April 15, 2015 / 6:34 PM / 4 years ago

Walgreens continues pay hike freeze for senior U.S. executives

A Walgreens sign is seen in the Chicago suburb of Niles, Illinois, February 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc will continue to freeze salary increases for senior U.S. executives as part of plans to cut costs by more than $1 billion over three years, the drugstore chain said on Wednesday.

“We have been doing this since August ... In November our senior leaders did not get an increase,” Walgreens spokesman Michael Polzin said at an analysts meeting in New York.

The cost cutting plan was announced in August 2014, and earlier this month, Walgreens said it would increase its projected cuts to $1.5 billion by the end of fiscal 2017.

As a part of that effort, Walgreens would close 200 U.S. stores, reorganize corporate and field operations and streamline IT operations. Walgreens is dealing with higher costs for generic medicines and reimbursement rates from drug plans that are chipping away at profit.

Reporting by Nandita Bose in Chicago; Editing by Grant McCool

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