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Jones Group nominates Barington Capital chief to board

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — The Jones Group Inc. said Monday that it has nominated James Mitarotonda, chairman and CEO of Barington Capital Group, to its board of directors, expanding the board to 11 members.

Barington has about a 2.3% stake in Jones Group.

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Former Dollar General exec appointed to The Pantry’s board

BY Staff Writer

Cary, N.C. — The Pantry, a leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., has appointed former Dollar General executive Kathleen Guion to its board of directors.

Guion most recently served as division president of store operation and development from 2005 until her retirement in 2012 from Dollar General Corporation.

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NRF: Retailers stepped up hiring in April

BY Marianne Wilson

Washington, D.C. — The retail industry, the nation’s largest private sector employer, added 29,000 jobs in April, indicating that retailers are seeing signs of an improving economy, and as a result, added to their payrolls heading into the summer, according to the National Retail Federation.

Still, the NRF sounded a cautious note.

“While the overall impact of the payroll tax increase and sequester remain a significant concern, unease over taxes and spending and the upcoming debate on the debt ceiling in Congress may once again stymie business investment and consumer spending,” said CEO Matthew Shay.


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