Commerzbank mulls deeper branch cuts and further job losses

Commerzbank mulls deeper branch cuts and further job losses

Germany's Commerzbank is mulling the shut down of up to 200 branches with the loss of 2000 jobs as part of a new strategic plan to be unveiled this Autumn.

The news, first reported by Handelsblatt business, comes as the bank contends with a weaker economy and declining interest rates.

The bank's current turnaround plan will culminate in 2020 with the loss of over 5000 jobs. But with no sign of an imminent upturn in its fortunes, chief executive Martin Zielke is working on financial targets up to 2022/3 and deeper cost cuts.

Up for discussion are proposals to accelerate an ongoing branch reduction effort, chopping a further 200 branches from its estate.

As with other banks around the world, Commerzbank is contending with declining footfall as more customers choose to do their banking via online and mobile channels.

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