UK jobs will go in AltaVista shakedown

But it won't say how many

A statement just released from AltaVista admits that some of the 160 job losses it announced this morning will come from its European headquarters in the UK.

In the statement, AltaVista says it will pull its US shopping.com site into the AltaVista search engine, resulting in 160 jobs cuts - on top of the 450 already announced this year. However, the statement continues: "Shopping is a US-based service, therefore the impact on Europe will be minimal with reductions coming from the European Headquarters in the UK only."

A spokeswoman refused to divulge the number of UK job losses. Is it corporate cowardice, or does it mean simply that the company has yet to decide exactly where the axe will fall? ®

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