Sainsbury seen cutting 200 central support jobs

LONDON Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:38am EST

LONDON Jan 21 (Reuters) - J Sainsbury (SBRY.L), Britain's third-biggest grocer, is restructuring its central support teams, it said on Wednesday, in a move one industry source said was likely to lead to around 200 job losses.

"Sainsbury's has today announced plans to restructure central support teams to align them for the future growth, ensuring there is no duplication of activity and to simplify the central operation," the firm said in a statement.

It did not say how many jobs were likely to be lost.

Sainsbury said earlier this month it expected to create around 3,000 to 4,000 jobs this year, mainly through the expansion of its convenience store network. (Reporting by Mark Potter, editing by Will Waterman)

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