Jun 9, 2009
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Talbots to cut jobs; posts Q1 loss

Jun 9, 2009

June 9 (Reuters) - Talbots Inc (TLB.N) posted a much narrower-than-expected loss on Tuesday 9 June, a day after the women's apparel retailer decided to sell its J.Jill division to Golden Gate, and said it is cutting corporate headcount across all locations by about 20 percent.

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Talbots, which is majority owned by Japan's Aeon Co Ltd (8267.T), said the job cuts were part of its strategy to save $150 million annually.

The company, whose clientele consists mainly of women above 35 years, also expects second-quarter loss from continuing operations between 50 to 58 cents a share.

Analysts, on average, were expecting a loss of 68 cents, excluding items.

For the first quarter ended May 3, net loss from continuing operations was $18.8 million, or 35 cents a share, compared with a net profit of $18.5 million, or 35 cents a share a year ago.

Excluding items, Talbots posted a loss of 23 cents a share, while analysts were expecting a loss of 49 cents.

Sales dropped to $306.2 million, from $414.8 million in the same quarter a year ago.

Shares of the company had closed at $5 Monday 8 June on the New York Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Bangalore; Editing by Ratul Ray Chaudhuri)

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