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LONDON - Asda, the U.K.'s third largest supermarket chain, said it hopes to create up to 10,000 new jobs this year, the BBC reports. The company also announced it had seen strong sales growth over the holiday season.
The new jobs will be mixture of full and part-time, and will come from new store openings and from expanding facilities within existing outlets.
Asda currently employs about 120,000 people, and last year took on 16,000 more workers, according to the BBC.
The company said it will continue its expansion program by opening 10 to 12 new stores.
In addition, many of its new jobs will come from the opening of new specialist on-store facilities, including pharmacies, opticians and photo developing centers -- services that parent company Wal-Mart has become know for in the United States.