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Jan 19, 2009

Hertz to Lay Off 4,000

Rental car company Hertz said Friday it will eliminate more than 4,000 jobs worldwide as it further cuts costs amid slowing demand.

The cuts will take place in its fiscal 2008 fourth quarter and first quarter of 2009, and will come in its car and equipment rental operations, as well as corporate and support areas. The reductions will occur across all regions. With them, the company expects to save $150 million to $170 million this year and take a related fourth-quarter charge of $20 million to $25 million.

Hertz already has trimmed its work force by 22% in the last two years. The new reductions will bring staffing to 32% below August 2006 levels. According to CapitalIQ, the company currently has about 29,350 workers in total, who operate about 8,100 locations in 144 countries.

The rental car industry has been pressured as economic conditions have caused both businesses and consumers to curb their corporate and personal travel.

Source : TheStreet
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