Wal-Mart has fired an employee of a western New York store after he posted derogatory comments about Muslim customers on Facebook. The firing follows a request of Wal-Mart by the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations to discipline the assistant manager of the store in Hamburg, a suburb of Buffalo. Along with a picture of Muslim women in traditional dress, the manager's expletive-filled posting read: "Halloween came early this year. ... Do they really have to ... dress like that."
As opportunities for store growth in the U.S. have dwindled, many retailers have set their sights overseas. But the latest headlines featuring teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch prove that in today’s precarious environment, even that strategy is no guarantee of success. Hit hard during the recession, Abercrombie & Fitch made plans to close 15 percent of its U.S. stores and concentrate on Europe as its next expansion stage.