NEW YORK (AP/CNN) - Wal-Mart Stores is hiring 55,000 seasonal workers and is elevating 70,000 more to part- or full-time positions as the holiday season ramps up.
The world's largest retailer says 35,000 temporary workers will become part-time and 35,000 part-time workers will gain full-time jobs.
The shift means Wal-Mart will be offering more of its workers benefits. That's significant because Wal-Mart has been a target of attacks by labor groups for what they say are skimpy wages and benefits.
The holidays are a crucial time for retailers because they can make up to 40 percent of annual revenue during the period.
The 10 percent bump in Christmas-time hiring comes as Walmart and retailers across the board have been hurting.
Same-store sales at Walmart fell in the first half of the year and it has cut sales forecasts for the rest of the year.
A Walmart spokesman says the company opened several new stores in 2013, which is partly why the number of seasonal hires is higher.
Target, on the other hand, says it is hiring fewer holiday workers this year. The corporation plans to hire about 70,000 seasonal employees, down from 80,000 last year.
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