Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Wholesale On A Fee Or Contract Basis
46.19 - Agents involved in the sale of a variety of goods

3,700 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
13 August 2009
Employment effect (start)
13 August 2009
Foreseen end date
31 January 2010


On 13 August, Arcandor announced to cut around 3,700 jobs at its affiliate Primondo/Quelle, mainly known for its catalogue business. After Arcandor had filed for insolvency in June 2009, the insolvency administrator plans to drastically reduce the cost structure at Primondo/Quelle; thereby trying to make it more attractive to new investors. The 109 Quelle Technology Centres are to be closed. All of them are reporting losses. The number of Quelle shops is to decrease from currently 1,450 to around 1,000. All in all, job downsizing amounts to 3,700 jobs (out of 10,500). The job reduction scheme is to be implemented by January 2010. The labour office was notified.


  • 14 August 2009: Financial Times Deutschland


Eurofound (2009), Primondo / Quelle, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 69399, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/69399.