Free Delivery — Sort Of
Amazon.com and Circuit City Stores are gearing up for the holiday shopping season with a partnership that will put the electronic retailers products on Amazons Web site. Amazon will begin selling the Circuit City products in November, but until next year, customers will still have to go to their local store to pick up their purchases.
Ill Take the Washer . . .
Apparently its not just Wall Street thats unhappy with the New Economy. The latest American Customer Satisfaction Index shows consumers are much happier with cars and appliances than with new technologies. Computer industry scores declined 4.1 percent to their lowest level since 1998.
Agilent Makes Cuts
Struggling with the drop in demand for its testing and measuring equipment, Agilent Technologies reported a hefty loss and announced plans to cut 4,000 jobs — 9 percent of its work force. The Palo Alto, Calif., company, which sells hardware for making semiconductors, lost $219 million in the third quarter, compared with net income of $255 million for the same quarter last year.