Household-products maker Kimberly-Clark said Thursday it plans to cut 1,600 jobs, or 3 percent of its global work force, as it slims down in the tough economy.
The maker of Kleenex tissues, Huggies diapers and scores of other household items employs 53,000 people around the world. It plans to make the cuts primarily among salaried and non-production workers andexecutives said the company doesn't plan to close any plants.
Profits at Kimberly-Clark have fallen for the past 18 months, as shoppers cut back on spending because of the recession, high unemployment and the housing downturn. Meanwhile revenue, which had been steadily rising, began to fall late last year.
Kimberly-Clark was also hurt as the value of the dollar rose relative to other currencies _ crimping profits from overseas sales _ and consumers who traded down to cheaper, store-brand products.
The company said it expects the cuts to save about $150 million a year, or about 25 cents per share. It will mostly affect second-quarter results, when the company will record $110 million of the costs. It estimates total restructuring costs between $140 million to $150 million.