BMW cutting U.S. jobs in a down market

BMW will make work force cuts in the U.S. to adjust for a business slowdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesman declined to disclose the number of jobs being axed but noted the cuts do not affect the automaker’s large assembly plant in Spartanburg, S.C.

“The effects of COVID-19 are far-reaching,” BMW of North America CEO Bernhard Kuhnt said in a letter to dealers that was obtained by Automotive News. “Given the reduced size of the business, we now need to … re-scale our business across the company accordingly.”

BMW sales in the first half of the year tumbled 28 percent, with second-quarter sales down nearly 40 percent from a year earlier, as many dealerships were forced into a COVID-19 lockdown in the spring.

In addition to work force cuts, Kuhnt said BMW will take “additional steps to adapt to the current situation.”

“This is

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Lufthansa Weighs Cutting More Jobs as Travel Slump Endures

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a group of people standing in a room: A Deutsche Lufthansa AG crew member holds sachets of disposable handwipes as the airline and airport operator Fraport AG showcase new coronavirus safety measures at Frankfurt Airport in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Deutsche Lufthansa said a low turnout at its extraordinary general meeting next week is placing its 9 billion-euro ($10 billion) German bailout at risk of falling apart.


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A Deutsche Lufthansa AG crew member holds sachets of disposable handwipes as the airline and airport operator Fraport AG showcase new coronavirus safety measures at Frankfurt Airport in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Deutsche Lufthansa said a low turnout at its extraordinary general meeting next week is placing its 9 billion-euro ($10 billion) German bailout at risk of falling apart.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe’s biggest airline, is working on further belt-tightening measures that could result in the elimination of 20,000 more jobs, according to newspaper NZZ am Sonntag.

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The steps are currently being hammered out by the management of the German carrier and could be communicated in September, the Swiss newspaper reported on Sunday, citing two people it didn’t identify. The cuts under consideration for September would be on top of measures already publicly announced, NZZ am Sonntag said.

A spokesman for

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