Walmart is moving 35,000 part-time workers to full-time status and elevating another 35,000 to part time from temporary after struggling to keep shelves stocked with too few employees in the past year.
Also, about 55,000 seasonal workers will be hired for the holiday season, up from 50,000 last year, the retailer said Monday.
The 70,000 workers whose employment statuses are being elevated will keep their new positions after the holiday season ends, said Kory Lundberg, a Walmart spokesman.
American Airlines and US Airways have agreed to extend the deadline for completing their $14 billion merger until at least Jan. 18 as the carriers fight a U.S. antitrust lawsuit to block the combination.
The boards of American parent AMR Corp. and US Airways approved moving the deadline from the original Dec. 17 date, according to a regulatory filing Monday.
A key ratings agency has restored General Motors' debt to investment grade status, eight years after the company lost the rating as it spiraled toward bankruptcy protection.
The upgrade came Monday, shortly after GM announced plans to buy back high-interest preferred stock from a union retiree health care trust fund for $3.2 billion.
Moody's Investors Service raised GM's corporate debt to the lowest investment grade rating. Two other ratings agencies, Fitch and Standard & Poors, still have GM at junk status.
Users of Apple's newest smartphones may find something lacking compared with last year's model: They could break more easily.
SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple's new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren't as durable as last year's iPhone 5.
The biggest loser, however, was Samsung's Galaxy S4, which failed to work after being submerged in water and being dropped 5 feet off the ground. The phone that withstood SquareTrade's torture test best was Google's Moto X.
NEW YORK (AP) — Wonder bread is back almost a year after it vanished from shelves.
Flowers Foods Inc., which bought Wonder from the now-defunct Hostess Brands, said the bread started returning to supermarket shelves Monday.
The company, which also makes Tastykake and Nature's Own bread, snapped up five bread brands after Hostess went out of business late last year. The $355 million deal included Butternut, Home Pride and Merita, which are all returning to shelves along with Wonder.
Keith Aldredge, vice president of marketing at Flowers Foods, said the company is still deciding the future of the Nature's Pride bread brand.
Aldredge said Flower Foods decided to use retro packaging for the relaunch of Wonder bread. He also said Flowers decided to use a Wonder recipe from “an earlier time,” although he did not provide details on what that meant or how the bread would be different from what was on shelves most recently.
Flowers said Wonder bread is being made at that company's existing plants. The 20 Hostess plants the company acquired as part of the deal were closed, Aldredge said.
The company said the bread is being distributed in the areas where Flowers currently distributes its products, with hopes of expanding over time.
Flowers Foods, based in Thomasville, Ga., said it reaches about three-quarters of the country.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Trendy clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has agreed to make religious accommodations to its policy governing employees' appearance as part of a settlement of discrimination lawsuits filed in California.
The lawsuits were filed on behalf of two Muslim women who claimed the company discriminated against them because they wore head scarves. Halla Banafa sued in 2010 after she was denied a job at an Abercrombie store. Hani Khan sued in 2011 after she was fired.
In court papers filed Friday, Ohio-based Abercrombie also agreed to pay the women a combined $71,000 and unspecified attorney fees. Additionally, it has established an appeals process for workers denied religious accommodations.
More than a dozen firms that produce fake online reviews of businesses agreed to stop the practice under a settlement with New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
The attorney general’s office said Monday that 19 companies involved in producing bogus reviews will also pay $350,000 in penalties. An undercover probe dubbed “Operation Clean Turf” turned up evidence that the companies were paid by local businesses to flood the Internet with comments on websites including Yelp, Google Local and CitySearch, the office said.
“‘Astroturfing’ is the 21st century’s version of false advertising, and prosecutors have many tools at their disposal to put an end to it,” Schneiderman said.
The companies were also accused of violating state laws against deceptive business practices. – Bloomberg News
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. said Monday that after 44 years in Decatur, Ill., it is looking for a new location for its headquarters.
CEO Patricia Woertz said that ADM needs what she called a global center with better access to customers and employees around the world.
The company said it doesn’t plan layoffs and will keep a workforce of 4,400 in Decatur, which also will become ADM’s North American headquarters.
ADM said the new headquarters would have about 100 employees.