Last 60 days of cash-strapped eToys

300 US-based jobs are to go due to a cash crisis at Internet toy company eToys.
The California-based company claims it only has enough funds to last until the
end of March. The company has told its 293 staff they will lose their jobs when
the 60-day consultation period ends in April. The job cuts follow a disastrous
Christmas for the online retailer, which admitted that sales had been half as
much as expected.


cut jobs as profits drop

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German-US motor company DaimlerChrysler has reported a near halving in profits.
The troubled car giant’s profits fell 49 per cent in 2000 to 5.2bn euros. That
figure came despite the fact that they reported a rise in sales of 8 per cent.
Last month DaimlerChrysler said it would cut 26,000 US jobs.


at Cisco Systems leave Wall Street cold

computer networks company Cisco Systems has reported an increase in profits of
nearly 50 per cent for the past three months. The company’s profits rose by 48
per cent, from November 2000 to January 2001, to $1.33bn. Sales rose 55 per
cent to $6.75bn. Cisco Systems’ chief executive John Chambers hit back at Wall
Street analysts’ claim that the results fall short of their forecasts. He said,
"We remain confident about the market opportunity ahead of us over the
next three to five years."

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