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Npower to axe up to 4,500 jobs under closure plan

Energy firm Npower is to cut up to 4,500 UK jobs as part of a plan to make it more profitable.
Three call centres are under threat of closure, at Houghton-le-Spring, near Sunderland, an office in Hull and one in Worcester.
Unions called the action a "cruel blow" for the company's workers in the run-up to Christmas.
Under the restructuring, Npower's owner E.On will merge computer systems to save money.
"The UK market is currently particularly challenging," said Johannes Teyssen, E.On chief executive.
"We've emphasised repeatedly that we'll take all necessary action to return our business there to consistent profitability."
The company said reports from unions of 4,500 job cuts were of the correct "order of magnitude", but that the final figure would not be announced while it is still consulting with unions.
There are around 2,500 jobs at Houghton-le-Spring, and more than 600 at each of the Hull and Worcester offices.
Npower's other sites in the UK are at Leeds, Birmingham, Swindon, Solihull and Oldbury.
The restructuring plan - which is set to cost Npower £500m - would see small businesses and consumers served by the same computer systems and customer service teams. Large industrial customers would still be served separately.
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