OPERATIONS

Tennessee sex-discrimination claim against Wal-Mart dismissed

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Nashville — A federal judge in Nashville said Wednesday that Wal-Mart Stores’ female employees in Tennessee and four other southern states cannot pursue sex-discrimination claims against Wal-Mart through a class action lawsuit. The class action is denied because it was filed too late.

According to U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger, the class claims are “time-barred,” citing a 1988 decision by the federal appeals court in Cincinnati in a separate case, known as Andrews v. Orr, which blocks the women from joining a new class action.

Judge Trauger didn’t rule on the merits of the women’s claims.

The lawsuit was filed in Nashville last year by three women who claimed that Wal-Mart paid women less than men in comparable jobs and blocked promotions for female workers in five southern states.

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FINANCE

Foot Locker increases capital expenditures for 2013

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Foot Locker announced that its board of directors has approved a $220 million capital expenditure program for 2013. The amount marks a significant increase over the approximately $163 million spent on in 2012.

The company said it plans to invest in such growth initiatives as including new and innovative store formats; continued expansion in Europe; technology to improve its customers’ experience; and robust capabilities for its digital segment.

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REAL ESTATE

Corner Bakery targets Boston for expansion

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Dallas — Corner Bakery Café said Wednesday it plans to open 18 restaurants in the Boston area, joining under-development markets in neighboring Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The bakery-café concept is targeting its growth through franchising deals with restaurant pros capable of opening multiple units. Corner Bakery has set a goal of doubling its current U.S. footprint of 147 locations by the end of 2015.

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