DALLAS -- Sales associates have become the hottest commodity in all sectors of retailing. Thanks to low unemployment and the lure of more lucrative jobs outside retailing, top-notch sales associates are increasingly hard to find -- and even more difficult to keep. Store executives said they were frustrated by not having enough help and weary from an often fruitless search to fill those ranks. Reasoning that some help is better than none, though, stores increasingly are forced to hire ...

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