Data indicate RTH could be poised to finish the year on a strong note. Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. expects retailers’ seasonal hiring levels could hit 800,000 for the first time since the dotcom boom while the Hay Group calculates that 24% of companies plan to hire more full-time staff in 2014, compared to 13% last year.

The retail workforce build-up ahead of the holiday season potentially indicate that retailers are more optimistic over the expanding economy and consumers’ potential spending power this year.

Market Vectors Retail ETF

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