BlackBerry to axe more jobs as takeover rumours swirl

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Roles to be cut in its smartphone division as Microsoft becomes the latest company to reportedly show interest in acquiring it 

BlackBerry is to axe a number of jobs within its smartphone business as Microsoft becomes the latest firm to be linked with a takeover of the company.

The Canadian manufacturer didn’t specify how many jobs would be lost, but said in a statement that a range of roles across the world would be cut.

“We have made the decision to consolidate our device software, hardware and applications business, impacting a number of employees around the world.

“As the company moves into its next stage of the turnaround, our intention is to reallocate resources in ways that will best enable us to capitalise on growth opportunities while driving toward sustainable profitability across all facets of our business.”

At the end of September 2014, BlackBerry was believed to have employed around 7,000 people globally, with around half based in its home country of Canada.

The announcement of job losses comes as Microsoft has become the latest name to be linked with a takeover of the company.

This is according to several online reports, which claim the US technology giant is interested in BlackBerry’s 44,000-strong patent portfolio and has hired investment companies to establish whether a buyout is viable.

Should the deal materialise, it would follow its $7.2 billion (£4.6 billion) acquisition of Nokia’s devices business in April 2014.

The same reports have also named Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi as potential suitors.

Samsung was also linked with a $7.5 billion acquisition of BlackBerry in January, but both companies denied such a deal was taking place.

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