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Amazon expands test of grocery delivery service to Los Angeles

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Amazon.com confirmed it is testing its online grocery delivery service in Los Angeles.

The online retail giant has been testing the service called Amazonfresh, in Seattle for several years. It confirmed Monday that it is now offering the service in Los Angeles, also on a trial basis. Reuters recently reported that the online retail giant will next target the San Francisco area.

The service is free for Amazon Prime members for 90 days. After that, customers must sign up for a new Prime membership program that costs $299 a year. Delivery is free for any orders over $35.

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Lululemon CEO Christine Day to step down; hunt on for replacement

BY Marianne Wilson

Vancouver, British Columbia — Lululemon Athletica Inc. on Monday said that its CEO, Christine Day, will step down when a successor is named. The announcement comes some three months after Lululemon, in an embarrassing and very costly snafu, had to pull 17% of its trademarked Luon pants from its store shelves after they were found to be too sheer.

"Being a part of Lululemon for the past five and a half years has been an incredible journey,” Day said in a statement. I am proud of building a world class team that has produced one of the best growth, brand and profit stories in retail. Plans have been laid for the next five years and a vision set for the next ten. Now is the right time to bring in a CEO who will drive the next phase of Lululemon’s development and growth.”

Day said that she would continue to actively lead the company while the board searches for a new CEO and would help with a smooth transition.

“Christine has been an exceptional leader for Lululemon, successfully embracing the culture while growing the business and returning value to all of our stakeholders including our guests, employees, partners and shareholders," said Chip Wilson, chairman of the Lululemon board of directors. “I am confident that we will find the right person to lead this strong team and continue to build on this excellent foundation."

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Retailers add 28K jobs in May

BY Dan Berthiaume

Washington, D.C. — U.S. retailers added almost 28,000 new jobs in May, according to statistics from the Department of Labor. This followed 20,000 new retail hires in April.

Restaurants hired another 38,000 people last month.

New retail and restaurant hires helped drive the addition of 175,000 total new jobs to the U.S. economy in May.

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