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HP to Close German Enterprise Services Site With 1,100 Employees

Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Hewlett-Packard Co., the world’s largest personal-computer maker, plans to shutter a German site, slashing 1,100 jobs as part of a cost-cut plan aimed at offsetting sluggish demand for hardware and services.

The local unit’s supervisory board today decided to close the site in Ruesselsheim near Frankfurt, which provides enterprise services such as information-technology consulting and data-center management, the IG Metall union said in an e-mailed statement. Patrik Edlund, a spokesman for HP in Germany, didn’t immediately have a comment when reached by Bloomberg News.

HP, based in Palo Alto, California, in September extended its job-reduction program to 29,000, including 8,000 in the enterprise services unit. Volker Stichter, head of the Ruesselsheim works council, said the 1,100 workers affected are part of the earlier announced program.

“It’s not like we’re sitting on our hands here,” Stichter said in an interview, adding that the cuts amount to a quarter of HP’s enterprise-services workforce in Germany. “I’m not sure we can adequately handle our customers after this.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Cornelius Rahn in Berlin at crahn2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net

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