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Cisco May Slash Up to 10,000 Jobs

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Cisco Systems (CSCO) is reportedly considering slashing as many as 10,000 jobs as the struggling tech giant searches for a way to stem the bleeding.

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According to Bloomberg News, San Jose-based Cisco is mulling cutting as many as 7,000 spots by the end of August. The 10,000 figure represents about 14% of its total workforce.

Cisco, which is the world largest networking-equipment maker, is also providing early-retirement packages to about 3,000 workers who signed off on buyouts, Bloomberg reported.

The potential job cuts come after Cisco disclosed an 18% decline in fiscal third-quarter earnings and revealed plans for $1 billion in cost reductions amid a weaker-than-expected outlook for the current quarter.

Cisco told Bloomberg it would spell out details about cost-cutting moves when it reports quarterly results in August.

In recent quarters, Cisco has lost ground to competitors such as Juniper Networks (JNPR) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ).

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Cisco, which is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, saw its stock inch up 0.1% to $15.45 ahead of Tuesdays open. The companys shares have declined 23.7% year-to-date and lost nearly one-third of their value over the past 52 weeks.

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