Nissan May Cut Up to 400 Jobs in Britain: Report

Economy

London, March 5 (Jiji Press)--Nissan Motor Co. <7201> is considering reducing production at its Sunderland plant in Britain in a move that may claim up to 400 jobs, Sky News reported Tuesday.

The Japanese automaker's move, if realized, is expected to deal an additional blow to the British auto industry amid increasing concerns about a possible no-deal exit of Britain from the European Union.

Nissan is planning to reduce the number of the plant's production line shifts to make the Qashqai sport-utility and Leaf electric vehicles from three to two, according to Sky News.

The British media organization quoted a Nissan spokesman as saying that the reported plans were "rumor or speculation."

The Sunderland plant, which has some 6,700 employees, is Nissan's main production base in Europe and Britain's biggest auto plant.

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