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Clarks Gets Rid of 60 Roles at UK Headquarters

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Clarks’ U.K. headquarters will let roughly 60 employees go, according to a Drapers report.

It’s the comfort footwear brand’s second round of layoffs this year as 170 employees in its U.K. and U.S. offices were let go in February.

A Clarks spokesman told Drapers the brand is constantly trying to evolve and improve the way it works, in the industry’s current challenging climate.

“For our brand to meet these challenges, today and in the future, Clarks will always review and reorganize its business to ensure it remains agile and innovation led. As part this continuous review, we are making some changes to improve the way we work across Clarks,” the spokesperson told Drapers.

In its most recent earnings Clarks reported operating profit down 59 percent to 45.8 million euros ($50 million) last year, citing over-ambitious business plans and an focus on short-term performance.

“Unfortunately, a small number of employees will be affected by these changes, but we are doing everything we can to minimize any impact,” the spokesperson said. “We have a strong duty of care to our employees and will be supporting them during this period.”

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