There is good news for the economy - at least in the West Midlands - and delivering it is Gennaro Castaldo:
Other big name retailers including HMV also announced recruitment drives in the West Midlands today. HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said all stores, including branches in Walsall, Dudley, Wolverhampton and Birmingham, would be almost doubling their staffing levels until January.
“We’re looking at up to 150 fixed-term seasonal colleagues in the area,” he said.
Good news all round. Except, erm, for the 150 job losses in early January. But what green shoot can survive the cruel slap of deep winter?