Toys R Us plans to hire 45,000 seasonal workers at its stores and distribution centers, the same number as last year, as it ramps up for the all-important holiday season.
Coming off a slower-than-expected back-to-school season, analysts and stores are bracing for a tough holiday shopping period, which accounts for as much as 40 percent of stores' annual revenue.
Stores typically begin to hire for the holidays in mid-September and ramp up hiring in mid-October.
Overall holiday hiring is expected to be relatively flat because of cautious consumer spending and uncertainty about the economic environment.
Employer consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimates that overall seasonal hiring will not change significantly from last year's total, when hiring rose 14 percent to 751,800 positions between October 1 and December 31.
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