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Check Out Line: Quarterly loss and job cuts at Talbots

June 9, 2009

talbots1Check out the quarterly loss and job cuts at women’s apparel retailer Talbots.

Talbots, whose clientele consists mainly of women above 35 years old, reported a first-quarter loss of 23 cents a share, less than half the 49-cent loss analysts had expected.

The company, majority owned by Japan’s Aeon Co Ltd, also said it would cut corporate headcount by about 20 percent in a move to save $150 million annually.

The loss came a day after Talbots agreed to sell its J.Jill division to Golden Gate Capital for $75 million just three years after buying it for $517 million. That sale is part of Talbots efforts to focus on turning around its core business and newly launched upscale outlet.

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(Reuters photo)

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