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In a WWD report, earlier this month, Chicago-based outplacement specialist Challenger, Gray & Christmas said retail hiring for holiday will be “about the same or possibly lower” than the 627,600 positions registered during October, November and December of last year. And though most indications so far point to about the same level of hiring as last year, Macy's and Bloomingdale's expect to raise seasonal hiring 4 percent which is about 78,000 seasonal associates. Most of the positions are part time, and many require evenings, weekends or overnights and can often lead into year-round positions. [WWD]