Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Household Equipment In Specialised Stores
47.51 - Retail sale of textiles in specialised stores

200 - 660 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 February 2016
Employment effect (start)
26 February 2016
Foreseen end date
31 December 2017


Clothing retailer Gerry Weber announced plans to cut about 700 jobs worldwide. A total of 200 job cuts will affect the company’s head office located in Halle. Further dismissals will take place in the domestic and foreign market due to a consolidation of the company's branch network. As part of a new company structure, the company decided to close 103 stores by 2017.

Job cuts are due to internal restructuring with the company wanting to become more competitive and to avoid inefficiency. Gerry Weber is suffering from decreasing customer numbers as younger people prefer competitors or online stores. The management emphasises the importance of socially acceptable redundancies but negotiations with the works council are still in its early stages.

Gerry Weber, headquartered in Halle, currently employs about 7,000 staff worldwide.


  • 26 February 2016: Gerry Weber press release
  • 26 February 2016: Die Glocke
  • 26 February 2016: Onetz


Eurofound (2016), Gerry Weber, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 86596, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/86596.