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Walmart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S.

FILE – In this May 9, 2013, file photo, a worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Wal-Mart store in La Habra, Calif.

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NEW YORK – Walmart wants about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expanding existing locations.

The world’s largest retailer said Tuesday that it is also about the construction of 24,000 jobs generated by the expansion plans.

There are 59 new, expanded and relocated Walmart and Sam’s Clubs locations, according to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

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The company is planning $6.8 billion in capital investments in the V. S. in the next fiscal year, which begins on Feb. 1. The investments include the construction and renovation of stores, clubs and distribution centers, and the development of new services, such as online groceries to pick up.

Walmart currently has 11,593 stores in 28 countries. The Bentonville, Arkansas, the company continued to pour money into its e-commerce and the improvement of the shops. The chain saw online sales to improve in the third quarter and its profit beat Wall Street’s expectations. It also raised the low end of its full-year profit outlook.

Last week, Amazon announced that it is adding 100,000 full-time jobs in the next 18 months. Amazon said Thursday the U.S. labor force has grown from 30,000 in 2011, more than 180,000 by the end of this year. By comparison, Walmart employs about 2.4 million people worldwide, including 1.5 million in the U.S.

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