NEC to Cut 20,000 Jobs

Japanese electronics giant NEC  said today that it will cut 20,000 workers worldwide as it tries to stanch widening losses from semiconductors and other businesses that have been hard hit by competition and the global economic slump.

From the Associated Press:

NEC’s net loss for October-December swelled to 130 billion yen ($1.46 billion) from 5.2 billion yen a year earlier, it said Friday. Tokyo-based NEC said it would sink into the red for the full year through March as well.

The company hopes the job cuts, which will be split equally between Japan and overseas, will help save 80 billion yen over the next two years.

As Japanese electronics makers struggled to stay afloat in a shrinking market, a Japanese newspaper reported Friday that NEC was in talks with Toshiba Corp. to seek a possible chip alliance.

The Nikkei business daily said the talks focused on the possibility of Toshiba spinning off its system chip operations and incorporating them with NEC Electronics Corp., a semiconductor unit owned by NEC.

NEC declined to confirm the report, saying it was not based on an official company announcement.

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