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Retail Crisis Deepens as U.K. and Germany Lose Thousands of Jobs

  • U.K.’s Tesco to eliminate 15,000 positions, Mail reports
  • Ocado, Marks & Spencer gain on talk of grocery delivery deal
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Europe’s retail crisis deepened as companies in the U.K. and Germany are poised to cut thousands of jobs as online shopping accelerates the erosion of sales from traditional bricks-and-mortar stores.

Tesco Plc, the biggest U.K. grocer, will eliminate about 15,000 positions and close meat, fish and delicatessen counters, the Mail on Sunday reported, citing unidentified industry sources. Galeria Kaufhof, which has department stores in cities including Berlin and Munich, will cut about 2,600 jobs, it said Friday -- the same day that German fashion chain Gerry Weber International AG began insolvency proceedings. They join a growing list of European retailers that have collapsed amid ever tougher online competition.