Dominic Rushe
February 19, 2014

Walmart, America’s largest private employer, said Wednesday it is looking into supporting an increase in the federal minimum wage.

The surprise move from the giant retailer comes after it has resisted years of protests from workers and union leaders to increase wages.

Bloomberg News, which broke the news, said company spokesman David Tovar was looking at improving wages for its US workers so that they would have “additional income”. WalMart has 1.3m US employees, about 4,000 of whom currently make either a state or federal minimum wage.

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