Germany’s Gerry Weber to cut jobs
today Aug 21, 2015
The German clothing retailer is planning to cut a number of jobs year and does not exclude future employment dismissals after a sluggish economic performance in the past year. The 7,000 employee number should decrease soon, told Gerry Weber’s CEO Ralf Weber to the German publication Manager Magazin. This will be achieved by reducing vacancies and not renewing temporary contracts, said the executive.
Weber did not clarify the extent of the restructuring process, but he did say the cuts will not be massive.
The German retail chain is the last company to be claimed by the current price war in the clothing market and the lack of loyal customers. The CEO also revealed plans to slow down Gerry Weber’s expansion in Germany and revisit the project to open new stores in the US.
After a profit warning posted in June, Gerry Weber’s shares fell by almost a third. In its 2014/15 fiscal year report, the label confirmed a 26,8% rise in operating profit to nearly 26.1 million pounds (36.2 million euros).
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