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AltaVista has confirmed it has made job cuts in Europe although nowhere near the scale of the redundancies announced last week in the US.

The dotcom would not say how many jobs would be lost outside AltaVista's HQ in Palo Alto.

AltaVista Inc spokesman David Emanuel told The Registe: "The reduction was across the board in terms of positions and geography.

"While the majority was in Palo Alto, there will be a minimal effect in Europe and other US cities [Europe is a US city? - Ed.] in which we have offices. We are not providing any further breakout."

According to Emanuel, Europe is still considered a growth region. Furthermore, expansion in Europe has not grown at the same rate as the US.

The conclusion from this is that there is little manoeuvrability for job cuts. But until AltaVista comes clean and says exactly how many people go the chop, we just won't know.

Last week, AltaVista announced it was to shed a quarter of its workforce - some 200 jobs - in a move which would "primarily" affect employees at AltaVista's headquarters in Palo Alto, California. No one who works for AltaVista UK is expected to lose their jobs as part of the restructuring. ®

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