Shoe chain Clarks will cut 900 office jobs worldwide as it tries to position itself for a post virus future.

The 195-year-old firm said it had to make “some difficult decisions” to re-energise the business, which has seen sales fall over the past year.

The jobs will go over the next 18 months, said Clarks, adding that it was part of a wider plan to turn around the firm which will create 200 new jobs.

The firm, which cut 170 jobs last year, employs 13,000 people globally.

“There are exciting opportunities ahead for our business, and we are having to make some difficult decisions to get there,” said chief executive Giorgio Presca.

“We thank all affected staff for their contribution to our business and they leave their roles

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