“As part of the previously announced Group-wide efficiency programme, a directional decision has been made to rationalize white collars in staff and support functions by approximately 2,000 employees and consultants,” the firm said in a statement.
The firm said third-quarter net sales fell to 64.9 billion kronor ($10.2 billion), a drop of five percent compared to the same period last year.
Net profits were also down one percent, to 1.4 billion kronor, well below analysts’ expectations for around two billion kronor.
Volvo boss Olof Persson said the firm’s third quarter “was characterzsed by the ongoing comprehensive product renewal in the group’s truck programme and the fact that we entered a new phase of the group’s development focused on taking actions to streamline and enhance the efficiency of our operations.”
The Volvo Group employs 112,000 worldwide, including 16,000 consultants and