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Somerset-based Clarks axes 170 jobs just weeks before Christmas

Clarks has announced up to 170 jobs will be cut. Credit: PA

High street chain Clarks has axed 170 jobs just weeks before Christmas amid further fears of store closures.

The redundancies come following changes to its business operations under a newly appointed chief executive.

A total of 80 job cuts have been made at its headquarters in Street - with affected workers told the news last Friday - just three weeks before Christmas.

There are fears stores could also closed as a result of the job losses. Credit: PA

A spokeswoman confirmed 170 staff members will be made redundant and 80 of these workers are based in Street.

Clarks has introduced changes to its business operations in order to support its brand strategy under the leadership of recently appointed CEO, Giorgio Presca.

Today we have announced changes which affect the way our corporate teams across the world are structured which, regrettably, will result in approximately 170 colleagues leaving the business globally.

We are committed to working with all those affected by this decision to support them throughout this transition.

These changes do not impact our distribution centre operatives or stores.

– Clarks statement