Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Household Equipment In Specialised Stores
47.5 - Retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores

830 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 September 2018
Employment effect (start)
16 August 2018
Foreseen end date
31 December 2018


The furniture and household appliances retail chain Kika/Leiner will cut 830 jobs all over Austria by the end of 2019. The financially struggling company was bought by the SIGNA Group in June 2019 for €600 million and now has to implement restructuring measures to prevent bankruptcy. In 2013, Kika and Leiner were taken over by the South African Steinhoff group, but critics claim the group failed to develop a strategy for the cooperation of both companies.

By the end of 2019, 4 out of 46 sites will be permanently closed (Innsbruck, Wiener Neustadt, Vösendorf, Spittal an der Drau). In August 2018, Kika/Leiner registered 1,154 employees with the public employment service (AMS). In September 2018, the company announced that eventually only 830 employees, who have already been informed, will be made redundant.

The first dismissals will take place over the next six weeks, the majority of job reductions will follow by the end of this year or early 2019.

As of September 2018, Kika/Leiner has 5,100 employees in Austria. The restructuring plan has already been approved by management and trade union representatives, negotations on a social plan are currently under way.



Eurofound (2018), Kika, Bankruptcy in Austria, factsheet number 94758, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/94758.