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DALLAS (AP) – Alcatel SA said Monday it will cut 2,500 more jobs in its U.S. operations because of the continuing slump in telecommunications equipment sales.

The French company has now cut nearly 4,700 U.S. jobs this year – more than one-fourth of its U.S. work force.

Brian Murphy, a company spokesman, said the job cuts will span management and manufacturing ranks.

About 800 of the cuts will occur at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Plano, just outside Dallas, where the company had 7,000 employees. Another 700 will be at Raleigh, N.C., nearly half of Alcatel’s 1,500 employees there.

The company’s Raleigh assembly plant will see much of its work sent to plants in Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Mexico, and to other contract plants, Murphy said.

About 100 jobs will be eliminated in Chantilly, Va., where Alcatel had 400 workers; and the remaining 900 cuts will be spread across the country, Murphy said.

Last month, the company offered buyouts to 9,000 employees. About 500 accepted, Murphy said.

Alcatel builds networks for voice and data transmission.


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