April 30, 2013 |
Blackstone Group, the New York-based private equity group, announced Tuesday it would hire 50,000 military veterans over the next five years across its various businesses. The company said it is partnering with the White House, which is leading an effort to get more military veterans employed. “Veterans embody many of the skills, talents and personal attributes we look for in employees," said Blackstone Chief Executive Steve Schwarzman. " Veterans are reliable, motivated and trustworthy employees - the type of people that will help Blackstone's portfolio companies succeed and grow.
April 5, 2013 |
Portrait studios at Sears and some Wal-Mart stores - the scenes of innumerable family photos - have unexpectedly closed as their operator, CPI Corp., goes out of business. The portrait provider said in a statement on its website that all of its U.S. locations have shut down “after many years of providing family portrait photography.” The St. Louis company has been making photo keepsakes for more than 60 years and offered its services at more than 3,000 North American locations, mostly in Sears and Wal-Mart stores.
March 29, 2013 |
Just like its popular Duncan Hines cake mixes, packaged foods company Pinnacle Foods Inc. is on the rise after raising $580 million in an initial public offering. The company - which owns popular brands such as Birds Eye, Aunt Jemima, Log Cabin, Mrs. Butterworth's and Hungry-Man - made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PF. Wednesday night, the Parsippany, N.J., business sold 29 million shares for $20 apiece - at the top end of its suggested $18-to-$20 range.
November 7, 2009 |
With another tough holiday season looming, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is ratcheting up a price war that could be good for shoppers but has competitors fearing the worst. The world's largest retailer has for years snatched sales from department stores, discounters, supermarkets, electronics sellers and mom-and-pop shops. Its intensive markdowns helped drive chains such as Circuit City and Mervyns out of business over the last year. Now Wal-Mart is using its enormous clout to wrest the advantage during what is expected to be another weak Christmas season.
October 15, 2009 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., intensifying competition in the low-cost mobile service market, said Wednesday that it would begin selling prepaid cellphone service starting at $30 a month. The Straight Talk service, which will include an unlimited calling plan for $45, will be available for purchase at more than 3,200 Wal-Mart stores nationwide beginning Sunday. The $30 monthly plan includes 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts, 30 megabytes of mobile Web access, nationwide coverage and 411 calls at no extra charge.
September 30, 2009 |
After the success of its "10 for $10" toy program last year, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is expanding its lineup of $10 toys for the holiday season to more than 100 items. The deals are expected to hit store shelves today. The move is the latest in an increasingly heated holiday toy battle as retailers race to attract frugal shoppers. Wal-Mart said it had worked with its suppliers over the last year to offer an assortment of top brands, classic toys and newly released items for $10, including Barbie dolls and Transformers action figures.