During this week's Paris Air Show German government officials met with Lockheed Martin (LMT - Get Report) to discuss the aerospace defense firm's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to Defense News.

It is not uncommon for interested customers to engage with the defense industry on a number of platforms or technologies.

That said, the meeting does not necessarily represent a meaningful step forward in any possible transaction.

However, the air show was the first time the German government and Lockheed had ever discussed the F-35 specifically, the report said.

Shares of Lockheed Martin were climbing higher during afternoon trading on Friday. 

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Well OK then, Jeff Immelt: General Electric's (GE - Get Report) outgoing CEO Jeff Immelt had some choice things to say at an event in NYC on Thursday night, TheStreet's Kinsey Grant reports. First, Immelt revealed a possibly fatal management mistake Kroger's (KR - Get Report) CEO might have made about Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) who as we all know, just inked a $13.7 billion deal for organic grocer Whole Foods (WFM) . Immelt then took a jab at Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for not visiting factories in their push to lift manufacturing wages. Talk about a well-paid boss going down swinging.

Why Sears Canada is dying: Sears Canada (SRSC) has one foot in the grave just like its ailing U.S. friend Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) . Unfortunately for Sears Canada, it's that friend across the boarder that has played a large role in its demise, TheStreet's Michelle Lodge reports. Sears has sucked badly needed cash away from Sears Canada through the years, leaving it unable to upgrade stores and do other things to compete effectively in the always challenging Canadian retail market.

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