Best Buy plans to increase holiday hiring this year

An update related to this afternoon’s seasonal hiring post: After CNBC reported that Target plans to hire fewer seasonal workers this winter, I e-mailed Best Buy to ask what they have planned for the holidays.

Best Buy spokeswoman Kelly Groehler says the retailer plans to increase its seasonal hiring, compared with 2008. Here’s her message:

“Our seasonal hiring for the 2009 holiday season will be consistent with our efforts to better connect with customers. Over the past year, we’ve added more stores, restructured our store operating model to concentrate on more direct customer engagement, and filled 15,000 store positions in the past 60 days. We intend to increase our seasonal hiring this fall, with more positions for this holiday season than we hired in 2008.”

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