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Macy's Cuts About 3,900 Jobs to Counter Pandemic Losses

Macy's Cuts About 3,900 Jobs to Counter Pandemic Losses
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Thursday, 25 June 2020 09:14 AM

Macy's Inc. said on Thursday it would lay off about 3,900 employees in corporate and management positions to help lessen some of the financial strain of dwindling sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The department store chain, which had about 123,000 employees at the end of January, said it expects to save about $365 million in fiscal 2020 and about $630 million on an annual basis as a result of these layoffs.

Macy's in May estimated nearly $1 billion in operating losses in its first quarter and said it would turn into a "smaller company" after the brick-and-mortar retail sector was brought to a virtual standstill by coronavirus-led lockdowns.

The company said on Thursday it had reduced staffing at its stores, supply chains and customer support network, and would adjust levels as sales recover. Macy's said it would bring back most of its remaining furloughed employees in the first week of July.

Macy’s shares (M) fell 2.7% to $6.60 in early trading. The stock is down 60% this year, compared with a 5.6% decline in the S&P 500 Index.

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Macy's Inc. will cut about 3,900 corporate and management jobs to slash costs in an effort to weather the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the reeling retail sector.
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Thursday, 25 June 2020 09:14 AM
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