Wal-Mart to add 50,000 part-time workers for Christmas season
Posted: September 21, 2012 at 11:44 a.m.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, will hire more than 50,000 workers for the Christmas shopping season in its U.S. stores.
Current store employees also will be offered more hours of work, the Bentonville-based company said Friday in a statement.
Wal-Mart joins Target Corp. in adding workers for a Christmas season that researcher ShopperTrak forecasts will feature similar sales gains as last year. Christmas retail sales in the U.S. may rise 3.3 percent this year, compared with 3.7 percent last year, the researcher said earlier this month.
Target, the second-largest U.S. discounter after Wal-Mart, said it would add as many as 90,000 part-time workers in its stores and distribution centers. The chain had about 92,000 seasonal workers last year. Target has more than 1,700 stores in the U.S., while Wal-Mart has more than 3,000.