NEW YORK (AP) — The prospects of finding a part-time job in retailing for the winter holidays are looking a lot rosier than last year, according to a survey of 14 major store chains.

Thirty-six percent of retailers polled said they plan to hire more seasonal workers than last year as they turn more bullish about holiday sales, according to the Hay Group, a consulting firm that polled a variety of merchants including Chico's Fas and Ann Inc., which operates stores under AnnTaylor and Loft. That compares with 10 percent for the 2011 holiday period.

About 7 percent said they plan to hire fewer workers for the most important shopping season of the year; last year, that figure was 24 percent.

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