UK retailer Debenhams cuts “hundreds’ of head office staff

epa08362504 People in masks pass a closed Debenhams store on Oxford Street in London, Britain, 14 April 2020. The UK economy is down 35 percent according to reports from the Office of Budgetary Responsibility. Countries around the world are taking increased measures to stem the widespread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the Covid-19 disease. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL

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British department store group Debenhams has cut “hundreds” of head office jobs as it slims down its administrative functions to support a smaller business in the future, two people with knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

One of the people said about 160 jobs had gone from Debenhams’ merchandising department and a similar number from buying. Other jobs have gone in design and human resources.

Last month Debenhams went into administration for the second time in a year, seeking to protect itself from legal action by creditors during the coronavirus crisis that could have pushed it into liquidation.

Via Reuters

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