Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating

350 - 500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 April 2008
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2008


Tchibo, a German retail company, has announced that it is to cut 350 to 500 jobs in 2008. The company's restructuring scheme involves the streamlining of its management, the restructuring of its network shops as well as improving its marketing. Tchibo, which operates coffee shops that also offer consumer goods, suffered from a decline in sales in 2007, and it aims at boosting the pretax margin to at least 5% by 2010. As of April 2008, there is no information on the exact location of the units affected by the restructuring. The management stated that job losses will be implemented through natural wastage; i.e. employees who leave the company will not be replaced. However, Tchibo plans to open more than 400 new shops in Eastern Europe over a 5-year period.


  • 24 April 2008: Handelsblatt


Eurofound (2008), Tchibo, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 66545, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66545.