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Volvo slashes 2,000 jobs worldwide

The company said the cuts will be mainly in administrative and support roles in its 112,000-strong workforce.

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VOLVO HAS ANNOUNCED it is cutting some 2,000 jobs as it unveiled third-quarter results showing a five per cent drop in group net sales.

The company said the jobs will go in its European truck manufacturing operations as part of a series of changes to “increase efficiency and strengthen our competitiveness”.

“As part of the previously announced Group-wide efficiency programme, a directional decision has been made to rationalise white collars in staff and support functions by approximately 2,000 employees and consultants,” the firm said in a statement.

The firm said third-quarter net sales fell to 64.9 billion kronor (€7.4 billion), a drop of five percent compared to the same period last year.

Net profits were also down one per cent, to 1.4 billion kronor (€187 million), well below analysts’ expectations for around two billion kronor.

Volvo boss Olof Persson said the firm’s third quarter “was characterised by the ongoing comprehensive product renewal in the group’s truck programme and the fact that we entered a new phase of the group’s development focused on taking actions to streamline and enhance the efficiency of our operations.”

The Volvo Group employs 112,000 worldwide, including 16,000 consultants and temporary workers.

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