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Job losses announced at Halfords

Halfords store
Halfords accounts for one in three bikes sold in Britain

About 250 jobs are being cut at car accessory and bike retailer Halfords.

A spokeswoman for the store, which has its headquarters in Redditch, Worcestershire, said 50 jobs would go from head office.

Another 200 will go from stores around the country. The announcement was made to staff a few weeks ago and a review of activities is being carried out.

In October, the retailer said it was confident about profits despite a slowdown in sales.

The current job losses are down to the current economic downturn, a spokeswoman said.

"Over the coming weeks we will be reviewing all the activities carried out in the Redditch office and this process will result in a reduction of roles.

"Store colleagues are already working through an exercise to realign roles and working patterns," she added.

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