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Best Buy Plans to Hire Fewer Seasonal Workers This Year

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- After Toys 'R Us and Macy's sent word of aggressive hiring plans for this holiday season, Best Buy announced Tuesday it's going the opposite way.

The consumer electronics chain says it will hire 15,000 seasonal workers -- half the number it hired last year.

The drop in positions may be more of a statement about Best Buy than about the overall economy: the company was recently advised to rethink its business model after it cut its earnings forecast.

Best Buy also says it will add more than 3,000 employees at its phone support and distribution centers to provide customer support and manage inventory.

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