ASOS set for jobs cull at London head office – reports


ASOS plc (LON:ASC) is reportedly set to slash around 100 jobs from its London head office following its recent slump in sales and profits.

According to the Sunday Times, the online clothes retailer for twentysomethings is consulting on the redundancies, most of which are expected to come from the marketing department.

The move follows a tricky year for ASOS, during which its share price has more than halved.

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The company, which is one of the biggest on London’s AIM market, issued a profit warning back in December after experiencing a “significant deterioration” in trading in the run up to Christmas.

Even with a slight pick-up in trading over the holiday period and into the New Year, ASOS still reported a near-90% drop in half-year profits in March.

ASOS’s bid to crack the huge and potentially lucrative US market has also been met with troubles.

Earlier this year, the retailer opened a new distribution centre in Atlanta, but there wasn’t enough staff to cope with the demand, which was much greater than bosses had expected.

As well as the jobs cuts, ASOS is also looking to slash its costs by cracking down on serial returners.

Back in April, the company began deactivating the accounts of customers it suspected were repeatedly abusing its free returns policy.

ASOS shares were down 1.3% to 2,574p on Monday morning, valuing the company at GBP2.2bn.

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