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Traffic passes Macy's in New York City February 28, 2005.

Traffic passes Macy's in New York City February 28, 2005. (Reuters)

Macy's to Cut $400 Million in Costs, Thousands of Jobs

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Macy's Inc. on Wednesday outlined plans to cut $400 million in annual costs by closing stores and cutting thousands of jobs, after what it called a "disappointing" sales and earnings performance in 2015.

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Macy's said it expects to cut about 3,000 associate jobs across its stores and implement a "voluntary separation opportunity" for about 165 senior executives. It also will cut 600 back-office jobs and eliminate 750 jobs by consolidating call centers.

Some of the cut employees are expected to be placed in other positions.

"In some cases, there will be short-term pain as we tighten our belt and realign our resources," Chief Executive Terry J. Lundgren said in a news release.

Macy's said it expects to book about $200 million in charges related to the cost-cutting measures and impairments on store closings in its fourth quarter.

Macy's shares, down 44% over the past 12 months, fell 1.2% to $35.70 in after-hours trading.

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By Chelsey Dulaney