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Sainsbury's to cut 800 jobs in stores restructuring

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Apr 24, 2015

British supermarket Sainsbury's is to axe 800 store jobs as part of a cost cutting programme designed to free up cash to reinvest in the business.

Sainsbury's said its proposals, which involve the removal of department and deputy managers from some stores as well as some night shift workers, would help achieve some of the 500 million pounds ($750 million) of cost savings targeted for the next three years.

"The proposals will help...fund future investments in areas which really matter to customers, such as service, price and quality," the company said on Thursday.

Sainsbury's, in common with rivals Tesco, Asda and Morrisons, is grappling with food price deflation and an intensifying price war launched to counter fast-growing discounters Aldi and Lidl.

All are having to adapt their businesses as consumers shop more frequently, buy more online and favour local stores rather than out-of-town sites.

In January the 1,200-store Sainsbury's cut 500 jobs at its support centres in London, Manchester and Coventry. In total the group employs about 161,000 people.

Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have all cut jobs over the last year.

Last month Sainsbury's posted a fifth consecutive quarter of declining underlying sales but said measures laid out in November's strategy update were working, enabling it to combat the discounters' threat and any revival from market leader Tesco.

On Wednesday Tesco posted one of the biggest annual losses in British corporate history but the firm's new boss, Dave Lewis, said there were encouraging signs his new trading strategy could deliver a recovery.

Shares in Sainsbury, down 18 percent over the last year, were up 1 percent at 266 pence at 0958 GMT.

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