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Nordstrom Is Slashing Jobs—Are Luxury Shoppers Going Down?


Nordstrom announced Monday it’s dropping 400 jobs at its corporate HQ just two months after reporting a 3% drop in comparable sales last Q4.

The high-end retailer forecasts profits/share will fall 30% in the first half of this year alone, making the company the latest in a recent series of struggling retailers, Business Insider reports.

These cuts confirm retailer’s worst nightmare: even wealthy shoppers are reining in spending, and they refuse to pay full price for anything. And discounts aren’t working like they used to—Restoration Hardware, a firm that caters to high-end customers, says discounts of even 75% are failing to boost sales as much as in previous years.

Nordstrom's job slashing follows similar moves last year by retailers including Macy's, JCPenney, Neiman Marcus and Target. [BI]