Royal KPN NV, the Dutch telecom company partly owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, says it will cut at least 1,500 jobs — 5 percent of staff — by 2016 as its fourth quarter sales fell and losses worsened.
KPN agreed to sell its German mobile arm E-Plus to Telefonica Deutschland last year as it fought off a takeover attempt by Slim, who still holds about 30 percent of KPN shares. European regulators are vetting the E-Plus sale, which would create a German telecom big enough to rival Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone.
Tuesday's earnings release showed sales fell 13 percent to 2.08 billion euros ($2.8 billion) from a year earlier. Net loss widened to 224 million euros from 144 million euros, which the company blamed on various charges.