May 28, 2020 / 11:03 AM / a month ago

Exclusive: UK retailer Debenhams cuts 'hundreds' of head office staff - sources

Debenhams is pictured in Hemel Hempstead, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Hemel Hempstead, Britain, May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

LONDON (Reuters) - 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.

Reporting by James Davey; editing by Kate Holton

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