Macy's increases holiday hiring 2.6 per cent

Retailer expecting to recruit 80,000 seasonal workers
By Phil Wahba
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 10/03/2012

NEW YORK (Reuters) Macy's, operator of the Macy's and upscale Bloomingdale's chains in the United States, said it would hire about 80,000 seasonal workers for the upcoming holiday season, a 2.6 per cent increase over last year's levels.

Macy's will hire people to work as sales associates, work in store operations positions, at call centers, and in distribution and fulfillment centers to support the department store operator's growing online business.

The retailer becomes the latest, following Kohl's, Toys R Us and Walmart to hire more people compared with last year as consumer spending continues to recover gradually.

Macy's has outperformed rivals like Kohl's and J.C. Penney  this year in terms of sales gains. Sales at stores open at least a year, or same-store sales, rose 3.7 per cent in the first half of the fiscal year, which ended in late July, and Macy's expects them to rise at a similar pace in the second half, which includes the holiday quarter.

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