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Hugo Boss Eyes Job Cuts

German fashion firm may trim 150 from workforce to streamline company.

BERLIN – Restructuring at Hugo Boss may slim the German fashion group’s domestic work force.

Responding to press reports of cutbacks, Hugo Boss spokesman Philipp Wolff said a maximum of 150 employees in Germany could be affected, but that a final decision has yet to be made.

The group was in the process of evaluating new organizational options. “We are debating how and if to create new synergies,” Wolff said. “But the issue is about reorganizing the company for future growth and not about laying off people for cost savings.”

For example, licensing out Boss children’s wear, which is under consideration, would make certain in-house positions redundant, he explained.

Boss employs 2,800 in its headquarters in Metzingen and elsewhere in Germany, and has a total global workforce of over 10,000. Wolff noted that there is a normal fluctuation of about 5 percent in the group’s number of employees.