The brewing giant Scottish & Newcastle has announced it will axe 1,300 jobs as it reorganises its UK business.
The reorganisations within its UK business, which comprises Scottish Courage and Scottish and Newcastle Retail, are aimed to boost competitiveness.
Scottish and Newcastle Retail will sell 740 of its managed pubs, restaurants and lodge hotels and lease out a further 180.
Under the proposals S&N will reorganise all trade operations and systems development programmes to boost efficiency.
Chairman Brian Stewart blamed the job cuts on rising costs within the brewing industry.
By Richard Staines