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Mothercare puts 158 staff into redundancy consultation 19 March 2012

Embattled maternity merchant Mothercare has notified around 160 staff at its head office and overseas offices that they may lose their jobs in a new strategic review of central functions.

The consultation process – which does not affect store staff – will last for 30 days and result in fewer redundancies than the 158 individuals in the consultation round, according to reports.

Staff members in the Information Technology, Human Resources and Finance departments are believed to be affected.

In February, the baby product retailer snapped up LoveFilm International head Simon Calver as the company’s new CEO. Calver’s appointment followed the departure of former head Ben Gordon amid a number of profit warnings last year.

Calver – who will officially join the company’s board on April 30 – has been LoveFilm CEO since 2005, during which time it was bought by Amazon.

Struggling Mothercare confirmed last year it planned to slash almost a third of its high street stores by 2013 to 266 from 373. The chain had recorded £82m in half-year losses in 2011.

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