NMSU Business Outlook: November 2011

2011 Holiday Hiring

Jennifer P. Zarzosa, MBA

Seasonal job hiring will be roughly the same as last year, with few major retailers slightly increasing hiring. According to the National Retail Federation, retailers are expected to hire only 480,000 to 500,000 seasonal workers this holiday season, which is comparable to the 495,000 workers hired last year.

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Consumer Holiday Shopping

Jennifer P. Zarzosa, MBA

Overall, holiday shopping is forecasted to be careful and controlled, as consumers will be practical and focus on value. According to the National Retail Federation, holiday retail sales are expected to rise 2.8% to $465.6 billion, less than the 5.2% sales growth of the 2010 holiday season.

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Talking Points

Christopher A. Erickson and James Libbin

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