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Chick-fil-A among top companies for culture, values

Chick-fil-A among top companies for culture, values

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A is among Glassdoor's Top 25 Companies for Culture & Values.

The fast food chain ranks No. 7, and is also the only restaurant on the list.

Twitter takes the No. 1 spot, with public relations firm Edelman, Google, Riverbed Technology, Facebook and Southwest Airlines rounding out the top 6.

Glassdoor used employee feedback shared on its website to compile the rankings.

Bill Gates is world's richest person, again

(USA TODAY) -- Bill Gates is back on top as the world's richest person, according to Forbes magazine's latest ranking of billionaires.

Microsoft co-founder Gates took the crown from Carlos Slim Helu, who had been the world's richest for the previous four years. Investing guru Warren Buffett is No. 4.

The magazine pegs Gates' net worth at $76 billion. That's up from $67 billion in 2013.

Slim, a Mexico telecom titan, is close behind at $72 billion. He lost $1 billion from last year.

Third richest is Amancio Ortega of Spain, founder of the Zara clothing retailer, with a net worth of $64 billion.

Next is Buffett. The "Oracle of Omaha" has $58.2 billion, Forbes says.

Eight Georgians are among the world's richest. Anne Cox Chambers, the 94-year-old daughter of Cox Enterprises founder James M. Cox, is No. 58 with a net worth of $15.5 billion.

6 Ga. companies among world's top 500 brands

ATLANTA -- Six Georgia companies made Brand Finance's annual directory of the world's 500 most valuable brands.

The Coca-Cola Co. moved down three spots to No. 12 on the list with a brand value of $33.7 billion.

The Home Depot Inc. dropped seven places to No. 25 with a value of $24.3 billion.

United Parcel Service Inc. moved up one spot to No. 48. It is valued at $19.4 billion and is the only package delivery, freight and logistics services provider to make the top 50.

Delta Air Lines Inc. landed at No. 286, up a whopping 83 places. Its brand value is $4.7 billion.

Southern Co. generated a ranking of 341 with a brand value of $4.1 billion. It is down 21 spots from last year.

Aflac Inc. is ranked No. 486, down 15 spots. It boasts a brand value of $3.1 billion.

London-based Brand Finance started ranking global brands in 2007.

Delta, Coke to lay off workers in other states

ATLANTA -- Two Atlanta-based companies have announced they will lay off workers in other states.

Delta Air Lines will job out maintenance and service workers at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport with layoff notices coming in April.

The job cuts affect 741 workers, but just how many will remain out of work is unclear.

Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant said employees will be able to re-apply for their jobs.

"Our expectation is that as this transition is happening, the new providers will look to the old workforce," Durrant said. "We expect the incoming vendors to look to the existing workforce and utilize that institutional knowledge and skill."

Meanwhile, the Coca-Cola Co. will cut jobs in Sacramento, Calif., in the next few weeks.

American Airlines employees given $150 to beat Delta

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Employees of American Airlines and US Airways were told by their parent company they can earn up to $150 each month if they outdo Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and two other big rivals in on-time arrivals, baggage handling and customer satisfaction.

American Airlines Group, which formed Dec. 9 when American Airlines and US Airways merged, delivered the message to workers on Thursday.

The other rivals are Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

If the workers beat all three rivals in all three categories, they receive $150. If they place first in two categories, they get $100. And if they place first in one category, they get $50.

13 Ga. bars make 100 Best Bars list

13 Ga. bars make 100 Best Bars list

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Thirteen Georgia bars have made Southern Living magazine's list of 100 Best Bars in the South.

Says Southern Living, "We sipped our way through the South to compile a list of our 100 favorite Southern bars. From down-and-dirty dives to sleek and buzzy cocktail lounges, these spots are sure to liven up any Friday night."

Georgia bars on the list are:

* The National, Athens
* Normal Bar, Athens
* The World Famous, Athens
* Argosy, Atlanta
* The Brookhouse Pub, Atlanta
* H. Harper Station, Atlanta
* Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta
* One Flew South, Atlanta
* The St. Regis Bar, Atlanta
* Kimball House, Decatur
* Paper Plane, Decatur
* Pinkie Master's Lounge, Savannah
* The Sparetime, Savannah

Delta reports record profit in 2013

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines had a very successful 2013.

According to financial results released Tuesday, the airline posted a net income of $2.7 billion, excluding special items, last year. That's a $1.1 billion increase over 2012.

Operating revenue improved $474 million in December 2013 compared to December 2012, while traffic increased 2.0 percent on a 2.9 percent increase in capacity.

"Across the board this was an outstanding year, and all credit for these achievements goes to the 78,000 Delta employees worldwide," Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson said in a statement.

Delta also reported a net income of $558 million for the December 2013 quarter, as well as $5 billion of operating cash flow and $2.1 billion of free cash flow last year, allowing the company to reduce its adjusted net debt to $9.4 billion and return $350 million to shareholders.