Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
Germany, France, Spain
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Goods In Specialised Stores
47.75 - Retail sale of cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores

2,500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 January 2021
Employment effect (start)
28 January 2021
Foreseen end date
31 August 2022


Germany-based perfume and cosmetics retailer Douglas has announced that it will cut 2,500 jobs in Europe, mainly in southern Europe and Germany, by autumn 2022. So far, the company announced cuts in France (350 jobs), Germany and Spain (600 jobs). The conditions of the programme will be negotiated with employees’ representatives according to local regulations.

Under the restructuring programme, the chain is to close about 500 out of 2,400 stores in Europe and focus on its e-commerce division, which has generated growing profits during the COVID-19 pandemic; Douglas reported sales of €1 billion via its e-commerce platform in 2020.

Douglas was founded in 1821 in Germany and, currently, the retailer operates in 21 countries.



Eurofound (2021), Douglas, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 103595, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/103595.