

NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart's decision to get into the car insurance business begs the question: Is there anything that the world's largest retailer doesn't sell?

The answer is plenty.

You can find food, meds and toys for your dog, but chances are you didn't buy your pet there. You can pick up a wedding veil at Wal-Mart, but not a traditional white wedding gown.

All that could all change someday.

Wal-Mart says almost anything is possible as it pushes to cement its reputation as a place where shoppers can stop in for nearly everything. The pressure to become all things to all people is only intensifying as Wal-Mart continues to face competition from expanding online rival Amazon.com.

Survey: U.S. businesses add 220K jobs in April

WASHINGTON -- U.S. businesses boosted hiring in April, according to a private survey, a sign the economy may improve after a sluggish start this year.

Payroll processer ADP said Wednesday that private employers added 220,000 jobs in April, the most since November and up from 209,000 in March.

The figures suggest that the government's jobs report for April, to be released Friday, could show a healthy gain. Economists forecast that report will show employers added 210,000 jobs in April, according to a survey by FactSet. That would be the most in five months.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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