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Quiksilver to cut 200 jobs

Jan 26, 2009

Jan 26 (Reuters) - Apparel maker Quiksilver Inc (ZQK.N) said it will slash 200 jobs to cut costs in a worsening retail environment.

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Quiksilver, whose brands include Roxy, DC and Hawk, expects to record a related charge of about $5 million in its first fiscal quarter.
Earlier on Monday, the company's stock soared as much as 72 percent on a report in industry journal Women's Wear Daily that said Quiksilver may sell its DC Shoes brand to VF Corp (VFC.N) and weigh a sale of the entire company to Nike Inc (NKE.N).

Quiksilver expects its cost-saving measures to reduce expenses by about $40 million annually in the Americas region.

Additionally, the company reaffirmed that its efforts to restructure its uncommitted debt in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe were on track for completion in February.

Shares of the company closed up more than 46 percent at $2.21 Monday on the New York Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Mihir Dalal in Bangalore; Editing by Pratish Narayanan)

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