Daily business briefing: Amazon.com to increase holiday hiring

October 1, 2013 

The world's largest online retailer will hire 40 percent more workers this holiday season than last season. Amazon.com has announced that it add 70,000 full-time seasonal workers around the U.S. to fill orders during the holiday season. Seasonal employees at Amazon.com Inc. are also eligible for health care benefits and, on average, earn 94 percent of the wages of regular employees. Learn more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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Drug manufacturer Merck plans to cut another 8,500 jobs. The Whitehouse Station, N.J. company said it is part of a plan to reduce its annual costs by about $2.5 billion by the end of 2015. Find out more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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Hardee's plans to open 200 restaurants in the Northeast over the next five years. The St. Louis Business Journal reports that the St. Louis-based company, is returning to this region of the country for the first time since the '90s with plans to open restaurants in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Read more at http:www.bizjournals.com/stlouis. ...

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Google glasses and rumors of an Apple iWatch are the latest focus in consumer technology. Last year the market for wearable technology -- encompassing everything from hearing aids to wristband pedometers -- totaled almost $9 billion. That should climb to $30 billion by 2018. To read more, go to http://www.bnd.com/business.

-- Will Buss, BND business writer

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