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Thomas Cook plans UK staff cuts

Wednesday December 1st 2010

Thomas Cook will axe 500 jobs in the UK after slower summer trading and the volcanic ash cloud damaged full-year profits.

The travel giant expects to prune around £50 million from its UK operations with the measures, which will reduce the managerial and support staff in the UK and renegotiate supplier costs and upgrade IT.

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In the year up to September 30, the weak pound, hot early-summer weather and the closure of European airspace in April contributed to a 34% fall in UK adjusted operating profits to £107.5 million.

But Thomas Cook said Britain's decline was slightly offset by growth in central Europe and Germany. Group revenues fell by 5% to £8.9 billion, while adjusted, underlying pre-tax profits slipped 6% to £277 million.

Thomas Cook undertook a review of its UK workforce, which stands at around 13,000 to 15,000, to help combat uncertain economic conditions in the wake of public spending cuts.

Manny Fontenla-Novoa, Thomas Cook chief executive, said the actions would "simplify and streamline" the UK business, resulting in significant cost savings on an annualised basis.

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