GM rebuffs two-class share plan from Einhorn's Greenlight Capital
General Motors Co on Tuesday rejected a proposal by billionaire investor David Einhorn to split its common stock into two classes to help boost its share price.
NEW YORK Planned layoffs at companies rose for the second month in a row in February as the financial sector cut the most employees in over a year, a report showed on Thursday.
Employers announced 55,356 planned job cuts last month, up nearly 37 percent from 40,430 in January, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
February's job cuts were 7 percent higher than the 51,728 job cuts announced the year before. For 2013 so far, employers have announced 95,786 layoffs, down 9 percent from the first two months of 2012.
The financial sector dominated cuts last month, with firms announcing 21,724 layoffs, the most since September 2011. That was nearly three times the amount of job losses announced in January.
Although there have yet to be any job cuts related to the $85 billion in government spending cuts known as the sequester, sectors including aerospace, defense, government and education are likely to see increased layoffs, said John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
Also at risk are companies where the government is a major customer, such as technology, construction and transportation firms, Challenger said.
The report comes a day ahead of the key U.S. jobs report, which is forecast to show the economy added 160,000 jobs in February, while the unemployment rate held at 7.9 percent.
(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
TOKYO Toshiba Corp's troubled U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse intends to file for Chapter 11 protection from creditors, Japan's government said on Wednesday, as the conglomerate seeks to limit losses that have plunged it into crisis.