July 21, 2020 / 3:13 PM / 17 days ago

Swarovski to cut a third of jobs at its Austrian headquarters - APA

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swarovski is seen outside a store in Vienna, Austria, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

VIENNA (Reuters) - Jewellery group Swarovski plans to cut a third of the 4,600 jobs at its Austrian headquarters as part of a restructuring programme in response to tough competition and coronavirus related losses, news agency APA said on Tuesday.

Around 1,000 jobs will be cut this autumn and another 600 by 2022, APA said.

The decision was “painful but unavoidable,” the agency quoted Swarovski Crystal’s Chairman Robert Buchbauer as saying.

Revenues are expected to drop around 35% to below 2 billion euros (1.80 billion pounds) this year, he said.

Under the restructuring programme, the family-owned group plans to merge under one roof its various businesses, which include jewellery, home accessories and the Swarovski Kristallwelten experience attractions at its headquarters in Watten in the Tyrol province, APA said.

Swarovski did not immediately reply to a Reuters request for comment.

Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Mark Potter

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