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200 HMV festive jobs

RETAILER HMV said it would bring 200 new seasonal jobs online in the build up to the Christmas period.

The fixed-term positions will be spread across 16 stores around the country in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Sligo.

Although the jobs will generally run through to January 2013, they could in some cases lead to longer-term employment where any permanent positions become available.

"Up to half of the demand that we experience over the course of a year will take place now and over the next few weeks," said Jay Smit, HMV's general manager in Ireland.