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HP to cut jobs in the Netherlands and Germany

Hewlett-Packard (HP) plans to lay off 325 employees in the Netherlands and an undisclosed number in Germany as a result of its...

Hewlett-Packard (HP) plans to lay off 325 employees in the Netherlands and an undisclosed number in Germany as a result of its acquisition with Compaq.

The cuts in the Netherlands affect both local operations, and the customer support centre in Amsterdam, the printer assembly facility in Amersfoort and the storage competence centre in Wijchen, HP said.

The German HP subsidiary is in talks with employee representatives about job cuts and could announce a number soon, a company spokeswoman said.

The Financial Times Deutschland, citing company sources, reported that HP is considering cutting between 1,100 and 1,200 jobs from its workforce of about 5,900, and Compaq will cut 400 jobs from its workforce of 1,780. The spokeswoman declined to confirm the numbers.

Earlier this month, HP said it would cut a total of 5,900 positions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as it continues its restructuring efforts following the acquisition of Compaq.

The integration of HP and Compaq in the Netherlands should be complete by 1 November, HP said. The company employs 3,105 people in the Netherlands.

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