Jobless Claims Spike
Washington, D.C., The number of first-time jobless claims was up by 43,000 people last week. It was the highest single-week increase since September. The number of Americans filing first-time claims for state unemployment insurance aid rose 43,000 to 364,000 in the week ended Jan. 1, up from a revised 321,000 in the previous week, according to the Labor Department.
Peterson Leaves OfficeMax
Itasca, Ill., OfficeMax said Gary Peterson, president of the company’s retail division, resigned, and that his departure is unrelated to the company’s current investigation into allegations of impropriety regarding vendor promotional payments. The company will commence a search for Peterson’s replacement immediately.
Best Buy Promotes Healy
Minneapolis, Best Buy promoted Tom Healy to executive VP, Best Buy For Business, a new position in the company’s recently formed customer business group. Healy, age 43, reports to John Walden, executive VP and leader of the new group, which aggregates all resources that manage customer segment performance and consolidates resources that define Best Buy for consumers. Healy joined Best Buy in 1990 and previously was in charge of Best Buy International.