Swedish industrial heavyweights Volvo trucks and Electrolux announced a total of 4,000 job cuts around the world on Oct. 25, 2013 when they published disappointing figures for the third quarter. (Olivier Morin / Getty Images)
Stockholm — Truck maker AB Volvo says its earnings dipped on lower sales in the third quarter and that it will slash 2,000 jobs as part of a cost-cutting program.
Volvo’s net profit was 1.38 billion kronor ($217 million), down from 1.40 billion kronor in the third quarter of 2012.
The company on Friday said sales dropped by 5 percent to 64.9 billion kronor, partly due to shifts in currency values.
Volvo, which also makes buses, engines and construction equipment, said 2,000 white-collar employees and consultants will be affected by a previously announced savings program to be implemented next year.
The company expects the program to yield annual savings of 4 billion kronor by the end of 2015.
Volvo shares were down 6.5 percent at 88.15 kronor in midday trading in Stockholm.