December 27, 2007 / 5:22 PM / 11 years ago

Merrill Lynch plans to lay off 1,600: report

A Merrill Lynch office building is seen in Great Neck, New York, October 30, 2007. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Merrill Lynch & Co MER.N plans to announce about 1,600 layoffs after disclosing fourth-quarter write-downs, CNBC reported on Thursday.

The layoffs are likely to be in trading positions and related areas, and will not likely include the investment banking or private client groups, CNBC’s Charlie Gasparino reported.

Merrill Lynch had about 64,000 employees as of the end of September, so 1,600 layoffs would represent less than 3 percent of its work force.

A spokeswoman for Merrill Lynch was not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Dan Wilchins; editing by John Wallace

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