Office Depot Inc. said it planned to hire 8,000 seasonal workers for the back-to-school season, up from 6,000 a year ago. The seasonal workers will have the potential to transition to a regular position if they become available. The office and school supply retailer said both its regular and seasonal employees will receive a 10% discount at its stores. "We're looking forward to bringing in more associates this year to ensure our customers get the best, personal service to fulfill their back-to-school shopping needs," said Lynn Gross, Office Depot's vice president of human resources. The stock, which climbed 1.8% in premarket trade, had tumbled 41% year to date through Tuesday, while the S&P 500 had gained 1.5%.
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