Online Sales Surpass Last Year

Online shopping this holiday season has skyrocketed over last year, according to a report by comScore Inc. To date, online shoppers have spent $30.9 billion, a 15 percent increase over the same period last year. Cyber Monday, the online holiday shopping day designated the Monday after Thanksgiving, saw $1.25 billion in sales. “Unfortunately, online sales do not necessarily translate into hiring. However, increased consumer demand may cause companies to bring on additional people. Besides retailers or transport companies, who most likely retain staff only for the holidays, companies that manufacturer products may use any increases in revenue to create jobs,” said John Challenger, CEOof Challenger, Gray & Christmas. November saw 423,500 seasonal jobs created, a 27 percent increase over November 2010. Which industries have announced hiring for the holiday season? Will an increase in sales lead to additional hiring?

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