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negotiating deals to purchase Canadair, Boeing’s de-Havilland unit, business – jet pioneer Learjet, and Short Brothers of Northern Ireland. Deere & Co. felt vulnerable with the declining customer base for agricultural machinery, so Chairman and CEO Hans Becherer began reallocating resources into other lines of business, such as health care and financial services. Entering these domains is helping Deere weather uncertain times and takes some pressure off the machinery business. An example of divestment is when Sears redefined its domain by selling off its financial services divisions, including Coldwell Banker, Allstate, and Dean Witter, to focus the company on retailing. Political Activity, Regulation:Political activity includes techniques to influence government legislation and regulation. For example, General Motors used political activity to successfully settle a battle with the U.S. transportation Department over the safety of some of its pickup trucks; the settlement requires that GM spend $51 million on safety programs over a five-year period but saved the company the cost of a $ 1 billion recall.