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Volkswagen said almost 9,300 staff agree to early retirement

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A Volkswagen logo is pictured at Volkswagen's headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, April 22, 2016.Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) on Tuesday said close to 9,300 staff had agreed to an early retirement scheme, helping Germany's largest carmaker to bring down costs.

"We are rapidly approaching our target of 9,300 contracts signed. Employees who wish to take partial early retirement must make their decision by July 31," VW' board member for Human Resources Karlheinz Blessing said.

The scheme is aimed mainly at people born between 1955 and 1960.

Volkswagen has guaranteed that there will be no forced redundancies as part of its "Transform 2025+" plan to cut the workforce and improve productivity by 25 percent until 2025.

Reporting by Edward Taylor, editing by Louise Heavens

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