The retailer on Tuesday said the government shutdown is on the minds of its customers in the United States. At the beginning of the shutdown, Wal-Mart's Sam's Club chain saw a slight slowdown at its warehouse club stores near government facilities but anticipated a lift in food sales if military commissaries remain closed, the unit's CEO, Rosalind Brewer, told Reuters. The chain is offering military families and retirees free access to its stores while the military commissaries remain closed, Brewer said.
** BAE SYSTEMS PLC
The British defense contractor's chief executive, Linda Hudson, said more than 600 of the furloughed employees would be recalled on Tuesday. Before the recall, more than 1,100 of the company's employees were unable to work due to the shutdown. The Defense Department has brought back most of its furloughed civilian employees in recent days, including those necessary for BAE's sites to ship products to government customers, the company said.
** BOEING CO
The aerospace and defense company said as long as the government shutdown continues there remains the possibility of furloughs due to limited access to federal installations where Boeing employees work, its customers issuing stop-work orders, funding cuts or absence of government inspectors.
While the recall of some civilian defense employees has delayed the need for furloughs at some Boeing facilities, the continued impact of the government shutdown could still result in furloughs for some employees, Dan Beck, a Boeing spokesman, said in an e-mail to Reuters.
The shutdown was also affecting activities of NASA and other government customers supported by Boeing employees, Beck said, adding that at this time the company had no definite plans for furloughs.
** URS CORP
The engineering company said it has temporarily laid off about 3,000 employees due to the shutdown. The number, as of Oct. 7, is expected to increase if the shutdown continues, said URS, which counts the U.S. defense, homeland security, state and treasury departments as its customers.
** COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP
The U.S. warehouse club retailer has seen a "downward" effect in the Washington, D.C. area due to the shutdown, but not overall, Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said on a post-earnings conference call